Elderly couple Syrl and Christine Orbach were found murdered in their home in Oklahoma City on July 1, 1982. They had been beaten about their heads violently before having their throats slashed.

Their home had been for sale, and it’s believed that the killer entered the home on the basis of wanting to look at it to buy. Christine Orbach was last heard on the phone with a friend saying:
“Jan,” she said, “Sy just let a man in the house. Hold on a minute.” A pause. “Jan, I’ve got to go show him the house. Call me back. We’ll be home all day.”

A man was then seen about 30-60 minutes later pulling up to the Orbach’s house in their family station wagon. He was described as having a ruddy complexion and a solid build, being about 35 to 40 years old, around six feet tall and about 180 pounds. He had wavy hair that was sandy or reddish blond and was wearing a pink shirt and blue pants. The station wagon would be found later that evening in a nearby shopping center parking lot and be described as “blood soaked”.
No real leads in the case were ever found, despite many theories, it quickly went cold.

If you have any information about this case or any other, please contact Detective Mike Burke at (405) 297-1127.

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