GULFPORT, Miss. -- A 20-year-old woman sat in her husband’s car one cold winter night in 1976 and waited for him to return to a Gulfport cab stand.
Her husband, Acey "Theo" Welch Jr., worked a second job to help make ends meet. The 24-year-old man repaired tires by day. He drove a taxi at night.
She was 7.5 months pregnant and had left their two toddlers with her sister for the short drive from their home on 40th Avenue.
Welch had called his wife, Lynn, from the Dog & Burger diner around 9:30 the night of Jan. 12, 1976.
"He was ready for me to meet him at the cab stand off 30th Avenue to pick him up," Lynn said. "The windows were fogged up. I wrote 'Lynnie loves Theo' on the windows."
She waited in her husband’s maroon 1968 Dodge Charger. She waited and waited but he didn't come. She would soon learn he had picked up a fare at the diner for a quick ride but was stabbed to death inside the taxi. The man who asked for the ride vanished.
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