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Friends of Marsh murder victims say crime has haunted them

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CANFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Close family friends of murder victims Benjamin, Marilyn and Heather Marsh believe Marilyn was afraid of something shortly before the killings in December of 1974.

Carol Knarr who lives just two doors down from the scene of the crime tells 21 WFMJ, "We were just really in turmoil about the whole situation, and just relieved now to find that there is an answer to it."

Knarr and her husband Ron we're not only neighbors, but close friends of Marsh's. Ron Knarr was childhood friends with Ben Marsh.

Shortly before the murders Knarr says Marilyn would ask for a ride home. She lived just two doors down, but said she was afraid to go home at night alone.

"I think she did know something. And I think she was afraid because we understood that Ben was to appear in a court hearing, and testify against a drug ring at General Motors. And I think she knew that and she was afraid," Knarr said.

Investigators won't confirm if that was the case at this time, but for the past 39 years, Ben Marsh's position as a security officer at GM Lordstown, and talk that he had information on a drug and/or theft ring, has been one potential motive for the triple murder.

Meanwhile, Mary Beidelschies and her family who now live at the Turner Road home where the crime happened say the one-year-old child that survived, Christopher, is welcome to visit their home if it will bring him comfort and closure.

"It might bring closure for him. Anything to help him get through what happened. Just the thought of a child his age, going through growing up without his family. ... And the little girl, that just broke my heart," Beidelschies said.

Because charges have been filed in the triple murder after 39 years Beidelschies say people slowly drive-by, often pointing out the home.

But the previous homeowners made her aware of what happened before they purchased the home, and she says it has been remodeled.

"It's our home, I feel completely safe here, and we are completely happy. The only time we think about it is when somebody brings it up, and you tell people where you live. When I say I live at 5540 Turner Road, giving them directions or what not, they'll look at you like (pause), and I'll say we know there was a murder here.  And they're like oh... we didn't know whether to say anything or not," Beidelschies explains.

However, after viewing news footage she believes the hallway and bedroom where two of the bodies were found remains the same, and the backdoor that the killer kicked in is now only visible inside, it has since been covered up outside.

Beidelschies just hopes charges in the case after nearly four decades will close the door on a crime that has baffled the community.

"I hope that they can put this to rest now."

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