1958~Nov. 26, 1974
15 yrs. old
On Nov. 26, 1974, Roberta Francis, 15, started her usual walk home from school. It was Thanksgiving weekend and her mother’s birthday. But there would be no celebration in Roberta’s family. Roberta never made it home from school that day. In fact, she never made it home at all. Paul Saultz, the brother of Roberta’s boyfriend noticed Roberta walking towards a wooded area on her walk home from school. Saultz followed Roberta Francis, attacked her, got her to the ground and choked her. Then he raped her in the wooded field. Upon realizing that she was still alive, Saultz picked up a piece to a broken stone birdbath, and as Block Parole explains, “beat Roberta’s face with it until she died.” He covered her with shrubbery and brush and then fled.Roberta’s brother found her bloody and battered body two days later, but it would take Columbus, Ohio police several months to make an arrest.