THE MURDER



Brittany’s voice silenced...........................


BRITTANY PHILLIPS WAS BORN 10/4/85
   BRITTANY PHILLIPS WAS   
         BURIED 10/4/04.
 
  SHE WAS RAPED, STRANGELED,
                                   SOMETIME BETWEEN
     9 PM  on  9/27/04 
     8 AM on  9/28/04!!
LAY DEAD FOR 3 DAYS!!
 

         NO TIP IS SILLY CALL 918526-COPS



WE CONTINUE TO UPDATE AND EDIT. PLEASE READ AND HAVE PATIENCE--THANKS!!
 
     PRE-MURDER
 Monday evening 9/27/04, I talked to Brittany around 9 pm when she phoned with a frustrated and tired voice, about her allegories and not seeing a doctor after 2 hrs at a clinic. She noted she and a friend left Tulsa Community  College downtown campus around 730 to try to get a walkin appointment after running into her brother at school. Her frustration delayed us making plans for the weekend at my house in Chandler.
I said I'd get her an appointment. "Thanks mommy" she said and noted, she would drop her friend at her home, head to her apartment at (what was then called) Glen Eagles,  and go to bed.  Per usual, since we never hung up until we said "love you." I got mine in first, followed by her "love you too".
 
I never imagined in my worst dreams that my "I love you" would be the last one she'd hear or I would hear back from her. 
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Brittany had been at Eckerd college (my alma mater in St. Petersburg, Fla) from Aug 2003 to May 2004 on a full Chemistry scholarship. A year younger than most freshman she came home to be near family and friends and moved into a 2nd story apartment next to the highschool she had graduated from May 2003. We did police checks and all the usual search procedures. We hoped in a year she could transfer to OSU and live in my house in Chandler
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            On 9/29/04  (wed) I called her about the weekend, not surprised she didn’t answer because I knew she had late classes Tuesday and Wednesday.  I called Thursday-no answer. I left what she called, my typical mom/Maggie message "Brit just give me a call, you know I worry when you don't call back. Just let me know you are okay.Love you little girl. "
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THE KNOCK
…At 1 a.m. (10/1/04) there was a knock on my front door. I opened the door, expecting a friend from out of town but opened to young, rain-soaked Lincoln County Sherrif, wide eyed in the lightening flashes seen behind him. His few words “Are you Maggie Zingman? You need to call Tulsa Police, your daughter has been murdered.” sent me spinnning  (and year later training 1st responders-NOT THE WAY TO NOTIFY).
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The shock FILLED VERY BREATH-THE WORLD UNREAL. Thoughts are not logical. Who should I call. Should I wake up someone? Of course I did and within 6 hours all family were either in Tulsa or on planes.
      The next hours days melted into one another--racing down to the apartment, finding she had already been taken to the medical examiners, talking to the detective, airport pickups and making arrangements for her burial. Never getting to see her body

Please understand-I am lucky. Our detectives followed the typical prifile-someone she knew, old boyfriends, all males who had contact, public service who might have her address-that is how we have compared the crimescene DNA to over 3000 regional suspects..

SPECIFICS
THE MURDER On 9/27/04-9/28/04 (mon tues) someone either was already in Brittany’s apartment or broke in thru french doors on the 2ndstory porch or the windows. Brittany was both raped and suffocated. It is unclear how she was strangeled or suffocated. She lay there 3 days before a friend, wondering why she wasn’t at school stopped by. SHe noticed something odd and called police.

Brittany’s best friend’s dad almost took the call. They notified my son first because I moved a few months prior to a small town near by. I was notified that Friday at 1 am.       
As noted she was taken to ME's by license identification. I was devastated but have since taught in training parents should be given right to see the family member’s body before taken away). They identified her by her license. I never got to see her.

. WE BURIED BRITTANY ON HER 19TH BORTHDAY
 
ON THE BIRTH/MURDER ANNIVERSARY IN 2009 WE FOUND OUT SHE WAS BURIED IN THE WRONG PLACE AND THAT SERVICE CORPORATION INTERNATIONAL OWNED THE CEMETERY IN 2004 AND SOLD IT TO CURRENT OWNERS IN 2005 DUE TO CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS FROM AT LEAST 4 STATES.

IN 2007  we learned Apartment Managers and owners do not tell renters about murders/other crimes going on at apartments. They didn't tell people about Brittany's murder. We probably lost tips due to that. We learned also about attacks that happened prior to her moving in-8 months before she was killed.
 
WE TAKE ALL TIPS, EVEN IF THEY ARE REPEATS-CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM, IDEAS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME- IT IS SAD BUT THE ONLY CRUEL , ASSUMPTIVE OR COMMENTS CALLING ME STUPID ARE DONE BY SAD LONELY ANONOMOUS COMMENTS.

43 comments:

  1. I'm sorry for your loss.

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    1. Thank you Gladys. I am assuming you heard our story on the JVM Most Wanted Segment. That you let me know our story touched you, means so much. This is what keeps me going because people like you let me know the story is getting out there and it links to the heart---with gratitude---Maggie

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    2. I just read all your website and i am SO sorry for your loss... I think what you are doing for Brittany, for all the potential victims is breath taking... You are an inspiration.

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    3. Thank you for your thoughts....All I can do is try......therapoet@aol.com

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  2. This has to be one of the foremost unfortunate loss I've read in ages! I only came across this through a wall bulletin in the clinic of urgent care wilmington de. I hope you get your dues pretty soon. My prayers are with you.

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  3. This story is so sad! I am so sorry for your loss. I remember when this happened, I was still in high school, at Union no less. I lived at that complex recently too. Living there sometimes gave me the creeps especially with the way maintenance would just come in and half the door locks never worked. I also believe it isn't right that current or prospective renters aren't told about any murders/crimes that have happened there. I wish someone would have told me. With the name change of the complex, I didn't remember it until I saw your car across the street one day. Glad to be rid of that place now. They do a great job of hiding the bad things that go on there. I wish I had some information to help the case. My heart goes out to you.

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    1. LC Thank you so much. You did help by confirming there are issues with the complex, that it is wrong they don't tell about murders there, about crimes, about attempted attacks. That is helpful. Do you know of any "things that happened while you or other friends lived there? You can always email me at therapoet@aol.com

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  4. I'm currently living in these apartments... Same building as brit. Just signed the lease w my boyfriend.. Now I'm scared to leave the place to walk to my car. I hope one day you find justice.

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    1. I am sorry for your loss. I was also going to live in those apts ...i was going to sign the lease tomorrow and move in this wkend..now I dont want to as I am scared as it seems unsafe...and the apt didnt mention about any of these crimes nor the meth lab explosion that happened there last yr..
      Though I have given them money (fees)..I might just let it go...

      I also hope justice would be served one day!
      Take care

      R

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  5. YouThe justice partially will be from this aprtment complex telling the truth of what happened there and changing laws where they can't hide this. It means so much you wrote this
    Maggie

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  6. Maggie if you have the same email please check it, I sent you an important message.

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  7. iam sorry for your lost i lost my daughter in 2005 april 12 she was 2 mos pregant she had 2 children my grandbabys dylan and isabella imiss her so much. i dont know what happened to my daughter angel. so i fill your pain. she is buried at the same place too.debbie tulsa okla

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    1. Debbie Please connect with me at therapoet@aol.com we should get together. There are also a few groups, orgs you can connect to if you haven't yet. But lets connect if nothing else... maggie

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  8. I am very sorry for your loss.. I decided to write about your daughter for a TCC class assignment..

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    1. That is great!! the more people learn about it, the greater chance we will solve it. Or at least have people consider why these crimes occur (hint hint DNA. Please feel free to contact me at therapoet@aol.com for any facts or anything you need. Maggie Brit's mom

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  9. Just saw your story on the news out of fargo n.d. god bless you in your journey there must be a purpose in this I shudder when I think of this happening to my 15yr.old or 19yr.old girls I'm afraid I wouldn't have your strength. You are now a travelling angel snap is so necessary. Again God bless and keep you and yours.

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    1. Thank you so much for sending your thoughts. I too hope you will not go through this but I said the same thing you did before this happened. I found strength in doing things in honor of her...she would do the same for me.. I am just glad that we always said I love you...with never ending gratitude for your thoughts and prayers...Maggie

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  11. Hello oh dear God i am so so sorry to hear about your beautiful daughter you welcome us strangers into the life of your daughter and reading her story was like reading a book i found myself wanting to read more about the life of her my name is Mildred I stay in the Somerset apartments and I remember seeing your car in the high school I was taking my daily walk getting ready to go work out at the gym in Union High school I thank you so very much just for doing all the things that you are doing instand of just sitting on your hands and letting others do it for you some people don't understand that being a parent never ends and when your child it murder you never rest you got my heart tonight because Im the all around parent I have so many kids that love me and most of them are not my children I just love kids and young adult that needs a shoulder and don't feel like they have anyone but anyways i stay across the street from where it happen and I'm sorry for your lost.

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  12. There is a very interesting unspoken message in this criminal case. It is -- don't make noise. The victim, Brittany, was strangled -- she could not make a sound while being strangled, and the apartment management won't say a word. Who issued the silence order?

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  13. Im sorry for your loss.Your journey as a mother on a mission is inspiring. I have faith justice lies ahead for your beautiful daughter. Miracles do happen.

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  14. I graduated from Union in 2001 and just found about this tragedy. I'm really shocked I didn't hear about it tell now. I immediately went and wrote my House Rep. For Criminal DNA testing. I was also disappointed to see Oklahoma was one of thes last to pass the law. Your spirit on behalf of you daughter is doing great things and very inspiring.
    Thank you,
    Kasey Mills

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  15. You are a great mother! hope to see you one day and give you a hug.

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  16. Any new updates? This is awful! You should never have to wait this long. I'm very sorry for your loss.

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  17. I think they should compare Greg Epperson dna to dna found at your daughters apt.

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  18. So sorry for your loss. I couldnt imagine... my heart hurts for you. ��

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  19. I read about this on another site, I am so sorry about everything you are all going through. I am curious have they looked at possible dna matches? I hope you get justice! I am sharing this page to my fb.

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    1. Thank you so much!!! What site did you read it on. It always helps to know. It means so much when people take the time to let me know they saw the car. I only wish I could publicize others' murders in the same way I do ours. Feel free to share our story or contact me with any ideas at therapoet@aol.com. You have a place in my heart

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  20. Hello Maggie. I had never heard this story until we were traveling and saw you in front of us. So we went to the website that was posted on your vehicle and we read the story about your precious daughter taken from you. We want to say we are so sorry first of all for your loss. We will be praying for you and your family. May God give you strength and comfort each and every day. Brittany will always be in our hearts. Sincerely, Ruben and Trina.

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    1. Thank you so much!!! This must have been yesterday in the rain-or around the Reserve. It means so much when people take the time to let me know they saw the car. I only wish I could publicize others' murders in the same way I do ours. Feel free to share our story or contact me with any ideas at therapoet@aol.com. You have a place in my heart

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  21. For some reason I woke up thinking about Brittany. I was her lab partner at TCC. Although I was older than her, that little girl schooled me on Physics and Chemistry. She was so smart and intelligent. She was also head over heels in love with a boy that lived in her building. I know this because we talked a lot about school and about life. The morning she was found was the morning a detective called me and told me. The reason he called me because I was one of the few people that she had talked to prior to her murder. I told him to check the guys that lived in the building. Brittany told me that he was attractive but she wasn't ready to take it to a sexual level because he only hung out a few times. But he did come over to her apartment often. After telling the detective this, I just knew they would find him easily or at least question him. Now I see that even if they did question him, they wouldn't have taken DNA from him. Maggie, your daughter was a beautiful spirit and her memorial service was beautiful.

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    1. Thank you so much!!! Yes she was a smarty. And yes the young man you mention was talked about. When he learned of the murder he was very upset because he didn't hear anything and feels like he should have. I appreciate you thoughts. What brought it up after all this time? It means so much when people take the time to let me know they saw the car. I only wish I could publicize others' murders in the same way I do ours. Feel free to share our story or contact me with any ideas at therapoet@aol.com. You have a place in my heart

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  22. I read about this in topix today (odd considering the article was written in '08) and perused you blog posts somewhat.

    I am sorry for your loss and know you must be hurting. Having said that, what I am about to say will seem abrupt and rude. Brace yourself.

    It most likely was someone who lived near, and like the man above posted, a would be suitor would fit that profile more so than some dastardly serial killer traveling your potholed Interstates mentioned in the sidebar.

    I found the police link which shows the pillowcase left behind stating they think it may have been a burglar. Okay, the problem I have with that is what kind of professional burglar that can enter and exit without leaving a clue would bring his own pillowcase when most people have them on their bed?
    See where I am going with that?

    1)She knew him and let him in.
    2)He had a key, keybumped or jimmye the lock and was in already and lock up as he left. (Was the deadbolt locked? Bottom locks are typical type to lock without a key...see what I mean?)
    3)Public records would tell of burglars and rapes in the immediate area.Her high school yearbook would connect pictures to friends and non-friends alike that may have had motive and a need for new cds, jewelry, game boxes, etc....you get my drift.
    4)Perhaps the state offers an automatic reward of say $10,000 like they do on many murders. Add that to your $6,000 and it looks better. Add that gas/maintenance money and wrap money in there and it looks even better.
    5)Then the bikers might get involved but as for now they go after things relate to children that get national attention...and all they do is ride and make noise and donate a portion of their entrance fees. They aren't that smart but will surely show up to take credit after you've narrowed down a few suspects.
    6)RE do this blog and get serious.If you don't, no one will. It's obvious the pseudo journalists in your area is doing diddly squat.

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    1. You know you are very similar to the man below if you read all the posts none of them are like yours and his which are critical and make assumptions of you don't even know what we've done. We've already ruled out old boyfriends friends all you are doing is quoting typical FBI things which are three thousand suspects that we've looked at every done you try doing this on your own I take feedback but you or just somebody who's being anonymous and making these cruel statements get a life

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  23. Ask questions!
    First of yourself. Why are you driving about like the bikers do getting nothing done?
    Then of police. Why is a national database so important when it most likely was someone that has never been in prison as that person is young.
    What about fingerprints? What did you do with those? They are required on drivers licenses. Been used since the days of "Adam 12" so why are you trying to be all "CSI" when you can barely find your butt with both hands? What about hair? It's hard to believe he raped her and not a hair was lost.

    But, the entire mystery surrounds his entry. How bizarre!And that pillowcase which he most likely got from his mommy's linen closet or someone he'd targeted at the laundry mat.

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    1. What is really sad is it is often the lonely uneducated people who make make anonymous comments 1) Because they cannot back up their statements by facts-2) There not aware enough to realize the detectives thought of many of the things this sad commenter stated way before this lonely person ever did-YOUR COMMENT---"Who is dumb enough to even suggest taking DNA samples prior to a conviction unless they are trying to turn the entire state into East Germany" PROVES MY POINT

      -AFTER THE POLICE SEARCH YOUR URL I WILL DELETE THIS

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  24. I found a video in which a question of a black offender could be the culprit. One of Tulsa's women reporters that is featured more after her haircut and makeover. Odds are she wouldn't say that unless she already had a clue the killer was indeed black.They work on who they know and keep information to themselves at the expense of everyone else. If he is black, they'll profit from the riots as they'll have no part of evidence be it DNA, fingerprints, or hair.

    It was someone near.

    Who is dumb enough to bring a pillowcase?

    Who is dumb enough to even suggest taking DNA samples prior to a conviction unless they are trying to turn the entire state into East Germany?

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  25. What is really sad is it is often the lonely uneducated people who make make anonymous comments 1) Because they cannot back up their statements by facts-2) There not aware enough to realize the detectives thought of many of the things this sad commenter stated way before this lonely person ever did-YOUR COMMENT---"Who is dumb enough to even suggest taking DNA samples prior to a conviction unless they are trying to turn the entire state into East Germany" PROVES MY POINT

    -AFTER THE POLICE SEARCH YOUR URL I WILL DELETE THIS

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  26. You should delete it as it is silly.
    They can arrest you for anything and any reason at any time for no just cause. To collect DNA at that time is unconstitutional.Albeit most Okies have already scraped that idea and are on to higher grounds and the state continues to deterirate.Just try making DNA collection at arrest time a law and see if you don't get national coverage then! You darn sure will.

    And, I suspect once they read my comments they will agree you are going nowhere fast with your cause.

    Good luck to you and hope you get justice.

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  27. Maggie, you are amazing and i love you. I can only hope for an answer sooner than later. I will see you soon for Brit's memorial

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  28. Ms.Maggie,
    I have been following your and Brittany's story from almost the beginning. I am not sure where I read it, and it may have came about because I too lived in the same apartments near the back but it was way back in 1994. I am so sorry for your loss and have been praying for years for you to find closure. I will continue to pray that the killer is found and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Please just know that there are so many of us out here thinking about you and praying for you.

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