Retired Profiler Speaks About Brumback Murders

Jake Wasikowski

Retired Profiler Speaks About Brumback Murders

CREATED May. 22, 2013

Few answers are known in the Brumback murders, but we're taking a closer look at who may behind them, and the likelihood that it's connected to the 2008 Dundee murders.  May 14th, Dr. Roger and Mary Brumback were found dead at their home near 114th & Shirley St.  Police haven't released any details.

Gary Plank is a retired Criminal Profiler with the Nebraska State Patrol, and now an Assistant Professor in Forensic Science at Nebraska Wesleyan University.  He says investigators would likely start with the people closest to the Brumback's and branch out from there.

"Don't really know which one may have been targeted or was it a bad situation where they were in the wrong place at the wrong time," Plank described.

A task force is working round the clock to solve the Brumback murders and the 2008 murders of Thomas Hunter and Shirlee Sherman.  They will also figure out if they're connected.  Thomas Hunter's father, Dr. William Hunter, worked with Dr. Brumback at the Creighton University Pathology Department.

"Because they are separated in time by a little bit, and there's a possibility that it is someone that's a stranger to these people.  So it may not have anything to do with their work connections," Plank said.

Hunter and Sherman were stabbed to death in 2008, and authorities indicated there was no forced entry.  Police won't tell us how the Brumback's died, but a piano mover says their front door was open before he called 911.

"When a person is from the area and if they're going to commit a homicide like that, they are very likely going to hide the bodies,” Plank explained.  "Leaving the bodies in the open like that would indicate there's not a lot of concern about being connected to the homicides and the victim at this point."

If you have any information on these homicides contact Omaha Crimestoppers at 402-444-7867.

Creighton University Medical Center released a statement on behalf of the Brumback family about donations:
“The Brumback family is grateful for the outpouring of support from the community. In lieu of flowers, they ask that you please consider donating to one of the following organizations that were so important in the lives of Roger and Mary. “
P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) –
Checks to:
Cottey College in memory of Mary Brumback
Institutional Advancement
Cottey College
1000 West Austin
Nevada, MO 64772
Child Neurology Society –
Checks to:
Child Neurology Society in memory of Roger and Mary Brumback
1000 W. County Road East #290
St. Paul, MN 55126
Penn State College of Medicine – The Roger and Mary Brumback Alzheimer’s Research Scholarship Fund –
Checks to:
Penn State University
Roger and Mary Brumback Alzheimer’s Research Scholarship Fund
Penn State Hershey Medical Center
600 Centerview Drive
PO Box 852
Hershey, PA 17033