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Clerk Charged With Slaying Girl, Mother In Child’s Clothing Store

September 13, 1995

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) _ A man who liked to act out stories about knights and wizards was charged Tuesday with killing a mother and daughter who stopped to by baby clothes at his family’s store.

Caleb Fairley, 21, was working alone Sunday in his parent’s children’s clothing store when the woman with long black hair walked in with her 2-year-old daughter.

Lisa Manderach, 29, ``fit the physical description of the woman in (Fairley’s) sexual fantasies,″ police said in an affidavit.

With no other customers in the store, Fairley strangled the 5-foot-8-inch Manderach and her daughter, Devon Marie, authorities said.

``It’s a horrendous case. It shows the randomness of this type of violence in our country,″ said Montgomery County District Attorney Michael Marino. ``You go to buy baby clothes and you wind up dead.″

Fairley’s parents opened the store, Your Kidz & Mine, three weeks ago in this Philadelphia suburb. He had already installed peepholes in the dressing rooms, police said.

Fairley, who lived with his parents, 6-year-old brother and two preschool sisters in Gulph Mills, was charged Tuesday with two counts of murder, one count of robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of theft by unlawful taking and one count of abuse of a corpse.

A jogger found Devon Marie’s body in Valley Forge National Park on Sunday afternoon, a few hours before her father called police to report his family missing.

Mrs. Manderach’s husband knew she going to Your Kidz & Mine, and authorities found blood stains and strands of black hair wrapped around a vacuum cleaner brush in the children’s store.

Fairley had at least 10 scratches on his face and wrist, indicating Mrs. Manderach struggled furiously for her life, Marino said.

Police found Mrs. Manderach’s body Monday evening five miles away in the woods behind an industrial park. She was nude except for a black lace top. Her long black hair was arranged so that it covered her face.

Fairley’s attorney told police where to find Mrs. Manderach’s body after prosecutors promised not to seek the death penalty, Marino said.

The Manderach family on Tuesday was resigned to the decision.

``It was upsetting, but at the same time, if he didn’t work it this way, it could have been weeks before we found her,″ Mrs. Manderach’s sister-in-law, Wendy, said Tuesday. ``It would have been harder on us and this guy could have walked.″

Neighbors said Fairley never got over the 1989 death of his 4-year-old brother, David, who accidentally shot himself with his father’s gun. He kept to himself, staying in his room with vampire’s costumes and outfits from Dungeons & Dragons, a medieval fantasy game, according to court records. Police found a cache of pornography in his home and at the store.

Melissa Arcadia, a woman who said she casually dated Fairley, described him as intelligent but in ``inner pain″ and afraid of women.

``I can’t find it in my heart to ever believe he did this,″ Arcadia told the Philadelphia Daily News. ``There’s no way he could kill a child.″

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