ACCUSED Delphi murderer Richard Allen has aged “10 to 15 years” since his arrest and looks like someone “you should be afraid of” in his mugshot, according to a body language expert.
Allen, 50, was arrested in late October and charged with the double murder of eighth graders Libby German and Abigail Williams, two best friends found slain in Delphi, Indiana, in 2017.
An arrest affidavit unsealed by a judge on Monday revealed that an unspent bullet that had been cycled through a handgun belonging to Allen was found on the ground between the two girls’ bodies.
Allen, who for years worked at a CVS pharmacy in the heart of Delphi, failed to explain why a bullet from his gun was present at the crime scene during an interview with investigators on October 26.
He reportedly told officers he has “never allowed anyone to use or borrow his firearm”. Allen also admitted to being in the area where the girls were killed on Feb. 13, 2017.
Allen has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder.
As an investigation into the killings of Libby and Abby remains active and ongoing, body language expert Patti Wood told The U.S. Sun that she has gleaned a series of strange and disturbing messages from Allen in the six weeks since his arrest.
One of the images of Allen that gives her the most trouble, she says, is his booking photo which was processed on October 26.
In the photo, a jumpsuit-clad Allen is seen staring blankly and wide-eyed down the lens with an almost deadened stare.
Comparing the image to photos of Allen taken from his wife’s Facebook page in 2018, Patti said: “In the mugshot what you’re seeing is fear and disbelief.
“But underneath all that, aren’t you a little bit scared looking at it?
“That’s fascinating to me,” she added. “Sometimes with people like this they alert something in your central nervous system to danger.
“And I’d ask anyone looking at it, ‘Are you afraid? How is your central nervous system responding? Is it telling you this is a person you should be afraid of?’
“Because for me it is.”
SIGNS OF ‘WORRY & FEAR’
Allen made his first appearance in court last Tuesday during a hearing to determine whether a probable cause affidavit pertaining to his arrest should be unsealed to the public.
The accused killer, chained at the wrists and ankles and wearing a bullet-proof vest, was filmed walking in and out of the courtroom flanked by an ensemble of armed police.
Forlorn and gaunt-looking, Patti said Allen appeared to have aged between 10 and 15 years since his mugshot was taken.
She said: “When I compare that image of him to ones that were taken before, what I’m seeing is that he’s aged considerably and most of that is to do with how the musculature of his face has changed.
“He had a boyishness to his face before and was much plumper in the face, but he’s aged so much.
“He already had light circles under his eyes but now you see a grain of the skin surface on the eyelid and underneath the eye, and that would indicate extreme fatigue, lack of sleep, and worry.
“The other thing that stands out to me is the downward gaze.
“That photo shows clear signs of worry, sorrow and deep sadness to me.”
Also visible on his face on Tuesday was a pronounced verticle frown crease where his right eyebrow meets the bridge of his nose, something that was also visible in his original mugshot.
“I would say that shows he has either held in a lot of anger or sadness,” said Patti, “or expressed a lot of anger and sadness.”
‘DEFIANT’ BODY LANGUAGE
Patti also said she believed there was a “defiance” in the way Allen walked into the courtroom and interacted with law enforcement.
Though he appeared to remain silent as he was hauled in and out of the building, Patti said he was “doing something rather odd” with the positioning of his body.
“I have to take into consideration all the extenuating circumstances … but you can see he’s doing this strange pull to this right. You can see it in other aspects but particularly in how he’s holding his head.”
Noting that a police officer is standing to Allen’s left in the footage, she added: “he’s leaning away from that officer.
“He’s leaning away from that official and the judgment of that officer – and you can see it in his body as well.”
Patti reiterated that Allen’s stance was “odd” and likened the way the accused murderer was holding himself to something she calls the “Santa Claus posture.”
“I call it the Santa Claus posture because his belly weight is kind of going up and forward.
“Usually – even when a suspect might be wearing body armor – you’d see more of what I call collapsed body language, where instead of making the belly a target by holding their weight up and forward, the head would be down and the body would be down to protect themselves.
“So for him to have [the Santa Clause posture] tells me he’s got some defiance in him.
“There’s a defiance going into the courtroom; he’s pulling away from authority.”
BOMBSHELL NEW DETAILS
On Tuesday, the judge presiding over Allen’s murder trial issued an order to unseal the probable cause affidavit relating to his arrest.
The newly unsealed documents state that Allen was among the dozens of people interviewed by police in the early stages of the investigation in 2017.
During that initial interview, Allen told police he was on the Manon High Bridge Trail – where Libby and Abby were last seen alive – on Feb. 13 between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.
According to the documents, Allen said he saw three females on the trail but didn’t remember what they looked like and said he didn’t speak with them.
Police spoke with three juveniles who said they were also on the trail that same day. They recalled seeing a “creepy” man on the bridge who was wearing blue jeans and a light blue jacket.
One of the three witnesses said they said “hi” to the man, but he ignored the greeting and glared at them.
The description of the man matches the appearance of the suspect in a video captured by Libby German moments before the girls’ deaths.
Abby and Libby encountered the suspect on the bridge at 2.13pm, the affidavit states, meaning Allen was in the area at the time.
Later that afternoon, another witness reported seeing a man – again wearing a blue jacket and blue jeans – walking away from the bridge.
She said he was covered in mud and blood and appeared as if he’d just gotten into a fight.
Additionally, the documents revealed for the first time that police found a .40 caliber unspent round between the girls’ bodies that had extraction marks on it.
Investigators analyzed the bullet and determined it had been cycled through a pistol belonging to Richard Allen, a Sig Sauer handgun he’d purchased in 2001.
During an interview that Allen voluntarily agreed to on Oct. 26, he told police he has never allowed anyone to use or borrow the firearm in the past.
When quizzed about the unspent bullet, Allen “did not have an explanation of why the bullet was found between the bodies” of Libby and Abby, the documents say.
Police believe Richard Allen was the man spotted on the bridge by the three juveniles and the man depicted on the bridge in the video captured by Libby.
In the documents, investigators state their belief that Allen was not spotted on the trail again after 2.13pm because he was in the woods murdering Libby and Abby.
A NEW PLEA
Prosecutors had previously asked the judge to keep the documents sealed, saying there was “good reason to believe” others may have been involved in the killings.
The ruling came mere hours after Allen’s attorneys filed a motion for a change of venue for his trial, citing concerns over a biased jury.
In the motion, attorneys Andrew Baldwin and Brad Rozzi cited “the extensive media attention” of the case and stated that it “could be argued that the amount of publicity that this particular case has received in the past 5+ years will make it difficult to find a jury that has not heard of this case.”
However, they claimed to have obtained statistical data “that would strongly indicate that moving the case/trial just 150 miles away would significantly reduce the likelihood of obtaining a tainted jury pool.”
The lawyers also argue that “the likelihood for a tainted jury pool is excessive” due to the small number of residents in Carroll County when compared with the high percentage of locals who have been involved in some aspect of the case.
A decision on the motion has not yet been reached.
Allen is set to return to court on Feb. 17 for a bond hearing and pretrial hearing.
Police still ask anyone with information about the case to submit a tip at email@example.com or 765-822-3535.