On Saturday night, August 9, 1980, a boy named Timothy Hack and his girlfriend Kelly Drew went to a wedding reception at Concord House in Wisconsin.
He had plans to be a farmer and she had just graduated beauty school.
They had no intention of staying at the reception long. Instead, they sought to meet their friends at a carnival. However, they never showed up.
For three decades, their families were left to wonder and despair. They knew everything about their children, from their wants and interests and loves and quirks. But they did not know how they met their end. Instead, their children would publicly be known as the Sweetheart Murders: The two kids who accidentally ran into evil in a case that no one could seem to solve.
Some 32 years later, a woman by the name of April Balascio sat on her couch on an otherwise standard Sunday night in March 2009, her laptop sitting plum on her legs.
“It was a Sunday night, I was on my computer and I saw the State of Wisconsin had given a bunch of money to open cold cases and the Sweetheart Murders were one of them. So I started reading and… oh.
“It was at that time that I realised I had seen the Concord house before.
“And I was shaking, I was shaking because immediately I knew who it was that committed the murderers.”
The Concord House was a dance hall in Wisconsin where the couple been just prior to vanishing. She knew the hall, and she knew the killer. The killer had taken her to the scene of the crime before. The killer’s name was Edward Wayne Edwards, and he was her father.
Balascio, now aged 48, immediately told police what she knew and a few months later, her father was arrested. He later admitted to the murder, and the murders of at least three others.
In her memory, this Sunday night would mark the moment Balascio realised the man who walked her down the aisle was also one of the worst serial killers the US had ever seen.
Her father, she told PEOPLE, could be good with her and her siblings, but he wasn’t a normal kind of father.