Convicted Killer of Three Auburn Girls in 1967, Up for Parole Again
Auburn’s most notorious murderer, Edward Seibold is up for parole again.
He’s already served 48 years of a life sentence for his conviction on three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in the knife and shotgun killings of three girls and the wounding of two of the girls’ mother.
Now, almost 71-years-old, Seibold sits at the Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore, Alabama for murders that rocked the Auburn community.
“I can’t imagine a more horrendous circumstance surrounding the events on Sept. 6 1967, when he methodically planned and carried out the murders of innocent people,” said Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones.
Sheriff Jones said Seibold had dates with the oldest daughter, Kathy Sinclair, but she didn’t want to continue the relationship. So, around 11:58 p.m., on September 6, 1967, he came to the Sinclair house and killed three girls. Kathy and another sister were hiding and had to bear the experience of listening to their siblings being murdered.
“It was very unfortunate, it was a terrible tragedy and it’s something you think shouldn’t happen and no reason for that to happen and it changed everyone’s life in that incident,” said Auburn Police Chief Paul Register.
Seibold was a 21-year-old student at Auburn University when he shot and stabbed 9-year-old Mary Lynn Sinclair, killing her as she slept in her bed. He also shot and stabbed her best friend who was sleeping over, 8-year-old Mary “May May” Durant at their home on Gardner Drive.
He took 18-year-old Elizabeth Sinclair demanding to know where Kathy was. Then, slit her throat.
The mother, Jaunita Sinclair, a widow, was wounded in the arm by a shotgun blast.
“I refer it to the night Auburn lost it’s innocence in a way to the point where it was the most horrific crimes and still remains one of the most horrific crimes to happen in the city of Auburn,” said Sheriff Jones.
Seibold was denied parole in 2012.
His next chance at parole is November 8 in front of the Board of Pardons and Paroles in Montgomery.
“Seibold should never draw another free breathe for the rest of his life,” said Sheriff Jones.
Local law enforcement officers, including Sheriff Jones and Chief Register, along with Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes will attend the hearing.