Delphi murder suspect Richard Allen sat next to police sketch: bar owner

Delphi murder suspect Richard Allen sat next to police sketch: bar owner

An Indiana bar owner revealed that the suspect arrested in Delphi murders of two teenage girls was a patron in his tavern who often stood inches away from a police sketch of the wanted murderer.

Bob Matlock, the owner of the now closed JC’s Bar and Grill, he said that Richard Matthew Allen and his wife were regular customers who often spoke about the 2017 murders of 14-year-old Liberty “Libby” German and 13-year-old Abigail “Abby” Williams.

“He came in and we always talked about girls and everything,” Matlock he told the Daily Beast.

Delphi murder suspect Richard Allen is seen posing in front of a police sketch depicting an artist's rendering of the wanted killer.
Delphi murder suspect Richard Allen in front of a police poster featuring an artist’s sketch of the wanted killer.
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“We’d have conversations about it, he’d say, you know, ‘It’s such a tragedy,’ and we’d say we feel sorry for the families and all that…”

Allen, a 50-year-old married father and CVS technician, was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of murder in the mysterious Delphi killings. The girls’ bodies were found near a hiking trail on February 14, 2017 – a day after they disappeared while going for a walk during a day off from school.

Allen was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of murder for the 2017 killings.
Allen was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of murder for the 2017 killings.
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Libby German, left, and Abby Williams, right, were killed in unknown ways while hiking together on February 13, 2017.
Libby German (left) and Abby Williams were killed in unknown ways while hiking together on February 13, 2017.
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Matlock, who closed his business in December 2021, said he considered Allen and his wife, Kathy, to be good friends of nearly 20 years. The couple came to the bar three or four times a week and talked with other patrons, sometimes about unsolved murders of girls.

Matlock said some of Libby and Abby’s relatives were also their employers.

The Allens were members of the JC’s Bar pool league and were active in the community, Matlock said. He stressed there was “but no indication” that Richard, known to his friends as “Rick”, would be charged with a double murder.

Chilling footage taken from Libby's phone shows a man walking on a bridge near where the girls were last seen.
Chilling footage taken from Libby’s phone shows a man walking on a bridge near where the girls were last seen.
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“I couldn’t believe it when they said they arrested him,” Matlock said. “I said, ‘Well, it can’t be the Rick we know.’

A disturbing photo shared by Matlock showed a smiling Allen posing in front of a police poster with an artist’s rendering of the Delphi murder suspect’s face.

The former bar owner said he thought the sketch bore no resemblance to Allen. He also didn’t think the voice of a man saying the words “on the hill” in a grainy video recovered from Libby German’s phone sounded like Allen.

Matlock described Allen as “quiet” and “friendly.” He said his “sweet” wife, Kathy, works as a veterinarian.

Libby’s grandmother, Becky Patty, told reporters Monday that Allen had once handled the photos for her family at the CVS, but did not charge them.

Betty Cummings, a customer at the CVS where Allen worked, he told the Indianapolis Star that she would see him from time to time while she would have lunch with friends at a nearby McDonald’s.

She described him as calm and gentle.

One sketch depicts an artist's rendering of a suspect wanted for the Delphi murders.
A sketch of a suspect wanted for the Delphi murders.
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“It’s just mixing it up,” he said. “I wouldn’t even suspect the guy.”

CVS released a statement following Allen’s arrest, saying the company is “shocked and saddened to learn that one of our store employees has been arrested as a suspect in these crimes. We stand ready to cooperate with the police investigation in any way we can.”

“We are devastated by these murders and our hearts go out to the German and Williams families,” the statement continued.

More than five years after Libby and Abby’s murders, police still haven’t released how they were killed, or what evidence they had in the case.

Freedom Rose Lynn "Libby" German.

Liberty Rose Lynn “Libby” German.


Abigail Joyce "Abby" Williams.

Abigail Joyce “Abby” Williams.


Flowers are placed at the Monon High Bridge Trail in Delphi, Ind., Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, near where Liberty German and Abigail Williams were last seen and where the bodies were discovered.


Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter announced during a press conference in Delphi, Ind., Monday, October 31, 2022, the arrest of Richard Allen.


Mike Patty, grandfather of Libby German speaks to the media after a press conference in Delphi, Ind., on Monday.


During his first court appearance Friday, Allen pleaded not guilty to the murder charge and was ordered held without bond.

State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said the probe is “far from complete” and urged community members to continue to come forward with information.

With Post wires



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