Caleb Fairley

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Caleb Fairley
Born (1973-10-21) October 21, 1973 (age 43)
Criminal charge Two counts of murder, robbery
Two counts of aggravated assault, abuse of a corpse
Criminal penalty Two life terms
Criminal status Incarcerated

Caleb Fairley (born October 21, 1973) is an American murderer from Gulph Mills, Pennsylvania.

To honor the victims of Fairley, residents of Limerick, PA. came together and raised more than $250,000 over a two-year period. The fund raising led to the creation of the 'Manderach Memorial Playground'; it was dedicated Sept. 12, 1998, to memorialize mother Lisa and daughter Devon Manderach.[1] The two were murdered Sept. 10, 1995, while shopping in a children's clothing store, owned by Caleb Fairley's parents.[2]


On September 10, 1995, Fairley was working alone at Your Kidz & Mine, a children's clothing store owned by his parents in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Just before closing time, Lisa Manderach (born September 30, 1965) and her 19-month-old daughter Devon (born February 4, 1994) entered the store.[3] When Fairley realized that they were the only customers present, he locked the doors to the store. He then attempted to sexually assault Manderach. When she resisted him, he became enraged and strangled her to death. He also strangled Manderach's infant daughter.[4][5] After the murder, he sexually assaulted Manderach's corpse, then went to an Electric Hellfire Club concert that he had been planning to attend that night.

Arrest and trial[edit]

Lisa Manderach had told her husband where she was going. When she did not return home, he contacted local police, who found her car parked outside the store. A search of Your Kidz & Mine revealed stacks of pornography stained with what appeared to be blood and long black hairs consistent with Manderach's. Similar hairs were found in the store's vacuum cleaner. Also present was a large damp spot on the carpet that was later determined to be saliva. The police also noted that peepholes had been drilled into the dressing rooms.[6]

When police questioned Fairley, he was wearing a thick coat of makeup on his face. When detectives told him to wipe it off, his face was covered with scratch marks. When they were pointed out to Fairley by authorities, he said he received them in a mosh pit while attending an Electric Hellfire Club concert, at a local club called the Asylum.[7]

When hikers discovered Devon Manderach's strangled body dumped on a hill at Valley Forge National Park, Fairley was charged with two counts of murder and one count of abusing a corpse.[8] Fairley entered a plea bargain in which prosecutors would not seek the death penalty if he would show them the location of Lisa Manderach's body.[3]

Fairley was tried in April 1996 and convicted on two counts of first-degree murder.

On July 24, 1996, Montgomery County Court judge William Carpenter handed down the maximum sentence, two consecutive life terms without chance of parole.[9] He is currently incarcerated at State Correctional Institution – Fayette in LaBelle, Pennsylvania.[10]


  1. ^ "Limerick Community Park | Manderach Memorial Playground". Limerick, PA. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  2. ^ Bieber, Dana (30 December 2009). "Manderach Memorial Playground overhaul draws criticism". Digital First Media. Montgomery News. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Ramsland, Katherine (2007). "Vampire Killers: You have a Friend in Pennsylvania". Crime Library. CourtTV. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  4. ^ Rosenthal, Dave (9 October 2008). "William Lashner on guilt". Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  5. ^ Devlin, Frank (17 September 1995). "Murder Suspect Lived Life Of Ridicule, Fantasies". tribunedigital-mcall. The Morning Call. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  6. ^ Westfeldt, Amy (12 September 1995). "Clerk Charged With Slaying Girl, Mother In Child's Clothing Store". Collegeville, PA: The Associated Press. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  7. ^ PHUCAS, KEITH (23 October 2002). "The tales forensics tell". The Times Herald. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "Observer-Reporter - Clerk charged with killing mother, daughter". The Associated Press. Observer-Reporter. 13 September 1995. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  9. ^ Devlin, Frank (25 July 1996). "Fairley Gets Two Life Terms, No Parole Despite Montco Murderer's Admission Of Guilt, He's Taunted By Victims' Relatives.". tribunedigital-mcall. The Morning Call. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  10. ^ Hessler Jr., Carl (25 September 2012). "Citing Supreme Court decision, Caleb Fairley seeks new trial in connection with 1996 murders". Montgomery News. Retrieved 26 December 2016.