Unknown Helen McPherson Killer- Florida- 2006 Aug 9, 2016 4:32:25 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Aug 9, 2016 4:32:25 GMT -5
(Above photo credit: Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers)
From the AMW.com archives:
Florida Widow, 86, Brutally Murdered
On July 14, 2006, 86-year-old Helen Regene McPherson went to dinner with her son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Wanda McPherson, as she did every Friday.
Cops say Helen was a widow who lived alone in a safe neighborhood of Vero Beach, Fla. After dinner, her children stayed with her to watch TV until about 8:30 p.m., when Helen went to bed.
Doug had no idea that it would be the last time he would spend with his mother.
On Saturday afternoon, police say one of Helen's neighbors noticed that her newspaper was still in her driveway.
She went to the door and saw immediately that something was wrong: The door's screen had been removed, and the glass pane was pried up. The neighbor called Doug, who rushed to check on his mother.
But cops say around 5:45 p.m., Doug walked into a gruesome crime scene and called police.
Cops say his mother was severely beaten and strangled in her bedroom.
Cops: No Leads, And No Suspects
The murder is still a mystery, and cops say they can't find a motive for the brutal crime: Helen was not sexually assaulted, and nothing was stolen from her home.
Helen lived a quiet life at home, and left only occasionally to run her errands. She spent much of her adult life in Vero Beach, where she raised her three sons.
About two weeks before her murder, Helen woke up around 2 a.m. when she heard a noise in her Florida room. She looked outside, but didn't see anything.
Cops say she was frightened and spent the rest of the night in her sunroom, with little sleep.
When her son, Doug, came by the next day to check it out, he found that a screen had been removed from one of the room's windows, but he never notified police.
Cops say she had no enemies, and all of the known burglars and sex offenders in the area have been investigated.
No one has come forward with information relating to the crime, aside from one neighbor who was walking her dog on that Friday night.
She said she walked by at around 10:30 p.m. as usual, and noticed that Helen's kitchen light was off. Cops say she thought it was strange because the light was normally on.
Thoughts? Helen's case was aired on the June 4th, 2011 episode of America's Most Wanted, incidentally one of the last ever regularly scheduled episodes for when the show was on Fox.
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