I've always theorized that one of the victims knew who the suspect was. He probably came in unmasked and when he realized one of the victims knew him he thought he had no choice but to kill her. That's what led to him shooting to everyone else. Unfortunately, I'm guessing the woman that survived was probably not the one who knew him.
One of the major problems with the suspect's description is that all specific details are things he could have changed that very day. The beads in the hair? Those wouldn't take long to remove. The corn rows? Get them shaved or hide them underneath a hat.
I agree that this is one of the scariest unsolved murders AMW has ever profiled. It was so completely random and brazen, and the fact that he just shot and killed Billy before running off is somewhat telling. I'm astonished that the suspect doesn't at least have a name attached to him; the surveillance tape is actually pretty good, and you can clearly see his face.
Have police ever revealed exactly where the liquor store was located? I'm wondering if it was just off of a highway or located in Terre Haute proper. Also, how long did it take for Billy's body to be found? All this factors in to how far the suspect might have been able to get that night.
The Gardner Museum Robbery was first profiled back in 1990, just about a month or so after it happened. Jon Leiberman mentioned in the 2009 update that investigators who had reopened the case actually used the AMW reenactment as a reference when trying to pinpoint the timeline of events, since AMW actually filmed the reenactment in the Gardner Museum.
What's interesting is that when the case was profiled, one of the detectives on the case said they didn't believe any of the older kids had done anything to make them a target. If I'm remembering things correctly, she said they couldn't find evidence that Hector's friends were involved in anything illegal. Of course, she could have just been saying that to the media while privately they were doing something else, but you never know.
I didn't realize the murder happened at 9 p.m. though. The way the story was filmed it seemed like the shooting happened around 4:30-5 p.m. I don't think AMW ever mentioned that on either of the profiles.
As an interesting note, one of the kids in the story said Hector's bike had been stolen the day before the murder. It's probably just a coincidence, but an odd one nonetheless.
I remember back when AMW first aired this case, one possibility police were looking at was an incident that involved Mary back in the early 90s. Apparently a man nobody knew showed up at her employer and demanded to see her. Her fellow employees refused, and when they threatened to call the police, the man disappeared. Mary never mentioned the man to anybody, and I don't think anybody ever figured out who the guy was.
Like everybody else has said, it really makes you wonder if Jennifer was the intended target. Why else would her body have been dumped so far away? Such a strange and tragic case.
I wasn't originally going to include Abrego, but then when I saw his profile on the Facebook episode, I really felt the emotional impact of the case. A couple more viewings and I decided that I would put him on the list.
Leroy and Kathleen Chasson, #71/#72, Spt 22, 1989 During a drug deal discussion, Leroy stabbed a man to death. In 1982, his wife Kathleen helped him escape a hospital. AMW tips led cops to Colorado, where Leroy either shot himself dead or was killed in a shootout, but Kathleen was taken alive.
Leroy Chasson was killed in a shootout with police. An officer posed as a new neighbor to confirm that Chasson was there, and when the officer revealed who he was, Chasson pulled out his own gun and a shootout began. Kathleen Chasson was at work when the shootout happened. She learned that Leroy was dead after watching a news report, and surrendered to police once she found out what happened.
Shelly Rose Godwin, #95, Fbr 7, 1990 In June 1987, her husband, a convicted murderer serving a long sentence, pulled the incredible feat of breaking out of California's Folsom Prison with the help of several others, including Shelly. She was busted in Texas. A year after her arrest, Glen Stewart Godwin got arrested in Mexico, then allegedly murdered a fellow inmate before escaping again. Glen was added to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list in 1996 and is still out there.
Shelly Godwin was released in the early 90s. She was married and pregnant by the time she was arrested, and I think the judge gave her a suspended sentence.
James Edward Noel, #97, Fbr 26, 1990 After being charged with raping at least 5 women, he was paroled. In October 1989, he killed a woman in Los Angeles after failing in his attempts to rape her. He was busted in California and is now serving life with no chance of parole.
An odd piece of trivia about this case; the woman that was killed, Wendy Taar, was a co-manager at the apartment complex where she was killed. The manager of the apartment was Heidi Fleiss, who later became infamous in the 90s as the Hollywood Madam. Fleiss was actually interviewed by AMW when the story first aired, since she and Wendy were good friends.
Steve Edward Allen, #171, Spt 18, 1991 A gang banger. He killed a minor league baseball player turned rival gang banger in Los Angeles. He was busted in Illinois.
Steve Allen was released just two years after his capture. I think he either accepted a plea deal or was found guilty of a lesser charge, because he only served two years in prison. On his Final Justice profile, the victim's mother talked about how she felt cheated by the criminal justice system.
Linda Allende Santos and Emilio Carrasquillo Rosario, #193/#194, Mrc 17, 1992 Allende-Santos paid Carrasquillo-Rosario to kill her husband in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It's unknown how the murder played out, but they fled to the American mainland and were busted in Florida.
Linda Allende hired Emilio Carrasquillo (her boyfriend) and another man (who I think was also her boyfriend) to kill her husband. I believe he was driving down the street when one of the guys cut him off in traffic and the other walked up to the car window and shot him in the head. The other man was caught before Allende and Carrasquillo disappeared, and I think police dropped the charges because he agreed to testify against both in court.
Bolton Mitchell, #258, Jly 10, 1993 A hitchhiker. One night, he abducted and robbed a school teacher, then forced her to watch as he firebombed her house. Cops found two wallets that he'd accidentally left behind, followed a paper trail, and named him the suspect. He was busted in Florida.
The victim in Bolton Mitchell's case was a man, and the abduction happened during the day as he was driving to school. The victim was actually tied up and blindfolded inside his bedroom while his house burned to the ground. Mitchell's walk of shame sometimes appears in capture montages; he's the one who headbutts the camera.
Martin Rasim Bulichi, #297, Oct 30, 1993 A self-employed machinist. In August 1993, two men in his Washington State neighborhood renovated their garage into a makeshift disco hall. The loud music led to an argument between the men and Rasim-Bulichi. It quickly got out of hand, and he killed both of them with gunshots to the head. He found out he was scheduled for an AMW airing 3 days before the show, and surrendered in Snohomish, Washington. He got life with no chance of parole.
While the two men did live next door to Bulichi, the victims were one of the men and a female friend. The reenactment showed Bulichi simply walking through the front door (which was unlocked) and going straight to the garage where he shot and killed both of them.
Dereck Owens, #482, Spt 7, 1997 Busted in California. Details are unknown.
Owens took part in an armed bank robbery in Lompoc, California. During the robbery, a man on crutches and a woman walked in. The man was shot in the leg, and when the woman ran out of the bank, one of the robbers followed her and shot her dead in the parking lot. After seeing himself on AMW, Owens surrendered. A second suspect, Shauncy Bowen, was later captured indirectly. His segment is actually on YouTube (look up "Christine Orciuch" and you should find it).
Kathleen Ann Soliah, #572, Jne 16, 1999 A soldier for the Symbionese Liberation Army. In 1976, she planted bombs under 2 LAPD officer's cars. Though they failed to detonate, one of her targets quit the force to avoid the risk of a second attack. Over the next 22 years, she started over in a quiet suburb in St Paul, Minnesota, where she'd been living an ordinary middle-class American life raising 3 children under the alias Sarah Jane Olson... but an AMW tipster recognized her after the SLA special was aired on the show. Cops were ready to roll on James William Kilgore, who was nabbed as an empty capture in November 2002.
Soliah/Olson was released in 2010 or 2011. A paperwork glitch accidentally freed her in 2009 and she had to be re-arrested.
James Richard Bennett, #669, May 16, 2001 He continually raped his 2 daughters, starting in 1987 when the younger was 2 years old. He was charged out of New York and Missouri. The abuse lasted for 9 years until the girls were recovered during a cross-country road trip in 1996. After at least 6 airings starting in 1994, a tipster busted him in Lakewood, Colorado, where he was recovering after a heart attack.
I'm fairly certain James Bennett died sometime within the past 5-6 years. Not long ago I looked him up on the New York Department of Corrections website and it said he never finished his sentence, but also never said he was released or paroled.
I'll go through the rest and see if I can find anything else.
Figured I'd jump in here and tell you all my personal 10 Most Wanted of 2012 as well
#10 - Archie Byrd #9 - Roger Hart #8 - Juan Abrego #7 - Kenneth Dustin Grant #6 - Peter Castillo #5 - Lester Pearson #4 - Luis Mena #3 - Emmana Michel #2 - Cathy Morales #1 - Jorge Nunez-Paz
What's funny is that while compiling this list, I'd completely forgotten that I wanted to put DJ Friend on the list. I didn't realize it until he was captured, but because I didn't want to retcon my list, I kept it the same
Considering the felony warrant has already been filed into the court system, is there really a statue of limitations for felony fugitive cases? A google search doesn't really come to an overall consensus. I think the biggest problem would be bringing her case to trial after 10 years, luckily her two children seem more than willing to testify against their mother, however I don't know about the social workers (may have retired) who led Greisy's case being first aired on AMW in 2003.
I think it depends on the state. Here in Iowa, the "statute of limitations" is defined as the time between an incident and when someone is charged with it. I once covered a sexual assault case where the crime itself happened in 2007 but the guy wasn't charged until 2011. However, because it was under the 10 year mark (and Iowa has an additional footnote that says if the victim was under 18, the suspect can be charged within 10 years of the victim's 18th birthday if the statute expires before then) he was still able to be charged. I'm fairly certain, in most cases, the statute of limitations only applies to unknown suspects. That's why the Wheaton Bank Robber is no longer wanted and why apparently police have stopped looking for the Appleton Attacker (or so I've heard).
As for Valencia herself, I remember when AMW first profiled her they got a ton of excellent tips saying she was in Columbia, California (of all the places she could hide). She apparently had visited a Jack-in-the-Box restaurant and was asking about bus schedules. Yet for some reason, since that airing Valencia has been elusive. I doubt she fled back to Colombia (the country) but certainly anything's possible. I can see her still out there in California somewhere.
I'm a bit skeptical that his family is protecting him. In one of Henry's profiles, the lead detective said his brothers were actually cooperative with police and told them a number of places where he might have fled.
At the same time, I'm not terribly surprised that Henry is still at large. He was known to be a trained survivalist and had anti-government views. The Mountain West (Idaho, Wyoming, Montana) has tons of places to hide, and he could very easily be living off the land somewhere in that area.
I apologize for bumping this topic, but I've been going through and reading some old posts and wanted to contribute
Anyway, Mustelier was actually not profiled on any Strange But True episodes, but I actually profiled him on my Facebook page when I was doing "Fugitive of the Day." I selected him as one of my personal "Strange But True" cases.
AMW actually got a great tip on Mustelier back in 2004. A man in Florida went to get some gas and snacks and his 11-year-old daughter came with and brought the family's video camera just because she wanted to test it out. As the man was paying for the gas, he realized the guy standing behind him in line looked very similar to Mustelier. So after they got in the car, he took his daughter's video camera and recorded the man exiting the store. They called AMW once they got home, but soon realized it was just a look a like (AMW actually interviewed the man, who wasn't mad about it.)
Part of me thinks Mustelier is actually still hanging out in Florida somewhere. He reportedly was spotted about 10 years ago in the Miami area.
John Steven Huggins, #478, Jly 8, 1997 The Unknown Carla Larson killer. In June 1997, a woman had been abducted from a Florida supermarket, and the body was quickly found. She had been strangled, and her jewelry had been stolen. AMW tipsters identified the killer as a DisneyWorld tourist named John Steven Huggins, and cops busted him in Maryland. Today he sits on Florida's death row.
The tipster who busted John Huggins was actually his wife, Angel. She saw the AMW profile of the Larson murder and started realizing that the murder happened during their Florida vacation, and after the day of the murder, her husband began acting really odd. She called AMW when she realized there was no way it was all a coincidence and had him arrested. Sure enough, her hunch was right.
Allen Booten, #493, Nvb 5, 1997 The Unknown Jason Crawford killer. Busted in Texas. Details are unknown.
Based on the brief portion of reenactment I've seen of the case, Jason Crawford and an unidentified friend were intentionally run off the road while driving their car. The car hit a tree, killing Jason but the friend survived. Based on the description of the car, police got a ton of tips identifying Alan Booten as the driver. I can't find the article anymore, but I'm fairly certain I read somewhere that Booten killed himself as police were coming in.
David Mitchell, #497, Jnr 9, 1998 Arrested in Georgia for bank robbery. Details are unknown.
David Mitchell was a serial bank robber wanted out of Minnesota. Mitchell was so brazen, after he'd commit a robbery he would ditch his disguise then grab a meal at a restaurant near the crime scene. He robbed so many banks, he realized he didn't have anywhere to store the money, so he buried it in the woods behind his house. He was also wanted for shooting an armored car driver during another robbery. After his capture, he was acquitted of the shooting since he apparently wasn't even in the state at the time (His quote from the interview with AMW was something to the effect of "This is what got me on America's Most Wanted, and I didn't even do it!") but he was convicted of armed robbery. I believe he's out of prison by now, but I don't know for sure. AMW had a jailhouse interview with him back in 2002, where they tried to get him to reveal where the money was. He initially said he couldn't tell, then backtracked and said he spent it all. AMW asked tipsters to call in if they knew where the money was, since the FBI was apparently offering a reward for information or something like that.