In this episode, we delve into the extensive case file surrounding the murder of Shelley, a young woman whose life was tragically cut short. With thousands of pages of reports, photos, and interviews, the investigation was a labyrinth of clues and potential leads.
The police initially faced a daunting challenge as the fire that destroyed potential evidence left them with little to go on. However, the crime scene provided some insight, suggesting that the attack may have started as a sexual assault in Shelley's bedroom.
As the investigation unfolded, evidence both inside and outside the apartment complex began to surface. Blood stains, a broken serrated blade, and a matchbook with a fingerprint visible through the blood all pointed towards a potential suspect.
One person of interest was Fred, a friend of Shelley's who was staying in apartment number three. Brought in for questioning about 11 hours after the murder, the interview with Fred took an unexpected turn. The detective seemed more interested in him as a witness than as a suspect, creating an intriguing dynamic.
The police also explored other avenues, interviewing individuals from Shelley's life, including Alan Griffin, a former boyfriend and football player at the University of Wyoming. The investigation even led them to a party near Shelley's apartment, where they focused on black players from the university's football team.
One particular party attendee, Larry Montez, raised suspicions due to his strange behavior and alibi. However, after subjecting him to a polygraph test, the police ruled him out as a suspect.
The investigation spanned over a year and a half, with the police diligently following up on various leads and tips. Just when it seemed like the case might go cold, a detective in Flagstaff, Arizona, relayed a message that someone had confessed to killing Shelley. This unexpected turn of events injected new life into the investigation.
Join us as we unravel the complexities of Shelley's murder, exploring the twists and turns that ultimately led to a potential breakthrough in the case.
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