A few weeks ago I reported on a murder in Liberal. It was the first murder story I had ever written. While it was intimidating at times, it ended up being quite educational. The crazy thing is how unusual this murder was. It ended up getting national attention being broadcasted on CNN and being posted on CBS' 48 Hours Mystery.
A husband and wife were reported missing on a Wednesday night by family members. Police were given permission by the family to search the house. Upon entrance to the house police find a note saying the parents had gone to Garden City, Kan. The bedroom door was locked. Police broke the door open and found two dead bodies. The coroner told me the wife had been suffocated by a pillow. Her body was covered with the bed spread. The husband body laid next to hers. He had bleed to death after taking a saw cutting his legs open. The coroner said time of death was four days earlier.
You can get the story on The Southwest Times or on 48 Hours Mystery. (If you look closely, you will find my name on the CBS web site.)
There are still so many unanswered questions. Why did this happen? Was there any drugs involved? Why didn't the teen children suspect something earlier?
I am sure a follow up story will follow. The last two weeks I have attempted to get the coroner's report. (Which become public records after being filed). It still has not been entered in to the county record system.
P.S. You could say, I like my job a lot. Something new everyday.