Dr. Death: Valentine's Day EditionJohn Hamilton, a big time doctor in Oklahoma City, showered his wife Susan with gifts starting with a Porsche he gave her the day they got married. This is completely normal for a happy, and balanced marriage. "I think John was so astounded that he had her ... that he had such a wonderful, perfect — almost perfect — wife, in his opinion," said Shary Coffey, Susan's best friend.
But on Valentine's Day of 2001, John came home between surgeries to find his wife lying on the bathroom floor strangled with two of his ties with her head smashed so badly that parts of her brain were exposed.
John went to work trying to revive his wife while the police and ambulance arrived. Susan could not be saved. John was not suspected at first… until police found evidence that Susan had found records of dozens of calls from her husband's cellphone to a topless dancer, and uncovered records of Susan telling friends she was thinking about asking John for a divorce.
John was charged with murder and they headed to trial. His defense team hired a respected crime scene investigator, Tom Bevel, as an expert witness. Bevel, a blood splatter expert testified that the blood found on the doctor was consistent with his account of trying to save his wife.
But, before the trial Bevel had also found some blood spatters in Hamilton's right sleeve that the prosecution expert hadn’t seen. Bevel said he thought the blood pattern was consistent with what would have happened if Hamilton struck his wife. He said he didn’t think it came from giving CPR. He told Primetime that the blood splatters were "almost a neon sign pointing towards the wearer of this shirt being associated with the beating."
When Bevel was under oath he was asked if there was anything the prosecution missed. So he spilled the beans on the blood. He told the court "it was consistent with Hamilton beating his wife over the head with a blunt instrument." It took the jury less than two hours to convict Hamilton of first-degree murder, and he was later sentenced to life in prison.
Convicted by his own expert defense witness.
Young Love Never Had A Chance
High-school sweethearts Nicholas Kunselman and Stephanie Hart-Grizzell where having lunch at a Subway sandwich shop a few blocks South of Columbine High School. Stephanie was waiting for Nicholas to finish closing up the shop so they could go out together.
A few minutes after midnight on Valentine’s Day a co-worker passing by saw that the lights were still on, so they checked in.
They found Nicholas and Stephanie shot, lying on the floor. Witnesses reported seeing a young man who walked away from the Subway shop at about the time the two teenagers were killed.
Eight years later the case has gone cold. "There have been a number of times we’ve worked leads that seemed very promising," said Jacki Kelley, spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
The tips did uncover a drug ring selling cocaine and marijuana that operated near the store. The shop was not robbed the night of the slayings, leading investigators to believe the deaths were drug-related, and therefore accidental.
Stephanie was involved with sports, such as swimming for the Foothills Recreational District Swim Team. In his spare time, Nicholas played the guitar, listened to music and became the Colorado junior disc-golf champion. Both were shy.
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