Wednesday Super Sleuth Challenge – A Case Of Forensic Pay Back

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Photo by jherzog

Welcome Super Sleuths! It has been a while since we’ve had a super sleuth challenge, but I’m excited to share this week’s challenge with you. This month’s super sleuth gift will be a $10 Amazon Gift Card and a new book from Brandilyn CollinsDark Justice.

Amazon Description:

“If I’d had any idea what those words would mean to me, to my mother and daughter, I’d have fled California without looking back.

While driving a rural road, Hannah Shire and her aging mother, who suffers from dementia, stop to help a man at the scene of a car accident. The man whispers mysterious words in Hannah’s ear. Soon people want to kill Hannah and her mother for what they “know.” Even law enforcement may be involved.

The two women must flee for their lives. But how does Hannah hide her confused mother? Carol just wants to listen to her pop music, wear her favorite purple hat, and go home. And if they turn to Hannah’s twentyseven- year-old daughter, Emily, for help, will she fall into danger as well?

Pressed on all sides, Hannah must keep all three generations of women in her family alive. Only then does she learn the threat is not just to her loved ones, but the entire country . . . ”


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Photo by plrang

First, let me say that my heart goes out to every family member who has ever lost a loved one to violent crime. For those of you who have been victims, the new methods of forensics have given hope that you and your loved ones may some day find justice.

Today I celebrate the law enforcement community’s new methods in solving a decades old murder case so one family could finally find closure.

I love that forensics has come back to catch criminals who for years went without justice. Today’s Super Sleuth Challenge case is one such instance of forensics catching a decades old cold case killer. Let’s see if you can guess who committed the crime.

On a Saturday night in August of 1980 a 19-year-old man and his girlfriend stopped at a wedding reception in a small town in the Midwest. The couple was planning to go to a carnival later in the evening, so they didn’t stay long.

Witnesses saw the young couple leave, but no one mentioned seeing them outside the reception hall. They never arrived at the carnival. They never made it home.

The next day the Police found the young man’s wallet locked in his car in the parking lot outside of the reception hall. They were found in a farmer’s field a few miles from the place where they were last seen.

Who do you think was responsible for the crime?

A. A jealous ex-boyfriend.

B. A known serial killer believed to be in the area at the time.

C. The best man from the wedding.

D. A local handyman who did work at the reception hall.

Who do you believe was responsible for the crime?


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

10 thoughts on “Wednesday Super Sleuth Challenge – A Case Of Forensic Pay Back

  1. Janet B says:

    I would say B. But that’s just a guess.

  2. bonnie navarro says:

    I think it’s the handyman. Maybe the young man left his keys and wallet in the car and asked the man to help him open it up.

  3. I think it’s the handyman, too.

  4. joaniebruce says:

    I believe it was B…..the known serial killer who was believed to be in the area. There was a man in 1980 named Edward Edwards who murdered a couple, Timothy Hack and his girlfriend, Kelly Drew who had left a wedding reception and couldn’t be found. They were found dead later in a field…..close by, I believe.

  5. dtopliff says:

    D – A local handyman. I love these.

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