Cold Case Files - Beauty Queen Killer; The Fingerprint   View more episodes

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00:00:00his move.
00:00:04Several residents finger one person in particular, a neighbor named Larry Hazlett.
00:00:11The 31-year-old is known in the complex as the local creep.
00:00:15Even better for McNatt, Larry Hazlett lives in apartment number five, just ten feet away from Tana Woolley's bedroom window.
00:00:26>> His front door faced the other way from her apartment, but the window was right there.
00:00:31There was a big window, so he could sit there and watch by the hour, and he has a lot of time to spend and look.
00:00:37You see, that's the bad part.
00:00:38And since she was such a beautiful girl, this to him was probably a pinnacle for him.
00:00:44And so I think that's why he watched her so much.
00:00:49>> KURTIS: McNatt's theory gains some traction when Tana's boyfriend Ricky Rush discloses that Tana had expressed some concerns about the man in apartment number five.
00:01:01>> She had mentioned to Rick, you know, that this guy would be staring at her and she felt kind of uneasy.
00:01:09>> Tana was very concerned because they watched her all the time, when she took the garbage out, when she went out of the apartment.
00:01:16Anywhere she went, there was always someone watching her, so she became quite concerned.
00:01:21>> KURTIS: The pieces are beginning to fit, a theory of murder sharpening into focus.
00:01:26It is a theory that begins at home with a young woman and ends with her neighbor just a few doors away.
00:01:33>> It was like a funnel situation.
00:01:36We've all these people here talking and giving me bits of information, and as it funnels down, somebody comes out down here at the bottom of the funnel, and it happened to be him.
00:01:49>> KURTIS: Five months after Tana Woolley's death, Larry Hazlett slips quietly out of town, out of the reach of police and out of the reach of Lew McNatt >> I developed a lot of people who gave me information during my period of time in this investigation.
00:02:06And so I asked the you know, I'd go around and I'd say, "Well, have you seen Hazlett?" "No." "When's the last time you saw him?" "Oh, maybe two weeks ago.
00:02:15Maybe a month ago." And the synopsis was that he just wasn't there.
00:02:20He was gone.
00:02:21And once he's gone, there's nothing else to do.
00:02:25>> KURTIS: The private investigator feels he has identified Tana Woolley's killer, but is powerless to do anything about it.
00:02:31>> It's always frustrating.
00:02:33When you can't pin down, especially a murder and especially if somebody that you thought a great deal of, it's difficult.
00:02:42>> KURTIS: The worst part of McNatt's job: Trying to explain the hard truth of things to the victim's family.
00:02:49>> He told us, you know, from about the fifth or sixth day who it was or he was pretty sure who it was, but there was no evidence.
00:02:59They could not get any evidence on him.
00:03:03>> KURTIS: In time, the investigation into Tana Woolley's murder finds its way into the cold files, her death forgotten by all save a precious few.
00:03:14>> I never lost hope.
00:03:16There was times when I'd think, "Oh, my gosh, it's not going anywhere," but I always felt like some day-- I just knew-- some day it would.
00:03:28>> As long as everybody believes that there is hope, you know, then you can press on.
00:03:34If we had anybody that was negative, then it would probably have discouraged all of us, but we never got to that point.
00:03:42>> KURTIS: For the Woolley family, the wait is a long one-- more than 20 years until a new generation of detectives opens up an old file and finds the clue that everyone missed.
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00:07:59>> KURTIS: In the fall of 1978, Tana Woolley is found raped and strangled with her own sock inside her apartment.
00:08:06The killer leaves semen behind, but no other clues as to his identity.
00:08:12Tana Woolley's family hires a private investigator named Lew McNatt who suspects a neighbor named Larry Hazlett.
00:08:20With no hard evidence and no witnesses, however, the case goes cold.
00:08:25For 20 years, Helen and Bill Woolley wait for police to reopen the case and find their daughter's killer.
00:08:35>> Helen would call, I... I know on the average of once a month and talk to either one of the detectives or they... or they'd stop by.
00:08:44The problem that we had is there was a turnover of detectives on this case, so each new detective that was given the case would have to start off from square one.
00:08:58>> KURTIS: In 1999, the torch is passed to a new generation, and Tana's sister Taryn begins to call police.
00:09:07Like her parents, Taryn is polite but insistent that detectives take up Tana's case and begin to work it again.
00:09:18>> I didn't feel like that they should have to go through this all over again being the parents, so I took it.
00:09:25I just said "I have to do this.
00:09:26Every month I'll call until they tell me there's no..." you know, "We can do no more." >> KURTIS: For three months Taryn calls until finally she gets a sergeant named Chris Speer on the other end of the line.
00:09:39The investigator promises to take a look into Tana's file.
00:09:43>> I look through it, and unfortunately in the 1970s the documentation about how an investigator got from point A to point B wasn't as thorough as we currently do, so there's some scraps of information in the case file that, you know, I considered clues or were potential clues left me by the prior investigator.
00:09:59>> KURTIS: Among the pieces of evidence is a request for fingerprints from a man named Larry Hazlett, the same Larry Hazlett developed as a suspect by the Woolley family's private investigator 20 years earlier.
00:10:13Speer is not sure why the original investigators wanted Hazlett's prints and decides to run a background check.
00:10:21What he gets back is a 20-year rap sheet, including four arrests for rape.
00:10:27>> I think that was when the light bulb came on, the eureka moment, "This is my guy," or at least, "He's as good as any that I've got right now." >> KURTIS: Hazlett is a registered sex offender living in Sacramento.
00:10:39Speer pulls his address and heads into the city for a sit- down with his suspect.
00:10:54Larry Hazlett lives a quiet life on a quiet street, his neighbors never suspecting Hazlett is also a convicted sex offender.
00:11:04On October 5, Sergeant Speer knocks on Hazlett's front door armed with a search warrant for his DNA.
00:11:13>> He voluntarily surrendered the samples and just said, "Here you go, didn't know her, be glad to help you in the future. Good- bye." >> KURTIS: Speer can only assume one of two things: either Larry Hazlett is entirely innocent, or he has gotten away with so much crime in his life that he thinks he cannot be caught.
00:11:33>> It's worked 20 years ago, be somewhat cooperative and just deny it, and you know, "They'll leave me alone for another 20 years." >> KURTIS: Speer returns to Bakersfield with samples in hand, hopeful science can tell him if Larry Hazlett is an ex- con gone straight or a rapist and a killer.
00:12:00In 2000, DNA analyst Brenda Smith sifts through evidence more than 20 years old.
00:12:07She begins with semen pulled from Tana Woolley's body.
00:12:11Unfortunately it's too degraded for DNA testing.
00:12:17Smith then turns to bags of clothing and bedding collected at the crime scene.
00:12:23Using an alternate light source, Smith scans the items for stains that might indicate bodily fluids.
00:12:30>> I found some small circular stains, kind of yellowish- looking stains towards the top of the bedspread.
00:12:39I did screen portions of a couple of those areas, and they did screen positive for semen.
00:12:45I just kind of got excited and had a gut feeling about those stains from the very beginning.
00:12:51>> KURTIS: Smith isolates the stains, extracts a genetic profile, and compares it to the DNA signature of Larry Hazlett.
00:12:59>> It ended up matching Hazlett.
00:13:02I've never been more excited on... probably on any of the other cases that I've looked at in the time that I've been doing Dna.
00:13:10You know, I think I almost hyperventilated on that one.
00:13:14>> KURTIS: The match is as good as it gets, with an occurrence frequency of one in 126 billion.
00:13:22Smith puts a call in to Kern County homicide.
00:13:26The Tana Woolley case is in play, with a suspect waiting to be arrested.
00:13:39Detectives Joe Hicks and Scott Jellitich are given the job of arresting and interrogating Larry Hazlett.
00:13:46Despite the DNA match, the two quickly realize the case against Hazlett is far from certain.
00:13:54>> We were concerned that a defense of his could be his claim that it was consensual and that was why his semen would be on her bedspread.
00:14:10>> Our intent to obtain a statement from him is to... for court purposes, lock him into what does he have to say happened there?
00:14:19Whatever he could possibly use as a defense later in the court trial, we wanted to establish at that interview.
00:14:26>> KURTIS: At a little after 2:00 PM, the detectives slow to a stop in front of Hazlett's home.
00:14:33Once again, Hazlett appears eager to talk and to cooperate.
00:14:36Detectives sit down at his kitchen table, cue up the tape recorder and begin to ask about Tana Woolley's rape and murder.
00:15:14>> KURTIS: The detectives have what they came for, a statement from Hazlett they can prove to be a lie.
00:15:21Hicks then takes the next step, confronting Hazlett with the DNA match.
00:15:54>> My first reaction-- Mr. Hazlett is quite a large man-- was that I wanted to calm him down and get him sat back down at the table, because I didn't want to have some altercation inside of his house.
00:16:05>> KURTIS: Hazlett is arrested and charged with first degree murder.
00:16:10At the same time, a mother gets the call she has been waiting 24 years to receive.
00:16:16>> It was really ironic.
00:16:17I was at the cemetery, and when I got the call I was just putting the flowers, and I just told her all the little angels could dance, dance in heaven, you know.
00:16:32Helen Woolley believes the nightmare has come to an end.
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00:21:09>> KURTIS: In the fall of 1978, Tana Woolley was found raped and murdered inside her apartment.
00:21:1524 years later, bodily fluids are discovered on bed sheets found at the crime scene, and a DNA profile is developed.
00:21:25That profile is then matched to Tana Woolley's next-door neighbor, a convicted sex offender named Larry Hazlett.
00:21:39>> KURTIS: Hazlett claims the DNA evidence against him is a plant.
00:21:43An arrest warrant is issued, and a date set for trial.
00:21:54Ed Jagels has been prosecuting cases for almost three decades.
00:21:58In December of 2002, he takes up the Hazlett case and immediately identifies a problem.
00:22:05>> The defendant could claim that he had an affair with the victim which they were keeping quiet for various reasons, and that he had certainly seen her, but the last time he'd seen her she was fine, and he had no idea what... what had happened subsequently.
00:22:20>> KURTIS: Jagels feels he needs more evidence before proceeding to trial.
00:22:24He enlists the help of investigator Trent Sproles.
00:22:29Together, the two start digging into Larry Hazlett's past.
00:22:33>> He was an unbelievably lucky serial rapist.
00:22:39We found four instances in which he had committed rape, three of them prior to this incident and one subsequent.
00:22:53He'd got out of every one of them.
00:22:57>> We had to actually go back one... 31 years and retrace where they'd moved, where they'd lived, what their names were.
00:23:05One was married four different times, so she had four prior names.
00:23:10>> KURTIS: Over a period of months, Trent Sproles tracks each of the women.
00:23:15None of them had ever met each other.
00:23:18Each, however, tells the same story about Larry Hazlett.
00:23:21>> He would come across very polite, very friendly, and then when he had them alone, he was just like a Dr. Jeckyll and Mr.
00:23:29Hyde effect.
00:23:30One of the women he bit so severely, she still has the scars on her to show.
00:23:35>> KURTIS: All four of the women had reported the attack at the time it happened, and never got their day in court.
00:23:41Three decades later, they are at first reluctant to come forward.
00:23:46>> Well, most of them at first didn't want to discuss it, which I understood.
00:23:50But once they understood the...
00:23:52the severity of the case and that this man had actually murdered someone, a young female, then there's some guilt involved where they thought if they would have continued with their case, back 30-some years ago, and prosecuted this man, then maybe this young woman may not have died.
00:24:15>> KURTIS: All four finally agree to testify.
00:24:19Each will provide details that will paint Larry Hazlett as a serial rapist.
00:24:24Ed Jagels, however, isn't done.
00:24:26In preparing for trial, he has paid a visit to the Kern County forensic lab to talk about a young girl's blue sock.
00:24:42DNA analyst Brenda Smith knows the Tana Woolley case well.
00:24:47She has already isolated bodily fluid stains on the victim's bedspread and linked them to Larry Hazlett.
00:24:54Now Ed Jagels asks her to examine the sock used to strangle the victim.
00:25:00>> Because it was a ligature, it would have had to have been held pretty tightly and for a little bit of a lengthy time.
00:25:09There was at least a potential that some skin cells from the individual's hands could have sloughed off onto the sock.
00:25:16>> KURTIS: Using a single-edged razor, Smith scrapes the topmost layer of material off Tana Woolley's sock.
00:25:25The bits of fuzz are then placed into a test tube, and tested.
00:25:29Small amounts of human DNA are determined to be present.
00:25:35Smith isolates the genetic strands and develops a partial profile.
00:25:40>> I was pretty excited that I got anything off the sock at all.
00:25:45You know, it was a 50/50 proposition in my... in my mind.
00:25:50>> KURTIS: The partial profile is consistent with Larry Hazlett-- not a full genetic match, but enough to undermine any ntention that Hazlett's DNA also found on the victim's bed sheet was the result of a consensual sexual relationship.
00:26:07>> With the addition of that...
00:26:12this piece of evidence which was the DNA extracted from the ligature, from the actual sock that was used to strangle her, that story wouldn't hold any water anymore.
00:26:29>> KURTIS: On June 10, Ed Jagels presents his case to a jury.
00:26:33After a week of testimony and an hour-and-a-half of deliberation, the panel returns a verdict.
00:26:39Larry Hazlett is found guilty of murder.
00:26:44A month later, he is sentenced.
00:26:47>> Do you hereby determine that the penalty shall be death?
00:26:50>> Yes.
00:26:52>> KURTIS: Helen Woolley watches as the man who raped and killed her daughter is taken away, to await his own death by lethal injection >> I just wanted to tell him what he robbed me of.
00:27:06I probably would've said he was a monster, you know.
00:27:13And just his cockiness when he left court just irritated me.
00:27:18You know, he just gave us that look and threw his shoulders at us like, "Are you happy now?" And, yeah, we were very happy.
00:27:29>> KURTIS: While no death sentence will bring Tana back, the Woolley family takes some comfort in knowing their phone calls kept this case alive, and that persistence sometimes has its own rewards.
00:27:43>> It's one of those things that we hope that other people that are watching your program will realize that whatever they do, they can't give up.
00:27:52They've got to keep pressing the law enforcement, which my family did, and it paid off.
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00:32:28You don't want to just run out and arrest the person because you want to know what their background is.
00:32:37>> I told Sergeant Guido to bend down like she was tying her shoe, and pick up that cigarette butt.
00:32:42>> This is a person that is never going to accept responsibility for what he did, and deserves, as far as I'm concerned, absolutely no mercy.
00:33:01>> KURTIS: Winter in Oceanside, New York.
00:33:05Darkness comes early-- the moon cold, and the city streets mostly empty.
00:33:13At around 6:30 PM, a patrol car is taking the corner at Lawson Boulevard when its radio crackles to life.
00:33:21A dead body, discovered by a family member, inside a local home.
00:33:27Officers Ed Carter and Otto Kohlmier hit the flashers and roll to 3412 Ocean Harbor Drive, home of 41-year-old Susan Eigen.
00:33:38>> What we saw was one hysterical person, another woman off to... you know, in the kitchen, kind of out of it, and a man that was fairly calm for the situation, who told us that someone was dead upstairs.
00:33:52>> There was Susan Eigen laying in the doorway between the bedroom and the hall.
00:33:55She was in a fetal position.
00:33:56She had a... looked like a collar made out of a belt around her neck.
00:34:02>> KURTIS: Police walk across the hallway and into the master bedroom, where they discover Susan's son, 17-year-old Richard, also dead.
00:34:11>> He was bound to a three-step type entranceway up to the master bed, and he was bound by the wrists to the railing.
00:34:20And he was suffocated and strangled.
00:34:24He had wires around his neck.
00:34:26He had a plastic bag over his head, and the bag was covered by a gray coat.
00:34:32>> KURTIS: Kohlmier and Carter secure the house and call in backup.
00:34:35Detective Herb Daub arrives and begins to work the scene.
00:34:40>> In one of the bedrooms, we found blood on one of the beds.
00:34:43of course she was found in the hallway outside the bedroom, and then of course there was the scene in the bedroom.
00:34:49So there was activity in at least three different places.
00:34:53>> KURTIS: Blood splatter is collected off a bed sheet near Susan Eigen's body.
00:34:56Forensics also collects hair strands from the bandana used to strangle Susan Eigen.
00:35:02One latent print is lifted off the plastic bag used to suffocate Richard Eigen.
00:35:08And a single unknown print is lifted off a bank receipt found in Susan Eigen's purse.
00:35:15The evidence is tagged and sent downtown for processing.
00:35:19Meanwhile, detectives take note of the overall condition of the house-- specifically, several dresser drawers pulled open, and a pocketbook upturned.
00:35:31>> It appears to have been a burglary gone bad.
00:35:33That was probably our first theory.
00:35:37>> KURTIS: Detectives speculate the intruder encountered Susan Eigen inside the house, and a simple burglary turned into rape, then murder.
00:35:47As for 17-year-old Richard, detectives believe he came home at the wrong time, thereby sealing his fate.
00:35:55>> My theory is that he walked in while his mother was being beaten, raped, or attacked, whatever.
00:36:01>> And maybe he's screaming, maybe he's yelling.
00:36:03Put a bag over his head to quiet him.
00:36:05Now the kid's still yelling, or he could see his face through the bag.
00:36:09He put the coat over the top of him to muffle the sounds, and then he went back and did whatever he had to do with Mrs.
00:36:13Eigen in eventually murdering her.
00:36:18>> KURTIS: The theory plays pretty well.
00:36:20Now detectives need some facts to make it stand up.
00:36:23They begin with a trip to the crime lab, where evidence from the scene is getting a careful once-over.
00:36:37In 1984, DNA is nothing but a theory, the heavy lifting of criminal forensics most often done inside the fingerprint division.
00:36:47In August, Detective Charlie Costello is given latent lifts from the Eigen crime scene-- one from the bag tied over Richard Eigen's head, and one from the bank receipt pulled out of Susan Eigen's purse.
00:37:01Police believe that the prints belong to their killer.
00:37:05>> The best print of the three was the print on the bank receipt.
00:37:12There was... you could see pattern area in the print on the bank receipt, whereas the other... the other two prints that we had on the case, there was very little pattern area that could visually be seen.
00:37:22>> KURTIS: Costello initiall runs the prints trough the automated fingerprint identification system, or AFIS, but fails to come up with a match.
00:37:32Detectives then begin to collect prints from locals with a history of burglary, hoping they might get lucky.
00:37:39>> We started looking into burglary patterns in the neighborhood, people that have been involved with the police in the general area.
00:37:46Our hope early on was that the fingerprint evidence would lead us to a particular person.
00:37:50>> Any prints that I saw on my... that came across my desk on other cases I was working on, if it had a similar pattern to the print that I knew was on the Eigen case, I would compare the Eigen print against that case.
00:38:03>> KURTIS: Month after month, Nassau County detectives bring in possible suspect prints.
00:38:10Month after month, Charlie Costello pulls out his glass, takes a look, and shakes his head no.
00:38:17Almost a year after the Eigens were first found murdered, Homicide is running out of prints to run, and the investigation goes cold.
00:38:28>> It was certainly my hope and everyone else's hope at that time, because the other leads had sort of gone cold, that somehow we would be able to identify the individual that committed those crimes.
00:38:38I was going to do everything I could to identify the individual that killed these people.
00:38:50>> KURTIS: Almost two decades have passed, and Charlie Costello is still at it, working with a fingerprint pattern he now has memorized, still hoping to find its match.
00:39:02On January 22, 2002, Costello runs the print another time through AFIS.
00:39:09This time he registers a hit.
00:39:12>> When I got the return back, it was chilling because I knew right then and there I had him.
00:39:20>> KURTIS: Costello matches the Eigen lift to prints submitted on a school bus driver application.
00:39:25The applicant's name: Louis Telese.
00:39:30Costello gets on the phone to Homicide, and cold case detective Jim McGinn.
00:39:35>> I had just finished reviewing the entire case, and we were going to try and form a game plan when Detective Costello came to us with the fingerprint hit, and naturally that sent us in a specific direction.
00:39:48>> KURTIS: Louis Telese is 42 years old, with a record for drug possession.
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00:44:34>> KURTIS: In 1984, Susan Eigen and her son, Richard, were murdered inside their Nassau County home.
00:44:4218 years later, prints from the crime scene have been matched to a bus driver application submitted by a man named Louis Telese.
00:44:53For cold case detectives, the print match is good news, but not nearly enough to support a case for murder.
00:45:02>> When you get a fingerprint hit, you don't want to just run out and arrest the person because you want to know what their background is.
00:45:09Is there any reasonable explanation for his prints to be there?
00:45:13>> KURTIS: McGinn orders bed sheets, stained with blood and found at the crime scene, pulled from storage, and sends them to the forensic evidence bureau.
00:45:22The investigators hope new technology might prode a second forensic link to their suspect.
00:45:37In a darkened corner of the forensic evidence bureau, Detective Kevin McCarthy examines bed sheets from the Eigen crime scene.
00:45:45At first blush, the sheet appears to be of little evidentiary value, containing only the blood of murder victim Susan Eigen.
00:45:55McCarthy, however, views the sheet literally in a different light.
00:46:00Using an ultraviolet beam, McCarthy identifies what appear to be bodily fluid stains invisible to the human eye.
00:46:08McCarthy isolates a sample, and runs chemical tests to see what it is.
00:46:14>> It was definitely urine staining on the bedding, and in this instance, the urine staining might have... also have seminal fluid in it.
00:46:25>> KURTIS: The analyst is able to extract a partial DNA profile from the stain.
00:46:31Cold case detectives are anxious to compare it against their suspect, but first, they need to get a sample of his DNA.
00:46:40To do that, investigators decide to go undercover.
00:46:55On March 15, 2002, Detective Jim McGinn sits in the back of an unmarked van just a few doors down from the home of Louis Telese.
00:47:05>> We parked the surveillance van several houses down the block here so that the back of the van was facing Louis Telese's house.
00:47:12>> KURTIS: McGinn is trying to get a handle on Telese's daily routine, hoping eventually to recover a discarded sample of the suspect's DNA.
00:47:22Telese makes his first appearance at 7:00 AM.
00:47:25Almost immediately, McGinn senses a problem.
00:47:30>> And as he was getting out of the car, he gives the van a very... what we call a very hard eyeball.
00:47:35He then comes out of the house walking his dog.
00:47:38Unbeknownst to us, he had called the police on us.
00:47:41>> KURTIS: The squad car that shows up knows nothing about the undercover surveillance, and stops directly in front of the van.
00:47:50>> We were sitting in the back of the van just holding our breath, hoping that the police wouldn't notice that there's somebody in the van, because we knew Louis Telese was on the street, and if we had come out and talked to the local cops, it would have kind of blown everything.
00:48:03>> KURTIS: Eventually, the patrol car leaves.
00:48:06McGinn, however, is forced to pull the plug on his undercover operation after a single day.
00:48:13The team, however, does pick up one valuable piece of information.
00:48:17>> The major thing that we learned about him was that he was a smoker.
00:48:21That was the one thing that we knew, so we always felt if we needed a DNA sample, that maybe somehow we'd be able to get a cigarette butt from him.
00:48:28>> KURTIS: Two weeks after the aborted surveillance, Louis Telese again changes the dynamics of the investigation.
00:48:35The suspect puts his home up for sale, sparking fears he might be ready to flee the area.
00:48:43If cold case detectives are going to get a DNA sample, they need to move quickly.
00:48:56Detective Tony Graziano works undercover for the Nassau County police department.
00:49:01On May 10, he is given the job of obtaining a covert sample of Louis Telese's DNA.
00:49:09>> We devised a plan where I would go to Louis Telese's home with Detective Sergeant Lucy Guido posing as my wife, and we would be prospective purchasers of the home.
00:49:22>> KURTIS: At 11:00 AM, Graziano and Guido begin a walk-through of Telese's home.
00:49:27Graziano immediately works on building a rapport with Telese.
00:49:31>> I knew I was going to approach him like Tony from the Bronx is going to meet Louis from Brooklyn.
00:49:39And basically I know I connected with him.
00:49:41We were talking like two, you know, city guys.
00:49:44You know, we were fast buddies.
00:49:46>> KURTIS: Graziano walks through the house with Telese, and out onto the street.
00:49:52There, the suspect lights up and eventually drop his cirette butt to the ground.
00:49:59Graziano's partner, Lucy Guido, moves in to collect the sample.
00:50:03>> They were both on the street, and I was back on the driveway.
00:50:07And when I saw Telese walk back towards the lawn, Detective Graziano pretty much gave me, like, the sign, "Come over by me." >> I told Sergeant Guido to bend down like she was tying her shoe and pick up that cigarette butt, because I had seen Louis take it from his hand, throw it directly to the ground.
00:50:26So I had the continuity that that's direct evidence from him.
00:50:30>> KURTIS: Guido hands the butt to Graziano, who slips it into an evidence bag.
00:50:37The couple says good-bye to Louis Telese and head directly to the police crime lab.
00:50:42Saliva and epithelial cells from the filter are isolated and stripped of their DNA.
00:50:49The profile is then compared against DNA found at the Eigen crime scene.
00:50:53As cold case detectives suspected, Louis Telese is a match.
00:51:00On June 5, 2002, Nassau County detectives arrest Louis Telese and take him downtown for questioning.
00:51:15Inside an interview room, Detective Jim McGinn questions Louis Telese about the Eigen double homicide.
00:51:23At first, Telese claims he doesn't know the Eigen family.
00:51:27Then McGinn tells him about the forensic evidence.
00:51:31>> Each time that we confronted him with that, you know, his head would go down.
00:51:35You could see he was thinking.
00:51:36He was trying to come up with some kind of a reasonable explanation as to how this physical evidence could be in the house.
00:51:44>> KURTIS: Telese grasps at the only straw available to him, an admission that, yes, he knew Susan Eigen, and that the two had a sexual relationship, which would explain away his DNA inside the house.
00:51:57While they don't buy his story, cold case detectives are concerned that a court might.
00:52:04They do, however, have one last evidentiary card.
00:52:07If played correctly, it should leave Louis Telese with no wiggle room when he tries to make his case before a jury.
00:52:20On July 3, 2002, DNA analyst Terry Melton takes custody of two strands of hair collected from a bandana used to strangle Susan Eigen 18 years earlier.
00:52:35Melton is able to extract a profile from the samples provided, and compares it to Louis Telese's genetic signature.
00:52:44>> We had hairs from several known individuals including Louis Telese, who was the suspect in the case, and what we found was that one of the hairs matched the type of Louis Telese.
00:53:02>> KURTIS: For cold case detectives, it is the final piece they have been looking for.
00:53:08The case against Telese is handed over to the Nassau County DA, and put on the docket for trial.
00:53:17On February 23 of 2004, 20 years after the murder of Susan Eigen and her son, Richard, Louis Telese's trial begins.
00:53:29Prosecutor Robert Biancavilla presents fingerprint and DNA evidence tying Louis Telese to the double homicide.
00:53:38Just as important, Biancavilla paints a picture of Telese and the death he fashioned for Susan and Richard Eigen.
00:53:47>> He thought nothing about the manner in which he strangled and killed Susan.
00:53:54He thought nothing about taking a plastic bag and tying it in a knot over the head of a 17-year- old boy, and then strapping him to a banister and essentially watching him suffocate to death.
00:54:04This is a person that's never going to accept responsibility for what he did, and deserves, as far as I'm concerned, absolutely no mercy.
00:54:12>> KURTIS: A jury agrees, finding Louis Telese guilty of both murders, and sentencing him to two consecutive terms of 25 to life.
00:54:23From the fingerprint examiner who spent years searching for the right set of prints to the homicide detectives who assembled the forensic case piece by painstaking piece, Louis Telese's conviction helps with the memories of a mother and son who died in their own home, within a few feet of each other, and without being shown a shred of mercy by their killer.
00:54:47>> Everybody involved, every detective involved with this case remembered details that you just don't remember on most cases, and it was the severity of this crime that really had a very deep impact on everyone that knew about it.
00:55:02>> I don't think there's any better satisfaction than solving a case that's been open for 18 years.
00:55:07You know it's... it's a (male narrator) For homicide detectives, the clock starts ticking the moment they are called.
00:55:30[zipping] Detroit police.
00:55:36He has a military background.
00:55:42(narrator) Their chance of solving a murder is cut in half...
00:55:45And I've got squad cars coming for him.
00:55:47(narrator) If they don't get a lead...
00:55:49I don't want to lie to you, honestly.
00:55:50You better not lie to me.
00:55:52(narrator) Within the first 48 hours.
00:55:55[dog barking] (woman) Somebody on the side.
00:55:57(woman) Down on the ground, sir.
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00:56:13(narrator)Dallas, Texas, 5:36 p.m.
00:56:18A man walking in a downtown park spots a dead body in the brush.
00:56:25He flags down a passing patrolman.
00:56:34[clock ticking] Officer Garcia.
00:56:42(narrator)Detective Randy Loboda will handle the crime scene.
00:56:48(Loboda) Tell me what you got.
00:56:50(Garcia) Two witnesses, they were going to urinate and relieve themselves, and they stumbled upon the body, and one of them came out to the street and flagged us down.
00:56:57Okay.
00:56:58And the body is?
00:57:00He was roughly about another 75 yards up to near the tree line.
00:57:04Okay.
00:57:07Did you get the gist of what's going on?
00:57:08(Lewis)Yeah, it looks like it's just anything we can find out here will be helpful.
00:57:14If you want to show me where the body is.
00:57:16(Garcia) Yes.
00:57:38Uh, also we have an ID laying around here somewhere.
00:57:42(woman) Let's see if it matches.
00:57:46A Christian Vazquez.
00:57:48(Haslan) Let's see what your face looks like.
00:57:50Oh, yeah, I think that's him, ain't it?
00:57:52(narrator) The victim is 23-year-old Chris Vazquez, a construction worker who lived in nearby Carrollton.
00:58:01So one, two, three, fourthat are through and through.
00:58:05Is that another one there by his hip?
00:58:08Yes.
00:58:09(Loboda) Is that a bullet hole in his cheek?
00:58:13(Haslan) Yes.
00:58:13(narrator) The victim has been shot six times.
00:58:22(Haslan) He's in full rigor.
00:58:23(Loboda) Full rigor mortis.
00:58:25He's probably in that 12- to 24-hour time frame.
00:58:38(Lewis) Well, then it would appear to be a robbery: multiple gunshot wounds in the midsection many times.
00:58:44That's pretty personal there.
00:58:46[zipping] Shoe right here.
00:59:00Okay.
00:59:01And a shirt right there.
00:59:03So what do you think, that he's been drug all the way back here?
00:59:05Yeah, I think so, yeah.
00:59:06[camera snapping] (Lewis) You can see everything's pretty much in a straight line all the way to where the body goes.
00:59:16(Loboda) So we're about at the stage where we're going to head back into the office.
00:59:25[clock ticking] (Ibarra) All right, boss, why don't you start off.
00:59:33(narrator)Detective Eddie Ibarra, who came to Homicide from the Family Violencedivision, will take overas lead detective.
00:59:40Uh, essentially partial footprints and blood,

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