Forensic Files - Window Watcher (The Gary Larson Case)   View more episodes

Aired at 11:00 PM on Friday, Mar 19, 2010 (3/19/2010)      View all transcripts from this day

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00:00:00Bedroom, where she was assaulted.
00:00:02>> He would try, over the course of that attack, to knock her unconscious, to suffocate her to a point where she would lose consciousness.
00:00:10>> She'd blink and say, "you " " and I think pretty much she managed to just talk him out of that possibility.
00:00:20>> Narrator: After several hours, the attacker left.
00:00:25That's when janet discovered gary's lifeless body.
00:00:30Now in a state of shock, she managed to call police.
00:00:34>> Please hurry!
00:00:36>> She was asking me, "is he dead?
00:00:38Is he dead?
00:00:39I know he's dead.
00:00:40" >> Narrator: Gary elwood had been stabbed to death.
00:00:45Police found his body near the front door.
00:00:48He was only 27 years old.
00:00:50>> Gary was evidently surprised in the dining area of the house, which was in the front.
00:00:56I noticed a crack in the sheetrock on the wall that was obviously done by the force of being driven into the wall.
00:01:05It was almost an outline of his body, where he crashed into the wall.
00:01:09>> Narrator: Gary was divorced, a successful businessman with no known enemies.
00:01:14>> He was a first-class guy -- smart, intelligent, knew exactly where he was going and the things that were important in life.
00:01:22Cared a lot about people.
00:01:24>> Narrator: Gary and janet had been dating for only a short time, so she didn't know whether gary knew his killer.
00:01:32>> Her eyesight had some limitations, and the darkness of the room contributed a great deal to that, even though she'd spent a significant amount of time with him in the room.
00:01:42>> Narrator: She said the ATTACKER WAS IN HIS EARLY 20s, Had blond hair, was just under 6 feet tall, and had a scraggly beard.
00:01:52Police across oklahoma were looking for a man who fit this description.
00:01:58But some members of the police department began to question janet's story.
00:02:04>> We always questioned to how a guy that maybe carrying his clothes and stripped down to his underwear, carrying a knife and blood all over him, where's he gonna go and how's he gonna get away without somebody noticing it?
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00:04:59>> I found out that gary had been murdered as we were watching the evening news.
00:05:03They would ask me, "is there any possibility that gary was " and the answer is absolutely no.
00:05:08>> Narrator: Gary elwood was brutally murdered by someone who broke into his home in the middle of the night.
00:05:15But the motive didn't appear to be robbery.
00:05:18Nothing of value was missing, and the victim's girlfriend, janet haynes, survived the attack.
00:05:25>> What I found fascinating about that was the fact he did not resort to physical violence toward the victim.
00:05:34He was simply trying to subdue her.
00:05:36He didn't beat her.
00:05:37He didn't use profanity toward her.
00:05:40He didn't attempt to stab her, even though he could have very easily done that.
00:05:44>> Narrator: Investigators started to question whether janet haynes might have known the perpetrator, or perhaps the perpetrator knew her.
00:05:53>> We thought it was possible that it could have been an ex-boyfriend or at least someone who had either tried to date her or something like that.
00:06:02It's almost like he's trying to remove the object between him and the girl.
00:06:10>> Narrator: Yet another unusual detail was janet's description of the killer.
00:06:16She said he was wearing only his underwear and a pair of gloves.
00:06:20>> It just didn't ring right to any of us.
00:06:23We really wanted to just verify that she was being up-and-up with us.
00:06:29>> Narrator: So janet was given two extensive polygraph examinations, and she passed both times.
00:06:36Police look for evidence to corroborate janet's story.
00:06:40At the time, luminol was just becoming available.
00:06:44So investigators decided to try it.
00:06:47>> Their reaction was "whoo," 'cause they were amazed at what it was revealing at that time.
00:06:53And from that scene, it got the nickname locally here of "whoo juice" because it was such a weird feeling to be watching what's going on, and we realized what great potential this luminol has.
00:07:05>> Narrator: The luminol was further proof that everything janet told investigators was true.
00:07:12>> All of the sudden, you start seeing footprints appearing in the dark.
00:07:16That's almost like you're walking in the footsteps of the person.
00:07:19And the hair stands up on the back of your neck because at that moment, you're seeing the actual direction that this assailant had walked.
00:07:27>> Narrator: And investigators found other evidence to corroborate janet's story.
00:07:31The screen in the dining-room window had been cut, the likely point of entry.
00:07:37Undethe master-bedroom window, in the soft dirt, were some bare footprints from an individualscovered a faint fabric impression in the dirt underneath the window.
00:07:53>> It's pretty good detective work, I think, if you could tell that they see a buttocks imprint on the ground beneath the window.
00:08:00It looked as though that person had spent quite a lot of time under that window.
00:08:05>> Narrator: From that window, the killer had a clear sight line into the bathroom.
00:08:13Janet told investigators she took a shower before she went to bed.
00:08:18To investigators, this told a story.
00:08:22>> Perpetrator in this particular case was a window peeper.
00:08:25Window peepers look for victims of opportunity, and once he discovered that there was, in fact, a woman inside that residence, that's where he decided to commit his crime that particular night.
00:08:38>> Narrator: Because the killer entered the house wearing only his underwear and a pair of gloves, fbi profilers believed his target was janet, not gary.
00:08:49And he must have believed she was alone.
00:08:53>> It was our opinion that the target in this crime, the primary target in this crime, was janet.
00:08:59He wanted to rape her.
00:09:00That's the reason, the primary motive for entering that residence to begin with.
00:09:06>> Narrator: Hazelwood believes the perpetrator had never killed before.
00:09:11>> In this particular case, we felt it was panic stabbing.
00:09:14He had not expected to encounter gary at that particular point.
00:09:20>> Narrator: The fbi created an entire profile of the person they believe perpetrated this crime.
00:09:27>> We estimated his age to be between, I believe, 22 and 27.
00:09:31His education -- we said he had graduated from high school.
00:09:34He lived within walking distance of where the crime had been committed.
00:09:38>> Narrator: Hazelwood predicted that the killer would be so traumatized that his weight would fluctuate, and he would look for a legitimate reason to leave the area.
00:09:48>> This was a frightening experience for this person because in our opinion he had never killed before, and he did not intend to kill when he went into that residence.
00:10:00>> Narrator: But if the killer had left town, how would police find him?
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00:13:23>> Narrator: Police believed that gary elwood's killer was someone who lived near the crime scene, was a window peeper in HIS EARLY TO MID-20s, AND WOULD Leave the area after the crime.
00:13:37Inside the crime scene, investigators found some foot impressions in blood.
00:13:44One had plenty of ridge detail.
00:13:47>> Your feet and your hands have unique fingerprints.
00:13:50The dermal patterns on your feet are unique to you, just as your fingerprints are unique to you on your hands.
00:13:55>> Narrator: All police needed now was a suspect.
00:13:59>> I went from door to door.
00:14:00"Have you lived here?
00:14:02How long have you lived here?
00:14:03Who do you know in the neighborhood?
00:14:05Who do you associate with in the " >> Narrator: They found one promising lead -- 18-year-old bill winters, who lived two blocks away from the crime scene.
00:14:17>> His parents had moved out of state and left him alone in that house.
00:14:21He wasn't a big guy.
00:14:22He would have been just the right size to get through the hole in the screen.
00:14:27>> Narrator: As the profile predicted, shortly after the murder, winters left town to live with his parents in missouri.
00:14:35During police questioning, winters denied any involvement in gary elwood's murder and willingly provided a print of his right foot.
00:14:45It did not match the bloody print found in the victim's home.
00:14:50>> I was extremely frustrated.
00:14:51Not only is all the weight on your shoulders because this is your unsolved case, but it also weighs on the police department, too.
00:14:59It's just something that you can't afford to let go of.
00:15:04>> Narrator: Three years passed.
00:15:06Then, an inmate at the local jail contacted police about his former roommate, bob johnson.
00:15:13>> Someone who came forward and claimed that their roommate at that time, in '86, johnson, had come home bloodied and said that he had killed somebody.
00:15:24>> Narrator: Johnson's mug shot looked remarkably like the composite drawing of the suspect.
00:15:31He didn't fit the fbi profile, but his background made him a likely suspect.
00:15:40>> His ex-wife told the johnson had a significant drug problem, and he was conducting those burglaries to help support that habit.
00:15:51>> Narrator: Janet haynes identified johnson in a photo lineup.
00:15:56>> She put the finger on johnson.
00:15:58So I'm sure at that point edmond investigators clearly thought they had their man.
00:16:02>> Narrator: By this time, dna testing was standard practice.
00:16:07So johnson's dna was compared to semen from janet haynes' rape-test kit.
00:16:14And his footprints were compared to the bloody footprints at the crime scene.
00:16:21>> It was just a matter of days that we got those results back and conclusively excluded him as a suspect of this homicide.
00:16:29It was not his footprint.
00:16:30It was not his dna type that was left behind.
00:16:35>> Narrator: The case went cold again.
00:16:39Investigators never gave up, but they were running out of ideas.
00:16:46Three years later, on a hunch, they revisited the scene of the crime, not even sure what they were looking for.
00:16:56>> We go back into the house, and we're just looking around, because it sat there for several years vacant.
00:17:04>> Narrator: Was there anything they missed?
00:17:07Something they hadn't though of?
00:17:09And then they found a potential clue.
00:17:13>> Right on the floor in the kitchen area is the bra.
00:17:18>> Narrator: It didn't look new, but it wasn't there the last time they were inside the home, shortly after the murder.
00:17:27Was it possible that this belonged to janet haynes?
00:17:32>> I verified the bra belonged to her.
00:17:35One of the things that is characteristic of a lot of rapists is that they will take a trophy.
00:17:44And one of the trophies that we felt that he took, in time, was the female's bra.
00:17:51So I believe that the guy had made his way back to the scene to relive it.
00:18:01>> Narrator: But if the killer had been back in the neighborhood, it might have been only for a visit.
00:18:06>> This guy has some direct ties to that neighborhood somehow, some way -- either relatives in the neighborhood, or he had lived there.
00:18:16>> Narrator: Over the next 18 years, police check dozens of suspects from seven different states.
00:18:23None panned out.
00:18:26Then, in the spring of 2004, tv viewers in edmond, oklahoma, saw this story.
00:18:37>> Scott eggleston says he knew someone had been watching his family for months, even taking photos through a crack in the blinds.
00:18:43>> We assumed it'd be a 14-year-old kid.
00:18:46>> Narrator: But it wasn't a kid.
00:18:49It was a grown man.
00:18:51>> The father came around the house and found a suspect dressed completely in black.
00:18:56He had arranged an outfit that was like a turtleneck, where he could pull it up over his face, and he had just cut out holes for his eyes and a hole for his mouth so he could breathe.
00:19:06>> Narrator: And the man was barefoot.
00:19:10>> I got a little adrenaline rush, and I said, "where are " I came straight back to the station, pulled out a map, and realized that I was directly straight across where gary had been killed almost 18 years ago.
00:19:28>> Narrator: Was this the man who killed gary elwood and sexually assaulted janet haynes almost 20 years earlier?
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00:22:49>> Narrator: When police arrested 40-year-old jonathan graham for peeping into the window of a teenage girl, they suspected he was more than just a voyeur.
00:22:59In his possession were items for a more violent crime.
00:23:05>> A bag was found with several different kinds of knives, three pair of handcuffs, flex cuffs, condoms, sex lubricants, sex toys, lock-picking tool, bandanna, black clothing, which, in our business, that's a rape kit.
00:23:24>> Narrator: Police now suspected graham was responsible for the murder of gary elwood and the sexual assault of janet haynes, crimes that occurred 18 years earlier in the very same neighborhood.
00:23:38At the time of gary elwood's murder, graham was living with his parents just a couple of blocks from elwood's home, and that's where he was living now, after a brief stint in the army.
00:23:50With a warrant, police searched graham's home.
00:23:55On his computer, they found child pornography and pictures of women he'd secretly photographed.
00:24:04Investigators took an inked print of graham's feet.
00:24:09>> I remember I was just sitting there, thinking about that, just "yeah, I hope this one works " >> Narrator: Analyst jim stokes searched for corresponding ridge detail on the crime-scene footprint and the one taken from jonathan graham.
00:24:28>> I was able to isolate an area on the outside of the foot, that being it was a right-foot impression.
00:24:36So it would be the right side of the foot about midway down.
00:24:40>> Narrator: Stokes called investigators with the news.
00:24:44>> I was really quite surprised -- and excited.
00:24:49>> Yeah, that was a pretty cool day.
00:24:51>> There was a lot of cheering ..
00:24:54I still remember the scream in my ear.
00:24:57>> Narrator: Finally, graham's dna profile matched the biological sample from janet haynes' rape-test kit.
00:25:04>> It was like the weight of the world being lifted off your shoulders.
00:25:08It was just -- you can't describe it.
00:25:12>> Narrator: The fbi profile had been remarkably accurate in predicting the perpetrator's age, education, and where he lived.
00:25:21Graham also admitted he lost weight after the murder and joined the army, where he worked in military intelligence.
00:25:30After he was discharged, he returned to oklahoma.
00:25:34>> I guess that was his best situation, to move back into an area that he was familiar with, the same, old neighborhood that he once lived in a decade-plus ago.
00:25:44>> Narrator: But why would graham return to the same neighborhood where he killed gary elwood decades earlier and commit the same crime of window peeping, knowing that if he got caught, he'd immediately be a suspect in elwood's murder?
00:26:02>> And the answer is simply that he was a window peeper, and he was driven to commit those types of crimes.
00:26:10That's what was exciting to him.
00:26:12And I believe that he felt he would not be caught.
00:26:16Why?
00:26:16Because he was so proficient at what he had been doing over all those years.
00:26:23>> Narrator: Prosecutors believe that graham stood outside gary elwood's home on the night of the crime and watched while janet haynes took a shower.
00:26:39Graham thought janet was there alone, since he couldn't see gary from his vantage point.
00:26:49After janet went to bed, prosecutors think graham removed his clothes and shoes outside, then entered the house by cutting the window screen.
00:27:01He made enough noise that he woke gary, who went to investigate.
00:27:05The two fought.
00:27:09Then, graham stabbed gary to death and for the next few hours terrorized janet.
00:27:21Graham left clear footprints in gary's blood, which later tied him to the scene, along with the dna evidence.
00:27:32Facing a possible death sentence, jonathan graham pled guilty to rst-degree murder and rape.
00:27:56Graham had no way of knowing that 20 years later, technology would eventually catch up with him.
00:28:04>> The forensic science behind this investigation is what sealed jonathan graham's guilt, even without ever stepping a foot in court.
00:28:13>> Over my career, I've seen some amazing things, and that, coupled with good detective work, there's just no end to what we can do.
00:28:21>> We here in science, in forensics, we're here for the truth.
00:28:25We're not here for the prosecution.
00:28:27We're not here for the defense.
00:28:28We're here for the truth.
00:28:29>> He will spend the rest of his life in the state penitentiary.
00:28:34>> Narrator: Up next, he promises to avenge his sister's murder.
00:28:38>> I prayed to god that I would be led to be in the right place at the right time.
00:28:42>> Narrator: For years, he tracks her killer without success.
00:28:45>> Every day was another blow to the stomach.
00:28:48>> Narrator: Somewhere deep in the houston crime files are the secrets to solve the case.
00:28:52He just had to find them.
00:28:54>> Houston had 500,000 prints.
00:28:56Everybody has 10 fingers.
00:28:58That's 5 million prints.
00:28:59>> Narrator: 34 Years later, investigators find the answer.
00:29:03>> I want to know who killed diane.
00:29:14>> Narrator: In december of 1969, diane maxwell pulled into the company parking lot in houston, texas.

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