And the Winner Is…

Patricia Bradley Uncategorized

Okay, I know it’s not Tuesday, but tomorrow is the Fourth of July, and I want to post something else tomorrow. 🙂

This month I’m giving away a book from my library, the winner’s choice of one of the books pictured. To be entered in the monthly drawings for a print book, you must leave a comment, have a Continental US address and be 18 years of age.

If Random.org picks someone who lives outside the US, they will be given the choice of the loan of one of the books on my Kindle–I don’t want to leave anyone out!

Oh, and how do you feel about Rafflecopters? I’ve thought about using one each week but wasn’t sure if anyone liked them. 🙂 Let me know in the comments.

This month’s winner of Susan May Warren’s Wild Montana Skies is…Dana Michaels! I’ll contact you by email.

And now for the answer to last week’s Mystery Question:

How do you think police connected the Jane Doe to the missing woman and eventually solved the case?

  1. The husband, on his deathbed, confessed that he killed his wife and threw her off a bridge near the coast.
  2. A man who helped the murderer dispose of the body was drinking with his buddies. He broke down and confessed, saying he couldn’t live another day with what he’d done thirty years ago.
  3. The missing woman’s son identified an afghan Jane Doe’s body was wrapped in as one his grandmother made.
  4. Evidence that would identify Jane Doe was mishandled and locked in an evidence room for thirty years.

And the answer is…#3. The missing woman was Amy Hurst, and after the son testified he’d seen his father hit his mother in the head with a hammer, William Hurst was convicted and given a life sentence for her murder.

Now for this week’s Mystery Question:

On the night of March 26, 1965, the auditorium was jammed with more than 1,200 people attending the semifinal competitions of a beauty pageant. Since 1947, this had been one of the city’s biggest social events. The winner went on to the state finals and from there to the Miss America Pageant, and that Friday evening the panel of celebrity judges included Linda Mead Shea, the 1960 Miss America.

One of those among the crowd was a 29-year-old mother who had brought her three young children along to see the show. She had a special reason for getting the kids involved. Her husband, Joe, had volunteered to serve as chairman of the annual pageant.

Despite all the excitement, the kids grew restless, so the mother left the auditorium during the 9:30 p.m. intermission. Her home was just five minutes away. She drove there, tucked the children into bed, and told the babysitter that she was returning to the school for the second half of the pageant. She would be back around midnight, she said.

No one except her killer ever saw her alive again.

The husband told police later that he wasn’t too concerned when his wife didn’t show up at the school after intermission. He knew she was tired and figured she had decided to stay home with the children.  He also told police when the pageant ended shortly after 11 p.m., he had coffee with friends, then drove home in a Buick convertible loaned to him by the pageant.

She was found the next morning in the parking lot where the pageant had been held, shot three times in the back. The medical examiner estimated the time of death between 10 and 11 p.m. meaning the killing occurred while the pageant was taking place just a few hundred yards away.

What do you believe happened?

1. The husband killed her for insurance money.

2. She’d been having an affair and she and her paramour had a fight and he killed her.

3. She was mugged and fought back and the mugger accidentally killed her.

4. She was killed by the same person who had murdered a woman only a month earlier, possibly a serial killer.

5. The police believe they’ve solved the crime, but they don’t have enough evidence to convict.

Okay, Super Sleuths, leave your answer in the comments and I’ll enter you in this month’s drawing for one of the books in the photo. And don’t forget to let me know how you feel about Rafflecopters.