Crime Scene Evidence Files

Solving murders in Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi since 1995. Examine the evidence and help us catch the killer.

Could the postman's brother be involved in what happened to the Izards?

Walter Hinkley

Walter Hinkley biography
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Investigation Day 2 — Multiple witnesses reported that Walter Hinkley was very upset about the layoffs.

Was he the kind of man who would act on those feelings and lash out against the Izard family?

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Were Danahy's friends volatile enough to murder the Izards and take their kids?

Jack Peach

Jack Peach biography
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Jeff Skinner

Jeff Skinner biography
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Frank Valenti

Frank Valenti biography
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Investigation Day 2 — Jack Peach, Jeff Skinner and Frank Valenti were also in Jessie Danahy's rough-and-tumble circle of friends.

Did Danahy persuade his gang of troublemakers to strike back against the Izards?

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Lots of people said they were at Sid's Tavern. Did the bartender verify their claims?

Sid's bartender Travis Gilley interview summary

Travis Gilley interview summary

Investigation Day 2 — In 1958, Detective McPhail spoke with the bartender at Sid's Tavern about the comings and goings of multiple suspects and witnesses on the day of the murders.

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What did the pageant director do to enhance security for the pageant and its participants?

Festival director, Walbert Dopelson

Walbert Dopelson interview

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Investigation Day 2 — As Director, Walbert Dopelson was responsible for organizing the Yoknapatawpha County Literature Festival, including the pageant.

Did he have any concerns about protesters or disruptions? Did they take any precautions?

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Did investigators find anything interesting in the guests' hotel rooms?

Evidence collected from YCCC hotel rooms

YCCC hotel room inventory

YCCC hotel room floorplan

Guest room locations

Investigation Day 2 — CSU provided their inventory of the evidence they collected from YCCC room occupied by persons of interest to the investigation.

CSU also created a diagram to show where those persons were staying in relation to each other and to the location where the body was found.

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