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  • >> Narrator: UP NEXT...
  • THE MURDER OF A CONVENIENCE-STORE EMPLOYEE GOES
  • UNSOLVED FOR YEARS.
  • >> THE CASE ALWAYS BUGGED ME.
  • WE WANTED TO FIND THE CLOWN THAT DID THAT.
  • >> Narrator: POLICE COULDN'T UNDERSTAND WHY THE VICTIM'S
  • HUSBAND DIDN'T REPORT HER MISSING.
  • >> EVERY TIME I HEAR, YOU KNOW, "I DIDN'T CALL IT IN BECAUSE WE
  • HAD AN ARGUMENT," I ALWAYS WONDER, "HOW CAN ANYONE BELIEVE
  • THIS?" >> Narrator: COULD NEW FORENSIC
  • TESTING SOLVE A 20-YEAR-OLD CASE?
  • >> YOU GOT TO TREAT EVERY SINGLE CASE LIKE IT'S THE CRIME OF THE
  • CENTURY.
  • WHEN ROD AND JULIE ESTES STARTED THEIR LIFE TOGETHER IN
  • JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, AS HUSBAND AND WIFE, THEY HAD TO
  • FIGURE OUT, LIKE MOST COUPLES, HOW TO SUPPORT THEMSELVES.
  • ROD DROVE A TRUCK FOR A PLASTICS COMPANY.
  • BUT THE ONLY JOB 21-YEAR-OLD JULIE COULD FIND WAS WORKING THE
  • LATE SHIFT AT A CONVENIENCE STORE NEAR THEIR HOME.
  • >> SHE HAD GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL, BUT SHE WAS A RECENT
  • TRANSPLANT TO THE JACKSONVILLE AREA AND NEEDED THAT JOB TO PUT
  • FOOD ON HER TABLE.
  • >> CONVENIENCE STORES AND GAS STATIONS WERE REALLY THE ONLY
  • THINGS AT NIGHT THAT WERE OPEN THAT PEOPLE WOULD ROB.
  • >> IMAGINE SITTING IN THAT CONVENIENCE STORE WITHOUT ANY
  • KIND OF MODERN-DAY SURVEILLANCE OR PROTECTION OR PANIC BUTTON...
  • THAT SHE MUST HAVE BEEN FEARFUL.
  • >> Narrator: JULIE NORMALLY WORKED AFTERNOONS AND EVENINGS
  • AND CLOSED THE STORE AT 11:00 P.M.
  • BUT ONE NIGHT, A CUSTOMER NOTICED THE STORE WAS CLOSED AT
  • 10:30, A HALF-HOUR EARLIER THAN THE CLOSING TIME POSTED ON THE
  • DOOR.
  • POLICE WERE ASKED TO CHECK IT OUT.
  • >> WE SHINED OUR LIGHTS IN THE WINDOWS.
  • THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO SIGNS OF FOUL PLAY.
  • NOTHING WAS DISRUPTED, NOTHING WAS OVERTURNED -- IT JUST LOOKED
  • LIKE SOMEBODY LEFT THE STORE.
  • SO WE WENT BACK TO WORK AND WENT ABOUT OUR NORMAL SHIFT.
  • >> Narrator: THE NEXT MORNING, THE DAYTIME CLERK OPENED THE
  • STORE AND DISCOVERED IT HAD BEEN ROBBED.
  • >> THE FLOOR SAFE HAD BEEN OPENED AND APPEARED TO BE EMPTY
  • AND THAT THE POWER APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN CUT OFF THE NIGHT
  • BEFORE.
  • >> Narrator: ACCORDING TO THE OWNERS, AROUND $500 WAS MISSING
  • FROM THE SAFE.
  • POLICE TRIED TO FIND JULIE, BUT SHE WASN'T HOME.
  • SURPRISINGLY, JULIE'S HUSBAND SAID SHE NEVER CAME HOME FROM
  • WORK, AND HE ADMITTED HE HADN'T REPORTED HER MISSING.
  • >> HE TOLD ME AT THAT TIME THAT THEY HAD HAD A SMALL ARGUMENT
  • BEFORE SHE LEFT FOR WORK.
  • AND I'M LIKE, "WELL, YOU DIDN'T CALL THE POLICE WHEN SHE DIDN'T
  • COME HOME FOR, YOU KNOW, EIGHT HOURS?"
  • >> EVERY TIME I HEAR THAT STORY OF SOMEBODY SAYING, "WELL, I
  • DIDN'T CALL IT IN BECAUSE WE HAD AN ARGUMENT," I ALWAYS WONDER,
  • "HOW CAN ANYONE BELIEVE THIS?" >> Narrator: LATER THAT MORNING,
  • FOUR MILES FROM THE CONVENIENCE STORE, POLICE FOUND JULIE'S CAR
  • IN THE WOODS STUCK IN MUD.
  • THE KEY WAS STILL IN THE IGNITION.
  • >> ONE OF OUR HELICOPTERS SPOTTED A BLUE CAMARO, NOT A
  • LONG DISTANCE AWAY BUT IN A WOODED AREA THAT'S KNOWN FOR
  • VEHICLES, DUMPED OR PARKED OR WHATEVER, OUT THERE.
  • >> THEY SAW WHAT THEY PERCEIVED TO BE DRAG MARKS LEADING AWAY
  • FROM THE VEHICLE, AND THEN THEY FOLLOWED THE DRAG MARKS.
  • >> Narrator: A FEW HUNDRED FEET FROM THE CAR, UNDER SOME
  • CARDBOARD, WAS JULIE'S BODY.
  • >> JULIE'S BODY WAS FOUND WITH HER ARMS TIED BEHIND HER BACK
  • WITH HER VERY OWN SHOELACES.
  • HER SHIRT WAS PULLED UP WITH HER BREASTS EXPOSED.
  • HER PANTS AND PANTIES WERE PULLED DOWN TO HER SOCKS.
  • >> THE DETAILS OF THE CRIME JUST REALLY GO RIGHT THROUGH YOU.
  • THEY MAKE YOU REALIZE HOW, YOU KNOW, HOW MUCH SHE REALLY WENT
  • THROUGH.
  • >> HERE WAS A 21-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WHO ON ONE HAND WORE HER
  • HIGH-SCHOOL CLASS RING, ON THE OTHER ONE HER WEDDING RING.
  • >> Narrator: JULIE'S HUSBAND SAID HE HAD AN ALIBI -- ONE
  • POLICE HAD HEARD DOZENS OF TIMES OVER THE YEARS.
  • >> ROD ESTES HAD EXPLAINED THAT HE WAS BY HIMSELF ALL EVENING,
  • HAD WATCHED A FOOTBALL GAME, AND HAD FALLEN ASLEEP, AND NO ONE
  • WAS WITH HIM ALL NIGHT.
  • >> NOT THE BEST ALIBI IN THE WORLD IF A POLICEMAN THINKS YOU
  • MIGHT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR WIFE'S DISAPPEARANCE, BUT IT'S
  • ALL HE HAD.
  • >> Narrator: AND INVESTIGATORS HAD ANOTHER PROBLEM.
  • THEY SUSPECTED JULIE HAD BEEN MURDERED ELSEWHERE.
  • >> Narrator: AS INVESTIGATORS SEARCHED FOR JULIE ESTES'
  • KILLER, THEY BEGAN BY LOOKING FOR CLUES INSIDE HER CAR, WHICH
  • WAS FOUND STUCK IN MUD IN THE WOODS NEAR HER BODY, AND THE
  • EVIDENCE TOLD A STORY.
  • >> JULIE, HERSELF, WAS A TALL GIRL.
  • SHE WAS APPROXIMATELY 5'8", 5'9".
  • THE SEAT HAD BEEN MOVED ALL THE WAY UP, AS IF A SHORTER PERSON
  • HAD BEEN DRIVING IT.
  • AND SO IT WAS APPARENT THAT SOMEONE OTHER THAN JULIE HAD
  • BEEN THE LAST PERSON TO DRIVE THAT CAR AND, IN FACT, THAT THAT
  • PERSON PROBABLY WAS SHORTER.
  • >> Narrator: AND THEY ALSO FOUND BLOOD DROPS IN THE TRUNK.
  • TESTS SHOWED IT WAS THE SAME BLOOD TYPE AS JULIE'S -- AN
  • INDICATION SHE WAS INJURED ELSEWHERE, PLACED IN THE TRUNK,
  • THEN DRIVEN TO THE WOODS.
  • >> INITIALLY, THEY WEREN'T SURE WHETHER THAT WAS THE SCENE OF
  • THE MURDER OR THAT WAS SIMPLY A DUMP SITE.
  • >> THAT TYPE OF DEVELOPMENT MAKES AN INVESTIGATION THAT MUCH
  • MORE DIFFICULT BECAUSE NOW YOU'VE GOT TWO CRIME SCENES TO
  • WORRY ABOUT.
  • >> Narrator: UNFORTUNATELY, THERE WERE NO FOREIGN
  • FINGERPRINTS FOUND ON OR IN THE CAR.
  • AND INVESTIGATORS FOUND NO USABLE FOOTPRINTS IN THE MUD AND
  • DIRT.
  • JULIE'S PURSE WAS DISCOVERED AT THE SCENE WITH NO MONEY INSIDE.
  • THE CONVENIENCE STORE'S MONEY BAG WAS THERE, BUT IT, TOO, WAS
  • EMPTY.
  • JULIE'S KILLER HAD REMOVED THE LACES FROM HER SHOES TO TIE HER
  • HANDS, BUT HER SHOES WERE MISSING.
  • >> JULIE'S SHOES WERE DISTINCTIVE EVEN BACK IN 1985
  • BECAUSE THEY WERE PURPLE.
  • >> Narrator: THE NEXT DAY, INVESTIGATORS GOT A POTENTIAL
  • LEAD.
  • >> POLICE GOT A CALL FROM A MAN WHO HAD BEEN KIND OF SCROUNGING
  • AROUND BEHIND ANOTHER CONVENIENCE STORE, WHEN HE CAME
  • UPON A PURPLE PAIR OF SHOES.
  • >> Narrator: THE PURPLE SHOES WERE ALMOST CERTAINLY JULIE'S --
  • THE LACES WERE MISSING.
  • A BOWLING BAG AND SOME RECEIPTS WITH JULIE'S NAME LEFT NO DOUBT
  • THE ITEMS WERE HERS.
  • THE SITE WAS JUST A HALF-MILE FROM THE CONVENIENCE STORE WHERE
  • JULIE WAS LAST SEEN ALIVE.
  • >> WE FOUND EVIDENCE THAT THINGS WERE TAKEN OUT OF THE TRUNK OF
  • HER CAR AND SHE WAS PROBABLY FORCED INTO THE TRUNK, THEN SHE
  • WAS DRIVEN FIVE OR SIX MILES AWAY FROM THERE, WHERE HER BODY
  • WAS FOUND.
  • >> Narrator: NORMALLY, THE EVIDENTIARY VALUE OF THE ITEMS
  • WOULD BE SIGNIFICANT, BUT NOT THIS TIME.
  • >> THE CIVILIAN THAT HAD FOUND THOSE ITEMS HAD, AT FIRST, TAKEN
  • THEM HOME.
  • >> Narrator: THIS MEANT ALL THE EVIDENCE, AT WHAT MAY HAVE BEEN
  • THE MURDER SITE, WAS COMPROMISED.
  • >> SOMEBODY'S BEEN THERE MOVING THINGS AROUND, AND IT JUST MAKES
  • THE INVESTIGATION A LOT MORE DIFFICULT.
  • >> THERE WAS NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE, AT THAT PARTICULAR
  • TIME, THAT COULD IDENTIFY A KILLER.
  • >> Narrator: IN THE MEANTIME, IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG FOR
  • INVESTIGATORS TO ELIMINATE JULIE'S HUSBAND AS A SUSPECT.
  • >> WHEN HE WAS PERFECTLY WILLING TO TAKE A POLYGRAPH EXAMINATION,
  • KEPT IN CONTACT WITH THE OFFICERS TRYING TO WORK THIS
  • CASE, I THINK ALL SUSPICION WAS ERASED.
  • >> Narrator: BUT JULIE'S AUTOPSY DID PROVIDE SOME IMPORTANT
  • INFORMATION ABOUT THE KILLER.
  • THE MEDICAL EXAMINER FOUND EVIDENCE OF SEXUAL ASSAULT.
  • A RAPE-TEST KIT RECOVERED BIOLOGICAL EVIDENCE, PRESUMABLY,
  • OF THE PERPETRATOR.
  • UNFORTUNATELY, DNA TESTING WASN'T YET AVAILABLE.
  • >> CRIMES IN 1985 WERE A LOT HARDER TO SOLVE, JUST BASED ON
  • TECHNOLOGY.
  • THERE ARE JUST CERTAIN THINGS THAT WE COULD YIELD DNA PROFILES
  • FROM TODAY YOU WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO GET BACK THEN.
  • >> Narrator: AS THE WEEKS WENT BY AND THE NUMBER OF LEADS
  • STARTED TO DWINDLE, INVESTIGATORS CONTINUED TO
  • SEARCH FOR JULIE'S KILLER, KNOWING FULL WELL THEY HAD NO
  • FORENSIC EVIDENCE TO IDENTIFY HIM.
  • BUT IT DIDN'T STOP THEM FROM TRYING.
  • >> AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME, WHEN THIS INCIDENT OCCURRED, SOME
  • WEIRD THINGS WERE HAPPENING IN THAT AREA.
  • >> Narrator: SEVEN MONTHS BEFORE JULIE'S MURDER, THE BODY OF A
  • MISSING 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL WAS DISCOVERED JUST THREE MILES
  • AWAY.
  • HER BODY WAS SO BADLY DECOMPOSED THE CAUSE OF DEATH COULDN'T BE
  • DETERMINED.
  • AND TWO MONTHS BEFORE JULIE'S MURDER, A 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL WAS
  • FOUND DEAD HANGING IN A TREE IN THE WOODS JUST TWO MILES FROM
  • JULIE'S CONVENIENCE STORE.
  • SINCE THESE CRIMES HAPPENED WITHIN A RADIUS OF ONLY THREE
  • MILES, INVESTIGATORS HAD A HUNCH THEY MIGHT BE CONNECTED.
  • >> WE WANTED TO FIND THE CLOWN THAT DID THAT.
  • >> Narrator: INVESTIGATORS WONDERED WHETHER JULIE ESTES'
  • MURDER MIGHT BE CONNECTED TO SEVERAL OTHER CRIMES COMMITTED
  • IN THE AREA.
  • UNFORTUNATELY, INVESTIGATORS HAD NO EVIDENCE TO LINK THEM.
  • >> RIGHT NOW, BY TODAY'S STANDARD, PHYSICAL EVIDENCE IS
  • ONE OF YOUR TOP FACTORS IN REVIEWING A CASE.
  • IT'S VERY SIGNIFICANT -- VERY IMPORTANT.
  • THEY MAKE THE CASE.
  • >> Narrator: WITH NO LEADS, NO EVIDENCE, AND NO SUSPECTS, THE
  • TRAIL OF JULIE ESTES' KILLER TURNED COLD.
  • JULIE'S FAMILY STARTED TO BELIEVE HER MURDER WOULD NEVER
  • BE SOLVED.
  • >> AFTER A COUPLE OF YEARS, WE JUST GAVE UP.
  • I SAID, "WELL, WE'RE UP HERE AND THEY'RE DOWN THERE, AND NOBODY
  • CARES."
  • >> THE CASE ALWAYS BUGGED ME.
  • YOU KNOW, SHE WENT MISSING ON MY WATCH.
  • AND IT BUGGED ME.
  • I MEAN, EVERY TIME I DROVE BY THAT STORE I THOUGHT OF HER, AND
  • IT BUGGED ME.
  • >> Narrator: AFTER A FEW YEARS, PATROLMAN FRANK MACKESY WAS
  • PROMOTED TO CHIEF OF DETECTIVES WITH THE POWER TO RECOMMEND
  • CASES TO THE COLD-CASE UNIT.
  • >> MACKESY HAD ALWAYS HAD A STRONG DESIRE TO SOLVE THIS
  • CASE.
  • THIS IS A CASE THAT HAD STUCK WITH HIM AND STUCK IN HIS MIND
  • THROUGH HIS WHOLE CAREER.
  • >> Narrator: SO WHEN THE COLD-CASE UNIT GOT INVOLVED,
  • THEY BROADENED THEIR SEARCH.
  • THEY LOOKED AT EVERY SEXUALLY MOTIVATED CRIME IN THE REGION
  • AND GOT A BREAK.
  • JUST TWO MONTHS AFTER JULIE ESTES' MURDER -- 30 MILES
  • AWAY IN ANOTHER JURISDICTION -- THERE HAD BEEN ANOTHER
  • CONVENIENCE-STORE CRIME ALMOST IDENTICAL TO JULIE'S, EXCEPT IN
  • THIS CASE, THE VICTIM SURVIVED.
  • A 19-YEAR-OLD CONVENIENCE-STORE WORKER, CARLA NOBLES, HAD JUST
  • CLOSED THE STORE AND GIVEN A RIDE TO A YOUNG MAN SHE MET IN
  • THE PARKING LOT.
  • >> IT'S JUST DOWN THERE.
  • >> [ SPEAKING INDISTINCTLY ] >> THANKS.
  • >> SHE VOLUNTARILY LET HIM IN THE CAR HAVING NO IDEA WHAT HE
  • WAS CAPABLE OF.
  • SHE DID A QUICK DRIVE TO THE POST OFFICE, WHERE HE SAID HE
  • WANTED TO GO.
  • >> Narrator: BEFORE THEY GOT THERE, THE MAN PULLED A KNIFE,
  • FORCED HER TO DRIVE TO AN ISOLATED FIELD, AND SEXUALLY
  • ASSAULTED HER.
  • HE THEN FORCED HER TO DRIVE AWAY.
  • SHE WAS SURE HE WAS GOING TO KILL HER BECAUSE SHE COULD
  • IDENTIFY HIM.
  • BUT THEN SHE SAW THE ONLY CHANCE TO ESCAPE -- A POLICE OFFICER
  • DIRECTING TRAFFIC.
  • >> WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!
  • SHUT UP! SHUT UP!
  • >> DROP THE KNIFE!
  • >> HELP ME!
  • >> DROP THE KNIFE!
  • >> AND SHE JUST LITERALLY TRIES TO RUN UP THERE AND GET THE
  • OFFICER'S ATTENTION, PRACTICALLY HITTING THE OFFICER.
  • >> WHEN HE GOT TO THE CAR, THE ABDUCTOR HAD A KNIFE TO CARLA'S
  • THROAT.
  • AND SO HE PULLED HIS REVOLVER, AND THE ABDUCTOR DROPPED THE
  • KNIFE.
  • >> Narrator: THE MAN WAS IDENTIFIED AS JAMES ELMEN.
  • HE WAS CONVICTED FOR THE CRIME AND WAS CURRENTLY SERVING A
  • 22-YEAR SENTENCE IN A NEARBY PRISON.
  • AND COLD-CASE INVESTIGATORS LEARNED ANOTHER STARTLING
  • COINCIDENCE.
  • ELMEN HAD A CLOSE CONNECTION TO THE 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL FOUND
  • HANGING IN THE TREE NEAR JULIE'S STORE TWO MONTHS BEFORE JULIE'S
  • MURDER.
  • >> THE 10-YEAR-OLD WAS A HALF SISTER OF ELMEN.
  • >> Narrator: INVESTIGATORS NOW WANTED TO TEST THE BIOLOGICAL
  • EVIDENCE COLLECTED FROM JULIE'S RAPE-TEST KIT TO SEE WHETHER
  • JAMES ELMEN WAS HER KILLER.
  • BUT THERE WAS A RISK -- THE TEST WOULD CONSUME ALL OF THE
  • EVIDENCE.
  • >> UNFORTUNATELY, SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO MAKE A CHOICE.
  • YOU MIGHT HAVE TO RUN THE ENTIRE BIT OF SAMPLE.
  • BUT, AT THE TIME, YOU'RE THINKING, "THIS IS THE BEST
  • TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE."
  • >> Narrator: INVESTIGATORS DECIDED THE GAMBLE WAS WORTH IT.
  • >> THEY CONSUMED ALL OF THE SEMEN THAT WAS CONTAINED IN
  • THOSE SLIDES, TRYING TO GET RESULTS -- RESULTS THAT
  • UNFORTUNATELY NEVER SHOWED WHO THE KILLER WAS.
  • >> Narrator: THIS WAS A DEVASTATING SETBACK.
  • >> IT'S JUST SHOCKING.
  • IT FEELS LIKE YOU'RE HIT WITH A TON OF BRICKS.
  • THEN YOU GOT TO START OVER.
  • IT'S LIKE STARTING FROM SCRATCH AGAIN.
  • >> Narrator: BUT INVESTIGATORS REFUSED TO GIVE UP.
  • >> ELMEN HAS A ROUGH HISTORY.
  • AND PEOPLE AROUND JAMES ELMEN TEND TO DIE.
  • >> Narrator: UNFORTUNATELY, IF ELMEN WAS JULIE'S KILLER, THERE
  • WAS NO LONGER ANY DNA TO PROVE IT.
  • [ SIREN WAILING ] >> THEY USED UP ALL THE EVIDENCE
  • AND FOUND NOTHING THAT BROUGHT THEM ANY CLOSER TO A SUSPECT.
  • >> Narrator: AFTER YEARS OF SEARCHING FOR JULIE ESTES'
  • KILLER, INVESTIGATORS WERE CONVINCED THEY FOUND HIM.
  • HE WAS SERVING TIME IN PRISON FOR A SIMILAR CRIME COMMITTED...
  • 30 MILES AWAY.
  • HIS NAME WAS JAMES ELMEN.
  • >> ELMEN WAS THE WORST OF THE WORST.
  • WE TALK ABOUT "HE'S THE POSTER CHILD OF ANTISOCIAL."
  • IT'S A CLUE WHEN THE PUBLIC DEFENDERS ARE AFRAID OF HIM,
  • WHEN THE DOCTORS ARE AFRAID OF HIM, WHEN THE PEOPLE AT THE
  • MEDICAL TREATMENT FACILITY ARE AFRAID OF HIM.
  • >> Narrator: BUT INVESTIGATORS WANTED TO BE SURE ELMEN WAS
  • RESPONSIBLE FOR JULIE ESTES' MURDER.
  • WHY?
  • BECAUSE IF HE WASN'T, JULIE'S KILLER WAS STILL ON THE LOOSE.
  • >> NO, IT'S NOT ALWAYS A HOLLYWOOD ENDING.
  • SOMETIMES YOU DON'T GET ANY RESULTS.
  • CASES STILL GO UNSOLVED.
  • >> Narrator: SO 16 YEARS AFTER JULIE'S MURDER, THE JACKSONVILLE
  • POLICE DEPARTMENT SENT JULIE'S CLOTHES TO THE U.S. ARMY CRIME
  • LAB IN FOREST PARK, GEORGIA -- ONE OF THE MOST SOPHISTICATED
  • LABS AVAILABLE.
  • >> THE ITEMS OF EVIDENCE INCLUDED SOCKS AND HER SHIRT AND
  • JEANS, AS WELL AS OTHER ITEMS FROM HER SEXUAL-ASSAULT KIT,
  • WHICH INCLUDED, LIKE, FINGERNAIL SCRAPINGS AND OTHER SWABS.
  • >> Narrator: SCIENTISTS THERE WERE DISCOURAGED.
  • ALL BUT ONE OF THE ITEMS HAD BEEN ANALYZED AND TESTED.
  • >> THE SOCKS HAD NEVER BEEN TESTED PROBABLY BECAUSE NOBODY
  • EXPECTED TO FIND ANYTHING USEFUL ON THEM.
  • >> Narrator: THE IDEA THAT FORENSIC EVIDENCE COULD HAVE
  • TRANSFERRED ONTO TO JULIE'S SOCKS WAS REMOTE.
  • NEVERTHELESS, ANALYST BRIAN HIGGINS EXAMINED THE SOCKS
  • WITH LIGHT SOURCES THAT CAUSE GENETIC MATERIAL TO FLUORESCE.
  • >> I WAS KIND OF LIKE, "WOW.
  • COULD THESE BE, ACTUALLY, SEMEN STAINS?"
  • I WAS KIND OF SURPRISED, ACTUALLY, 'CAUSE IT'S NOT ONE OF
  • THE MORE COMMON PLACES WE WOULD FIND SEMEN.
  • >> Narrator: THE AREAS WERE REMOVED THEN ANALYZED WITH A NEW
  • DNA TEST THAT NEEDED ONLY A VERY SMALL AMOUNT OF GENETIC
  • MATERIAL.
  • >> WHEN DNA FIRST STARTED OUT, YOU NEEDED A LOT OF DNA AND IT
  • NEEDED TO BE HIGH-QUALITY DNA.
  • NOWADAYS, IT CAN BE VERY DEGRADED AND WE COULD HAVE VERY
  • LIMITED QUANTITIES AND STILL YIELD GOOD RESULTS.
  • >> Narrator: MIRACULOUSLY, THE TEST GENERATED A MIXTURE OF TWO
  • DNA PROFILES -- ONE FEMALE AND ONE MALE.
  • ONE WAS JULIE'S DNA.
  • THE OTHER WAS THE DNA OF THE KILLER.
  • >> THEY WERE ABLE TO IDENTIFY THAT DNA PROFILE AS THE EXACT
  • MATCH TO JAMES ELMEN.
  • >> WE WERE ALL ECSTATIC.
  • I MEAN, IT WAS...UNBELIEVABLE FEELING, AND THAT'S THE REWARD
  • OF COLD CASE -- WHEN YOU HAVE THAT PIECE THAT YOU NEVER HAD
  • BEFORE AND YOU'RE ABLE JUST TO PUT THAT ONE THING TOGETHER,
  • AND, YOU KNOW, YOU'VE GOT THE ENTIRE CASE.
  • >> Narrator: INVESTIGATORS CONFRONTED ELMEN IN PRISON WITH
  • THE EVIDENCE.
  • >> AND I'M TELLING YOU THAT YOUR DNA -- THAT YOUR SEMEN -- IS IN
  • THE MURDER SCENE OF THIS...
  • THIS...THIS MURDERED GIRL.
  • >> I'M TELLING YOU I WASN'T THERE.
  • I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS GIRL.
  • >> IF YOU'RE NOT THERE, HOW DOES JAMES ELMEN'S SEMEN GET IN THE
  • DAMN CRIME SCENE?
  • >> HOW DO YOU KNOW IT WAS MINE?
  • HOW YOU GONNA GO TAKE SOMETHING THAT'S 20 YEARS AGO FROM OUT
  • OF THE [BLEEP] REFRIGERATOR AND TAKE MY BLOOD TODAY AND MATCH IT
  • TO THAT?
  • >> YES!
  • >> OKAY.
  • >> FORENSICS CAN DO THAT.
  • >> I UNDERSTAND ALL THAT, BUT WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THAT SEMEN
  • IS MINE?
  • >> JAMES ELMEN IS A MONSTER THAT NOW SITS BEHIND BARS.
  • >> I ALWAYS KNEW THAT THERE WAS GONNA BE A DAY THAT THEY WERE
  • GONNA SAY, "WE GOT IT.
  • THIS CASE IS SOLVED."
  • >> Narrator: BASED ON THE DNA EVIDENCE, PROSECUTORS BELIEVE
  • JAMES ELMEN WAS PROBABLY WALKING BY THE CONVENIENCE STORE WHERE
  • JULIE ESTES WORKED AROUND 10:30 AND NOTICED THERE WERE NO
  • CUSTOMERS INSIDE.
  • [ BELL RINGS ] >> HI, THERE.
  • >> Narrator: HE SHUT OFF THE STORE'S ELECTRICITY...
  • HELD JULIE AT KNIFEPOINT, FORCED HER TO OPEN THE SAFE...
  • THEN HE MADE HER DRIVE A HALF-MILE AWAY TO AN AREA BEHIND
  • AN UNOCCUPIED STORE.
  • HE USED HER SHOELACES TO TIE HER WRISTS...
  • THEN RAPED AND KILLED HER.
  • HE REMOVED ITEMS FROM JULIE'S TRUNK TO MAKE ROOM FOR HER BODY.
  • ELMEN DROVE TO THE WOODS, WHERE HE HID HER BODY UNDER SOME
  • CARDBOARD.
  • THE BIOLOGICAL EVIDENCE FROM THE ATTACK WAS EMBEDDED IN HER
  • COTTON SOCKS.
  • ELMEN PROBABLY WANTED TO KEEP JULIE'S CAR, BUT IT GOT STUCK IN
  • THE MUD, AND HE HAD TO ESCAPE ON FOOT.
  • [ CAR DOOR OPENS ] AUTHORITIES HAD PLENTY OF
  • SUSPICION BUT NO EVIDENCE TO CHARGE ELMEN WITH HIS
  • HALF SISTER'S MURDER.
  • BUT AFTER 17 YEARS, THERE WAS PLENTY OF DNA EVIDENCE TO CHARGE
  • HIM WITH JULIE ESTES' RAPE AND MURDER.
  • >> IT JUST WAS UNBELIEVABLE THAT IT WOULD BE THE SOCKS THAT WOULD
  • HOLD THE TRUE IDENTITY OF HER KILLER.
  • >> AND HOW WOULD YOU...WANT ME TO SAY?
  • WHAT WOULD YOU REALLY WANT ME TO SAY?
  • >> I GUESS I'D JUST ASK FOR AN EXPLANATION.
  • I MEAN, YOU KNOW HOW FORENSICS WORKS.
  • >> I CAN'T GIVE IT TO YOU.
  • >> WELL, THE ONLY REASONABLE EXPLANATION IS THAT YOU'RE
  • INVOLVED IN THE MURDER.
  • >> NO. THAT'S NOT TRUE.
  • THAT'S NOT TRUE.
  • THAT IS DEFINITELY NOT TRUE.
  • >> Narrator: FACED WITH A POSSIBLE DEATH PENALTY, ELMEN
  • DECIDED TO PLEAD "NO CONTEST" TO JULIE ESTES' RAPE AND MURDER.
  • IN RETURN, HE WAS SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON WITH NO
  • POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE.
  • >> THE LESSON FOR CRIMINALS WOULD BE, NO MATTER HOW LONG AGO
  • YOU DID THE CRIME, FORENSICS HAS THE CAPABILITY OF SOLVING IT.
  • >> IF IT WASN'T FOR FORENSICS IN THIS CASE, YOU KNOW, WITH THE
  • DNA AND EVERYTHING, I DON'T THINK THAT THEY WOULD EVER SOLVE
  • IT.
  • >> WE ALWAYS TALKED ABOUT IF HE EVER GOT OUT, WE WERE JUST GONNA
  • HAVE TO -- WE WOULD BE COUNTING BODIES.
  • WE BELIEVED HE WAS THAT BAD.
  • >> YOU GOT TO TREAT EVERY SINGLE CASE LIKE IT'S THE CRIME OF THE
  • CENTURY.
  • AND WHAT I MEAN BY THAT IS, YOU GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU DON'T
  • TAKE ANY EVIDENCE FOR GRANTED.

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James Kenneth Elmen Jr. abducted Julie Estes, 21, and raped and murdered her. Her body was found the next day, but the killing went unsolved until 2003, when it became the first murder arrest by the new cold case squad at the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Originally aired as Season 13, Episode 38.

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