I am in need of some advice. It has been 5 years last Sunday since my Uncle was murdered. While the police ruled it a suicide based on his girlfriend's testimony, we know that is not true. To many things do not add up.
We know my uncle and if he were going to take his life it would had been either after my grandmother passed away in 1999 or when his wife (high school sweetheart) was killed in a car wreck not even a year after my grandmother passed away.
When we had to identify the body and even at the funeral, you could see bruises on the back of his hands, there were a few marks on his neck from the rope, and a few other bruises. I just know that someone held him down, while someone strangled him to death, and then they covered it up to look like a suicide. The police didn't even talk to us about him, they took the girlfriend's word, and closed the case. It has been five years and everyday I try to figure out a way to get someone to listen to us. I can't just let this go when to many of the things above don't add up.
There is just this heavy weight on my chest that I need to find out the truth. But how do I get the police to listen?
I am asking to speak to the DA
I am not sure about open records laws in Tennessee, but in many states once an investigation is closed the police reports become a public record. You can ask the police department for copies of all of the reports. If Tennessee is an open records state, they are required to provide them for you even though you will have to pay a reasonable amount per page. $.25 per page is pretty standard, but not a mandate.
Reviewing the reports would give you the opportunity to see everything that the police took into consideration when making their decision. Once you have both sides of the story you would likely be in a better position to ask the police department to take another look. If they refuse and you are still convinced that they should, asking the State police to review the case is oftentimes effective.
I am sorry for your loss. I hope you find peace in your lifetime.
They did not give me a full report.
One page and closed the case due to detectives that did not do their jobs. They did not take an interest in the case.
Poor Country Boy with no Money
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