A 65-year-old woman wanted in 40-year-old slaying at a Denver bar was arrested Friday in Dayton, Ohio, where police say she had been living under an alias.
Tina Louise Lester was arrested at her home on suspicion of first-degree murder,Denver police spokeswoman Sharon Avendano said. Lester is accused of fatally shooting 36-year-old Ronald E. Schlatter in 1968.
According to the few details released in the Denver article, it all happened in 1968. Young Tina was shooting pool, things went bad for some reason, she took out a .22 and shot Schlatter in the chest. He then took the gun from her fired a few times, missing we presume, and then died. She got away.
Avendano said "good police work" and the use of new technologies led to Lester's arrest.I don't know, does that sound like good police work to you? I think there's more to it than Officer Avendano is telling, which is fair enough.
"A determined police officer followed up on the case and was able to find her," she said. "How that was, I don't know exactly."
An interesting element is that the shooter was female. This makes it a rather rare murder case, but combined with the fact that she made another life for herself for 40 years, it's a truly amazing story.
The most fascinating part of the story is the comments section. They seem to be about 10 to 1 in favor of throwing the book at her. Only one person said clearly that after 40 years she should be left alone. What's your opinion? Should there be a stature of limitations on murder like there is on other crimes? Isn't one of the main ideas to prevent future recurrences of the bad act? In a case like this, how would that work?
Just for fun, did anyone else see this connection? It made me wonder if the whole story were a joke. If you don't know what I'm talking about, the answer is at 45 seconds into the video.