Sunday, February 8, 2009

Woman Arrested in 40-Year-Old Murder Case

The Denver News (via CNN) reports on a fascinating case.
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.

"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."

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.

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.


  1. all right, I'd be lying if I said I saw a connection deeper than the fact that the Actress who played Ginger was named Tina-Louise....
    At the 45 second mark, Ginger offers to make Gilligan a roast duck dinner if he sets her free.... and of course one of the things that prevent him is the fact that his oath of office prevents him from "havin a good time".

    I'd also be lying if I didn't admit the secret pleasure I still get from the sheer idiocy of Gilligans Island. I once wrote a punk rock song inspired by the theme music.

    I guess you'd have to wonder how Tina Louise tripped herself up after 40 years, but you know, she would have never gotten a fair trial as a man killin woman in Colorado in the first place no matter what the facts were.

  2. The shooter was named Tina Louise, and the incident happened in "Denver." Get it. The only way it could have been better is if the arresting officer was named John Minnow.

    That's the way my brain works. And these gun guys wonder why they can't follow my logic.