57 minutes | Jul 26, 2021

Episode 212: Deathbed Confessions: Diane Crawford Smith

In 1967, a double murder shocked a small town in Virginia. A suspect was quickly rounded up, but the case wasn’t truly resolved until decades later when a chance encounter led to a series of events that would ultimately bring about a deathbed confession.

Resources:
“Thomas Free on Bond; Hearing Slated Oct 27”, The News Leader, Oct 17, 1967.
“Prosecution Rests in Thomas Hearing”, The News Leader, April 10, 1968.
“Getting away with murder? Former cop has serious questions about why Staunton’s most infamous killer almost got away”, Lindsay Barnes for The Hook, Jan 8, 2009
Sharron C. Smith, Obituary, retrieved from Legacy.com
“Woman confesses to 1967 slayings”, Ashley Broughton for CNN, Jan 24, 2009.
“Motive in Double Killing 42 Years Ago is Revealed”, The Associated Press, retrieved from The New York Times, Jan 24, 2009.
“We just want the truth; Connie Hevener’s family wants to know why a cop allegedly hid her killer for 40 years”, Lindsay Barnes for The Hook, Feb 26, 2009.
“Bound by blood? Were cop and killer father and child?”, Lindsay Barnes for The Hook, April 23, 2009.
“A $200M Wrong? One-time suspect in ‘67 slayings says Staunton cops framed him”, Brad Zinn for The News Leader, Dec 23, 2010.
“High’s case featured on Investigation Discovery”, Augusta Free Press, Feb 17, 2013.

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