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Could you forgive your mother’s killer?

Could you forgive your mother’s killer?

November 17, 2019

Widow Frances Worthington, 77, lived a quiet life in her South Knoxville home. Then a killer busted in on New Year’s Eve 1995.

What that person did was horrendous – wrecking her home, bludgeoning her, sprinkling coins and mini chocolates around her body, violating her with a wine bottle.

How her family responded was remarkable. They forgive whoever committed this still-unsolved murder.

The serial killer who got away with murder

The serial killer who got away with murder

November 11, 2019

The bodies of four women turn up at a notorious lover’s lane. The main suspect – a man on the street nicknamed “The Zoo Man.”

His lawyers said one of his multiple personalities really did it. The prosecution insists that was a farce.

The story of one of East Tennessee’s first serial killers – who authorities say got away with murder.

Who killed the Doo-wop DJ?

Who killed the Doo-wop DJ?

November 3, 2019

Popular radio host Gus Gossert once had thousands of music fans who listened to his broadcasts of the golden oldies.

Then a gunman shot him to death off a remote road in West Knox County.

Was it drugs? Money? Revenge over a woman?

More than 40 years later it’s still an unsolved killing.

An honest man’s killing, a statewide legacy

An honest man’s killing, a statewide legacy

October 24, 2019

J.T. Lutz was spending a quiet night at home with his young family when a shotgun blast shattered the window.

The Greene County man had vowed to help authorities catch a thief. Somebody else thought differently.

Lutz’s murder shortly before Christmas 1949 so angered leaders they pushed for the creation of a statewide police agency.

One sister lonely, two sisters dead

One sister lonely, two sisters dead

October 24, 2019

Patricia Williams liked to go out and meet men. Older sister Suzanne was happy to stay home.

One night in 1987, somebody decided they both should die.

A closer look at this West Knox County case.

The socialite murdered while making a cake

The socialite murdered while making a cake

October 24, 2019

Wealthy Knoxvillian Rose Busch was home alone icing a cake when a killer knocked on her back door.

Fifty years later, the murderer remains free.

Bizarre clues left in the neighborhood included a gun silencer and a policeman’s uniform.

Why the case likely never will be solved.