Murder in Pinyon Pines | Full Episode

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30 Apr 202441:42

Summary

TLDRThe video script details a harrowing account of a triple homicide in Pinion Pines, California, where a mother, her boyfriend, and a young woman named Becky were brutally murdered. The prime suspects, Robert Pape, Becky's ex-boyfriend, and his best friend, Christian Smith, were arrested after a 12-year-long investigation fraught with emotional turmoil and legal challenges. Despite initial charges being dropped due to legal issues, they were rearrested and eventually found guilty of murder. The case is marked by a complex web of evidence, including cell phone pings, DNA, and firearm connections, all of which are rigorously contested by the defense. The narrative is punctuated by the heart-wrenching experiences of the victims' family, the steadfast belief in the suspects' innocence by their families, and the broader community's shock and struggle for justice and closure.

Takeaways

  • ๐Ÿ  A tragic fire at the Freedley family home led to the discovery of a horrific triple homicide, with the victims being Tanya Freedley's mother Vicky, her boyfriend John Hayward, and her sister Becky.
  • ๐Ÿ” The initial investigation was challenging due to the fire destroying crucial evidence, and it took 12 years to bring the case to trial.
  • ๐Ÿšจ Becky's ex-boyfriend, Robert Pape, and his friend Christian Smith were the main suspects, with evidence suggesting their involvement on the night of the crime.
  • ๐Ÿ“ฑ Cell phone records and an instant message conversation raised suspicions about Robert Pape's intentions and actions around the time of the murders.
  • ๐Ÿ”ฅ There was a history of Robert Pape's possessive and obsessive behavior towards Becky, which included threats made against her life.
  • โ›ฐ๏ธ The crime scene indicated a personal and symbolic act, with Becky's body found in a wheelbarrow, suggesting the killer's intention to make a statement.
  • ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™‚๏ธ Despite the lack of hard evidence, the persistence of the victim's family and a private investigator helped keep the case in the public eye and eventually led to an arrest.
  • ๐Ÿค” Defense attorneys for Pape and Smith argued that the prosecution's case was built on circumstantial evidence and questioned the reliability of the informants and technical evidence.
  • ๐Ÿ† Christian Smith was a decorated war hero, and Robert Pape was an active member of his church, complicating the public's perception of their guilt.
  • ๐Ÿ“‰ The case took an unexpected turn when the prosecutor dropped all charges against Pape and Smith due to legal issues, allowing them to be released.
  • ๐Ÿ” In a surprising development, Pape and Smith were rearrested in 2016, and in 2018, they were found guilty of first-degree murder by a jury after a lengthy deliberation.

Q & A

  • What was the initial reaction of the family after the fire at Vicky's house?

    -The family was devastated and shocked. They initially thought it could have been an accident like a cigarette or a gas leak causing the fire, but they soon discovered that it was a deliberate act of murder.

  • How was Becky's body found after the incident?

    -Becky's body was found in a wheelbarrow. It appeared she had been placed in it and set on fire, which was a method chosen to maximize the horror and make it as personal as possible.

  • Who were the two main suspects in the murder case?

    -The two main suspects were Robert Pape, Becky's ex-boyfriend, and Christian Smith, Robert Pape's best friend.

  • What evidence led investigators to focus on Robert Pape and Christian Smith?

    -Becky's friend Javier Garcia Jr. provided information that placed both Robert Pape and Christian Smith at the scene of the crime on the night of the murders. Additionally, Robert's past threatening behavior towards Becky and their shared fascination with fire contributed to them being the main suspects.

  • Why did the investigation take over 12 years to bring to trial?

    -The investigation was hampered from the start due to the fire that destroyed vital evidence at the crime scene. It took a long time to gather enough evidence to bring the case to trial.

  • What role did the media play in the case?

    -The media played a significant role by publicizing the case, which led to an increase in public awareness and tips coming in. Private investigator Lewis balanos used media tactics, including a provocative billboard and press conferences, to keep the case in the public eye.

  • Why were the charges against Robert Pape and Christian Smith initially dropped?

    -The charges were dropped due to legal issues that arose during the grand jury proceedings against Robert Pape. The DA's office did not provide specific details but stated that these issues made it appropriate to dismiss the charges against both men.

  • What new evidence led to the rearrest of Robert Pape and Christian Smith in 2016?

    -The rearrest was based on a new informant who claimed Smith had made an incriminating statement, better cell phone tracking, more evidence linking Christian Smith to the business card found at the crime scene, and a fingerprint match from 2006 that could finally be identified.

  • What were the defense attorneys' main arguments during the trial in 2018?

    -The defense attorneys questioned the credibility of the state's new informant, the accuracy of the cell phone tracking and forensic evidence, and argued that the prosecution had tunnel vision, focusing on their clients from the outset without adequately considering other potential suspects.

  • What was the final verdict in the trial of Robert Pape and Christian Smith?

    -Robert Pape and Christian Smith were found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of Vicky Freedley and John Hayward, and Pape was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Becky Freedley.

  • How did the families of the victims and the accused respond to the verdict?

    -The families of the victims saw the verdict as justice, while the families of the accused viewed it as a terrible injustice, believing in the innocence of Robert Pape and Christian Smith.

Outlines

00:00

๐Ÿ˜” Tragedy Strikes: The Triple Homicide in Pinion Pines

The narrative begins with a chilling account of a tragedy that befell a family in Pinion Pines, California. The story is told through the eyes of a person who has experienced loss and horror through their work in the military and law enforcement. The devastating news of a fire at the home of the storyteller's mother leads to the discovery of a brutal crime scene where three family members were found dead. The youngest victim, Becky, was found in a wheelbarrow, set on fire, indicating a deeply personal and hateful act. The story hints at potential suspects, including the victim's ex-boyfriend, Robert Pape, and his friend, Christian Smith, setting the stage for a complex and emotional investigation.

05:00

๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ Investigation and Initial Suspicions

The investigation into the triple homicide begins with the discovery of the victims' bodies in a burned house. Tanya's mother, Vicky, and her boyfriend, John Hayward, were found shot, while Tanya's sister, Becky, was found in a wheelbarrow, her body too damaged to determine the cause of death. The family's idyllic upbringing contrasts sharply with the horrific crime scene. Rumors and suspicions initially point towards the father, Ron Freedley, but he is cleared as a suspect after a polygraph test and phone records place him far from the crime scene. Attention then shifts to Becky's ex-boyfriend, Robert Pape, due to his known possessiveness and threats towards Becky, leading the police to focus on him as a suspect.

10:11

๐Ÿ” The Pursuit of Justice and Media Involvement

As the investigation progresses, Ron Freedley, the father, uses his investigative experience to consider the crime's personal nature, particularly Becky's fear of fire due to a childhood accident. Becky's friend, Jeanie McDaniel, also suspects Robert Pape from the outset due to his past obsessive behavior and threats. Despite the focus on Robert and his friend Christian Smith, the case seems to stall. Private investigator Lewis Balanos joins the effort, and media tactics, including a billboard and press conferences, are employed to generate public interest and potentially new leads. These efforts result in the arrest of Robert Pape and Christian Smith, though their families maintain their innocence.

15:11

๐Ÿ“ž Phone Records and the Search for Truth

The narrative delves into the complexities of the case, highlighting the significance of phone records that placed the suspects near the crime scene. The defense argues against the reliability of these records, suggesting alternative explanations for the lack of phone activity. The prosecution, however, finds supporting evidence in the form of a business card at the crime scene with DNA linking it to Christian Smith. Additionally, ammunition and a holster matching the murder weapons are found in Robert Pape's home, strengthening the case against the two men. The defense disputes the strength of this evidence, claiming the state's case is based on nothing more than circumstantial connections and arguing for the consideration of other potential suspects.

20:12

๐Ÿšจ The Trial and Controversial Verdict

The case goes to trial with the defense challenging the credibility of the state's evidence and informants. After a grueling trial period and ten days of deliberation, the jury finds Robert Pape and Christian Smith guilty of first-degree murder. The families of the victims express relief and happiness at the verdict, believing justice has been served. However, the defendants' families are devastated, maintaining their loved ones' innocence and vowing to continue fighting for their freedom. The case highlights the painfulๆ’•่ฃ‚ of a community and the profound impact of violent crime on the lives of all involved.

25:15

๐Ÿก Remembering the Victims and the Aftermath

In the aftermath of the verdict, the focus shifts to remembering the victims and the lasting impact of their loss. The sister of one of the victims expresses her desire for her sister to be remembered for who she was, rather than how she died. The tragedy has left an indelible mark on the lives of those left behind, with the pursuit of justice being just one part of their ongoing journey towards healing.

Mindmap

Keywords

๐Ÿ’กMurder

Murder is the unlawful killing of another human being with malice aforethought. In the video, it is the central crime that has taken place, leading to the investigation and eventual trial of the accused. The script describes a triple homicide, which is a term used when three individuals are murdered in a single incident.

๐Ÿ’กArson

Arson is the crime of deliberately setting fire to property. In the context of the video, arson is a significant aspect of the crime as the house was set on fire, destroying vital evidence and complicating the investigation.

๐Ÿ’กEx-boyfriend

An ex-boyfriend refers to a person's former romantic partner. In the video, the ex-boyfriend, Robert Pape, is a key suspect in the murder case due to his past relationship with the victim, Becky, and alleged threats he made towards her.

๐Ÿ’กCell Phone Evidence

Cell phone evidence refers to the data retrieved from a mobile phone that can be used in criminal investigations. In the video, cell phone pings and activity are crucial as they place the suspects near the crime scene at the time of the murders.

๐Ÿ’กDNA Evidence

DNA evidence is biological material that has genetic information used to identify individuals. The video mentions DNA found on a business card at the crime scene, which is consistent with DNA belonging to one of the suspects, Christian Smith.

๐Ÿ’กFirearms

Firearms are weapons that discharge projectiles through explosive force. The script discusses the use of a .40 caliber handgun and a shotgun in the murders, and the discovery of similar shotguns in the suspects' homes.

๐Ÿ’กAlibi

An alibi is a claim or proof of an individual's presence elsewhere when a crime was committed. In the video, the suspects claim they were at a church and then at a friend's house playing video games, which is challenged by the cell phone evidence.

๐Ÿ’กGrand Jury

A grand jury is a legal body that investigates whether there is enough evidence to bring an individual to trial. The video describes the process of the suspects appearing before a grand jury, which leads to their arrest.

๐Ÿ’กWrongful Accusation

Wrongful accusation is the act of falsely charging someone with a crime they did not commit. The video presents the perspective of the suspects' families who believe that Robert Pape and Christian Smith have been wrongfully accused of the murders.

๐Ÿ’กHearing

A hearing is a legal proceeding where evidence is taken for the purpose of making a decision. The video script mentions multiple hearings attended by the suspects and their supporters, highlighting the drawn-out legal process.

๐Ÿ’กInformant

An informant is a person who provides information to authorities, often secretly. In the video, a new informant's statement and improved cell phone tracking technology are mentioned as new evidence that leads to the rearrest of the suspects.

Highlights

A triple homicide took place at the home of Vicky Friedley in Pinion Pines, California, on September 17th, 2006.

Becky Friedley, Vicky's daughter, was found dead in a wheelbarrow, set on fire, indicating a personal and targeted attack.

Robert Pape, Becky's ex-boyfriend, and Christian Smith, Robert's best friend, were the main suspects due to evidence and their history of a fascination with fire.

Investigation was hampered by a lack of physical evidence due to the fire that destroyed the crime scene.

The case remained unsolved for nearly 12 years, with the families of the victims and suspects living with the uncertainty.

Robert Pape and Christian Smith were initially arrested and charged with three counts of murder but were later released due to legal issues.

The case was reopened in 2016 with new evidence including an informant's statement, improved cell phone tracking, and a fingerprint match.

Both defendants maintained their innocence, with their families and friends rallying in support throughout the trial.

The defense argued that the prosecution's case was built on questionable evidence and ignored other potential suspects.

The jury found Robert Pape and Christian Smith guilty of first-degree murder after a grueling 10-day deliberation.

The families of the victims expressed relief at the verdict, while the families of the defendants believed the outcome to be a grave injustice.

The defense team highlighted inconsistencies in the state's case, including the credibility of an informant and the accuracy of cell phone tracking.

The case raised questions about the role of Javier Garcia Jr., a friend of Becky's, who initially directed suspicion towards the defendants.

The defense also questioned the validity of the DNA evidence found on a business card at the crime scene, suggesting it could have been planted.

The prosecution argued that the circumstantial evidence, including the defendants' behavior and cell phone records, pointed to their guilt.

The emotional toll of the case on all parties involved was evident, with the defendants missing significant life events and the victims' families seeking closure.

The case serves as an example of the complexities and challenges faced in the pursuit of justice, with lasting impacts on the families and community.

Transcripts

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[Music]

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being in the

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military in law

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enforcement I've seen a lot of people

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die I've seen a lot of really bad

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things but you never think anything's

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going to happen to

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you not that you're above

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it it always happens to somebody

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[Music]

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else nothing could have prepared me for

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what actually

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[Music]

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happened the deputy showed up at my door

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all he said was you need to call your

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dad my dad started crying and he told me

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that there had been a

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fire at my mom's

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house the only people living in the

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house was my mom Vicky her boyfriend

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John and my little sister

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Becky we're still waiting for positive

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identification on three bodies found at

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a burned out home in pinion Pines we

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knew right away that everyone was

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dead maybe my mom fell asleep with a

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cigarette or a gas

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leak but what happened was much much

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worse I learned that Becky was

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found in a

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wheelbarrow apparently she had been

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placed in this and set on

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fire my baby sister was

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gone this was the front of the house and

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the wheelbarrow was found here we know

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that it was brought to this spot because

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there were tracks rolled out that

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way why bring her body towards the front

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of the house we think it was to pose her

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and they wanted to leave some kind of

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symbol make it as personal as possible

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that's hate

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she was obviously the Target and when I

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heard the wheelbarrow situation that's

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when I knew it was him waiting for my

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precious boyfriend say hi Robert hi guys

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because he had threatened to kill her a

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lot of the evidence pointed toward

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Robert Pape and Christian Smith Robert

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Pape was Becky's

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exboyfriend Christian Smith was Robert

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Pap's best

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friend 7 years 7 years when by before

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anything

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happened yesterday police arrested

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25-year-olds Christen Smith and Becky

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friedley's ex-boyfriend Robert P we know

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Robert and anyone who knows him knows

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how ridiculous the accusations

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are my son Christian saves

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lives he saved lives in Afghanistan he

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doesn't take lives there's no way it's

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all very obvious that there's no

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way

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Robert Pape and Kristen Smith are

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accused of three counts of

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murder and if you just look at all the

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evidence it just doesn't fit it doesn't

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work this is not the case that should be

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brought against these two

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men there is not a doubt in my mind that

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they have the right people I I know that

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they

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[Applause]

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[Music]

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do 48 Hours murder in pinion

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Pines it was a vicious triple homicide

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but there were almost no Clues Left

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Behind that's because a fire consumed

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the crime scene destroying vital

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evidence with the investigation hampered

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from the start it would take nearly 12

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long years to bring this case to trial

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and to its emotional conclusion Troy

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Roberts brings us the murder in pinion

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Pines

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[Music]

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this Foundation is All That Remains of

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the freedley home in pinan Pines

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California on the evening of September

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17th 2006 Tanya friedley's childhood

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home was burned to the ground there's

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not a day that goes by that I don't

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think about what happened I miss them

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every

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day

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inside the home investigators have found

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the bodies of Tanya's 53-year-old mother

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Vicky friedley and her 55-year-old

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boyriend John Hayward it was later

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determined they had both been shot the

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homicide unit is treating this as a

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homicide outside in a burning

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wheelbarrow were the charred remains of

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Tanya's 18-year-old sister Becky her

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body too badly burned to determine the

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cause of death the worst part is is that

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my baby sister I was supposed to be the

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one to protect her and be there for

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her that's my

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job Tanya then a deputy sheriff in

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another town relayed the devastating

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news to her sister Drew an Air Force

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medic stationed in Japan at the time I

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think it's just mortifying when you find

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out that somebody could be that horrible

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and Sinister like something you'd seen

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in a a horror flick as opposed to real

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life for Drew and and Tanya it's hard to

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reconcile that horrific murder scene to

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their storybook upbringing on the

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property their father Ron freedley had

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built their home himself in the

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mountains high above the desert heat of

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the Coachella

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Valley it was just a nice

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place it was country it was definitely

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out of the city and I liked it it was a

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great place for the kids to grow up Ron

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doed on his daughters and so did his

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wife at Vicki my mom was just very

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kind-hearted wonderful woman she loved

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being a mom um she loved gardening she

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loved sewing and quilting and cooking

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you know that was really important for

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her to teach us how to cook even from a

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very very young age the youngest of the

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sisters was high-spirited Becky freedley

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Becky was always just an amazing person

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I mean even when she was small always

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had a smile on her face she was always

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there for you she SM art Becky used to

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actually help Tanya and Drew with their

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homework and and you know she's four

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years younger than them she got along

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with everybody she really did she was

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just a

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fun happy

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person but the happy times as a family

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didn't last Ron and Vicki divorce after

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13 years of marriage she was a good

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person but we we sort of grew

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apart as the years passed t and Drew

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also left home Becky remained behind

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with her mother who eventually found

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love again with contractor John Hayward

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my dad called Vicki his cupcake because

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she was just so

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sweet kitty Hayward is John's daughter

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they were drawn together because they

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both loved the outdoors and they loved

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living up there together and I would be

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like Dad why are you guys living up here

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just come down to the city there's what

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is up here and and he would always say

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like it's free up here no one will ever

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bother us and this is the safest place

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that you can

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be then came that night in September at

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first no one could imagine who would

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want to hurt John Becky and Vicki I

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really had no

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idea the finger was being pointed at

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everyone I think there were all kinds of

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rumors rumors started circulating that

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perhaps they had been murdered by

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someone with a grudge against Ron

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friedley

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Ron had retired the year before from the

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Riverside County Sheriff's

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Department did you believe that this may

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have been some sort of Retribution for

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your work in law

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enforcement no I I really didn't I never

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really was involved in anything where

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somebody would have said I want to get

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back at this guy I didn't have that kind

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of career so you had no enemies that's

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really know investigators looked into

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that theory and quickly ruled it out but

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then rumored began swirling about Ron

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freely himself I mean it's just natural

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to think that um possibly the the

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husband or family could have been

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involved and and I understood that going

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into it um were you interviewed yes I

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was I was crying probably most through

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most of it investigators asked Ron to

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take a polygraph test that was probably

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the first time that I really felt like I

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was kind of a a suspect so I got up

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there I took the polygraph and uh the

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lady came out and she said this is one

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of the best tests I've ever given in my

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career she says it it was incredible you

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did

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fine phone records put Ron 11 hours away

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at his property in Northern California

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when the crime took place and police

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ruled him out as a

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suspect but there was one person a

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friend of Becky's who says she knew

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immediately who was responsible this was

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intentional and he did it and and I've

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known since day one he did

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[Applause]

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[Music]

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it in the first days after the murders

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Ron freedley was besieged with questions

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none of us really knew why it occurred

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or had a reason for it the last thing I

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thought was that it was something to do

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with

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Becky but once the initial shock had

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subsided Ron began looking at the crime

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through his investigator's eyes and came

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to believe that it was Becky who had

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been targeted it seemed too personal

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because of a fear Becky had she was

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really really afraid of fire when she

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was younger her mom was fixing tacos and

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she had a pan full of hot grease and

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Becky had pulled it down off off the

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stove and it burned on her chest she had

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third degree burns on her chest so

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someone that's with someone intimately

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would know that she had these scars and

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was scared of fire Becky's friend jeie

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McDaniel was suspicious about someone

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right away so immediately when you heard

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the murders your mind went to Robert P

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immediately nothing else in my mind

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there's nobody else that could have done

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this Robert P was Becky friedley's

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ex-boyfriend and Robert got Becky a cro

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the teenagers started dating in high

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school and were together for over a year

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looks like you guys are getting married

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at first Becky and Robert seemed happy I

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think it was her first

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love I just think she was madly in love

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with him

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a but Jeannie says Robert soon grew

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possessive of Becky when her and I went

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on vacation about 10 months before she

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died he called about 20 30 times in a

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night night just harassing her wanting

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to talk to her while we were hanging out

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with friends 20 to 30 times in one night

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mhm with I mean minutes within each

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other in January 2006 Becky and Robert

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broke up and started seeing other people

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but according to jeie Robert's obsessive

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behavior only grew worse and took an

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even darker turn shortly before the

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murders in

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September she came to my house three

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weeks before she died and said he had

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even threatened to kill me those are her

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exact words even threatened to kill me

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why she said because he wasn't taking

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the breakup well and he wanted her and

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didn't want anybody else to have her

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that's what she said to me so were you

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concerned for her I was but she gave me

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the impression that it wasn't a big deal

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and so I kind of just took her word for

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it and let it

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go but after the murders Jeanie says she

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went straight to the Riverside County

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Sheriff's apartment with her suspicions

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as it turns out Robert Pape was already

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on their radar everyone was whispering

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about Robert they moved pretty quickly

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in in the direction of of Robert there

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was a lot of little tiny bits of

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information from different sources one

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of those sources was Becky's close

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friend Javier Garcia Jr who had given

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investigators an interesting bit of

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information on the night of the murders

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he says Becky had told him she was going

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hiking on her property with Robert and

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his friend Christian

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Smith Tanya freedley believes her sister

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probably just wanted to smooth things

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over with Robert my sister was a fixer

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she loved with all of her heart and she

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gave herself to everything she did

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Garcia Jr's lead placed Robert Pape and

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Christian Smith at the scene of the

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crime the night of the

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murders with rumors pointing towards the

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two men the freedley were sure that the

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case would soon be solved I kind of felt

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a sense of relief um the that they would

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be arrested but as surely as the

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momentum had started it seemed to stop

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the Riverside County Sheriff's

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Department never publicly shared any

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details of the investigation or named

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any

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suspects it was frustrating but they

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just kept saying they they didn't have

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it they didn't have enough to to make an

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arrest private investigator Lewis

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balanos saw his friend Ron grow

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increasingly despondent about 2 or 3

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years into this I'm getting updates from

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Ron and I'm find out that nothing's

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happening it this case has stalled it's

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gone cold Lewis and Ron had met years

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earlier at the Sheriff's Office where

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Ron had been one of Lewis's first

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training officers now it was time for

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Lewis to help his old teammate I begged

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Ron for years two or three years let me

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do this for you Lewis had also worked in

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the Riverside County DA's office

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although they parted on bad terms he was

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certain he could get things moving again

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I knew that we can get to back on the

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front page where it needed to be um and

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get those phones burning again I really

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wasn't ready because I really felt in my

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heart that I I thought the sheriff's

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department was going to solve it I

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really

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did but as the sixe anniversary of the

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crime approach with no arrest in sight

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Ron finally gave Lewis the green light

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the media Savvy Pi got to work and one

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of his first orders of business was

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putting up this provocative billboard we

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wanted to do it before before and after

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a beautiful picture of Becky and then a

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simulated picture of Becky in the

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wheelbarrow on fire it really really

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pulled at heartstrings and sickened

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people we believe the following to be

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true Lewis also held a press conference

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at the murder site with Drew and Tanya

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friedley we are in this because we

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believe this case can be solved we know

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somebody out there knows something over

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the next year tips started coming in one

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of them from Becky's cousin Daniela Zeno

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who remembered something that might help

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investigators I had spoken to Becky um

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the night before the murder and she told

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me that her ex-boyfriend Robert had come

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into her work at Denny's and um was

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harassing her he had harassed her to the

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point of being removed from the

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restaurant Daniela says after the

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altercation they had discuss going on

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that hike and I think talk about

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whatever their relationship was how it

16:29

was finishing and where it was and on

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the seventh anniversary of the crime

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Lewis held yet another press conference

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at the murder site with danela by a sign

16:39

the suspects then ignited the accelerant

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and in turn engulfed Becky in Flames Ron

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believes all the media pressure paid off

16:48

a few months later the DA's office

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subpoena Robert Pape and Christian Smith

16:53

to appear before a grand jury it was

16:56

just stirring the pot it was something

16:57

on the news every day about it and I

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think they just said all right let's go

17:03

do something and they did as the grand

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jury Drew to a close there was news

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you're watching

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KQ the desert's News Leader two arrests

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after nearly 8 years in the pinion Pines

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murderers Pape and Smith were arrested

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for triple homicide I was very happy it

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was probably the happiest day of my life

17:24

but as investigators were sure the

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killers were finally in custody two

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families say they are just as certain

17:31

the men are wrongfully accused innocent

17:34

till proven guilty is a myth it's guilty

17:36

till proven innocent and the truth's

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going to come out it will come

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out for over 7 years the families of

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Becky freedley her mother Vicky and John

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Hayward have been waiting for this

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moment my heart was in my stomach seeing

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them in the jumpsuits and seeing them in

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the flesh and seeing them

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handcuffed Robert Pape and Christian

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Smith both 25 found themselves in a