Author Topic: Dorothy Harris 62, Brenda Patch 44, Cynthia Paulus 71 | Florence, MT | Nov 2001  (Read 5105 times)

Chris

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Triple Throat Slashing

This is the hair salon where three women met their untimely deaths.

When a customer showed up for her 11 a.m. manicure on November 6, 2001 at the Hair Gallery in Florence, Montana, she had no idea of the grisly scene she would be walking into. 

Instead of being greeted by the always-chipper Dorothy Harris, the 62-year-old salon owner, the customer found Dorothy lying in a pool of blood.

The only other people in the salon were the manicurist, 44-year-old Brenda Patch, and her client, 71-year-old Cynthia Paulus. The three women, all grandmothers, were dead.  Each of their throats had been slashed.

Tracking A Ghost

This man was seen around the salon right before the bodies were discovered. The Ravalli County Sheriff's office quickly converged on the salon and were sickened by the brutality of such a crime never seen before in their peaceful community.

Detectives say it appeared as though the women were ambushed and murdered in cold blood. Nothing had been stolen from the salon, so a random robbery did not appear to be the motive. None of the victims had been sexually assaulted.

Police had no suspects until witnesses began to come forward about seeing an oddly dressed stranger lurking around town the morning of the murders. Several described the man as wearing a black duster and fedora style hat. Investigators were especially interested in the fact that this same man was seen walking outside the salon by the customer who had discovered the murders.

Sketches of the man were released with the hopes that someone would recognize something that could help them identify the stranger. It still remains their best clue.

Sketches Released
Sketches of the man were released with the hopes that someone would recognize something that could help them identify the stranger. It still remains their best clue.

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This case has been solved!

On April 8, 2008, federal prosecutors accused two convicted drug dealers, Brian Weber and Lincoln Benavides of the 2001 murders of Brenda Patch, Cynthia Paulus and Dorothy Harris. Investigators believe that Weber was the man responsible for the actual killings that occurred at Harris' Hair Gallery in Florence, Mont., however, they say the murders were ordered by Benavides in a retaliatory measure for unpaid drug debts. Both Weber and Benavides pleaded not guilty to the charges.

http://www.amw.com/captures/brief.cfm?id=27846

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It seems the charges couldn't stick according to the update available on that same link above.