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Richard Hartz - solved after 50 years
« on: May 02, 2013, 04:53:25 PM »

I have never heard of this unsolved case before. Glad to see that there is always hope. I wish they would name the murderer though, he is long gone, but he should still pay a price, at least posthumously, of the public knowledge that he was a murderer.

Police close 1963 murder case using modern technology

Richard Hartz was killed at Saskatoon Golf and Country Club

Reported by Bre McAdam
First Posted: May 2, 2013 9:28am | Last Updated: May 2, 2013 3:58pm

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Something as small as a matchstick has helped solve a 50-year-old murder case in Saskatoon.

Investigators said because of new technology, they now know who killed Richard Hartz at the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club on an early morning back in 1963.

The 53-year-old was shot during a robbery at the golf course clubhouse where he worked at lived. Police believe Hartz may have surprised the criminal, who had stolen a cash box containing $41.

That cash box was later found on one of the fairways, along with discarded matches.

Recent fibre and microscopic testing done in Illinois confirmed those matches belonged to a matchbook found 50 years ago in an abandoned truck, according to Sgt. Grant Little with the Saskatoon Police Service.

It was the same truck the suspected killer had stolen during another break and enter at a welding shop that same day, an incident which he was later convicted of.

"The suspect was actually witnessed leaving the vehicle and walking into Kyle, and they identified him through fingerprints on the steering wheel," said Little.

He said the 17-year-old, whose name is not being released because he died in 2009, had been the main suspect immediately after the murder.

"I'm confident if he were alive, we would be arresting him."

Investigators tested his DNA the year he died, but Little said the results were inconclusive.

He believes closing the case is still important because it brings closure to Hartz's family.

"Regardless of the age of the case, we continue to investigate major cases where there are investigative avenues," Little told reporters.

He pointed out how murder investigations were arguably more sensitive in 1963, when certain forms of capital punishment still existed.