You won't want to miss this installment of DEFROST. First, we wish a "Happy Birthday" to Lenna Robinson, born on July 11, 1904.
Remember that tall stack of suspect information pulled together by Crime Analyst Melodie Repass? Lt. Behan and Detective Smith have narrowed down the pile and reconcile the reports with their gut feelings about which suspects may have been responsible.
By the end of the episode, Behan & Smith decide it's time to hit the road in search of answers.
LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED: This episode contains details about the victim's autopsy report that some listeners may find upsetting.
71-year old Winchester resident Lenna Robinson was found outside her Peyton Street apartment with a head wound described by medical personnel as "squash-like." She would succumb to that head injury just days later. What was the weapon that ended her life? And who wielded that weapon? Retired WPD Detective Craig Smith dove into Lenna's autopsy report in search of clues while WPD Crime Analyst Melodie Repass delivered a stack of suspect information compiled from a modern database to the Defrost team.
451 North Cameron Street
Winchester, VA 22601
Trying to find that address? We'll save you the trouble - it technically doesn't exist anymore. But it did in 1976 - and that's where the slain Lenna Robinson's stolen purse was located three months after she was assaulted and robbed.
In this episode, our hosts Lt. Amanda Behan and retired Detective Craig Smith of the Winchester Police Department are joined in the studio by the City of Winchester's Planning Director Tim Youmans to discuss the known history of the address where Lenna's purse was found. Hear Behan & Smith theorize how the purse ended up at that address, plus Craig's take on today's forensic processes versus the processes of yesteryear.
The murder of Lenna Robinson on November 11, 1975 didn't make local newspaper headlines. The Winchester Evening Star did, however, feature a small article in one of its editions that would help lead to the discovery of a key piece of evidence in the investigation. That piece of evidence still exists in the Winchester Police Department's Property & Evidence room and was recently uncovered. Will it help Behan & Smith solve the case today?
Don't miss this DEFROST episode 2 teaser - in it, you'll hear a snippet of audio from one of our next guests who helped Behan & Smith research the case. Plus, you'll find out what evidence still exists and why the number "11" is so important to the DEFROST crew.
Episode 1: D-002188
On November 11, 1975, a crime that would remain unsolved for 45 years was committed in a quiet neighborhood of Winchester, Virginia. Join Lt. Amanda Behan and retired Detective Craig Smith as they delve into a binder marked D-002188 HOMICIDE.
Virginia Woolen Mill: https://historicalmarkerproject.com/markers/HM1T8L_the-virginia-woolen-company-and-lewis-jones-knitting-mill-historical_Winchester-VA.html
Winchester, Virginia is a 9.3 square-mile city located at the top of the Northern Shenandoah Valley - a small but flourishing city where families feel safe raising their children. But when murder occurs, it rocks the community. Join Lt. Amanda Behan and retired WPD Detective Craig Smith as they uncover an otherwise forgotten murder from decades past.