POLICE have identified a suspect in a decades-old murder mystery after a key lead found in the victim’s son-in-law’s car.
Michael Anthony Louise, 79, was arrested at his home in Syracuse, New York, after officers matched a blood sample from his car in 1989.
The sample belonged to George Peacock, whose father-in-law Louise is suspected of murder more than 33 years ago.
George and Catherine Peacock of Danby, Vermont were found dead at their home on September 17, 1989 by a neighbor.
A grizzly scene
The couple were stabbed multiple times and there was no evidence of stolen items or forced entry, Vermont police said.
George was found at the foot of the first floor staircase in a large pool of blood and appeared to be involved in a struggle, according to an affidavit obtained by Syracuse.com.
Catherine was found face down in an upstairs bathroom.
The next day, Louise and his wife were questioned by the police.
Louise told police in a statement obtained by Syracuse.com that he was driving back to Vermont from Syracuse at the time, but made an effort and decided to turn back.
He then reportedly used a rental car for the trip instead.
When officers searched the original car, they found a dark red/brown stain on the driver’s side floor mat, but could not identify it until recently.
Police said in a statement: “Investigators at the time developed circumstantial evidence linking Louise to the murders, but were unable to establish a conclusive link until May 2020, when forensic testing confirmed a DNA match to George Peacock in a bloodstain found in Louise’s car was found in October 1989.”
This sample had been tested before, but only newer DNA technology gave a result.
In October 2020, it underwent further testing and found the DNA belonged to George and an unknown person.
Police conducted additional interviews in the case and eventually found enough evidence to issue a warrant for his arrest on Oct. 11, 2022, according to Syracuse.com.
Louise was arrested on October 13 at his home in Syracuse for double murder.
Syracuse.com reports that he agreed to extrication to Vermont at a hearing he attended Oct. 14 in a wheelchair.
Officials now have two weeks to bring him back to Vermont, where he can plead for his release.
Louise’s defense attorney, Charles Keller, told the court that Louise was “eager” to be extradited so he could contest his charges and allegations.
It comes after George, who regularly picked up the newspaper and “diligently kept his appointments”, failed to show up to get the news on the day his body was found.
Meanwhile, Louise had told his wife he was going to her parents’ house to get wood after dropping her off at work, she told police.
However, Louise had told police he happened to be thinking about stopping by the house to get the wood, contradicting what he had told his wife, the affidavit said.
The woman also reportedly didn’t ask how he would pick up the wood if he knew it wouldn’t fit in her car.
Louise told police in an affidavit obtained by Syracuse.com that he was returning to Vermont from Syracuse, but tried and decided to turn back.
The day after the bodies were found, Louise and his wife were questioned by police but reportedly did not drive their car back to Vermont and instead used a rental car.
Louise reportedly told his wife his car wouldn’t make it back to Vermont, even though they’d just made the trip.
He was named as a suspect two weeks later, police said.
That same month, Louise “freaked out” after a detective told his wife they were receiving tolls as part of the investigation, Louise reportedly said in a 1989 interview.
Louise thought that meant freeway tolls, but the detective meant phone tolls.
The following day Louise is said to have given his wife a farewell letter.
His wife reportedly said at the time Louise said in the note the police didn’t believe him and that he was having trouble sleeping and eating.
In an interview with police in late September 1989, Louise is reported to have replied, “Yes, I’ve thought about that” when asked if he might have passed out and killed the peacocks without remembering it.
He also addressed the blackout in an Oct. 5 interview with police, noting that, according to Syracuse.com, he could have blacked out but didn’t go to Vermont to kill the Peacocks.
Louise has previously served time for the rape of a four-year-old girl and also said he “passed out” when questioned by police, the outlet said.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6457404/chilling-update-couple-stabbed-murder-mystery/ Terrifying update in the crime fiction of a couple who have been stabbed multiple times after a key clue is found in their son-in-law’s car