It wasn’t your typical murder investigation.
The alleged killer was already in custody by the time police discovered the body of the bludgeoned 84-year-old woman.
Ask Anaheim Homicide Sgt. Jim Reed, and he’ll tell you solving murders is tricky business.
Every clue requires immediate and thoughtful attention. Even when detectives move quickly, some killers still elude arrest for years. Some are never caught.
“Sometimes witnesses grow a conscience, a new technological advance provides damning evidence or laws change to favor investigators,” Reed says.
“And,” he adds, “every once in a while we get lucky.”
So far this year – and all of last year – APD’s detectives solved all 10 killings – and even four older ones.
“Anaheim’s homicide unit takes a multi-dimensional approach which fully exploits a blending of modern technology with good old-fashioned gum-shoe detective work,” said Senior Deputy District Attorney Howard Gundy, who files Anaheim homicide cases. “To describe them in a word – tireless.”
To read a Q&A with Sgt. Reed, click here.