Lt. Joe Kenda is the Aesops Fables of Murder. So far, It’s been reinforced that if you are a woman and stay with an abusive boyfriend, or go home with a convicted violent sexual offender, you will probably get raped and murdered. Good rules to live by. That is until this week.
This was a ‘very special episode’ of Homicide Hunters, as there are not one, but 2 victims. The first victim is Mickey Fillmore. Associate Coroner Dr. Kelly said that Mickey had bruising of the strap muscles and bleeding in the neck- typical of strangulation. Mickey had been with her friends at the ‘Korean Club’, which is apparently just as dangerous as Bumpers Bar from Episode 1.
In addition to the double murder, the real reason that this is a very special episode is that we saw a kinder, gentler side of Dr. Kelly. He really seemed to be hitting his stride. His quote- ‘The fact that her last few minutes are filled with such anger and rage, it does get to you. You push through so that there is justice for her.’ It’s refreshing to hear Dr. Kelly talk about things other than strangulation and pubic hair. Well done.
Few weeks later they found another body- Barbara Kramer. Barbara lived in the same apartment complex, and was found in a very same manner as Mickey. In fact, they didn’t even need Dr. Kelly’s expertise to figure out that it was a sexual assault and strangulation.
The only good thing about Barbara’s tragic situation was that it was Barbara’s boss who realized that she was late and somehow alerted authorities. It really reminded me of the time Heather called me in a panic wondering what was wrong when I was still technically 5 minutes early for work, but not there 20 minutes after I normally arrive. It’s good to know that Heather is there to one day set the police straight if I go missing. Someone needs to tell police they shouldn’t be on the lookout for a 130 lb. red head like my drivers license indicates.
My favorite quote came from one of the victim’s neighbors. Something about being so scared that they decided to lock their doors at night now. Um, double murder in your apartment complex- yeah, probably time to start lock your doors. Guess Colorado Springs really is Mayberry.
So who did it? Turns out it was neighborhood creeper Tracy Spencer. I knew that there was something wrong with this guy when he got really excited to deliver mail to his neighbors when it was mis-delivered. Um, that is the WORST. I make Shane bring all wrongly-delivered mail to strange neighbors that I don’t know. I like most of my close-by neighbors, but I’m not that excited to talk to new neighbors. Oh, got your mail. You have Netflix too? Awesome, whelp…
Tracy Spencer’s whole strategy was that he would knock on the doors of skinny, young, pretty ladies in his apartment complex that lived alone, and then when they answer, claim that he has their mail, oh- and then rape and murder them. Foolproof, right? In a Scooby Doo moment, he probably would have gotten away with the first murder, but he decided to kill the second lady at 6:30 in the morning. Someone was leaving for work and saw him enter Barbara’s apartment. Not exactly Dexter- this guy.
I’ll be honest, this is the 3rd episode where the victims were young pretty ladies that were strangled, raped and murdered. I’m hoping next week is something a bit more refreshing. Maybe a gunshot or poisoning, or a killer who is a woman. Until then, I’m not answering my door when neighborhood creepers come with my mis-delivered Netflix. Watching Season 2, disc 3 of Breaking Bad is just not worth it.
Senior Television Correspondent for All Things Kelly