Episode #3: David Hendricks and Hendricks Family Murders
Summary of the case:
David Hendricks lived with his wife and 3 kids in Bloomington, IL. On November 7th, 1983, David left his family late at night to go on a business trip to Wisconsin. Once on the trip, he stopped being able to get in contact with his family. Concerned, he began calling friends and family, and eventually the police went to the house for a check. There, they found the dead bodies of all 3 children and their mother. They have been killed with an axe. Immediately, police became suspicious of the devoted father and husband, who just didn’t seem to be acting right.
David was arrested, and his trial began in October, 1984. The prosecution’s case mostly revolved around the stomach contents of the victims, which they alleged proved David murdered them before he left for his trip. They also called a dozen models to testify, all who had worked with David, and had various stories of sexual misconduct by David. The prosecution alleged that David no longer wanted to be married or have kids, so he killed his family to live the life of a bachelor. David was found guilty of the murders and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. David appealed, and received a new trial. In the new trial, the model testimony was not allowed. David was found not guilty in his second trial, and left the courthouse a free man.
Special thanks to Steve Vogel for his book Reasonable Doubt, which was used for the research of this episode. All research for this episode was from this book.
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