April 30, 1991. Santa Clara County, California. After spending the night in downtown San Jose with his friend, Jean, 36-year old Dick Hansen notices that he is being watched by a man in a car. When Dick and Jean leave the city in their respective vehicles, they are followed by this man for over ten miles, prompting Dick to leave the freeway and pull over. When Dick walks over to the man’s vehicle to confront him, he is shot twice before the driver flees the scene. Jean is left alive as a witness and the only theory investigators can formulate is that the murder might be connected to Jean’s personalized licence plate for the San Francisco 49ers football team. Was Dick shot because he was mistaken for a 49ers player? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we examine a truly baffling and senseless murder. In addition, we will also briefly discuss another senseless crime committed by a motorist, where a woman known only as “Carol” was shot in the face by a man driving a black pick-up truck on a rural Connecticut highway in August 1988.
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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.
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