- Texas authorities may have cracked a 35-year-old murder case with help from the reality TV show “Cold Case.”
- Authorities arrested 84-year-old Norma Allbritton in connection with the murder of her husband more than 35 years ago.
- Authorities at the time believed that Johnnie Allbritton was shot to death by a burglar in his home, but his wife mysteriously evaded a polygraph test, reporting getting shot in the chest just before the appointment.
- The couple’s daughter wrote on Facebook that the “devil has many disguises.”
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More than 35 years after 64-year-old Johnnie Allbritton was found shot to death in his Texas home, his wife has been arrested in connection with the killing.
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office announced in a statement this week that they have indicted 84-year-old Norma Allbritton for murder, thanks to reviewers from the reality TV show “Cold Case,” which spent “countless hours investigating, reviewing, and preparing this case for grand jury.”
Johnnie Allbritton took five gunshots to the chest and back on May 14, 1984. Authorities believed at the time that he was killed by a burglar during a home invasion, according to the Buffalo Express.
But investigators had also held enough suspicion about Norma Allbritton that they scheduled her for a lie detector test regarding the murder.
Mysteriously, she herself reported an accidental gunshot wound to the chest just before the polygraph appointment, and it was never rescheduled.
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In another strange twist of events, the couple’s 13-year-old daughter Pam was also killed with a shotgun in the same home three years before Johnnie Allbritton’s murder. Pam’s death was ruled a suicide at the time, but Leon County Sheriff Kevin Ellis told the Palestine Herald-Press that his office is now re-examining that case.
“I won’t rest,” Ellis told the newspaper. “I don’t think my investigators will rest, until everyone involved in this case, and with other possible crimes related to it, are brought to justice.”
The Allbrittons’ daughter, Judy Allbritton Robinson, thanked the investigators in a Facebook post for their diligence. She added that she hoped to soon “set the record straight.”
“This is not a Lifetime movie. The devil has many disguises. We are dealing with pure evil in disguise,” Robinson said. “I grew up with it, I know. I am so grateful for the people who prayed for me early on to not fall prey to it.”
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