HBO’s ‘Mind Over Murder’ delves into the infamous case of Helen Wilson’s murder. Burdette SearceyDeputy sheriff, he focused his investigation on six suspects, but none of them were responsible. HoweverThey all spent many years behind bars, before being released. Debra SheldenAfter claiming to have seen them, the young woman who was involved in the 1985 incident, indicted others. So, if you’re curious to find out more, we’ve got you covered.
Who is Debra Shelden?
DebraWas Helen’s grandniece and was seen as a potential suspect because she hung out with Ada JoAnn Taylor’s group at the time. DebraHad a difficult past and was married with a baby. AdaShe was sexually abused by her stepfather as a child. A psychologist later said, “She is essentially incapable of defending an independent opinion.” In March1989, during an interrogation with the police DebraShe mentioned that her husband, Cliff, received a mail from AdaIn which she confessed that she had committed the crime.
While the police sergeant’s report regarding the interview stated that Debra didn’t see the letter, Burdette’s report mentioned that DebraHad discussed reading the letter, which stated that they had Ada Joseph White killed Helen. In April 1989, DebraOne witness claimed to have witnessed the attack from the apartment. SheThis was added JosephShe shoved her, resulting her a bleeding head.
Furthermore, DebraHad a previous connection to Wayne Price, the psychologist and like AdaShe had given up her parental right a few years earlier. AsThe investigation and interrogations went on. DebraLike the others, she believed that her memories of the crime were suppressed. InIn an interview, she stated that James DeanHe was later arrested and was present at crime scene. AccordingTo DebraShe had a dream that revealed that.
DuringThe interview. DebraReferred to James, “I was blocking it, I guess. I wasn’t thinking enough to push it all out.” SimilarlyAfter a nightmare, she claimed that she had gotten up and cried. Kathy GonzalezA bloody nose was found at the crime scene. When BurdetteShe showed her a photo of Kathy, DebraShe said that she looked exactly like the woman who appeared to her in the dream. WhileShe claimed to have a vague memory of the attack. AdaPlace a pillow on top Helen’s face, she admitted these recollections mostly came from her dreams.
Where is Debra Shelden Today?
DebraHe was the first to plead guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced for 10 years. WhileIn prison Kathy DebraI was keen to be near the jailers and deputies, and would greet them often. EventuallyAfter spending approximately four-and a half years behind bars she was released. ButEven after 2008’s DNA results, Debra wasn’t involved, she was reluctant to accept it.
DebraIt was said that Bruce Allen, the actual killer, wasn’t in the house with them on the night of the murder. SheEven in her pardon application, she mentioned being present at apartment. AnThe attorney who represented the client later felt that it was easier. DebraBelieve in her guilt to explain her imprisonment and, more importantly how the others spent time behind bars as a result of her testimony.
In 2014, DebraThe state was offered a $300,000. Settlement. $50,000 was paid immediately. ThenShe was awarded $1.8 million as part of the civil lawsuit. HoweverShe was initially resistant to even the idea of filing for a pardon. While DebraLiving in Lincoln, NebraskaWith her husband in a van, it was reported that she was homeless, but she was still in Lincoln. FromWe can tell that this is her last known location.
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