My grandmother always quoted the scripture ". . . be sure your sins will find you out" (Num 32:23) when we were kids and being sneaky. Well, for one Texas woman, her 30-year-old secret has finally been found thanks to an anonymous letter.
Police say that Jade Benning told authorities a Black man broke into their Santa Ana home and stabbed her boyfriend on Jan. 4, 1996.
On that fateful morning, Benning called 911 and asked for officers to come to the apartment. When they arrived at 2205 N. Broadway Street, where the couple lived, she told them she woke up around 3 a.m. and saw an African-American man and her then-22-year-old lover, Christopher Hervey, fighting. Benning claimed she tried to jump into the fight to save her boyfriend, but she was also slashed by the intruder. She only received a cut to the hand while her boyfriend was stabbed multiple times.
The officers did not question her story, believing the “thug” who killed Hervey got in and out without a trace, despite neighbors telling them they heard a loud argument that lasted for approximately 15 minutes in the apartment.
Hervey died in the hospital, succumbing to stab wounds in his torso. He was not able to describe who assaulted him to authorities. As a result, investigators told the press it was an open and shut burglary and homicide case, which went unsolved.
Unresolved until an anonymous tipster gave authorities enough information to reopen the case. Reports say that an unsigned letter was delivered to the police station containing some very important details that named Benning as Hervey's murderer. Investigators working on the case won't say what new evidence they had but, it was enough to extradite Benning from her new home in Texas back to California in handcuffs.
We're glad this man's family finally has closure to this unsolved case.