Police confirmed that DNA linked the vicious Bennett family homicides in Aurora, CO, and the Patricia Smith homicide in nearby Lakewood.
Police had also found similarities between the attack at the Bennett household and nearby random attacks that happened days earlier along the Highline Canal and Alameda Avenue corridor.
While the hammer/bludgeoning attacks ended after the Bennett family was killed, there were several other random attacks that occurred days earlier along the Alameda Avenue corridor and Highline Canal.
There were at least two other hammer attacks nearby in which the victims survived. While these attacks have not been linked by DNA evidence, you should think about them when thinking about whether you might have seen anything back in 1984 that seemed suspicious.
Were you a waitress in a bar or a restaurant in the Aurora or Lakewood areas of Colorado in 1984 where you might have heard conversation or seen someone with an unusual interest in television coverage of the incidents?
Did you work in construction in that area in 1984 and notice a co-worker whose behavior made you suspect they could have had a connection to crime? Did you have a coworker who used a hammer when he had confrontations with other men on the job?
Did you have a boyfriend or husband or even family member whose behavior in 1984 made you suspect they had a connection to the attacks? People divorce, have new relationships, and sometimes move to new homes where they feel safer. Maybe you couldn’t talk about your suspicions back then due to fears of your own safety or that of your family. Maybe you can talk about it now!