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Colorado Cold Cases Bennett and Smith linked by DNA, others possible

Patricia Louise Smith was the victim of a brutal homicide in Lakewood CO in January 1984

Patricia Louise Smith was the victim of a brutal homicide in Lakewood CO in January 1984

Bruce, Debra and Melissa Bennett were viciously murdered in their home in Aurora, CO,   January 1984

Bruce, Debra and Melissa Bennett were viciously murdered in their home in Aurora, CO, January 1984

 

The murders of Bruce, Debra and Melissa Bennett in January 1984 were preceded days earlier by the death of Patricia Louise Smith.  The Bennett family was killed while living in Aurora, Colorado, and Smith lived in nearby Lakewood.    Both homicide scenes were very close to a large construction area where many new homes were being built, the Alameda Avenue corridor, and someone working construction in that area might have information or have noticed something.

Besides the Bennett and Smith murders, police believed there might be links to other random attacks that occurred that same month along the Highline Canal and Alameda Avenue corridor, including a January 4, 1984, hammer attack in an Aurora home.   There were no more hammer attacks after the Bennett killings.   The attacks were all very violent, vicious unprovoked attacks on family homes.   The perpetrator would likely have been bloodied, especially after the Bennett attack, where the father fought valiantly to save his family.

You can make a difference.    In light of the extreme violence and out of control behavior, someone could very well have seen this attacker leaving one of these homes.    What did you see?

Patricia Smith Homicide Lakewood CO linked to Bennett Homicides

 

Patricia Louise Smith was the victim of a brutal homicide in Lakewood CO in January 1984

Patricia Louise Smith was the victim of a brutal homicide in Lakewood CO in January 1984

Patricia Smith of Lakewood, CO, was murdered in January 1984, only six days before the brutal killings of the Bennett family in nearby Aurora, CO.    In both cases, the killings were caused by blunt force trauma.  Additionally, both homicide scenes were very close to a large construction area where many new homes were being built, the Alameda Avenue corridor, and someone working construction in that area might have information or have noticed something.

 

DNA evidence linked the Bennett and Smith murders in September 2010 but a suspect has not been identified in either case.

 

If you were in that area of Colorado in January 1984, maybe you heard a passing comment in a bar or restaurant.

 

Maybe you were working construction in that area, regardless of where you call home.

Maybe you have friends in that area.   If so, please send them the link to this blog and see if this might jog their memories.    Ask them to share the link on their Facebook or other social media page.   The victims of these horrific crimes deserve to have their voices heard.   The killer who so boldly attacked these families shouldn’t get off scot free and it is unlikely that having developed a taste for violence that the killer has reformed.

Bennett Family and Patricia Smith Homicides Colorado May be Linked to others

 

Bruce, Debra and Melissa Bennett were viciously murdered in their home in Aurora, CO,   January 1984

Bruce, Debra and Melissa Bennett were viciously murdered in their home in Aurora, CO, January 1984

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!

 

Aurora CO Bennett Family Homicide linked to Patricia Smith Homicide 1984

BRUCE, DEBRA AND MELISSA BENNETT HOMICIDES AURORA COLORADO 1984 HAVE DNA LINKS TO THE PATRICIA SMITH HOMICIDE, LAKEWOOD, CO

Bruce, Debra and Melissa Bennett were viciously murdered in their home in Aurora, CO,   January 1984

Bruce, Debra and Melissa Bennett were viciously murdered in their home in Aurora, CO, January 1984

Bruce Bennett, 27, his wife, Debra Bennett, age 26, and their 7 year-old daughter, Melissa, were brutally murdered in their home in Aurora, Colorado, on or around January 16, 1984.   The investigating agency is the Aurora Police Department.   The murders occurred between 9 p.m. on January 15 and 10 a.m. on January 16, 1984 inside their home in the 16300 block of East Center Drive.

Debra died from blunt force trauma.   Bruce and Melissa died from blunt force trauma as well as sharp force injuries, consistent with a knife.  Evidence at the scene indicated that Melissa had been sexually assaulted.   The Bennett’s three-year-old daughter was found alive at the scene, suffering from blunt force trauma.   The suspect(s) have not been identified.

If you have any information at all, no matter how trivial or irrelevant it may seem to you, please contact the detective listed or call the Aurora Police Tip Line at 303-739-6118.

If you have a tip, but want to remain anonymous, call the Denver Area CrimeStoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).

If you or someone you know can provide information on this unresolved homicide investigation, you are encouraged to contact Detective Steve Conner at (303) 739-6190, e-mail swconner@auroragov.org.    You may remain anonymous if you desire.

This link will take you to other unsolved homicides in Aurora, CO:

https://www.auroragov.org/LivingHere/PublicSafety/Police/HelpSolveaColdCase/index.htm

There is also a great deal of information about the Bennett homicides at http://www.crimeshots.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11403

 PATRICIA SMITH

Patricia Smith of Lakewood, CO, was murdered in January 1984, only six days before the brutal killings of the Bennett family.    In both cases, the killings were caused by blunt force trauma.  Additionally, both homicide scenes were very close to a large construction area where many new homes were being built, the Alameda Avenue corridor, and someone working construction in that area might have information or have noticed something.