Blurb: When deaf eighteen year old Craig Short leaves home to attend the prestigious school for the deaf, little did his parents know it would be the death of him?
Excerpt: Dough said he and Cybil never dreamed the killer was Mitch. He recalled how kind and thoughtful Mitch was to them at the candlelight vigil. He even helped organize it. He said it must be true; looks are deceiving.
The campus was elated with the news of the incarceration. Gaullet was now safe again, many felt. No longer would the students need to travel in groups, or escorted by campus security to their classes. Many students were shocked to discover whom the police had in custody. Most disbelieved the killer was Mitch.
One said Mitch could not kill anyone. He claimed Mitch refuses to kill spiders when he finds them inside his room. “He picks them up and carries them outside,” he said.
Another who claimed knowing Mitch for years said Mitch never said an unkind word about Craig, calling the two “best friends.”
Some began to wonder if the police had the right person in custody, or did law enforcement make an arrest to soon? One week later, the grand jury summoned Mitch. With many students still reeling from Craig’s murder, Mitch’s friends rallied to his defense and attended the hearing. His incredulous parents, Randy and Alice Miller, also attended.
Through their interpreter, the couple told the press that Mitch was no murderer, and they did not believe he confessed, as was reported. They claimed Mitch encouraged persons with normal hearing to study sign language, saying, “It is an art form.”
Unfortunately, for Detectives Marker and Morrison, at the Grand Jury arraignment, the U.S. Attorney’s Office dropped the charges against Mitch, citing insufficient evidence. According to the Attorney General, since Mr. Miller did not actually confess to the murder, his office did not feel a release from custody was the right choice, but Mr. Miller was still a suspect and the only suspect authorities had at that time.
What the public did not know, was that Detective Marker possessed a mixed performance record. Nearly half of his cases within six years on the force remained unsolved, and many arrests dismissed for lack of evidence. He was an “arrest now and find evidence later” kind of cop, which did not set well with his superiors.
The case detectives were sure Mitch was the killer and kept him under strict surveillance. They followed him everywhere, hoping he would slip up and reveal he was the killer. According to Det. Marker, the police merely had to apply more hard work and get evidence to nail Mitch Miller. He believed Mitch had motive and opportunity, to commit this crime.