A cold case involving a murderous clown was finally solved after 27 years, the death of Marlene Williams. Florida, May 26th, 1990 Williams was eating breakfast when a doorbell rang. Williams answered the door and came upon a clown that presented her with flowers. She accepted the flowers and then while distracted the Clown pulled a gun and shot Williams in the face. The clown then drove away not to be found for 27 years. Marlene died two days later in the hospital.
Police had suspects but never enough evidence to convict anyone. Originally detectives had suspected Sheila Keen because there had been rumors of an affair between Marlene’s Husband and Keen, but both had denied the Rumors. The police reexamined the case in 2014 and found that Keen married William’s Widow, Michael Warren. They had been living together for numerous years. During the
The police reexamined the case in 2014 and found that Keen married William’s Widow, Michael Warren. They had been living together for numerous years. During the re-examination, they used DNA technology to arrest Sheila Keen.
Palm Beach County investigators declined to share additional details about the case, saying the investigation is ongoing.
But they said they determined the balloons and flowers were purchased the day of the killing at a grocery store near the suspect’s residence.
Investigators also discovered that the suspect and Michael Warren had possession of the car before the killing, McCann said. That car was a rental from another company that customers mistakenly returned to Michael Warren’s car lot, she said.
Palm Beach County Sheriff Rick Bradshaw said advancements in DNA evidence helped seal the case. In 1990, the evidence was just not strong enough to secure a conviction, he said.
Investigators would not go into specifics about what DNA evidence strengthened the case. But in 2000, investigators said they hoped orange fibers and brown hair found in the car would help them find the killer, according to the Miami Herald.
“Remember the days when we had the cell phones … that looked like a brick, and now we got smartphones that you can do everything on,” he said. “That’s the difference between the technology back when this happened and today. It’s exponentially so much better to assist us in making sure we have the right person.”