Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Double homicide in Gillett

Violent crime is, thankfully, rare here in northeast Wisconsin. But every once in a while when something does happen, it's hardly ever a run-of-the-mill homicide. Crandon, the border shootings near Marinette, a teenager strangling his father and putting him in a car's trunk... it's odd stuff.

Tuesday, I was called off of a softball game to go to the scene of a apparent double homicide in Oconto County. A 21-year-old man and his 32-year-old sister were found dead of gunshot wounds in their rented rural home. The woman's child was at school at the time of the murders. As of this writing there are no suspects.

Most of the local TV networks and I arrived on the scene very late in the afternoon (it's a trip), well after the bodies had been removed. So there was very little activity at the scene, and the authorities were not by any means overjoyed to have to deal with the media – so they kept their distance.

So the whole experience turned into what this job is a lot of times: trying to make something out of nothing. These photos didn't get published (we ran another photo showing some investigators approaching the house) but I'm happiest, visually, with these.

An investigator ducks under crime scene tape at a home where a 21-year-old man and his 32-year-old sister were found dead at 12000 Zastrow Road in the town of Gillett, Wis., Tuesday, May 19, 2009.

The crime scene photographer.

Waiting for the sheriff to show...
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