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Episode 62

Does Matthew Kroll Have More Victims?

August 10, 2020   Tags: , ,
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Paul and Billy look into the murder of Heidi Newman, a case Paul investigated while supervising the crime lab in 2003. It's a case that held similarities to a still unsolved murder six years prior. With the help of investigator Leonard Orman, the three delve into the 1997 unsolved murder of Linda Lincoln. Both women knew Matthew Kroll, the man in prison for Heidi's murder. And both Leonard and Paul think Kroll may have other victims.

Heidi Newman's Murder:
On May 1st, 2003 32-year-old Heidi Newman woke up and spent the early morning with her boyfriend Martin before he left for work at 6 AM. Around 5:30 AM Martin’s co-worker, who he commutes to work with, arrived at the house. Along with another friend. This other friend hadn't shown up for years, but had started dropping by unannounced in the last month and half.

Martin and his co-worker left for work around 6 AM, but the other friend stuck around. Martin nor Heidi thought he'd stay long because Heidi had errands to run. Heidi normally called Martin during the day, but he didn't hear from her that day.

Martin arrived home to the 200 E 16th Street house at 3:40 PM. He walked inside and set down his lunch pail. Then he went back to the master bedroom. Once he opened the door, he found Heidi. He could see she’d been tied up and was no longer alive. She was face down on the waterbed, and he could see a cord around her neck.

She was wearing her brown sweatpants and white shirt, meaning she had never gotten dressed to leave the house. Her hands were bound behind her back with an appliance cord and plastic fasteners, her legs bound with plastic fasteners or zip ties. On the ground was an empty gun holster and a bundle of zip ties. 

Also on the ground was a white portable heater. The cord was wrapped around her hands, then ran up her back to her neck. It was wrapped around her neck. She had been strangled with the cord. There was bruising present on her shoulders and a contusion on her head. Her body showed no definitive signs of sexual assault and no semen was present.
The friend that was left with Heidi was a man named Matthew Kroll. Police began looking for him. When they found him he was on his bike, and on his person was the gun from the empty holster in Heidi's bedroom. 

Police interviewed Kroll, who denied killing Heidi. But they searched his vehicle and home. They found gloves that matched a piece of evidence from Heidi's crime. Inside the zip ties binding her hands, was a piece of rubber with DNA from a pair of the same gloves. 

Law enforcement also noted the similarities to Heidi's case and one six years earlier.

Linda Lincoln's Murder:

In 1997, Linda Lincoln had been having problems with an estranged boyfriend. Linda had gotten a restraining order for a domestic violence incident in which she described him choking her. 

She had found support through one of the boyfriend’s friends-- Matthew Kroll. Matthew had helped her change the locks to her home to feel safer. But in March of 1997, someone got past the new locks. On March 5th at 3:25 PM, police visited her home after her father hadn’t been able to reach her for several days.

Linda’s body was located in her bedroom. She had been hogtied with nylon stockings. One was wrapped around her neck. Her cause of death was manual strangulation. Linda was also completely dressed and showed no signs of sexual assault.

While police were still investigating Kroll's involvement with Heidi's and Linda's murder, Matthew Kroll went on the run for about a month.
After he was located, he was charged with Heidi's murder. He pleaded no contest to the murder in 2006. He was sentenced to 15 years to life with the possibility of parole. He has been denied parole twice so far. Matthew Kroll has not been charged with Linda Lincoln's murder.

ASSIGNMENT:
Leonard Orman is still actively looking for Linda Lincoln’s killer. It could be Matthew Kroll, but it may not be. If you have any information, please contact us so we can get him the information.

But the bigger assignment is the possibility that Matthew Kroll has other victims. Leonard and Paul both think so. We want you to dig into the archives and see if there are cases with Kroll’s earmarks--women, murdered inside, strangulation and found bound. Also, despite knowing some of Kroll’s background, we need to talk to people who may have known him. Help us build a more thorough timeline to link some of these cases.

If you have any information, please contact us.   

CODE OF CONDUCT: 

1. Do not name names publicly. Send everything to the police or to this page and we will forward to the police. 
2. Do not post side by side photos.
3. Do not contact any family members. 
4. Do not doxx each other and be civil. We all want the same thing. 

As tips come in, Jensen and Holes will work to verify them. If they look good, we will publish them here to try and get us closer to their names.

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