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Episode 92

The Unsolved Murders of Kevin Clewer and Brian Boothe

May 31, 2021   Tags: , ,
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Billy and Paul look into two separate unsolved murders--one in Chicago and another in New York. In 2004, 31-year-old Kevin Clewer went out for a night in Boystown. The next day his father found him stabbed over 40 times in his apartment. Two years earlier, 35-year-old Brian Boothe was murdered in his Stuyvesant Town apartment in the early morning hours of Christmas Day. 

The Murder of Kevin Clewer:
31-year-old Kevin Clewer made plans to go out on the night of March 23rd, 2004. His roommate couldn’t go because he had to get up for work early in the morning. So he went bar hopping with his friend John Siracusa. The two went to Halsted Street in Boystown, Illinois for the night out. The street is filled with bars and restaurants.

John and Kevin were at Roscoe’s when Kevin met a man named “Fernando.” The trio left Roscoe’s and walked roughly two blocks to Little Jim’s around 3:15 AM. After spending some time at Little Jim’s, Kevin and Fernando went back to his place. 

The next day--March 24th--Kevin didn’t make it to work. His boss at Flextronics called his emergency contact--his mom Pam. Pam then called Kevin’s brother Ron and his dad Jim to see if they had seen Kevin. They hadn’t.

Jim drove over to Kevin’s apartment to check on him. When he arrived, Kevin’s car was still at the apartment. Jim went up to the third floor where his son’s apartment was. Around 6 PM, he discovered his son’s body in his bedroom and called the authorities. Kevin had been stabbed 42 times in the back.

Investigators spoke to Kevin’s roommate. He told them he heard multiple voices in the middle of the night. He didn’t look to see what time it was. And he wasn’t sure how many people were in the apartment. 

He did remember that right around 4 AM he heard the door close. He wasn’t sure if it was people coming or going from the apartment though. The roommate left for work at 6:30 AM. At the time he didn’t notice or hear anything strange. Kevin’s bedroom door was shut and the dining room window was open. 

Police then spoke with his friends. At least two of his friends--John and another person--told them about Fernando. There wasn’t much to go on beyond the first name and a description. According to some reports, Fernando was a sex worker in the area. Another report--quoting an investigator--said he was a busboy at a restaurant off of I-55 and 83. 

The description of Fernando was that he was a white-Hispanic man around 25 years old. He was 5’7” with a slim, athletic build. He spoke with a Hispanic or European Spanish accent. A sketch was produced.



The Murder of Brian Boothe:
35-year-old Brian Boothe had plans to spend Christmas with his family in 2002. On Christmas Eve he went to work before finishing his Christmas shopping. He went to the Gap and bought his nieces presents. Then he stopped by Rite Aid and the dollar store. 

He went back to his apartment and wrapped the presents. He checked in with his mom to confirm again for Christmas dinner the next day at 2 PM. Then he went out for a drink. 

He started the evening around 6:15 PM at the Phoenix in the East Village. Then he was spotted at the Wunderbar. Finally he ended up at his last stop, The Cock. According to Brian’s best friend it was “a place you would go at the end of the night if you wanted to pick up a date.” He was pretty certain Brian had met someone at the bar. 

Witnesses said he left around 1 AM. No one saw Brian arrive home and no one could recall if he left The Cock alone. 

2 PM Christmas Day arrived. Brian had not shown up for the family dinner. His family was immediately alarmed--he was usually early. They tried to call him but he didn’t answer. Around 6 PM, Brian brother Jimmy and his brother-in-law arrived at his Stuyvesant Town apartment in Manhattan. 

Jimmy had a key and let the two men inside the eighth floor apartment. In Brian’s bedroom doorway, they found Brian’s body, on his side in a pool of blood. According to reports he was nude, wrapped in a blanket and his head was facing the door. 

There were no signs of a struggle or forced entry. The door was locked. On the kitchen counter were three beer bottles and Brian still had drink tokens in his pocket. 

His laptop and cellphone were missing. But his wallet was in his dresser and contained $160. 

Brian had been stabbed. The murder weapon--a kitchen knife--was found at the scene--in the bag with the christmas presents. The medical examiner said the knife had entered the left side of Brian’s neck and lacerated his trachea, esophagus and right lung.  His tox screen showed no signs of drugs and his BAC was around .05. 

In the weeks before his death, Brian had spoken to two unknown men multiple times. Both of these men, Brian called after 3 AM. She insisted they look into who they were.

The police told her they found them and spoke with them. The men were not suspects. Gay City News also reached out to the two men. They spoke to one who said he met Brian in a bar and they traded emails and phone calls. The two didn’t see each other again. The other man never responded. 





ASSIGNMENT:
Since Kevin Clewer’s death on March 24th, 2004, Kevin’s brother, Ron, created a website. The website has a photo gallery, links, family thoughts, news articles, and a page about Fernando. 

Kevin was murdered in his Lakeview apartment in the Boystown area of Chicago. He was stabbed and authorities are still looking to talk to a man who went by the name Fernando. He’s described as a white-Hisanic man around 25 years old. He was 5’7” with a slim, athletic build. He spoke with a Hispanic or European Spanish accent. 

If you have information, you can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-535-STOP. Or you can call the Chicago Police, Area Three Homicide at 312-744-8261 or contact us. 

There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. 

Brian Boothe was murdered on Christmas Eve 2002 in his Manhattan apartment. The case was mishandled by the police and the media at the time. His family was adamant in their search to find his killer. But his parents and sister Donna have now passed away. We want to continue the search to find his killer. 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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