In the kitchen was a half pint bottle of whiskey. It had been opened and a shot or two was gone.
They talked to people living in the apartment building next to Ainsworth building. French remembers one of those tenants in particular.
apartment, No. 4, they could hear music inside. They knocked. No answer.
The TV was on, printed news scrolling up its screen and the music of radio station WFTW filling the room.
Dickman, Posey and the apartment owner called the sheriff department that Saturday afternoon to tell lawmen of their discovery. A procession of marked and unmarked patrol cars pulled up and quickly parked at the dead end of Hopper Street. Lawmen secured the crime scene inside while the curious gathered outside.
Meanwhile, Kielman performed an autopsy on Mrs. Ainsworth. She had been hit, very hard, in the neck area. The blows two or three of them had caused massive internal bleeding.
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The apartment owner ventured inside, turned the body over to see Ainsworth face, and then covered it with a bedspread.
The neighbors had heard no sounds of a struggle.
He looked closely at her neck and noticed a fine picket fence pattern in the flesh.
He noted the position of Ainsworth body. She now was lying face up on the floor, her head nearly under the edge of a coffee table. He ex amined her body for marks and saw a small cut above her right eye and severe bruises around her neck.
Murder of Catherine Ainsworth
He was a young airman stationed at Eglin. He told French he didn see or hear anything because he was at a party, where he drank a few too many beers and passed out.
On the floor in the corner of the living room, next to a doorway leading to the bedroom, he found a black bra and panties. The bedroom itself was undisturbed. The bed was unmade.
Ainsworth nude body, lying face down in the middle of the living room floor, awaited them.
hadn called in sick.
A couple living in the apartment that backed up to Ainsworth had left that morning, but lawmen traced them down in Georgia and talked to them. said they had heard the music on the TV, but they always heard it and paid no attention to it, he says. was nothing to be suspicious of.
The blows were not fatal, though. Ainsworth had been strangled with something that had left the picket fence pattern on the flesh of her neck.
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On the dining room table he found a pad of paper and an unfinished letter to a lieutenant colonel stationed in Germany. The letter ended in mid sentence. A felt tip pen, capped, was beside it.
Their fears growing, they walked to a house where the owner of the two building complex lived. He returned to Ainsworth apartment with the women and opened the door with a pass key.
They arrived at the apartment complex on Hopper Street about noon. The building was quiet. Most of the tenants had left the night before or that morning to get away for the Labor Day weekend.
Labor Day weekend, French recalls.
Kielman found no indication that Ainsworth had been sexually assaulted. He also concluded she was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol when she died.
Getting more worried as the morning wore on, Marlene Dickman and Edna Posey decided to drive into Niceville on their lunch break and check on Catherine Ainsworth.
By TOM CONNER Daily News City Editor
French surveyed the apartment while other officers took pictures and looked for clues.
George French, now a sergeant in the sheriff department, says the death was an obvious murder. That would be confirmed later by an autopsy.
Dr. More pictures were taken before the body was removed.
French and other lawmen then fanned out through the complex looking for neighbors to interview. They found only a few, because all had left by the time we got there Sneakers Puma 2017 for the Puma Roma Shoes Pink
That shocking discovery was made nearly eight years ago, on Aug. 30, 1975. Now, lawmen know quite a bit about Ainsworth, a 37 year old divorced mother of three, and how she died. They say they know who killed her, but admit they can prove it.
The door leading into the apartment bore no sign of a break in. The apartment had not been ransacked. A knickknack on the coffee table had been upended, but nothing else seemed out of lace.
On a hunch, investigators checked out his story. He was lying. Suspicion later would focus on the young man.
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