Critical unanswered questions surround the suicide of Kevin Charles Brown, a retired crime investigation lab worker, who killed himself after learning he was about to be arrested in a gruesome 1984 crime. He was about to be charged in the cold case murder of a 14-year-old girl and the mutilation of her body when he ended his life.
He was being investigated for this cold case as his DNA showed up on the evidence along with another man’s DNA, Ronald Clyde Tatro. Brown would have faced these charges alone as Tatro died in a 2011 boating accident, according to People Magazine on Oct. 30.
The retired “criminalist” is accused of the gruesome murder of Claire Hough, who was found dead under a bridge. She had been beaten, stabbed, strangled and the perpetrator cut off one of her breasts. The cold case was considered active again when in 2012 police got a “DNA hit” on a piece of evidence linking Brown and Tatro together.
Police carted off computers and other items of evidence when they descended on Brown’s home with a search warrant back in January. With Brown working 20 years in the same lab where this DNA was extracted from evidence in this ’84 crime, the possibility of his DNA getting on the evidence while he was working did emerge. This was quickly shot-down and adamantly dismissed by police.
Lt. Paul Rorrison said:
“He didn’t work with any of the evidence in this case and we have absolute confidence that there is no basis for any cross-contamination or anything of that sort.”
Brown’s wife, Rebecca, who is a high school teacher, believes her husband’s DNA somehow tainted the evidence when he worked in the lab. She does not believe her husband had any part of the grisly crime they are accusing him off, reports Mail Online.
He took his own life not because he feared being arrested for the crime, but because police pushed this quiet and gentle man over the edge. The stress of being viewed as a murderer “took its toll” on her husband leading him to take his own life.
Tatro, who had a long history of sexual assault charges and who spent a good deal of his adult life in prison was just the opposite of Brown. Police cannot explain how Brown would have known Tatro.
“That’s one of our mysteries,” says Rorrison. “What links them together is their DNA at the crime scene.”
That is one very big mystery considering the DNA is said to link the two together. This red flag would appear to leave some major doubt in the integrity of the DNA sample. How would Brown, who from all reports was a fine upstanding pillar of the community, have had the opportunity to meet this guy and then become close enough to this person to become an accomplice to this horrific crime? Apparently this question will never be answered now that Brown was driven to take his own life.