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WHAT WAS IT ABOUT STACY'S MURDER THAT

MADE YOU SO DETERMINED TO SOLVE IT?

SHE WAS A 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL.

SHE WAS COMPLETELY INNOCENT.

I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE ANY STONES UNTURNED.

SHE WAS LEFT LIKE A PIECE OF TRASH BY A PREDATOR,

A MAN WITHOUT A CONSCIENCE OR A SOUL.

SHE WAS BOUND, AND THEN THEY FOUND

A LIGATURE AROUND HER THROAT.

Hamm: ALL MURDERS ARE HARD, BUT WHEN IT'S A CHILD,

IT JUST BREAKS YOUR HEART.

Garcia: THE COMMUNITY WAS APPALLED.

PEOPLE WERE ALARMED.

THEY WANTED ANSWERS, AND THEY WANTED 'EM QUICK.

THE CAMPSITE HAD SIMILAR NYLON ROPE, RAILROAD

SPIKES THAT WERE CONSISTENT WITH EVIDENCE

THAT WAS TIED AROUND STACY'S FEET.

WHOEVER HAD KILLED HER HAD TAKEN PARTS OF

THAT CAMP TO TIE HER AND COVER HER.

WHAT KIND OF A HUMAN BEING WAS

CAPABLE OF KILLING A YOUNG GIRL THAT WAY?

SOMEONE THAT HAS NO FEELINGS FOR HUMANITY WHATSOEVER.

SOMEONE THAT'S VERY EVIL.

HI, I'M PAULA ZAHN, AND TONIGHT, WE'RE ON THE CASE

IN FREDERICK, MARYLAND,

ABOUT AN HOUR FROM WASHINGTON, D.C.

A CLOSE-KNIT COMMUNITY WAS STUNNED WHEN NEWS BROKE THAT

15-YEAR-OLD STACY HOFFMASTER

HAD VANISHED OFF HER FRONT PORCH JUST MOMENTS AFTER

HER MOTHER HAD SEEN HER THERE.

FEAR OVER WHAT MIGHT HAVE HAPPENED TO THE FRIENDLY

HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMAN

FORCED HER FAMILY AND POLICE TO CONSIDER MANY

TROUBLING POSSIBILITIES.

BUT THE REALITY OF WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED WAS

FAR WORSE THAN ANY OF THEM COULD HAVE IMAGINED.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1996 -- IT WAS A COLD,

CRISP AFTERNOON IN MARYLAND WHEN A CALL CAME IN TO

THE FREDERICK POLICE DEPARTMENT.

ON THE LINE WAS VICKIE HOFFMASTER.

SHE WAS FRANTIC BECAUSE HER 15-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, STACY,

WAS MISSING.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME SHE HAD SEEN HER DAUGHTER?

SHE HAD NOT SEEN HER DAUGHTER SINCE THE DAY PRIOR.

AROUND ONE O'CLOCK, SHE HAD COME HOME FROM WORK

A LITTLE BIT EARLY, AND STACY WAS

ON THE FRONT PORCH OF THEIR HOUSE.

WAS SHE SURPRISED TO SEE HER DAUGHTER HOME THAT AFTERNOON?

YES, STACY HAD LEFT SCHOOL EARLY.

Hamm: STACY WAS SKIPPING SCHOOL THAT DAY,

SO THEY SORT OF MET EYES.

SHE PULLED INTO THE BACK OF THE HOUSE WHERE THE PARKING

AREA WAS, AND BY THE TIME

SHE HAD COME OUT TO THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE, STACY WAS GONE.

Zahn: THAT AFTERNOON, STACY'S FAMILY

BELIEVED THE TEENAGER HAD LEFT

TO AVOID A CONFRONTATION WITH HER MOTHER OVER CUTTING SCHOOL.

WHAT WENT THROUGH YOUR MIND WHEN

YOU HEARD THAT YOUR SISTER WAS MISSING?

I WASN'T WORRIED, BECAUSE I JUST FIGURED MAYBE

SHE HAD WENT OFF WITH A FRIEND

AND DECIDED TO STAY AT THEIR HOUSE FOR A NIGHT.

Zahn: BUT STACY'S BROTHER, CHRIS,

AND THE REST OF HER LOVED ONES BEGAN TO WORRY WHEN

THEY DISCOVERED THAT NONE OF

STACY'S FRIENDS HAD HEARD FROM HER.

EVEN HER BOYFRIEND, ALFIE,

HADN'T SEEN HER SINCE THEY HAD LUNCH TOGETHER THE AFTERNOON

SHE DISAPPEARED.

ALFIE TOLD US THAT THEY CAME HERE AND PICKED UP THEIR LUNCH.

STACY GOT CHICKEN NUGGETS, FRENCH FRIES, AND A SODA.

AFTER THEY GOT THEIR FOOD, THEY WALKED BACK TO

STACY'S HOUSE -- SHE LIVES ABOUT A MILE DOWN THAT DIRECTION.

THEY ACTUALLY ATE THEIR LUNCH ON STACY'S PORCH.

Zahn: STACY'S MOTHER HAD COME HOME JUST

MINUTES AFTER THAT LUNCH WAS OVER.

ALFIE CLAIMED HE HAD ALREADY GONE BACK TO WORK

AND HAD MADE PLANS TO SEE STACY LATER THAT AFTERNOON.

HE TOLD STACY THEY WOULD SEE EACH OTHER

WHEN HE GOT OFF WORK AT AROUND THREE O'CLOCK,

AND SHE AGREED TO MEET HIM.

DID SHE EVER SHOW UP AT 3 P.M.?

NO MA'AM. SHE DIDN'T SHOW UP.

Zahn: INVESTIGATORS SEARCH STACY'S HOME AND FRONT YARD

FOR ANYTHING THAT MIGHT EXPLAIN HER DISAPPEARANCE.

COULD INVESTIGATORS FIND ANY EVIDENCE OF FOUL PLAY?

NO -- WHAT WAS ON THE STOOP WAS

THE McDONALD'S WRAPPERS FROM WHAT SHE HAD EATEN.

THAT WAS IT.

Zahn: WITH NO EVIDENCE OF AN ABDUCTION,

POLICE WEREN'T SURE A CRIME HAD EVEN BEEN COMMITTED.

IT MADE SENSE THAT SHE WALKED AWAY.

HER MOTHER WAS CLEARLY MAD.

THERE WERE NO INDICATIONS OF ANY WRONGDOING AT THE TIME.

Zahn: BUT A CLOSER EXAMINATION REVEALED EVIDENCE THAT MADE

THE THEORY THAT STACY HAD LEFT ON HER OWN HARDER TO ACCEPT.

IF SHE HAD RUN AWAY VOLUNTARILY,

SHE WOULD HAVE TAKEN SOME CLOTHES.

SHE WOULD HAVE TAKEN HER BOOK BAG.

SHE WOULD HAVE TAKEN HER WALLET.

YOU KNOW, EVERYTHING OF HERS WAS THERE.

Zahn: THE MYSTERIOUS MISSING PERSONS INVESTIGATION

QUICKLY BECAME BIG NEWS IN FREDERICK,

AND POLICE RECEIVED DOZENS OF TIPS FROM PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE

THEY HAD ACTUALLY SEEN STACY ALIVE AND WELL.

DID ANY OF THE SIGHTINGS

EVENTUALLY HELP INVESTIGATORS FIND HER?

NO, NONE OF THEM.

Zahn: POLICE CONTINUE TO RUN DOWN EVERY LEAD.

BUT AS THE WEEKS TURNED INTO MONTHS,

MANY FEARED THAT THE SEARCH FOR STACY HOFFMASTER WOULD

END BADLY.

DURING THOSE DARK DAYS,

HER FAMILY TURNED TO THEIR FAITH.

WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER ABOUT THOSE MONTHS WHERE

YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WERE WAITING FOR ANSWERS?

[ SIGHS ] IT WAS A LOT OF WORRYING AND WONDERING

WHERE SHE COULD BE, WHEN SHE'S GONNA COME HOME.

Zahn: THEN, THREE MONTHS AFTER STACY WENT MISSING,

TWO MEN WALKING IN THE NEARBY WOODS

MADE A SHOCKING DISCOVERY.

TWO LOCAL MEN WERE IN THIS AREA LOOKING FOR ALUMINUM CANS.

THEY CAME ACROSS A BLUE BLANKET LYING ON THE GROUND.

IT WAS WEIGHED DOWN BY SEVERAL STONES.

IT CAUGHT THEIR ATTENTION. THEY WENT OVER.

THEY LIFTED THE BLANKET UP,

AND THEY DISCOVERED THE REMAINS OF A HUMAN FEMALE.

Zahn: IT WAS CLEAR THE YOUNG WOMAN HAD BEEN THE VICTIM OF

A SAVAGE, SEXUALLY-MOTIVATED ATTACK.

SHE WAS BOUND AT THE HANDS AND AT THE FEET,

AND THEY FOUND A LIGATURE AROUND HER THROAT,

AND SHE ALSO HAD A SOCK THAT WAS PROTRUDING FROM HER MOUTH.

Zahn: THE VICTIM WAS NAKED AND UNRECOGNIZABLE,

HER CLOTHING SCATTERED NEARBY.

THEY FOUND BLUE SWEATPANTS AND A BLUE SWEATSHIRT

THAT HAD A FIRE DEPARTMENT LOGO ON THEM.

A PAIR OF FILA SNEAKERS.

HER UNDERWEAR WERE RECOVERED IN THE GENERAL AREA,

AND THEY LATER RECOVERED HER BRA THAT WAS JUST

A SLIGHT DISTANCE AWAY.

Zahn: THE CLOTHING AND THE ROPE THE YOUNG WOMAN

HAD BEEN BOUND WITH WERE COLLECTED AS EVIDENCE.

WHAT TYPE OF ROPE WAS THE VICTIM TIED WITH?

IT WAS A YELLOW NYLON ROPE THAT YOU WOULD USE FOR, UH,

CAMPING OR BOATING.

AT THE END OF THE ROPES, THERE WAS THESE NAILS,

THE TYPE OF NAILS THAT THEY USED TO NAIL IN RAILROAD TIES.

Zahn: THEY ALSO COULD HAVE BEEN USED AS STAKES TO SECURE A TENT.

POLICE PAID CAREFUL ATTENTION TO THE QUILTED BLANKET

THAT WAS USED TO CONCEAL THE YOUNG WOMAN'S BODY.

WHAT KIND OF BLANKET WAS USED TO COVER THE VICTIM?

IT WAS A BLUE MOVER-STYLE BLANKET, KIND OF HEAVY.

Zahn: THE BLANKET HAD A DISTINCT TEAR MARK

RUNNING DOWN ONE SIDE.

WAS THERE ANYTHING AT THE SCENE

THAT HELPED THE INVESTIGATORS IDENTIFY THE VICTIM?

Forrest: NO, THEY SEARCHED THE AREA.

THERE WAS NOTHING ON SCENE, UH,

THAT THEY COULD USE IMMEDIATELY TO IDENTIFY HER.

Zahn: BUT PROSECUTOR NANCY HAMM, WHO HAD JUST BEGUN HER CAREER AT

THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE,

BELIEVED SHE KNEW WHO HAD BEEN FOUND.

THE SWEATPANTS AND SWEATSHIRTS FOUND AT THE CRIME SCENE WERE

A MATCH TO THE ONES STACY HAD BEEN WEARING THE AFTERNOON

SHE DISAPPEARED.

WHAT WENT THROUGH YOUR MIND WHEN YOU HEARD THAT

A BODY OF A YOUNG GIRL HAD BEEN FOUND IN THE WOODS?

I REMEMBER THINKING, IT'S GOT TO BE STACY HOFFMASTER.

Zahn: POLICE IN FREDERICK, MARYLAND, HAD JUST

BEEN CALLED TO A GRIM CRIME SCENE.

THE BODY OF A YOUNG WOMAN WAS FOUND UNDER A MOVING BLANKET

WITH HER HANDS AND FEET BOUND TOGETHER WITH A YELLOW ROPE.

IT APPEARED SHE HAD BEEN STRANGLED

TO DEATH DURING A SEXUALLY-MOTIVATED ATTACK.

WHAT KIND OF A HUMAN BEING WAS CAPABLE

OF KILLING A YOUNG GIRL THAT WAY?

I COULDN'T EVEN DESCRIBE IT,

SOMEONE THAT'S VERY EVIL.

Zahn: INVESTIGATORS BELIEVED THEY KNEW THE IDENTITY OF

THE VICTIM.

BLUE SWEATPANTS AND A BLUE SWEATSHIRT DISCOVERED NEAR

THE BODY MATCHED WHAT

15-YEAR-OLD STACY HOFFMASTER HAD BEEN WEARING THE DAY

SHE DISAPPEARED.

AND THE RESULTS OF

THE MEDICAL EXAMINER'S REPORT CONFIRMED

EVERYONE'S WORST FEARS.

STACY HAD A BONE ABNORMALITY IN HER FOOT,

SO THEY HAD X-RAYS.

THEY WERE ABLE TO COMPARE THE X-RAYS TO X-RAYS THAT

THE M.E. HAD TAKEN AND WERE ABLE TO CONFIRM HER IDENTITY

THAT WAY.

Zahn: THE AUTOPSY ULTIMATELY PAINTED A TERRIFYING

PICTURE OF THE TEENAGER'S LAST MOMENTS ALIVE.

THE MURDER WEAPON HAD BEEN A THIN

PIECE OF ROPE FOUND AROUND STACY'S NECK.

WHAT DID THE MEDICAL EXAMINER DETERMINE HAD HAPPENED TO HER?

THEY RULED THAT THE CAUSE OF DEATH WAS ASPHYXIATION

BY STRANGULATION, LIGATURE.

THE ROPE THAT WAS USED TO STRANGLE HER,

IT WAS TIED ALMOST LIKE A NOOSE.

IT WAS SO TIGHT...

THE MEDICAL EXAMINER SAID HE HAD TO ACTUALLY CUT IT OFF.

AND IT WAS THIS BIG -- THIS BIG.

IT WAS TINY, LIKE, HE PULLED IT THAT TIGHT.

IT JUST MADE ME SICK.

Zahn: OTHER INJURIES STACY SUFFERED HELP INVESTIGATORS

SHARPEN THEIR THEORY OF HOW THE SADISTIC ATTACK UNFOLDED.

COULD THE MEDICAL EXAMINER FIND ANY SIGNS OF A STRUGGLE?

SHE HAD A PRETTY BAD CONTUSION TO HER FOREHEAD, AND

THE MEDICAL EXAMINER SAID IT WOULD HAVE MADE HER WOOZY,

AND IT WOULD HAVE MADE IT VERY DIFFICULT FOR HER TO FIGHT.

Zahn: BIOLOGICAL EVIDENCE CONFIRMED THAT

STACY HAD BEEN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED.

WAS THERE ANY DOUBT IN YOUR MIND THAT WHOEVER HAD LEFT

THE BIOLOGICAL EVIDENCE BEHIND HAD NOT ONLY RAPED STACY,

BUT KILLED HER? -NO MA'AM.

Zahn: UNDIGESTED FOOD IN STACY'S STOMACH PROVIDED

CRITICAL INFORMATION ABOUT WHEN THE ATTACK HAPPENED.

THEY FOUND A STARCHY MATERIAL

THAT WAS CONSISTENT WITH FRENCH FRIES,

AND WE KNEW SHE HAD HAD FRENCH FRIES

AS PART OF HER MEAL FROM McDONALD'S.

DID THAT HELP INVESTIGATORS NARROW DOWN

THE TIMEFRAME OF HER MURDER?

YES, IT DID.

IT USUALLY TAKES BETWEEN AN HOUR TO UP TO THREE HOURS

TO DIGEST FOOD,

AND WE KNEW THAT SHE HAD EATEN LUNCH AT

AROUND 12 TO 12:30.

Zahn: BASED ON THE EVIDENCE, IT APPEARED THAT

STACY WAS KILLED THE DAY SHE DISAPPEARED.

IN FACT, POLICE WERE CONFIDENT STACY'S MURDER HAD

HAPPENED BETWEEN ONE P.M. AND THREE THAT AFTERNOON.

WHILE THE DETAILS WERE IMPORTANT TO THE INVESTIGATION,

THEY WOULDN'T HELP DETECTIVES WITH THE GRIM TASK

THAT CAME NEXT --

INFORMING STACY'S FAMILY THAT THEIR SEARCH

HAD ENDED IN THE WORST WAY POSSIBLE.

WHO BROKE THE NEWS TO YOU THAT STACY'S BODY HAD BEEN FOUND?

Chris: IT WAS MY BROTHER.

HE JUST LOOKED OVER AT ME AND TOLD ME, "STACY'S DEAD,"

AND I IMMEDIATELY JUST RAN AND CRIED.

I WAS JUST SO UPSET.

YOU WERE JUST 14 YEARS OLD AT THE TIME.

HOW DID YOU COPE WITH YOUR SISTER'S MURDER?

JUST TRYING TO BE THERE FOR MY FAMILY,

AND MY MOTHER, ESPECIALLY.

Zahn: IN HIS QUIET MOMENTS ALONE,

CHRIS WAS TORMENTED BY HIS FINAL CONVERSATION

WITH HIS SISTER.

IT HAD TAKEN PLACE AT THE BUS STOP

ON THE MORNING OF HER MURDER.

AS HE REPLAYED THAT CONVERSATION OVER

AND OVER AGAIN,

HE WONDERED IF THERE WAS SOMETHING MORE HE COULD HAVE

DONE TO CONVINCE STACY NOT TO SKIP SCHOOL THAT DAY.

BUT IN THE END, HIS BIGGEST REGRET WAS SIMPLY

NOT TELLING HER HOW MUCH SHE MEANT TO HIM.

I WISH I WOULD'VE GAVE HER A HUG AND TOLD HER I LOVE HER.

Zahn: CHRIS WILL ALWAYS TREASURE HIS MEMORIES

OF HIS BELOVED OLDER SISTER.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE STACY'S PERSONALITY?

SHE WAS VERY BIG-HEARTED, VERY KIND,

VERY OUTGOING.

SHE WOULD HELP ANYBODY THAT NEEDED HELP.

Zahn: AS INVESTIGATORS LISTEN TO HER FAMILY DESCRIBE STACY,

THEY WERE FORCED TO CONSIDER IF SOMEONE HAD TAKEN ADVANTAGE

OF THE TEENAGER'S COMPASSIONATE

NATURE TO LEAD HER INTO HARM'S WAY.

INVESTIGATORS RETRACE THE TEENAGER'S LAST

KNOWN WHEREABOUTS, IN PARTICULAR

HER LAST LUNCH DATE WITH HER BOYFRIEND, ALFIE.

POLICE BELIEVE THERE WAS MORE TO

ALFIE STORY THAN HE HAD TOLD THEM.

THEY BROUGHT HIM IN FOR QUESTIONING AND FOCUSED ON

EVERY MINUTE OF HIS TIMELINE

DURING THE THREE-HOUR WINDOW IN WHICH STACY WAS KILLED,

ESPECIALLY WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THE COUPLE

FINISHED EATING LUNCH ON STACY'S PORCH.

THE LAST CONVERSATION THEY HAD WAS THAT SHE WOULD MEET HIM

AT HIS PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT

WHEN HE GOT OFF WORK AT THREE O'CLOCK.

Zahn: ALFIE TOLD POLICE HE WAS WORRIED

WHEN STACY DIDN'T ARRIVE.

Hamm: HE WAITED FOR STACY AT THREE O'CLOCK AT THE CORNER,

WHERE SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO MEET HIM.

10 MINUTES WENT BY, AND HE THOUGHT, YOU KNOW,

WHERE IS SHE?

Zahn: ALFIE WALKED TO STACY'S HOUSE AND SPOKE

WITH HER BROTHER, CHRIS,

WHO HAD JUST GOTTEN HOME FROM SCHOOL.

HOW DID HE SEEM TO YOU?

DID HE SEEM WORRIED?

AT FIRST, HE SEEMED JUST, "HEY, WHERE'S YOUR SISTER AT?"

AND I SAID, "SHE'S NOT HERE."

HE LOOKED LIKE HE WAS GETTING A LITTLE WORRIED,

SO HE ASKED ME TO BORROW MY BIKE.

HE WAS PROBABLY GONE MAYBE 10 MINUTES,

CAME BACK, AND SAID, "I DIDN'T FIND HER.

"IF SHE COMES HOME, TELL HER I'M AT WORK, PLEASE,

TO COME SEE ME," AND I SAID, "OKAY."

Zahn: ALFIE CLAIMED THAT HIS SEARCH FOR STACY MADE HIM

LATE FOR HIS SECOND JOB, WHICH STARTED AT 3:30 P.M.

HE ENDED UP GETTING TO WORK ABOUT 3:50.

Zahn: INVESTIGATORS FELT THE BIGGEST PROBLEM

WITH ALFIE'S STORY WAS THAT THERE WAS NO WAY

TO CONFIRM THAT STACY HAD NOT ACTUALLY GONE TO MEET HIM

THAT AFTERNOON.

HE ADMITTED THAT SHE WAS TO COME SEE HIM.

Zahn: COULD ALFIE'S ACTIONS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED

TO COVER UP A DEADLY CRIME?

Zahn: POLICE INVESTIGATING THE MURDER

OF STACY HOFFMASTER

WERE UNDER INTENSE PRESSURE -- THE TEENAGER HAD BEEN

FOUND IN A WOODED AREA NOT FAR FROM HER HOME.

WHAT WAS THE REACTION OF THE COMMUNITY TO

STACY'S MURDER?

THE COMMUNITY WAS APPALLED.

THEY WANTED ANSWERS, AND THEY WANTED 'EM QUICK.

PEOPLE WERE ALARMED.

Stone: EVERYBODY WAS UPSET. THEY ALWAYS JUST WONDERED,

ARE THEY EVER GONNA FIND HIM?

HOW DO YOU JUST DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT AND GET AWAY WITH IT?

Zahn: STACY HAD BEEN KILLED WITHIN HOURS OF WHEN SHE

AND HER BOYFRIEND, ALFIE, HAD THEIR LAST LUNCH TOGETHER.

AND NOW, ALL OF ALFIE'S ACTIONS DURING THE TIME

SHE WAS MISSING WERE BEING VIEWED IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT.

INVESTIGATORS WONDERED IF THERE WAS A REASON HE HAD SPENT

WEEKS TRYING TO CONVINCE THEM THAT STACY WAS STILL ALIVE.

HE KEPT REPORTING SIGHTINGS TO THE POLICE, AND THEY WERE

HAVING A VERY HARD TIME CONFIRMING THESE SIGHTINGS.

HE WAS PUTTING UP SIGNS EVERYWHERE,

AND THEY DIDN'T KNOW IF HE WAS SORT OF SENDING THEM

ON WILD GOOSE CHASES.

IT CREATED SUSPICION.

Zahn: BUT PERHAPS THE MOST TROUBLING CONCERNS

WERE RAISED BY THOSE CLOSEST TO STACY.

DID YOU EVER SUSPECT THAT ALFIE COULD

HAVE HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH STACY'S MURDER?

ABSOLUTELY. YEAH. I DID.

I HAD THOUGHTS THAT IT COULD HAVE BEEN HIM.

Zahn: FRIENDS PAINTED A PORTRAIT OF A JEALOUS

BOYFRIEND WHO CONSTANTLY QUESTIONED STACY

ABOUT OTHER MEN.

WHAT DID STACY'S FRIENDS HAVE TO

SAY ABOUT HER RELATIONSHIP WITH ALFIE?

THE REPORTS WERE COMING IN FROM STACY'S FRIENDS

THAT, UM, SHE AND ALFIE WERE GOING THROUGH A HARD TIME.

THEY WERE ARGUING A LOT.

DID INVESTIGATORS THINK AN ARGUMENT

COULD HAVE RESULTED IN MURDER?

YES, MA'AM, THE FACT THAT HE ADMITTED THAT SHE WAS

TO COME SEE HIM WHEN HE GOT OFF OF WORK.

THE REPORTS THAT THEY HAD BEEN

HAVING SOME PROBLEMS AT THE TIME.

ALL OF THOSE THINGS COMBINED JUST RAISED A POSSIBLE MOTIVE

WITH INVESTIGATORS.

Zahn: STILL, IN THE FACE OF INTENSE QUESTIONING,

ALFIE REPEATEDLY DENIED ANY INVOLVEMENT IN THE CRIME

AND STUCK TO A STORY ABOUT WHAT HE HAD DONE THAT DAY.

INVESTIGATORS ASKED HIM TO TAKE A POLYGRAPH.

WHAT WERE THE RESULTS?

THERE WERE SIGNS OF DECEPTION IN HIS POLYGRAPH.

WAS HE THE PRIME SUSPECT IN HER MURDER?

ABSOLUTELY.

Zahn: WHEN POLICE TURNED UP THE PRESSURE

EVEN FURTHER, ALFIE STOPPED COOPERATING.

THEY THEN GOT A SEARCH WARRANT AND TOOK HIS DNA.

AFTER HIS DNA WAS TAKEN, HE LAWYERED UP.

Zahn: DETECTIVES KNEW ALFIE HAD AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP

WITH STACY, WHICH MEANT A DNA MATCH

WITH THE EVIDENCE MIGHT NOT SEAL THEIR CASE.

SO THEY CONTINUED TO WORK HARD TO FIND A CRACK IN

HIS TIMELINE.

WHAT WERE THE UNANSWERED QUESTIONS?

FROM THE TIME HE LEFT WORK, UH, AT THREE O'CLOCK

TILL THE TIME HE PUNCHED IN AT HIS SECOND PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT,

THERE WERE A LOT OF GAPS IN HIS TIME

THAT NEEDED TO BE ACCOUNTED FOR.

Zahn: ALFIE EVENTUALLY ARRIVED AT A SECOND JOB AT 3:50.

THAT LEFT A 50-MINUTE WINDOW OF TIME UNACCOUNTED FOR.

WAS IT ENOUGH TO HAVE COMMITTED THE HEINOUS CRIME?

POLICE CAREFULLY RETRACED EVERY ELEMENT OF ALFIE'S ALIBI,

VERIFYING EACH STEP HE CLAIMED TO HAVE TAKEN AND REACHED

A STUNNING CONCLUSION.

Forrest: WITH THE ROUTES THAT HE PROVIDED US,

THAT LEFT HIM LESS THAN FOUR MINUTES THAT HE COULD HAVE HAD

THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET TO THE WOODS, COMMIT THE CRIME,

AND STILL MAKE IT BACK TO HIS PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT.

Zahn: AND ANY DOUBTS THAT ALFIE COULD HAVE BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR

STACY'S MURDER WERE REMOVED WHEN THE CRIME LAB

RETURNED ITS REPORT.

DID ALFIE'S DNA MATCH THE BIOLOGICAL EVIDENCE

RECOVERED FROM THE CRIME SCENE?

NO, IT DIDN'T.

COULD YOU RULE HIM OUT AS A POTENTIAL SUSPECT?

YES, WE COULD RULE HIM OUT.

Zahn: WITH ALFIE CLEARED,

THE INVESTIGATION WAS BACK TO SQUARE ONE.

DETECTIVES RETURN TO THE CRIME SCENE,

AND IT WAS A SECOND, MORE COMPREHENSIVE SEARCH

OF THE AREA WHERE STACY'S BODY HAD BEEN FOUND

THAT REVEALED CRITICAL NEW EVIDENCE.

Hamm: THEY REALIZED THAT THERE WAS A CAMP SITE

LESS THAN A HALF A FOOTBALL FIELD FROM THERE.

Zahn: INVESTIGATORS NOTICED AN ABANDONED TENT HELD

TOGETHER WITH SOME VERY UNUSUAL MATERIALS.

Hamm: THE SAME TYPE OF ROPES AND NAILS

HANGING THAT MATCHED WHAT STACY WAS TIED IN.

THEY ALSO COLLECTED A TEARING OF BLANKET

THAT MATCHED THE BLUE MOVER'S BLANKET

THAT WAS RECOVERED OFF OF STACY'S BODY.

Hamm: IT LOOKED LIKE WHOEVER HAD KILLED HER HAD TAKEN

PARTS OF THAT CAMP TO TIE HER AND COVER HER.

Zahn: THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE MURDER OF STACY HOFFMASTER

SUDDENLY HAD A NEW DIRECTION,

AND IT MEANT FINDING THE OWNER OF A MAKESHIFT TENT.

Zahn: POLICE TRYING TO SOLVE THE MURDER OF 15-YEAR-OLD

STACY HOFFMASTER HAD JUST MADE A SHOCKING DISCOVERY --

A MAKESHIFT TENT AND A CAMPSITE DEEP IN THE WOODS

THAT APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN CONNECTED TO THE SAVAGE ATTACK.

STACY'S BODY WAS PLACED IN THIS AREA HERE,

APPROXIMATELY 161 FEET IN THAT DIRECTION WAS A CAMPSITE.

Zahn: THE MAKESHIFT TENT HAD BEEN CONSTRUCTED WITH

THE SAME TYPE OF MATERIALS USED TO BIND STACY.

Forrest: THE CAMPSITE HAD SIMILAR NYLON ROPE,

THE RAILROAD SPIKES THAT WERE CONSISTENT WITH THAT TIED

AROUND STACY'S FEET.

Zahn: AND THE TORN MOVING BLANKET USED

TO COVER STACY'S BODY WAS ALSO A MATCH.

WE FOUND A CUTTING FROM THAT

EXACT BLANKET STILL ATTACHED TO THE CAMPSITE.

Zahn: THE LITANY OF CLUES MADE ANSWERING A SINGLE QUESTION

THE TOP PRIORITY OF THE INVESTIGATION.

WHOSE CAMPSITE WAS IT?

Zahn: POLICE QUESTION LOCALS ABOUT WHO MIGHT HAVE SET UP

THE CAMPSITE AND LEARNED

THAT THE AREA WAS OFTEN USED FOR PARTIES.

WHEN INVESTIGATORS INTERVIEWED PEOPLE WHO WERE FAMILIAR WITH

THE AREA, DID ANY SUSPECTS COME ON THE RADAR?

THERE WAS ONE NAME THAT WAS MENTIONED -- LLOYD HARRIS.

Zahn: 34-YEAR-OLD LLOYD HARRIS WAS

KNOWN AS FREDERICK'S LOCAL MARIJUANA DEALER.

SOME CALLED HIM THE WEED MAN.

Zahn: POLICE INFORMANTS SAID HARRIS OFTEN USED

THE CAMPING AREA TO SECRETLY CONDUCT HIS BUSINESS.

DID ANYONE INDICATE TO INVESTIGATORS THAT

STACY MIGHT HAVE KNOWN WEED MAN?

THERE WERE SEVERAL REPORTS THAT SHE WAS FAMILIAR WITH HIM.

ONE OF STACY'S FRIENDS ACTUALLY RECALLED A CIRCUMSTANCE

WHERE MR. HARRIS ACTUALLY RODE BY ON HIS BICYCLE AND OFFERED

MARIJUANA TO THEM.

Zahn: AS POLICE DUG DEEPER, THEY FOUND ANOTHER

EVEN MORE OBVIOUS LINK

BETWEEN HARRIS AND STACY HOFFMASTER.

HE CURRENTLY LIVED AT HIS MOM'S HOUSE,

WHICH WAS COINCIDENTALLY RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER FROM

STACY'S HOUSE.

Zahn: BUT THERE WAS NOTHING IN THE SMALL-TIME

POT DEALER'S BACKGROUND

THAT INDICATED THAT HE WAS CAPABLE OF COMMITTING

THE HORRIFIC MURDER.

DID LLOYD HARRIS HAVE A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND?

JUST MINOR OFFENSES, NUISANCE-TYPE CRIMES.

SO HE DIDN'T HAVE A HISTORY OF VIOLENT BEHAVIOR?

NO, MA'AM.

Zahn: BUT HARRIS'S CONNECTION TO THE CAMPSITE WAS

A LEAD POLICE HAD TO FOLLOW UP ON.

IT REALLY RAISED SOME SUSPICIONS.

[ SIREN WAILING ]

Zahn: WHEN DETECTIVES TRACKED DOWN HARRIS,

HE SEEMED EAGER TO COOPERATE WITH THEM.

WHEN LLOYD HARRIS SPOKE WITH POLICE,

WHAT DID HE HAVE TO SAY ABOUT STACY?

HE INDICATED THAT, YOU KNOW, HE KNEW HER FROM THE AREA.

HE INDICATED THERE WAS NEVER ANY KIND OF CONTACT WITH HER.

Zahn: BUT HARRIS DIDN'T DENY THAT THE MAKESHIFT

TENT POLICE HAD FOUND BELONGED TO HIM.

HE ADMITTED IT WAS HIS CAMPSITE

HE SAID HE HAD LEFT THERE IN JULY,

AND HE HAD BEEN BACK ONE TIME TO PICK UP SOME STUFF

THAT HE LEFT THERE, BUT THAT WAS THE ONLY TIME

HE HAD BEEN BACK.

Zahn: HARRIS CLAIMED THE TENT HAD BEEN

LEFT IN THE WOODS UNATTENDED FOR MONTHS.

DETECTIVES ASKED HIM ABOUT THE TORN BLANKET,

ROPE, AND NAILS FOUND AT THE CRIME SCENE.

WHEN HE WAS SHOWN THAT STUFF, HE SAID,

"I MEAN, IT LOOKS LIKE MY STUFF,

BUT I HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT."

Zahn: HARRIS GAVE DETECTIVES A SAMPLE OF HIS DNA AND AGREED

TO TAKE A LIE DETECTOR TEST, WHICH HE PASSED.

AS DETECTIVES WAITED FOR

THE RESULTS FROM THE MARYLAND STATE LAB,

THEY BEGAN TO FEAR THEY WERE LOOKING AT THE WRONG MAN.

BUT WHEN HARRIS'S DNA WAS COMPARED TO

THE BIOLOGICAL EVIDENCE DISCOVERED

DURING STACY'S AUTOPSY,

THE RESULTS SENT THE CASE IN

AN ENTIRELY NEW DIRECTION.

THE DNA PROFILE THAT WAS PRODUCED

EXCLUDED ANYBODY ELSE EXCEPT FOR HIM.

Zahn: THE DNA MATCH CONTRADICTED EVERYTHING

HARRIS HAD TOLD POLICE.

MR. HARRIS HAD INITIALLY SAID THEY NEVER HAD ANY KIND

OF CONTACT, AND THEY ONLY KNEW EACH OTHER IN PASSING.

Zahn: DETECTIVES BROUGHT HARRIS IN FOR A SECOND INTERVIEW

AND CONFRONTED HIM WITH THE POWERFUL NEW EVIDENCE.

HOW DID HE EXPLAIN THAT AWAY?

HE THEN ADMITTED TO INVESTIGATORS

THAT HE AND STACY HAD CONSENSUAL

SEXUAL INTERCOURSE NEAR STACY'S HOUSE ON THE SATURDAY

BEFORE SHE WENT MISSING.

HE DESCRIBED THAT IT WAS IN EXCHANGE FOR MARIJUANA.

Zahn: POLICE WERE CONFIDENT HARRIS WAS LYING

FOR A SECOND TIME, BUT HIS STORY

CREATED A CRUCIAL PROBLEM.

COULD YOU PROVE THAT HARRIS WAS LYING WHEN HE SAID THAT

HE HAD HAD CONSENSUAL SEX WITH STACY

THREE DAYS BEFORE HER MURDER? -NO.

Zahn: IN FACT, HARRIS'S NEW STORY

WAS A MAJOR ROADBLOCK FOR PROSECUTORS.

NO MATTER HOW UNLIKELY IT SEEMED,

THEY BELIEVED IT WAS POSSIBLE THAT IT WOULD CREATE

ENOUGH REASONABLE DOUBT FOR THE JURY TO ACQUIT

STACY'S NEIGHBOR.

SHE WAS MURDERED AND RAPED THERE.

ONCE THE DNA CAME BACK,

WE JUST HAD TO PROVE THAT IT HAPPENED ON THAT DAY...

WITH HARRIS.

Zahn: THE INTRICACIES OF THAT DECISION-MAKING

WERE SO COMPLEX THAT

INVESTIGATORS WEREN'T EVEN ABLE TO FULLY EXPLAIN IT TO

STACY'S FAMILY.

HOW FRUSTRATING WAS IT FOR YOU

AND YOUR FAMILY TO HAVE SO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS?

Chris: IT WAS VERY FRUSTRATING, AND IT MADE ME VERY ANGRY.

WE JUST WANTED ANSWERS, AND WE WEREN'T GETTING THEM.

Zahn: FOR YEARS, IT SEEMED LIKE

STACY'S KILLER MIGHT GET AWAY WITH MURDER.

BUT INVESTIGATORS WOULD SOON GET A BREAK THAT PROVED THAT

PATIENCE AND PERSISTENCE CAN PAVE THE LONG ROAD TO JUSTICE.

Zahn: DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING THE MURDER OF STACY HOFFMASTER

HAD COMPILED POWERFUL CIRCUMSTANTIAL

EVIDENCE AGAINST HER NEIGHBOR, LLOYD HARRIS.

THESE ARE NYLON ROPES THAT

WERE RECOVERED FROM MR. HARRIS'S CAMPSITE.

THIS IS THE NYLON ROPE THAT WAS RECOVERED

FROM STACY'S BODY WITH THE ATTACHED RAILROAD SPIKE.

Zahn: AND THE TORN MOVER'S BLANKET

FOUND COVERING STACY'S BODY LINED UP PERFECTLY

WITH A STRIP OF FABRIC FOUND AT HARRIS'S CAMPING AREA.

THIS IS THE BLUE MOVER'S BLANKET THAT WAS COVERING STACY'S BODY.

THIS IS THE BLUE PIECE OF MOVER'S BLANKET

THAT WAS RECOVERED FROM MR. HARRIS'S CAMPSITE.

AS YOU CAN SEE, IT MATCHES TOGETHER LIKE A PUZZLE PIECE.

Zahn: BUT DESPITE ALL THE EVIDENCE

CONNECTING HARRIS TO THE CRIME,

PROSECUTORS BELIEVED THEY COULDN'T MOVE FORWARD UNTIL

THEY COULD REFUTE HARRIS'S CLAIM THAT DNA FOUND ON STACY'S

BODY HAD BEEN THE RESULT OF CONSENSUAL SEX

THREE DAYS BEFORE STACY'S MURDER.

WE HAD TO DISPROVE HIS VERSION OF THE EVENTS,

AND WE HAD TO DO IT SCIENTIFICALLY.

Zahn: FOR MORE THAN A DECADE,

FORENSIC EXPERTS BELIEVED IT WAS

POSSIBLE THE DNA COULD HAVE BEEN THERE FOR 72 HOURS.

BUT A NEW ANALYSIS FOCUSED ON THE LEVEL OF A SPECIFIC ENZYME

WITHIN THE SAMPLE,

CALLED ACID PHOSPHATASE.

NORMALLY THE BODY PROCESSES THIS ENZYME

VERY QUICKLY FOLLOWING A SEXUAL ENCOUNTER.

EXPERTS KNEW THE AMOUNT PRESENT

THREE DAYS LATER SHOULD BE LOW.

WHY WAS THIS ENZYME SO CRUCIAL TO YOUR CASE?

THESE LEVELS WERE EXTREMELY HIGH.

THE ONLY TIME YOU WOULD GET A LEVEL

THAT HIGH IS WITHIN AN HOUR OR TWO.

Zahn: THE NEW FINDINGS MADE

LLOYD HARRIS'S STORY ABOUT WHEN HE HAD

HAD SEX WITH STACY SCIENTIFICALLY IMPOSSIBLE.

HE DIDN'T HAVE SEX WITH HER THREE DAYS BEFORE.

Zahn: IN FACT, THE TESTING INDICATED STACY HAD LIKELY BEEN

MURDERED WITHIN MINUTES OF WHEN THE DNA WAS LEFT.

PROSECUTORS BELIEVE THE NEW EVIDENCE TOLD A GRIM

STORY OF WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO STACY HOFFMASTER.

SHE HAD BEEN RAPED RIGHT BEFORE SHE WAS KILLED.

THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT THAT LLOYD HARRIS

SEXUALLY ASSAULTED STACY AND COMMITTED THE MURDER.

POLICE TRACKED DOWN THE NOW 52-YEAR-OLD

LLOYD HARRIS IN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI,

AND BROUGHT HIM IN FOR QUESTIONING.

THEY PRESSED HIM FOR DETAILS ABOUT

HIS MAKESHIFT TENT IN THE WOODS.

Zahn: DETECTIVES THEN ASKED HARRIS ABOUT

HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH STACY.

WHEN HE SAID THAT, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?

THIS GUY HAS, LIKE, NO REMORSE WHATSOEVER.

Zahn: THEN, INVESTIGATORS TOLD HARRIS THAT

THE PASSAGE OF TIME HAD WORKED AGAINST HIM.

DID YOU ASK HIM POINT BLANK IF

HE HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH STACY'S MURDER?

YES, WE DID.

Zahn: BUT OVER THE COURSE OF THE INTERVIEW,

HARRIS MOVED CLOSER AND CLOSER TO A CONFESSION.

WHAT WAS THE MOST INDICTING STATEMENT THAT HE MADE?

THAT COMMENT, "IF I DID IT, IT WAS AN ACCIDENT,"

WAS HUGE FOR US.

INNOCENT PEOPLE DON'T MAKE A COMMENT LIKE THAT.

Zahn: DETECTIVES TRIED TO BUILD A RAPPORT

WITH HARRIS TO GET MORE DETAILS.

Zahn: 21 YEARS AFTER THE MURDER OF STACY HOFFMASTER,

LLOYD HARRIS FINALLY FACED JUSTICE.

Zahn: HARRIS'S ARREST WAS WELCOME NEWS FOR STACY'S FAMILY.

HOW RELIEVED WERE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY BY HIS ARREST?

VERY -- IT WAS LIKE A BIG WEIGHT HAD JUST BEEN

LIFTED OFF OUR SHOULDERS, AND YOU COULD BREATHE A LITTLE BIT.

BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I HAD IN THE BACK OF MY HEAD OF, WELL,

IT'S STILL GOT TO GO TO TRIAL.

Zahn: HARRIS PLED NOT GUILTY.

DURING THE TRIAL, STACY'S LOVED ONES WATCHED HARRIS,

LOOKING FOR ANY SIGNS OF REMORSE.

WHAT BOTHERED YOU THE MOST ABOUT HARRIS'S BEHAVIOR

IN COURT?

HE JUST SEEMED SO NONCHALANT, LIKE HE DIDN'T --

DIDN'T CARE.

IT WAS JUST REALLY UPSETTING. IT WAS HORRIBLE.

Zahn: BUT THE EVIDENCE PROSECUTORS PRESENTED MADE IT

CLEAR THAT HARRIS HAD STALKED STACY THAT AFTERNOON

AND LURED HER INTO THE WOODS JUST MOMENTS AFTER SHE FINISHED

LUNCH WITH HER BOYFRIEND.

I THINK STACY GOT UP AND WALKED AWAY WHEN HER MOTHER

PULLED IN, AND LLOYD HARRIS GOT UP

AND FOLLOWED HER AND PROBABLY OFFERED HER MARIJUANA,

AND SHE PROBABLY TOOK HIM UP ON IT.

Zahn: BUT ONCE THEY GOT INTO THE WOODS,

HARRIS ATTACKED STACY -- USING ROPES FROM HIS CAMPSITE,

HE TIED HER UP AND SEXUALLY ASSAULTED HER

BEFORE ULTIMATELY STRANGLING HER TO DEATH.

Hamm: I MEAN, SHE WAS 15. HE WAS 34.

SHE NEVER WOULD HAVE VOLUNTARILY HAD SEX WITH HIM.

Zahn: THE JURORS AGREED.

IT TOOK JUST THREE HOURS

OF DELIBERATION TO REACH THEIR VERDICT.

GUILTY.

DESCRIBE THE MOMENT IT CAME DOWN.

I JUST STARTED CRYING,

AND IT WAS A GOOD FEELING OF RELIEF.

HE WAS GUILTY.

Zahn: AT SENTENCING,

CHRIS STOOD AND FACED HARRIS IN THE COURTROOM.

WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER ABOUT YOUR VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENT?

I JUST TOLD HIM THAT HE WAS A COWARD, THAT STACY HAD

A BEAUTIFUL SMILE,

AND THAT HE TOOK THAT SMILE AWAY FROM ME.

HE TOOK THAT AWAY FROM EVERYBODY ELSE THAT KNEW HER,

AND I PERSONALLY HOPED HE ROTTED IN JAIL.

Zahn: ON JANUARY 3, 2018,

54-YEAR-OLD LLOYD HARRIS WAS SENTENCED

TO LIFE IN PRISON WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE.

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE LLOYD HARRIS?

Hamm: I THINK HE'S A PREDATOR.

HE'S A MAN WITHOUT A CONSCIENCE OR A SOUL.

HE HAD ABSOLUTELY NO REMORSE,

AND HE IS IN THE EXACT RIGHT PLACE.

Zahn: THE VERDICT HAS ALLOWED CHRIS AND EVERYONE WHO LOVES

STACY TO PUT THE DECADES OF UNCERTAINTY

BEHIND THEM AND FOCUS ON THE WONDERFUL

BUT TOO FEW MEMORIES THEY HAVE OF HER.

HOW HARD WAS IT FOR YOU TO GROW UP

WITHOUT YOUR BIG SISTER?

VERY, VERY HARD, BECAUSE SHE WAS ALWAYS THERE FOR ME.

UM...

EVEN --

EVEN NOW, IT SUCKS NOT BEING ABLE TO PICK UP THE PHONE

AND SAY, "HEY, YOU WANNA --

YOU WANNA GO HANG OUT OR SOMETHING?"

I THINK ABOUT HER EVERY DAY.

BEFORE LLOYD HARRIS'S TRIAL BEGAN,

STACY'S FAMILY HAD NEVER BEEN CERTAIN OF THE EXACT DAY

SHE HAD BEEN MURDERED.

IT WASN'T UNTIL AFTER HARRIS'S CONVICTION 21 YEARS LATER

THAT STACY'S MOTHER

WAS FINALLY ABLE TO ENGRAVE THE DATE OF STACY'S DEATH

ON HER TOMBSTONE.

I'M PAULA ZAHN.

PLEASE JOIN US AGAIN NEXT TIME WHEN WE'RE BACK ON THE CASE.

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