Murder 101: Homicide and Its Investigation

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CHAPTER 4
Physical Evidence of
Murder

Jimmy Parker, sixteen, and Robert Tulloch, seventeen, both came from solid, two-parent, middle-class New England families. They both performed exceptionally well in school, and most of their high school teachers regarded them as intelligent young men with bright, promising futures. These promising futures, however, came to an abrupt end in April 2002 when a court in New Hampshire sentenced Parker to twenty-five years in prison and Tulloch to life without parole. Earlier, they had both pled guilty to the brutal and bloody knife murders of Half and Susanne Zantop, a New Hampshire couple who were professors at Dartmouth College.

On January 27, 2001, Roxanne Verona, a friend of the Zantops, having been invited to dinner, set out for the Zantop home in the small rustic village of Etna, New Hampshire, located just a few miles east of the Dartmouth College campus. At around 6:30 p.m. she pulled her gray Saab into the Zantop driveway. Everything seemed to be fine. However, a few minutes later, after finding the front door unlocked and going inside, she fled from the house in horror. Racing to a neighbor's house, she breathlessly asked to use their telephone, then dialed 911. The Zantops, she told the police dispatchet between gasps for air, had been murdered.

[They were wonderful people,] Roxanne would later tell reporters. [They were special—intellectually, humanly, everything.]1

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