Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

911 Call Made Man Suspect in Wife's Slaying

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

911 Call Made Man Suspect in Wife's Slaying

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Scott E. Brown became the suspect in his wife's slaying after police reviewed the audiotape of Brown's distraught 911 phone call, a St. Charles detective testified Friday in St. Charles County Circuit Court.

Detective Mike Miller said a normal reaction would have been to report his wife's death. Instead, the call went like this: "Help. I've been robbed. My wife's purple."

Brown, 32, a former youth minister, has been charged with first-degree murder in the strangulation death of Rebecca Ohl Brown, 22, on Jan. 14, 1992. The couple moved to St. Charles in December 1991 after leaving their job as house parents at Black Lodge, a home for juvenile delinquents in Columbia City, Ind. They spent their first night in their house in St. Charles the following Jan. 1. Scott Brown made his 911 call at 9:06 a.m. on Jan. 14 from a neighbor's house. He said their telephone - neon-blue and shaped like a baby grand piano - had been stolen. For eight hours that day and several hours in the next two days, Miller and Detective Mike Harvey interviewed Scott Brown. On the third day, Miller said, he told Scott Brown of his suspicions. Brown said that he had been hysterical at the time he called 911, but Miller said the detectives had determined that in the minutes between the 911 call and the time police arrived, Brown went through "several emotional changes, hysteria to anger to frustration, then feeling sorry he wasn't there in her time of need." The detectives said that Brown had told them he awakened about 6 a.m. the day of his wife's slaying. He took a bath, played with their dog, ate a bowl of cereal and kissed his wife good-bye as she lay sleeping. He reset the alarm for 7 a.m. because his wife needed to get ready for a job interview at 10 a.m. Brown took the dog to a clinic in St. Charles for grooming, then drove to Sutter Presbyterian Church in Creve Coeur where he worked, made a telephone call, wrote two memos and left for home. …

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