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Kimster
10-30-2010, 11:40 AM
A member has asked us to help find out what happened to Patty Striker. I did a Google and found a lot of interesting information on the internet. I will defer to our fabulous Cold Case members to help this community!

Here's a start:

http://www.wate.com/Global/story.asp?S=4374509

http://www.mcminncountysheriff.com/uploads/0a2cb213bed2c96d87a0e4271b3776ba.pdf

http://www.topix.com/forum/city/athens-tn/TIVQ158HAOEI3GQHH

Okay team! Let's find out what happened to this lovely woman and bring peace to her family! :grouphug:

little lulu
10-30-2010, 03:08 PM
I remember this very well, her family and church friends were devastated over her murder along with the community. She was well loved and a kind and caring lady.
Most everyone felt they knew who was behind this, just no evidence to support it.
Hoping someone out there knows something that would bring her murderer to justice.

bessie
10-31-2010, 01:16 PM
Just a few preliminary facts from the links Kimster posted and a couple more I found:

On April 10, 2000, at about 8:30 a.m., 30 year-old Patty Striker was found shot in the head inside Strikers Premium Winery on County Road 172 in Athens, TN. The cash register was missing and money was found scattered around the building. No arrest has ever been made in the case. Her husband Stanley Striker is still the proprietor of the winery. At the time of the murder, he was 26 miles away working at the Bowater plant in Calhoun, TN.

Family members have posted on Topix and ask anyone with information to contact the Det. Gary Miller at the McMinn County Sheriff's Office, 423-745-5620.

McMinn County Sheriff Steve Frisbie with Lamar Advertising have erected two billboards recently with Patty's picture. A $60,000 reward is offered for information leading to an arrest. The MCSO phone number above is posted along with this e-mail address: Sheriff@mcminncountysheriff.com.

http://www.mcminncountysheriff.com/uploads/0a2cb213bed2c96d87a0e4271b3776ba.pdf

http://www.winepress.us/forums/index.php?/topic/3544-two-winery-owners-slain-in-tennessee/

http://www.newschannel9.com/news/derrick-907-sheriff-investigation.html

http://www.agriculture.state.tn.us/Marketing.asp?QSTRING=DETAIL&DISPLAY=2432

According to a *RUMOR* (Topix post) the Strikers were going through a nasty divorce. Husband allegedly sent threatening letters to Patty which she turned over to her divorce attorney.

AnonH
11-01-2010, 12:13 AM
I think her soon-to-be ex hired a hitman.
good luck digging up any proof though, especially after 10 years.

Kimster
11-01-2010, 12:18 AM
I think her soon-to-be ex hired a hitman.
good luck digging up any proof though, especially after 10 years.

Hello AnonH!!!

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j83/Kimba4jc/Websleuths/Welcome-2.gif

We recently saw a cold case where an arrest was made in Leah Freeman's murder. It can happen!

bessie
08-18-2013, 02:24 AM
This is an article from last year about a fire at the winery.

Striker's Premium Winery in Athens was damaged from a fire Monday night (http://www.wbir.com/news/article/207068/2/Strikers-Premium-Winery-in-Athens-was-damaged-from-a-fire-Monday-night)
12:36 AM, Feb 22, 2012

Athens Rural Fire Department said a fire broke out in the attic at Striker's Premium Winery around 7:00 p.m. Monday. So far, they have not determined a cause to the blaze, and have since called on the state for help.


There's still a little chatter on topix, but not much. Patty Striker's murder case has gone stone cold!

http://www.topix.net/forum/city/athens-tn/TIVQ158HAOEI3GQHH/p5

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=69921421

December
08-29-2013, 01:52 PM
According to a topix poster there was still a $60,000 reward on this case.

But, the person who said the police never get a tip that solves the case is wrong. That does happen. The police need to have done some work, of course, no one totally figures out the case for them. But, they often do get things they can and do use. If they didn't, they'd keep everything secret.

christee
02-13-2014, 12:38 AM
Unsolved murder victim's husband dead, teens shot at family winery

A winery owner was killed and two teenagers were wounded in a shooting in McMinn County on Wednesday afternoon, according to McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy.

Stanley Striker, owner of Striker Winery, was killed in the shooting at the winery. The two teenagers were taken to a local hospital with gunshot wounds.
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video and more at link:
http://www.wbir.com/story/news/local/mcminn-monroe/2014/02/12/stanley-patty-striker-shot-winery/5434743/

Link also includes a video from 2007.

azure
02-13-2014, 12:53 AM
Unsolved murder victim's husband dead, teens shot at family winery

A winery owner was killed and two teenagers were wounded in a shooting in McMinn County on Wednesday afternoon, according to McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy.

Stanley Striker, owner of Striker Winery, was killed in the shooting at the winery. The two teenagers were taken to a local hospital with gunshot wounds.
<snipped>

video and more at link:
http://www.wbir.com/story/news/local/mcminn-monroe/2014/02/12/stanley-patty-striker-shot-winery/5434743/

Link also includes a video from 2007.

From the article, they're investigating this as a homicide and possible suicide, even though only one person is dead?

Bizarre.

bessie
02-13-2014, 04:05 AM
As we might have figured, the teenagers were his and Patty's children.

The husband of a McMinn County woman who died mysteriously 14 years ago shot the couple's two teenage children and then turned the gun on himself on Wednesdayhttp://www.chattanoogan.com/2014/2/12/269548/Husband-Of-Murdered-Patty-Striker.aspx

"It was a very selfish act. It was unnecessary and the children will never forget this. I'm sure it's going to take a lot of extensive therapy," says Mark (Patty's brother).

Patty's other brother, Jeff says he's hopeful that this will open new doors to finding out who killed his sister 14 years ago. "We certainly hope to get the full answer about what happened to Patty because we know he wasn't the only one involved. More than one person planned and carried that out. We do know that. We know he was a party in that," says Jeff.

Family members say the two teens are recovering in the hospital but are expected to be okay.
http://www.newschannel9.com/news/top-stories/stories/dramatic-developments-14yearold-murder-case-9153.shtml

Thank goodness the children will recover, physically at least. Now maybe the family will get answers to their questions about Patty's death.

Backwoods
02-13-2014, 04:13 AM
As we might have figured, the teenagers were his and Patty's children.

http://www.chattanoogan.com/2014/2/12/269548/Husband-Of-Murdered-Patty-Striker.aspx

http://www.newschannel9.com/news/top-stories/stories/dramatic-developments-14yearold-murder-case-9153.shtml


So... the "homicide" part might be referring back to the wife's death?

azure
02-13-2014, 03:29 PM
So... the "homicide" part might be referring back to the wife's death?

Or attempted homicide since thankfully the teens are expected to survive.

bessie
02-14-2014, 12:30 AM
I don't see anything about "homicide" in the updated reports. The latest news says SS didn't leave a suicide note, and that he'd been in a custody battle with the children's aunt. This link includes an interview with the nieghbor whose home the kids ran to for help.

http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/24721236/neighbor-who-helped-striker-teens-describes-what-happened

Another link with the same information

http://www.wbir.com/story/news/local/mcminn-monroe/2014/02/12/stanley-patty-striker-shot-winery/5434743/