I watch the tv show Unsolved Mysteries.They had 2 separate episodes on about 2 seemingly unconnected cases.One was about a realestate attorney named David Marifield who was murdered in Texas,the other was about Mike Emert ,a Realestate salesman who was murdered in washington state.Marifield,met a mysterious client named "sam jones"(police and coworkers think thats fake name)at his office at 6:30 in the morning,and was shot execution style in the head. Emert met a mysterious client at a secluded house for sale,and was stabbed with a sword-like device(his client,not identified,carried a walking cane,that police think may have been one of those pullout swords)Both incidents at first glance seem unrelated,different states,different types of weapons.But there are some very striking similarities.Exhaustive invetigations turned up no suspects,and seemed to show that both men were not involved in any illegal activities or shady backgrounds.They just both seem to have been victims of a "hit".Both were killed at times or places,where noone would be a witness.Both were meeting with mysterious clients that none of their co-workers had seen.These 2 cases have always bothered me,as having some very strong similarities.I dont think the 2 men had direct connections to each other,but they could have had a common client,and for whatever reason,they had to be killed to keep something quiet.If anyone is familiar with this case,please post your opinions here,or any info you have.If you go to:
thats the unsolved mysteries forum,and you can search for info on the case.If you own Unsolved Mysteries Favories DVD sets,the episodes are on volumes 6 & 7.
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck its probably a duck. So if it seems like an execution was performed in both instances then that may indeed be what happened.
As to why they were killed : I can think of a couple of possibilities such as someone offered a deal from some drug selling types for properties either for their use or for money laundering and were turned down but killed to keep the offer from being turned in to L.E. or another possibility might be some bad crime types thought they had found someone in the witness protection program and so ordered hits to be done .
I must also accept that it is always possible that they were indeed involved in something shady but this was never found out or was never made public for whatever reason/s.
I was curious and decided to look into news reports of cane swords being used and found this interesting webpage of instances of swords used in crimes. I also found the following articles in that webpage.
There probably are other articles online as I have just begun to look and my time is limited.
. . .followed by Damron stepping out of the car, holding onto a black cane with a golden snake head. Bystanders looked on with amazement as Damron then unsheathed a sword from the cane and proceeded to approach Cavalier. . .http://www.thearma.org/essays/Fringe.htm. . .A 49-year-old Marion, IL, resident found his cane came in handy Tuesday night as he used the sword concealed inside it to ward off a man who entered his home. . . .
Mike Emert - Unsolved Murder of Real Estate Agent
On January 4, 2001, 40 year-old Windermere real estate agent, Mike Emert, was brutally murdered while showing a home to a buyer in the Seattle suburb of Woodinville, Washington. A few days before his murder, Mike, who also worked with his wife, Mary Beth, told her that the potential buyer was “odd” and acted strange when he met him at a local shopping center. Mike said the man’s name was “Steven,” who was in his 50’s, walked with a limp, and used a cane. This man, Steven, told Mike that he was from San Francisco and was going to be receiving a large amount of money, a possible inheritance. He asked Mike to show him some houses on the market around the Eastside area. Steven also mentioned he was staying locally with friends or relatives, and that he had been a counselor at one time. Steven also had what sounded like an east coast accent.
During the morning of his murder, Mike mentioned to his fellow co-workers at the office that he was going to meet a “weird dude.” The name “Steven” was written in his appointment book. Once again, Steven insisted that Mike meet him at the Kirkland Park Place Shopping Center. Steven had never been to Mike’s office, nor had any of Mike’s co-workers met Steven. Mike drove a black 2000 Cadillac Escalade SUV and picked up Steven as planned around 11:30 a.m. Mike drove Steven to a large brick and beige house for viewing in Woodinville, the same house he had shown Steven the day before. The home was located in a secluded area on a dead-end, cul-de-sac.
Sometime after 12:40 p.m., the owner of the house was on her lunch break from work, and decided to spend the hour at home. When she stepped inside the house, she heard water running in the upstairs bathroom. When she went to investigate, she stumbled upon a horrific scene. A fresh, trail of blood led to the bathroom from a nearby bedroom. In the bathroom, Mike was laying in the bathtub with the overhead shower running---he had been stabbed to death 20 times. The two faucets of the vanity sinks were running as well. The owner, who did not know Mike, immediately called the police, and realized she just missed his killer by a few minutes.
Police determined that Mike was hit from behind by his attacker in an upstairs bedroom, and stabbed with a weapon that police believe was a long knife or sword disguised as a cane, and that his killer was highly skilled in using it. Mike was 6-foot-1 and 187 lbs., and his killer managed to overpower him, drag his body 18 feet from the bedroom into the bathroom, and was able to lift his body into the tub. His killer turned on the shower and sink to wash away any trace evidence he may have left behind. Mike’s DNA was the only evidence found. The killer had also taken Mike’s wallet; cell phone; his wedding ring which was a gold band with three diamonds aligned in a row worth thousands of dollars; and his gold and silver Breitling wristwatch, valued at $3,000 --- but police strongly believe robbery was not the motive.
Later on, Mike’s Cadillac Escalade was abandoned in the parking lot at Kirkland Park Place Shopping Center where he picked up Steven earlier that day, and where he met with Steven days before. Police think it was driven there by the killer. Less than 24 hours later, Mike’s wallet was found at a pay-phone booth at Colman Dock in downtown Seattle. His ATM card was missing and police said that the card had been used. Mike’s cell phone was found days later, but police declined to say where or how it was found. They did confirm that calls had been made on it some time after the murder. Mike’s wedding ring and wristwatch have never been found. After the murder, the man named Steven could not be located. Police believe his name, identity, limp, and use of a cane were a ruse. Mary Beth and the police believe Mike’s murderer was that of a professional hitman. Police went ten years back into Mike’s history and found no known enemies, gambling debts, rival colleagues, or extramarital relationships, and no clear motive for his murder. Mike was a nice man, and well respected in the real estate community.
Shortly thereafter, Mike’s wife and relatives passed polygraph tests, and were ruled out as suspects. Days after Mike’s death, there was a local homeless man, known for hanging around Kirkland Park Place Shopping Center, who became a prime person of interest to police. The man resembled Steven, had a limp, and walked with a cane. He told the police and local newspapers that he was a con man, and that he had served time in prison long ago, but was not a murderer, and he did not murder Mike. He admitted that he used women and tried to meet female real estate agents by using the ruse of being a potential home buyer. He believed Mike’s murderer was trying to frame him. The man was eventually ruled out as a suspect in Mike’s murder, and he died a few years later.
Since Mike’s death, there have been very few clues and very little leads. Mike’s killer made a clean getaway by executing an untraceable path to his identity. Mike’s case has been featured on Unsolved Mysteries and the Montel Williams Show.
On January 4, 2011, it will be the 10th anniversary of Mike’s death. Any new leads provided for police is one step closer to justice for Mike, and closure for Mary Beth and her family.
If you have any information, please contact:
King County Sheriff’s Office
516 Third Avenue , Room W-150
Seattle, WA 98104-2312*
Widow still waiting for answers 7 years later
Link Source: KOMO 4 NEWS Seattle Story Published: Jul 16, 2008 at 11:12 PM PDT Story Updated: Nov 20, 2008 at 11:17 PM PDT
Last edited by Kodiak; 06-04-2010 at 01:02 PM.
Possible crimes that may be related to Mike Emert's murder:
Ester Collins, November 1987, Texas: was found upstairs in a model home, bound and gagged, and had sustained numerous stab wounds...
Lindsay Buziak, 24, February 2008, Victoria, BC,: was found stabbed to death in a home she was showing:
Blog article mentioning a "strange buyer" ... it rings close to home of Mike Emert's killer:
Authorities speculate the possibility of Buziak's murder being a professional hit:
**Note: Dateline NBC will air a one hour episode on Bukiak's murder which will air this Summer or Fall 2010.
Last edited by Kodiak; 06-03-2010 at 11:46 PM.
It does remind me of the Al Kite case. The limp, phone and letting no one see him.
Where is Nancy Moyer?
Here is the POI in the Al Kite case.
Where is Nancy Moyer?
Here are two POI that were seen hours after Emert's murder. They have never been located or identified.
Two More Sought In Killing Of Realtor
Sources: KOMO 4 News Seattle Story Published: Jan 26, 2001 at 11:19 AM PDT Story Updated: Aug 31, 2006 at 12:25 AM PDT
I also encourage any WS members to research and share any information of previous crimes committed in their local area that are similar or possibly related to the Mike Emert case.
In the Al Kite thread there has been talk of the resemblence of his killer to Clark Rockefeller.
I am bringing this over from Kite's thread: - thank you WaltzingMatilda for posting!
gaia227, Thank you for starting this thread. I watched this case featured on Cold Case Files or something similar about a year ago. I am very struck with the resemblence of the composite to "Clark Rockefeller" so I sleuthed CR and found similarities to the perp in this case.
1) Romania accent....CR speaks russian
2) Banking industry connection/Wells Fargo.....One of CR's identities was an
3) Renting a room........CR alledgedly rented from a missing CA couple. The husbands remains were found buried in the back yard and the wife has yet to be located.
4) May carry himself in a cocky fashion.....self explanatory.
5) Both have an East coast connection.
6) RC vs CR (initials)
7) RC was described differently by witnesses....CR used many alias' and disguises.
8) Possibly curly hair......CR has curly hair but I've also seen pics where his hair is slicked down.
CR apparently was obsessed with accents and also did not like having his picture taken, as if he was afraid of being recognized, according to one of the articles I read. It seems there are some parallels between these two perps. I wonder about CR's whereabouts at the time of Al Kite's murder.
Link to Al Kite thread:
I did email the journalist who has covered Al's murder presenting the slight possibility Rockefeller could be involved but I never got a reply.
Info about Clark Rockefeller:
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Something that struck me about the Lindsay Buziak case : her boyfriend called her around 6pm. When she didn't answer,he called 911 right away ? Why ? And it is reported that he then went over to the house, and went in through the back door and found her body in the house ? If she was so apprehensive,why didn't her boyfriend go with her to show the house ?
This is a really strange case. I do wonder about the woman who called her, and the guy who supposedly showed up alone to view the house. It makes no sense... was she sexually assaulted by the killer ? Why would she have been targeted ? Quite a bit of planning,involving a few people. Including the cell phone name... For what purpose ?
Authorities speculate that she was mistaken as a target--I'm wondering why.
She (Lindsey) was not the listed agent on the house. Is it possible that another realtor was the intended target?
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This is a very perplexing case. Like Mike Emert, Buziak was found upstairs in a bedroom of a nice home, but not in a bathtub like Emert. I have to disagree with what some of the Dateline forensic experts said... they think mistaken identity, I disagree. This was a well thought-out and planned murder, they made sure everything went like clockwork, and didn't leave any evidence behind.
Her killers even made it appear that they vanished into thin air after her murder. No car was seen around the house, and no one witnesses saw the two suspects walking away from the home and through the neighborhood.
The details of the case are still a little vague compared to Emerts... was Buziak held against her will as she was stabbed by the other person? Was she attacked from behind? They said she tried to use her cell phone as she was being stabbed multiple times to the chest and head. How many times was she stabbed? Did she try to defend herself?
As strange and sad as this case is, I'm surprised that Victoria and Vancouver Canadian regions (a close as they are to the Seattle area region) didn't use the new real estate security measures that went into place after Emert's murder by having all real estate agents photocopy ID of all prospective buyers, and to introduce the buyers to all office personnel before showing a home. These measures went into affect with real estate companies all along the west coast, and even in Chicago, and now the east coast as well.
Sounds like news of Emert's murder never made it to the Canadian regions up north.
But one thing's for sure... in the Al Kite, Mike Emert, and Lindsay Buziak cases, all the suspects were methodical, and use phony accents.
Dateline Timeline of Lindsay Buziak's Murder: www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39226448/ns/dateline_nbc-crime_reports/
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The Emert case has held my attention for years now. Perhaps it's because I used to have family in the King County area. The first time I heard about this case was years ago on the TV show "Unsolved Mysteries" and have looked it up several times over the years for any updates.
At one point, I too was of the opinion that this was a "professional hit" for lack of another theory, but it has never really felt right to me. It seems odd to me that a hit man would have so much interaction with his victim prior to the crime. Every time he spoke with Mr. Emert on the phone, every time he met with him in person was an opportunity for him (the assailant) to be exposed. By spending so much time with Mr. Emert before the crime, the assailant ran the risk of his victim passing along identifying information or even becoming wise to him. This seems like a HUGE amount of risky behavior for a "professional".
I've also always been bothered by the weapon of choice. First off, stabbing has always seemed very personal to me, not the business as usual approach you would expect from a hired hit. Second, there was the number of wounds. I would expect to see as few wounds as possible in the case of a hired hit. Quite frankly, 20 approximate stab seems to be more consistant with a personal motive.
I've always wished that LE were able to be more forthcoming with the details surrounding the discovery of Mr. Emert's cell phone. It seems to me that the post crime phone usage could provide some very valuable information regarding this case. I would imagine that LE has already meticulously followed up on this potential lead.
My deepest sympathies for the Emert family. I still hold out hope, even ten years later, that justice will be served.
Our investigative team first reported Monday night that the now-deceased Krueger is the prime suspect in at least three unsolved murders including:
•The 2001 stabbing death of Bellevue realtor, Mike Emert
•The 1981 shooting of former police officer and Everett gas station owner, Terry Dolan
•The 1984 stabbing of Bellevue attorney, Jim Barry
Investigative Reporter Chris Halsne now digs into how a long FBI delay negatively affected the Emert case and others.
more at link
So bizarre. I've been really interested in this case in the past, and had no idea it would turn out this way. I wonder if Krueger deliberately killed himself at the lake because he failed in his attempt kill his last target. And who is (who are) the person(s) who hired Krueger, and why???
I don't think the Al Kite case is connected to Krueger because the killer of Al Kite seems to have been too young (estimated at in his 40s) to be Krueger.
Eerie and bizarre.
The murder of Mike Emert has been solved to the extent that, through DNA, his murderer has been identified. The real story, however, has yet to unfold. The murderer, Gary Krueger, is an ex-Seattle PD officer who was suspected of at least two other murders and was incarcerated 2002-2007 for bank robbery. He died in 2010 during a failed home invasion. I can't find his birth date but he was in his 60's when he died.
The mystery now is motive which might come out as more of Gary Krueger's back story comes out. He is belived to be a career criminal going back to the 1970's when he left the SPD but he managed to avoid arrest until 2002. There is some speculation that he was some kind of "hit man".
According to the Social Security Death Index Interactive Search website I like to use, a Gary C. Krueger from Seattle died on March 27, 2010 and was born January 28, 1948, making him 62 years old when he died.
This case makes me wonder how many other violent criminals are walking the streets simply because of DNA testing backlogs at various crime labs.
I wonder if Krueger could have been the killer of Thomas Wales? Certainly a "bad cop" would have had motive to kill an Assistant US Attorney who could have been on to him.
Wonder who hired Krueger ? Probably someone local, as Krueger was local...
Who had a motive to have Mike killed ?
When Mike was killed the housing market here in the Seattle area was red hot...multiple offers and bidding wars were very common. Wonder if someone lost out on their dreamhouse,and harbored an increasing rage and resentment directed at Mike ???
Or else,as a previous poster mentioned.Mike was involved in something other than just real estate...and LE has declined to mention it...