...Finding the door to Perryman's apartment unlocked, a neighbor discovered the body on Saturday June 6th; he had been shot in the head and upper chest with a .38 calibre handgun.

Perryman had not been seen alive in four days, and the time of his death was never established with any exactness. There were no similar questions about the brutality of the crime; detectives found epithets on the walls of the apartment...written in the victim's blood. It was in an interview 12 years later that investigators termed the slaying a "Manson type murder."

Investigators finally narrowed the suspects to two men. One of these suspects has never been found. The second and more likely suspect was a long-time friend of Perryman who initially cooperated with the Tuscaloosa detectives. Later this former UNA student left the state and eventually denied even being friends with Perryman.

All of these years later, Perryman’s loved ones are still searching for answers. They feel as though more progress has been made in the past four months than in nearly 40 years, but will it be enough to finally catch the killer?

WIAT 42 investigates this Tuscaloosa murder mystery. See the exclusive report Thursday night on WIAT 42 News at 10.