IN - Marjorie Jackson, 66, Indianapolis, 2 May 1977 - her millions still missing

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Murdered heiress, mystery, missing millions and more

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The case remains one of the most fabled crimes in Indiana history thanks to a cast of characters who seem like they jumped out of the script of a Coen brothers movie:

The eccentric grocery chain heiress who kept a table set in anticipation of the return of Jesus Christ, who covered doorknobs and heating vents with aluminum foil and stashed millions of dollars in trash bags, toolboxes, dresser drawers and garbage cans.

A pair of bumbling burglars, one characterized as a small-town hick and the other as a streetwise city hustler.

A sheriff nicknamed “Diamond Don,” who wore a jewel-studded vest and bragged about his past gambling exploits.

Even celebrity lawyer F. Lee Bailey.

Then there were the unbelievable — if they hadn’t been true — details and plot twists....
much more at indystar.com link above
 
What a crazy tale. I really doubt there'll ever be an answer to this one though!
 
On the night of May 1, 1977, the house was broken into again and thieves made off with an estimated $1 million. They came back a couple of nights later for more.

On that night, Mrs. Jackson was shot in the stomach with a .22 rifle and bled to death on her kitchen floor.

They unsuccessfully tried to burn the home and body, ultimately only succeeding in alerting authorities to the crime and the death of the reclusive millionaire that otherwise would have likely gone unnoticed for months.

Police later found $5,013,389.93, much of it stuffed in a 32-gallon trash can tucked inside a hallway closet.

Several people were charged with crimes related to the Jackson murder. The main two perpetrators were Howard "Billy Joe" Willard, who was convicted of murder, sentenced to life and died in prison, and Manuel Lee Robinson, who was convicted of arson and burglary and paroled in 1988.

Investigators recovered $1.6 million through Robinson's arrest and found another $1.7 million Willard had buried in the Arizona desert.

Read more about the mystery of the fortune and the theory that the FBI might have found much more than what they reported here.
 

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