TX - Elizabeth Barraza, 29, murdered setting up garage sale, Harris County, Jan 2019 #2

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  1. iamnotagolem

    iamnotagolem Well-Known Member

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    Im not saying it’s anyone connected to Elizabeth who the vehicle was borrowed from.

    Let’s say Joe killed Elizabeth because Bob hired him to do it. Joe knows Pete is on vacation. Joe uses Pete’s truck during the commission of the crime.

    All of Pete’s friends know Pete was on vacation so there is no reason to think that it was his truck. Even if neighbors inform police about Pete’s truck, Pete has an alibi.

    I think there are endless scenarios for how the truck hasn’t been tied to the case even if the killer has a direct connection to Liz or Sergio.
     
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  2. BaffleMe

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    And I think a hired person would have used less shots, and she would be dead.
     
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    Eloise Well-Known Member

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    Hired doesn't mean a professional hitman.
     
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    oceanstarryeyes Well-Known Member

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    What time did the husband leave for work that morning?

    Where did he work?

    Did anyone see what time he arrived at work that morning?
     
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    Sarahlou Well-Known Member

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    He left for work just minutes before she was killed. So it was all very precisely timed by the killer
     
  6. stmarysmead

    stmarysmead Well-Known Member

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    On the local chapter”’s FB page, EB is mentioned as their “event coordinator.” Now they appeared at children’s funerals, hospital rooms, etc....extremely emotional events. Is it possible that EB turned down a request around those days that deeply hurt and infuriated a loved one of someone who was very sick or who passed?
     
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    SAMS TC Writer

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    Great theory. So this scorn son/daughter/other walks up shows a pic of the loved one: revenge. I can see this. MOO
     
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    I’ll go look for the link, but based on my memory, he left 4 minutes prior to the shooting.

    eta: link to 4 minutes

    Edit 2: I can’t find the articles where I read the other times so I deleted that part of my comment. If I come across it I’ll post and add the link.
     
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  9. oceanstarryeyes

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    So it was someone that knew what time he would be leaving that morning and that she wouldn’t be at work but setting up for the yard sale. Someone they both knew or that one of them knew. It wasn’t a stranger.
     
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    I swear I’m not an idiot I thought I posted the link. Now I can’t find the one I used earlier.
    Here is another The Public & Unsolved Murder of Elizabeth Barraza
     
  11. iamnotagolem

    iamnotagolem Well-Known Member

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    And the number of people who knew was very limited. She’d only asked for the day off work the day before. She hadn’t posted any signs, no posts on social media, very few people knew she was doing the garage sale.
     
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    And the people the husband told about her day off and the yard sale.
     
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    This is similar in ways to the Bevers murder but with one important difference IMO. Missy Bevers might have just been collateral damage, in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    This murder was very carefully planned. The killer drives by the night before. He/she did not want two victims only one, so a return was made very early in the morning, and the killer watched until SB left.
    After shooting EB three times, he took the time to do a kill shot to the head. After running to the car, just in the small chance she survived, he took time to drive by on last time and look.

    Having EB dead is seemingly more important than his own quick escape. That’s an incredible amount of hate. Or a job that must be completed before he will get paid. But IMO I don’t imagine EB and SB m0ved in circles where someone hiring a killer could provide a paycheck worth that last drive by and their freedom.

    Anyone this organized would know the car would end up 0n someone’s camera. So the car cannot be directly traced to him. But he has access at least twice to that car and I’m certain rentals were checked long ago. A killer this methodical must believe that this car cannot be connected to him.

    Perhaps the car owner had no personal connection to EB at all...but shared the same motive as the killer. Maybe EB had to refuse them a visit from the Star Trek group to a funeral or sick bed of a mutual loved one. I hope LE looked into the requests in the months previous to the murder to see if all were approved,

    As far as the clothes, if this is a man, his very short stature would be a real identifier. Dressing as a woman would be a great way to eliminate that risk. Again, very planned, very thought out.

    I strongly believe this was intensely personal. Someone felt very wronged by EB...or felt EB alive prevented them from having something they desperately wanted.
     
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    Hello all,

    Been following this case for awhile and joined because of it. It shakes me as it is so bizarre and seemingly random.

    Is there confirmation anywhere that they husband had a job to attend that day? I thought I read that he was unemployed and job searching at the time. I am sure this has been looked into, but it would be easier for everyone to be on the same page of exactly where he was headed if it was to a gig job, full time place he went everyday. etc.
     
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    And someone had been told what time he the husband was leaving that morning and that she the wife would be outside setting up for a garage sale. It was well planned.
     
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    I’ve been thinking about several recent cases where the perp was caught on video either before or during the crime. I can’t help but wonder if the video footage in any of them has had the unfortunate effect of hindering the identification of a perpetrator rather than assisting in their capture. Perhaps the popularity of surveillance cameras over the past few decades has led to criminals using surveillance to their advantage.

    While I’m sure LE would love to have video evidence in every case, it may not always serve the intended purpose. If the perp were to successfully disguise themselves on video to the point that LE/viewers form an inaccurate opinion about their appearance, or gender even, no video may be preferable to misleading video.
     
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    Honestly, I haven't seen a map of the subdivision or a direction of travel, but has anyone considered that maybe that 3rd and final pass by the house, AFTER the shooting, wasn't to check to see if she was dead, but was because they were lost?

    I know my subdivision is easy to get turned around in, and there aren't a whole lot of ways in and out. If you aren't familiar or my cars are in the garage, my house looks just like a lot of the other houses near me, and you could drive by it a few times trying to find the one street nearby that leads out.
     
  18. BaffleMe

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    And I think a hired person would have used less shots, and she would be dead.
    I am on my laptop, volume up high and hear nothing. Video is not on mute. Do I need my headphones to hear what you heard? TY
     
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    In the end, truly professional hitman are extremely rare. As a result, a hired person, whether hired through romantic entanglement of cash, could well have led to nearly the same type of encounter.
     
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    The “discussion” between the killer and EB leads me to believe that the killer was not hired, but that this murder was something he wanted to personally experience. The degree of preparation IMO indicates that the killer knew this was EB and did not have to ask that question. But he took time to say a few things. I think he wanted her to know who HE was and why she was about to die.

    I do believe she was shown something. The killer needed her to understand his motive. He did not want to just pull out the gun and kill her before she understood her “crime.”

    The fourth shot tells me that hurting her would not suffice. The fourth shot was done to ensure she died. The killers goal required death. I think one reason that this remains unsolved, is that there seems to be no reason that anyone could hate EB to this awful extent.

    I’m wondering if the owner of the car isn’t an accomplice in another state...far enough, as suggested above, that owning that car doesn’t make anyone associate them with this crime. He and the killer switch cars for a day or two. Or he may just not associate his truck with a crime in another state. Maybe it is someone who was asked to loan a friend a truck, and he’d leave his car.

    IMO The killer lives fairly close. But the truck owner may be from much further away. But that truck was parked somewhere in the area over night. In someone’s driveway, at their workplace. Of course, if it’s a rural home...that would confound the situation unfortunately.
     
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