Real Name: Gloria Ross and Candace Belt
Nicknames: Candy (Candace Belt)
Location: Oak Grove, Kentucky
Date: September 20, 1994
Details: Candy Belt, twenty-two, and Gloria Ross, eighteen, were two massage therapists who doubled as prostitutes at the New Life Massage Place run by Tammy Papler in Oak Grove, Kentucky. Candy was a single mother working to support two children. Gloria had been married for less than a year and had a six-week-old daughter. At 4AM on the morning of September 20, 1994, two of their co-workers found them shot and stabbed to death in a back room; their killer has yet to be identified. When the county sheriff arrived at the scene, he discovered that it had been compromised. Tammy and the other employees claim that the police were threatening them if they did not let the officers do what they wanted. They believe one of the officers, Ed Carter, is responsible for the murders.
Tammy opened the massage parlor in 1992. Their clientele was mostly soldiers from nearby Fort Campbell. According to Tammy, the police did not shut her down because they received money from the parlor. The officers had her pay for various items, including: new uniforms, new police lights, Christmas parties, and even employee bonuses. According to Tammy, Ed Carter took advantage of the massage parlor's services more than any other officer. They complied, fearing that they would be put in jail otherwise.
Three years after the murders, on July 15, 1997, Tammy went to the city council about her suspicions. She feared that the case would remain unsolved because the victims were prostitutes. City council member Patty Belew, who used to work with her, listened to her claims. She confirmed that some of Tammy's claims were true. Despite this, the murders have never been solved.
Suspects: Ed Carter is considered a suspect in the double murder. Carter allegedly took advantage of Tammy and the massage parlor's services. He later insisted that she contract with him for janitorial services. He then became a fixture at the massage parlor. When Tammy went on vacation, he apparently took control of the place and took money from them. When she returned, she became furious and told him to leave and not come back. She later told her employees that they should not let him under any circumstances. A few weeks later, the murders occurred.
The lead investigator on the case was Leslie Duncan, Carter's former roommate. According to the Sheriff's Department, Carter admitted to stopping by the massage parlor that night. However, he claimed that he went home to his wife at 3AM, before the murders occurred. His wife now disputes his story, claiming that he did not come home until a few minutes after 4AM. She knew this because she made a habit of checking the clock when he came home.
The victims had been shot with a small caliber gun. Carter claimed that he owned no such weapon. Again, his wife disputes this, claiming that he owned a small caliber gun which he hid under their mattress. According to her, the gun has since disappeared. Also, six days after the murders, she filed a domestic violence complaint against him. The couple has since divorced.
Carter voluntarily took a polygraph examination a few weeks after the murders. After the examination, he resigned from the police department and retained an attorney. Soon after, he moved to another part of Kentucky. A year later, Leslie Duncan also voluntarily resigned.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the November 13, 1997 episode.
Ed Carter declined to be interviewed for the story.
Results: Unresolved. In 2006, the Kentucky State Police took over the case and began a new investigation. In July of 2012, Leslie Duncan was arrested for tampering with evidence in involvement with this case. He pleaded guilty and was given a three-year sentence, which accounted for time already served. In November of 2013, Ed Carter and Frank Black were also arrested and charged with the murders of Gloria and Candy. Duncan was charged with two counts of complicity to murder.
All three men were tried beginning on September 6, 2016. Charges against Leslie Duncan were dismissed mid-trial by directed verdict. The trial concluded on September 14, 2016 with a verdict of not guilty for Ed Carter and Frank Black. Jurors noted that the prosecution was never able to link Carter to Black. Also, no physical evidence directly linked them to the crime scene. Officially, the murders remain unsolved.
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