Real Name: Daniel Montecalvo
Date: March 31, 1988
Location: Burbank, California
CaseEditDetails: Ex-convict Dan Montecalvo met his wife Carol through a group at her church that wrote letters to prisoners, and in 1980, they were married. After Dan was released, everything seemed fine in their lives until March 31, 1988, when Carol was shot to death in their home and Dan was shot and wounded.
Dan said they planned to finish packing for a vacation when two burglars entered the home and attacked them. However, police believed that Dan murdered Carol then staged the scene to collect on her life insurance. He was later arrested and charged with her murder.
In 1990, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to twenty-seven years to life in prison. However, in January 1991, his neighbor Suzan Brown confessed that she and a friend broke into the Montecalvo home, believing that they had already left for their vacation. They planned to steal money when they entered the home. Suzan's friend shot and killed Carol, and she shot and wounded Dan. The prosecution and many police officers believe that Suzan is lying, but she maintains that she and her friend were responsible. This revelation, along with other evidence, suggests that Dan may actually be innocent.
Suspects: Suzan Brown confessed that she shot Dan and that her friend shot Carol.
Extra Notes: The case first aired on the October 16, 1992 episode of Final Appeal: From the Files of Unsolved Mysteries.
Results: Unresolved. Sadly, Dan died of sepsis in September 2013, never acquiring the re-trial or truth that he deserved.