Real Name: Doreen Picard
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Date: February 19, 1982
Details: Both Doreen Picard, 22, and Susan LaFerte, 27, lived in an apartment complex in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Doreen lived alone while Susan lived with her husband Ernie and three-year-old daughter Nicole. On the afternoon of February 19, 1982, Susan had lunch with her sister Carol in Susan's apartment. At 1:30pm, two of her friends arrived there. Carol recognized one of them but not the other. Susan told her that they were planning to look at puppies that Susan was selling. She talked to them for a few minutes until they left. Carol left about ten minutes after that. Sometime after that, Susan went downstairs to the basement to do the laundry; Doreen was also there doing laundry at the time. At some point, an unidentified man came into there and brutally beat both of them. At 3:20pm, Doug Heath, who also lived in the apartment complex, discovered Susan's daughter Nicole unattended in the hallway, locked out of her apartment. When he asked where her mother was, she told him she was in the basement. He then discovered Susan and Doreen's bodies and called the police. Doreen died from the attack and Susan suffered serious head injuries that left her in a coma for several days. When she awoke, she had absolutely no memories of the attack on her and Doreen. Nicole was the only witness that could describe the assailant. She told her grandmother that she let him in, believing that he was her mother's friend. She said he then went downstairs and then returned several minutes later, locking her out. However, the authorities were unable to use her testimony as evidence because of her young age. Authorities believed that the killer may have chosen the victims after reading one of their articles from the paper (either puppies for sale by Susan or an apartment for rent by Doreen). Following the murder, Doreen's parents received several anonymous phone calls telling them to stop investigating their daughter's case. However, they and the police will not stop until it's solved.
Suspects: Nicole said the killer had a moustache, wore a hat with a visor, and was somewhat taller than her father.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the May 18, 1988 episode.
Results: Solved. In 1992, Raymond "Beaver" Tempest was picked up in connection to Doreen's murder and Susan's attack after it was discovered that he and Susan were allegedly having an affair. He had actually been a possible suspect from the beginning but authorities did not have any evidence to substantiate the rumors at the time. When witnesses came forward saying that he had bragged about the murder and that he would able to have it covered up, he was reinvestigated and later arrested. Authorities believe that he and Susan got into an argument that turned violent when he began viciously beating her. They believe he killed Doreen because she walked in on the attack. They also believe that his brother Gordon, a police officer at the time, helped cover up his brother by wiping off fingerprints and tampering with other evidence. In April 1992, he was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to eighty-five years in prison. Gordon was convicted of perjury in connection with the case. In 2014, Tempest approached the New England Innocence Project for help in seeking out DNA testing in an effort to clear his name. The evidence reflected that his arrest and conviction were the result of the coercion of witnesses by corrupt police officials and the over zealousness of prosecutors. It now seems clear that the Woonsocket police and A.G. James Ryan and Randy White knew who really killed Doreen Picard but had covered up the obvious facts seen hereinafter to protect the guilty and convict the innocent. The family of the murderer had strong political ties and plenty of money. Subsequent DNA testing eventually proved Tempest was not at the scene.