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Ed Baker

Real Name: Edward Gerald Baker
Nicknames: No Known Nicknames
Location: Houston, Texas
Date: November 8, 1985


Details: Ed Baker was a wealthy Texas millionaire who had made his fortune in oil. He founded Vanguard Groups International, one of the fastest growing businesses in the United States, alongside his second wife, Mary Walker, and people tended to trust him. After the business prospered, he developed a sort of mid-life crisis, divorcing Mary after ten years of marriage, spending his time gambling, two face-lifts, and buying an expensive new Jaguar. He remarried again, only to divorce her eleven months to a Karen Wallbridge, and two months later remarry again, this time to Sandra Hoff, one of his employees. Soon, the business started crumbling and Baker started spending investor's money to support his extravagant tastes. His attorney, Ward Busey, warned him he could face jail time. In October 1985, Ed asked his investigator, Bob Gale, to run a background check on a source from which he had borrowed money. The money source seemed to have Mafia connections. Ed seemed to reverse his spiral, but on November 6, he showed up at Mary's home, alluding to the fact that someone was after him. Ed sent Sandra to Austin as a precaution and holed himself up in his home, speaking to her by phone an hour after midnight. Two days later, Ed's jaguar was found burning twenty miles outside Houston with a charred body inside. It was so disfigured, no one could tell it who it was. Forensic analysis confirmed it was Ed Baker. The police ruled it a suicide after a letter by Ed arrived at Ward Busey's office. However, Sandra calls it a Mafia hit. While Busey supported the police version of events, Bob Gale had reasons to believe the man in the car was not Ed, but someone else and that Ed had faked his death to disappear. So far, no one has answers as to what happened that night.
Suspects: No known suspects
Extra Notes: This segment ran for the first time on October 7, 1992.
Results: Unsolved - Since the segment aired, nearly all the witnesses in this case have died or passed on. Ed Baker's first wife of 20 years was killed in a car wreck Thanksgiving weekend 1973. Mary Walker was his second wife. Ward Busey passed away in 2000 at the age of 51.

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