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Reggie White

Real Name: Matthews-Murkland Presbyterian Church
Case: Arson
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Date: January 8, 1996

CaseEdit

Details: Originally known as the Matthews-Murkland Presbyterian Church, the location was reopened Green Bay Packer Reggie White in Knoxville, Tennessee in the early 90s. On January 8, 1995, an unidentified person set it on fire with kerosene, gunpowder, and several Molotov cocktails, and it was destroyed as a result. Police found racial epithets on the walls, and they were certain that it was a hate crime. They soon learned that at least twenty four black churches in the South had been set on fire, presumably by the same individual. However, Reggie hopes that he will be able to rebuild it and bring the perpetrator to justice.
Suspects: Police believe that the arsonist is responsible for over twenty church fires in the area, and that racism may have been involved.
Extra Notes: This case was featured as a part of the March 29, 1996 episode.
Results: Unsolved. Sadly, Reggie White died in 2004 without ever finding out who set fire to his church, nor was he able to rebuild it. Original suspicions was that the case was similar to other area arsons of churches, but investigators ruled that out. The arsonist has never been identified, and the case is still open.
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