Real Name: Lucille Katherine Page
Location: Vidor, Texas
Date: May 14, 1991
Details: Early in the morning on May 14, 1991, thirty-four year-old Kathy Page was found dead in her car stuck in a ditch in an apparent car accident near Vidor, Texas. As investigators looked more closely, however, they found evidence to suggest that her death was no accident. Kathy had no obvious wounds or injuries on her body. The car was barely damaged. Soft drinks in the front seat hadn't even been spilled. Kathy's feet were pushed back to the seat rather than stretched towards the pedal. Finally, even though Kathy wasn't wearing a seat belt, she remained in a reclined position in her seat. It was obvious to police that Kathy's death was not a result of a car accident.
The crash scene was just 100 yards from Kathy's home; when authorities went to her home, Steve Page, Kathy's husband, answered the door. The investigator told Steve that Kathy was deceased, and he was apparently upset. The investigator noted that Steve's behavior was odd; at first, he was obviously crying, but then he would stop crying and act as if nothing was wrong. Since that morning, Steve Page has been the prime suspect in the death of his wife Kathy. However, he claims that he is innocent.
Kathy and Steve Page had been married for thirteen years and had two daughters at the time of Kathy's death. Steve claimed that around the time of Kathy's death, she felt that she no longer wanted to be married to him; they were planning to separate, but wanted to work things out. Kathy's sister, Sherry, however, disagrees with Steve's claims. She says that the marriage was beyond repair and that Kathy was starting to move on with her life. She claims that Kathy was planning to divorce Steve soon. Steve moved out of the house shortly before Kathy's death, but Steve claimed that the two remained friendly.
The next day, Kathy asked Steve to babysit their daughters while she went out with a friend. Kathy allegedly told Steve that she was going to meet her friend Charlotte in Beaumont that night; she left around 11:15PM. By 4:15AM, Kathy was dead; when she was found, she was wearing no makeup or jewelry. The autopsy determined that she had been strangled. Her nose had been broken and her eye was blackened. There were bloodstains on her underwear and skin, but not on her outer clothing. Authorities believe that Kathy was killed in another location; she was then cleaned up, dressed, and placed in her vehicle.
The autopsy also showed that Kathy had engaged in sexual intercourse shortly before her death. Authorities learned that Kathy had, in fact, not gone to meet her friend Charlotte that night. Instead, she had spent the night with a boyfriend in a motel in Beaumont, which was about ten minutes from Vidor. The boyfriend acknowledged that the two had sex that night; the man later passed a polygraph examination.
The autopsy report also noted that whoever Kathy had sex with that night had had a vasectomy. Kathy's boyfriend had not had a vasectomy, meaning that Kathy had sex with another person that night. Authorities discovered that Steve had had a vasectomy a few months earlier. When questioned, Steve admitted that he and Kathy did have sex that night, but that it occurred before she went out that night. Kathy's sister Sherry does not believe that this occurred the way Steve said it did; she does not believe Kathy would have had sex with Steve right before going out to have sex with another man.
Sherry learned from Steve's sister-in-law that he had called two different phone numbers the night of Kathy's death. One number was her friend Charlotte's and the other was the motel. Sherry and her father, James Fulton, believe that Steve became furious after finding the phone numbers and discovering that Kathy lied about what she was doing that night. They believe that when Kathy came home, Steve demanded to have sex with her. When she refused, he attacked her, raped her, and strangled her. After realizing he had killed Kathy, Steve, feeling remorse, cleaned her up, re-dressed her, and placed her body in the car.
Steve claims that he was not responsible for Kathy's death; he believes that everyone is assuming that he is responsible because he is the estranged husband. Steve claims that he has received threats on the phone, stating that the same thing that happened to his wife would also happen to him. Steve claims that a member of a prominent Italian family in Beaumont, called the "Beaumont Mafia", was responsible for Kathy's death, and that the police are framing him.
Meanwhile, Kathy's family believes that the police and the district attorney have been covering for Steve Page and that they have essentially let him get away with murder. They noted that when crime scene photographs were taken of Kathy, there was no film in the camera. Also, it reportedly took police three years to convince the district attorney to issue a search warrant for the Page home. Finally, it is common knowledge around Vidor that Steve's parents are close friends with the chief of police. Kathy's family is convinced that authorities were involved in a cover-up in this case. The authorities, however, claim that this is not the case. Steve Page claims that authorities focused on him from the beginning and have refused to investigate any other leads.
Since Kathy's death, her family has sued Steve Page for wrongful death. Both cases so far have ended in mistrials, and to this day, Kathy's murder remains unsolved.
Suspects: Steve Page is the prime suspect in Kathy's murder. The clear evidence of staging in the car and the fact that the car was found close to their home points to Steve being responsible. Steve, however, claims that a member of the "Beaumont Mafia" is actually responsible for Kathy's death. He claims that he has received threats from members of this group.
Extra Notes: This segment originally aired on the April 3, 1998 episode of Unsolved Mysteries.
Results: Unresolved. In 1999, Steve Page was found financially liable for Kathy's death in a civil court. He was ordered to pay $200,000 to Kathy's family. He was also convicted of repeatedly desecrating her grave. Steve Page is still living in Texas; he has yet to be charged criminally for Kathy's murder. Tragically, Pam's daughter, Monica, died in 2011 at the age of 28.
- Kathy Page on Unsolved.com
- Page v. Fulton
- Vidor father seeks justice 20 years after daughter's murder
- Latest billboard in Kathy Page slaying may cause a double take
- Kathy Page Blog at the Texas Billboard
- Kathy Page at Find a Grave