Real Name: Kay Hall
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Date: September 30, 1987
Location: Merry Point, Virginia
Details: On the night of September 30, 1987, a pickup truck was discovered on the side of a Virginia back road. The truck's engine was running, the keys were in the ignition, and the transmission was in park. When the passersby got out of their vehicles, they discovered a woman under one of the truck's tires. The woman was the truck's owner, forty-five-year-old Kay Hall; she had been crushed to death. Authorities believe that Kay's killer backed up over her body with the rear left tire. When the killer tried to stop the truck, it skidded, causing the front left tire to push Kay's body into the awkward position that it was found in.
After their preliminary investigation, authorities suspected that Kay's husband Bob had murdered her. They believe he had a motive for wanting her dead; he stood to collect part of $50,000 that she had inherited the same day she died. Also, Bob had no alibi for the time that Kay was killed. However, Bob insists that he is innocent and that the investigation has only focused on him. He agreed to be interviewed for Unsolved Mysteries in the hopes that his innocence could be established.
Kay and Bob Hall lived and worked on a river near the Chesapeake Bay; they both owned an oyster farming business and had been married since July 1985. The couple had met several years earlier, and had become closer when Bob was arrested for drug charges. She wrote to him while he was in jail and the two began dating after he was released in 1982. Six months after the Halls started their oyster business, it began to run into some financial difficulties. This contributed to tensions within the marriage. Both began to drink heavily as a result. Kay had told her mother that she and Bob were not happy together. According to friends, they often had fights over minor problems. One time, she told her friend that she was being physically abused by Bob.
The couple planned to go to marriage counseling. However, the couple's luck seemed to turn for the better when Kay received her $50,000 inheritance on the same day she was killed. That day, she transferred half of the money into a bank account. That evening, the couple went to a party at the local country club; by all accounts, Kay was the life of the party. As the evening progressed, however, both Kay and Bob began to drink heavily. Kay became upset when Bob gave the bartender a large tip; she decided to leave. Kay drove herself home in the pickup truck that would later kill her. Just a few minutes later, Bob was driven to their home fourteen miles away by some friends.
At approximately 9:55 pm, Kay was discovered by the passersby; one of the members checked for her pulse but could not find one. She was warm, however, so they believed that whatever happened to Kay had happened recently. Paramedics arrived within minutes, but it was too late. A little over two hours after leaving the party, Kay was pronounced dead. Authorities discovered that there was evidence of a scuffle inside Kay's truck, suggesting that her killer fought with her to gain control of the vehicle.
There appeared to be no evidence that this was a random act of violence. Kay's purse was found in the vehicle, with nothing stolen from it. Also, there was no evidence of sexual assault. An autopsy determined that Kay was highly intoxicated at the time of her death. This evidence, along with the financial and marital problems, led to Bob becoming the prime suspect in his wife's death. Bob has no alibi for the approximate one hour period between the time he was dropped off at his home at 8:45 pm and the time that he placed a phone call from his house at 9:47 pm. During this time, Kay was killed; if Bob killed her, he only had a narrow window of time.
Shortly after 8 pm, Kay left the country club and at 8:45 pm, Bob was dropped of at home almost fifteen miles from the club. At 9:55 pm, Kay was discovered two miles from the country club in the opposite direction of their home. Bob had just about an hour to drive more than fourteen miles to the site where Kay was found, locate her in the darkness, kill her, and then drive back to make that phone call. An investigator tried to drive the route that Bob would have driven that night; it took him just seventeen minutes at a normal pace and twenty-four minutes at a leisurely pace. If Bob left home at 8:45 pm, he would have arrived at the murder scene at 9:05 pm. In order to make his 9:47 pm phone call, he would have had to leave the murder scene no later than 9:30 pm. This would have given him no more than twenty-five minutes to track down and murder his wife.
This tight timeline has prevented authorities from arresting Bob Hall in the murder of his wife Kay.
Suspects: Bob Hall has been under constant suspicion; however, he has yet to be charged in the case.
Extra Notes: This segment first ran on Unsolved Mysteries in the October 11, 1989 episode.
Results: Solved. New information from viewers led authorities to arrest and indict Robert Hall for murder. One of the most damning pieces of evidence involved Bob's friend, William Carter. Carter had shot his wife at their home and immediately drove to another house that they owned and made a phone call to establish an alibi. His wife survived, however, and he was convicted of attempted murder. Authorities believe that Bob got the idea to kill Kay and return home and make the phone call from Carter's actions; the attempted murder took place just two months prior to Kay's death. Bob had also made incriminating statements to investigators, virtually confessing to killing Kay accidentally. Just a week before her death, Kay had also told a friend that Bob had mentioned planning "the perfect murder".
In July 1990, Robert was convicted of Kay's murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison. In early 1992, he appealed his conviction and was given a second trial. A judge shortened his sentence to time served in exchange for Hall's guilty plea to second-degree murder; he was given 15 years probation and was released from prison.