Real Name: Lee Selwyn
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Los Angeles, California
Date: October 8, 1988
Details: Twenty-six-year-old Lee Selwyn was a popular DJ and motorcyclist in Los Angeles. At 2 am on October 8, 1988, Lee and several of his friends left a Hollywood nightclub on their motorcycles. While driving, two of Lee's friends, Robert and Michael, are nearly hit by a man driving a red and white car. The man swerves in front of them and starts laughing. When they pull up to a red light, Robert and the driver get into an argument; the driver then rolls down his window and spits in Robert's face. Robert retaliates by smashing the man's side view mirror and breaking his driver's side window.
The driver then drives out into the intersection and turns around, facing the four motorcyclists. Robert and Michael realize that the driver is trying to run them over, so they quickly drive past the driver. The driver then gives chase; Lee and their other friend follow behind. When Robert and Michael make a right turn at the next intersection, the driver stops and turns around. Lee then makes a left turn at this intersection and the driver began chasing after him. The chase reaches speeds of up to ninety miles per hour and last for almost five miles. According to witnesses, the driver attempts to hit Lee's motorcycle several times. Eventually, the driver is able to strike Lee's motorcycle, and Lee crashes into a telephone pole. The crash sends Lee flying almost 180 feet away from the crash scene. The driver immediately fled the scene.
Lee was sent to Cedar Sinai Hospital, but later died from his injuries. At Lee's funeral, hundreds of his friends and family members paid tribute to him. A music video by the rock group Little Caesar was created with footage from Lee's funeral and was dedicated to his memory. A rock concert was created in Lee's honor; the funds from the concert were used for a reward for Lee's case. However, despite the publicity, Lee's killer has never been located.
Suspects: The killer was driving a late model two toned vehicle with a chrome luggage rack and tinted windows. Most eyewitnesses believed that it was a Bronco Two or Chevy Blazer, and that its colors were red on white. Damage to the vehicle included a smashed outside rear view mirror, a broken window, and a dented door, all on the driver's side. The vehicle most likely was taken to an auto body shop shortly after October 8, 1988.
The vehicle's driver was described as a caucasian male, between twenty-eight and thirty-two years of age, with green eyes and reddish brown hair and beard.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the January 11, 1989 episode.
Results: Solved. In July 1993, Lee's killer was identified as Franklin Legrand Perkins by an anonymous caller who had remembered a story her ex boyfriend had told her of Perkins boasting about how he killed a biker in Los Angeles. Lee's friends picked him out of a photo line-up and he was arrested in Georgia on July 30, just a few days before he was scheduled to be paroled. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Franklin Legrand Perkins is still ín prison in California at the age of 63.
- Friends Honor Disc Jockey, Offer Reward for His Killer
- Inmate Suspected in '88 Slaying of Disc Jockey
- 1994 Article on Lee's case
- Lee Selwyn at Find a Grave