Real Name: Permon Gilbert
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Hamersville, Ohio
Date: May 23, 1982
Details: In 1982, repairman Permon Gilbert left for service calls one morning near his home in Hamersville, Ohio. He was discovered beaten and shot to death the next day, left naked by the side of the road. He had last been seen alive at a market near Maysville, Kentucky. Police, at first, had absolutely no idea why he was murdered, because he had no known enemies. Within time, however, locals began to speculate he had been killed by a jealous husband or by drug distributors trying to gain access to his private plane. His brother, Vernon, believes he was killed as a warning not to testify in a court case against reputed organized crime figures. His wallet and distinctive belt buckle have not been found. To this date, no one knows who killed him, and a $20,000 reward is being offered in the case.
Suspects: Police suspect either of the three possible scenarios: that Permon was murdered by drug distributors after he refused to use his plane to fly drugs to different dealers. The second scenario is that he was killed for knowing too much about Vernon's organized crime case. The third scenario is that he may have been having an affair with a woman he worked for and was killed by her jealous husband.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the February 22, 1989 episode.
Results: Unsolved. Sadly, his wife Joanne Schneider Gilbert died without learning any new information about her husband's death.
- Permon Gilbert at Unsolved.com
- Permon Gilbert at Find a Grave
- 2012 Article on the Case (The Ledger Independent)
- 2015 Article on the Case (The Ledger Independent)