“What is the significance of this house?” asked a reporter on the night of the murder.
“Why would they have the house?
How would they get to it?”
“How does this house have the ability to kill a man and then escape?” the reporter wondered.
“Could they get the house to do it?”
The next day, the FBI was investigating a possible murder in a house on a residential street in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood.
It was a case that would later be linked to MJ, as investigators sought clues to the murder and a possible motive for the crime.
But the FBI, like many other police departments in the city, had trouble finding the house in the neighborhood, and so began a massive search.
By the end of the summer of 1967, the lead investigator, Sgt. Joe Wiebe, and his partner, Sgt., Thomas Meeks, were searching a large, grassy lot in the middle of Chicago’s South Side neighborhood.
Wieb had a large black sedan, and he was armed with a 9 mm pistol.
Meeks wore a ski mask.
They were looking for a white house in a residential neighborhood, on the side of a cul-de-sac where a home had once stood.
The house was owned by a wealthy couple who had recently moved to Chicago.
The investigators were certain that it was a house, so they set out to find it.
Wiesbe, with his partner Meeks in the backseat, set out in search of the home, but they were soon joined by an equally skilled, and much younger, detective named Sgt. Donald Smith, who also had a 9mm pistol.
At first, the two were able to get a better look at the house, and soon they realized that the property was owned jointly by the two people.
As they got closer, they were able see that the structure had several different rooms and that they were living in a bedroom.
Wiles and Meeks had never been in a home before, but their curiosity was aroused by the presence of a white man in the house.
The police went to the couple’s house, but it was empty.
As the detective and Wiesbec approached, the man in question began to walk toward them.
The detectives were not prepared for the man to be a white woman.
When the man walked away, the detectives turned to the detective.
“What’s wrong?” the detective asked.
“You’re not in a room with him?”
“I’m sorry, I can’t be the one to tell you,” the man replied.
The detective looked at his partner.
“Do you have a problem?” he asked.
She replied, “No, it’s fine.”
When the police asked what the man was doing in the bedroom, he replied, “‘Cause I don’t know.
I just know he’s here.”
When Wiles asked the man about the white woman, he said, “She’s a black woman.
You know what I mean?”
The detectives continued their search.
The next morning, the house was discovered and the man who was found had been shot in the chest.
He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The man’s name was Robert Wilson.
His body was found by the side in the grass.
The woman’s name, Janet Lee, was never identified.
The case would become a mystery, for decades.
There are no known eyewitnesses to the case, and the case was never solved.
However, in 1974, a man named Thomas B. Miesler was charged with the murder, and after several false confessions, he was convicted and sentenced to death.
He had confessed that he had killed Meeks and Wiles.
Mriesler’s execution was scheduled for August 7, 1975, and a prisoner on death row was also scheduled to die that day.
Moesler was found guilty of the murders of his first and third victims and of his third, fourth, and fifth victims.
However he was executed at 10:22 a.m. on August 7.
His attorney, Charles T. Dennison, argued that the confession that Mieslers lawyers made after the crime was coerced and that the two victims were lying to the authorities.
The judge threw out the false confessions.
Mikesler was executed on September 18, 1975.
The murder of the white women is the story that continues to fascinate and inspire a generation of Chicagoans, and is currently a subject of a popular television series on the PBS station, which was launched in April 2017.