The shooting of a real estate agent may have been a contract killing.
On January 11, 1984, at 11:10 A.M., two men entered the real estate office of Jack Brown in the Detroit, Michigan, suburb of Ypsilanti. The men were familiar with the layout of the building. As one stood guard, the other headed towards Jack’s office, entered and shot Jack once in the neck. The intruders then locked the three other employees in the bathroom and walked away. Jack Brown never regained consciousness and died twelve hours later.
The murder of Jack Brown appeared to be a cold-blooded contract killing, planned and executed by professionals. But police had no motive. Who would order a hit on a small town realtor, and why?
Jack’s real estate brokering business put him in contact with many members of the community. No one could imagine why he would be targeted by a killer, including Jack Brown’s co-worker, Dutch Jordan:
Dutch was outside of Jack’s office that fateful morning:
Ypsilanti Police Department Detective Sergeant Ed Hall investigated the case:
The night before Jack was killed, his brother, Norm Brown, saw him on the phone. The conversation seemed to leave Jack extremely agitated:
Jack’s widow, Ann Brown, has no explanation her husband’s death:
During the drive home, Jack told his wife that he thought it would be a good idea to make of list of some very powerful people who he knew were involved in illegal activity and put it in a safe deposit box. At the time, Ann thought nothing of it:
The same day that Jack was murdered, the police conducted a major drug bust in the area. The raid had been triggered by an unknown informant. Det. Sgt. Hall wondered if there might be a connection to Jack:
The gunman was approximately six feet tall and wore a beige jacket and light colored pants. He was armed with a .38 caliber revolver. His accomplice was about 5’10” and was wearing coveralls and a blue knit stocking cap. He was armed with an automatic handgun.