Does an anonymous 911 caller hold the key to solving a murder?
On October 28, 1991, an emergency operator in Wheeling, Illinois, received a troubling call. The caller gave the operator the address of a young woman who wasn’t breathing. However, he refused to give his name and said he was calling from a pay phone. Authorities arrived to the scene moments later and discovered that the anonymous caller was right. 27-year-old Jamie Santos wasn’t breathing. She had been smothered with a pillow and could not be revived. Police now believe that the unidentified caller holds the key to solving a murder.
Jamie lived just down the road from her family. According to her mother, Dottie, calls and visits were frequent:
Jamie used her natural good looks to earn a steady income. She pulled in more than a thousand dollars a week dancing for exclusive parties in and around Chicago. Jamie’s father, Pete, was initially troubled by his daughter’s provocative career choice:
On Sunday October 27, 1991, Jamie didn’t feel well. She cancelled her bookings, rented a couple of movies, and called a friend. That is all that is known about the last night Jamie Santos was alive.
The call for help came the following morning. Paramedics found Jamie in her bedroom. There were signs of a struggle, yet Jamie’s head was carefully propped on a pillow. She had not been raped. There were no eyewitnesses, fingerprints, or anything that would yield a DNA profile. According to William Benson, a detective for the Wheeling Police Department, the only lead was the male voice on the 911 tape:
But in a case as perplexing as this one, Detective Benson envisioned the possibility that the 911 call was made by the killer himself:
Authorities believed that if the killer knew Jamie Santos, he may have met her while she was working as an exotic dancer. Perhaps one of Jamie’s clients couldn’t take “no” for an answer. Perhaps one of her drivers had been nursing a secret passion that flared out of control. But still one question remains: Who killed Jamie Santos?
External Link: Click here to listen to the actual 911 call.