A suspicious car wreck turns out to be a cover for murder.

Kathy Page

Police felt the car accident was staged

CASE DETAILS

2 phone numbers were written down

It was early dawn on May 14, 1991, when police in Vidor, Texas, discovered a car wreck.  The woman behind the wheel was dead, her skin cool to the touch.  At first glance, it appeared to be a tragic accident.  But within minutes, puzzling details began to emerge. The dead woman had no obvious wounds and the car was barely damaged.  Soft drinks in the front seat had not even spilled.  The woman’s feet were pushed back against the seat, rather than stretched out toward the pedals.   She wasn’t wearing a seat belt, yet the crash had not thrown her forward.

Ray Moseley was a Detective Sergeant for the Vidor Police Department at the time of the crash:

“Being no damage to the interior of the vehicle and very little… damage to the exterior of the vehicle, and the deepness of the ditch… Plain to see this was a staged incident instead of an accident. So at that point, they felt they had probably a questionable death.”

The woman was identified as 34-year-old Kathy Page.  She was a wife and mother of two.  Kathy lived just a hundred yards from the crash site.  When police arrived at her home, Kathy’s husband Steve answered the door.  Upon speaking with Steve, Detective Sergeant Moseley became immediately suspicious:

“He said, well, his wife was not home and directly looked straight down the street towards where the car was.  Steve seemed to be quite upset. He began to cry, and at times, threw himself on the couch crying. But yet, he would jump right back up, and we were talking, and there would be no signs of tears in his eyes. This seemed strange to me.”

Kathy had been with her boyfriend earlier

From that moment on, police concentrated their attention on Kathy’s husband, Steve Page.  However, Page insisted he was innocent:

“Of course I did not kill my wife.  The evidence clearly shows that the perpetrator was someone other than Steve Page.”

Kathy and Steve Page had been married for almost 13 years.  They had two daughters, Erin and Monica.  They seemed like the perfect family.  But according to Steve, the couple had drifted apart in their marriage:

“Mainly she was uncomfortable with who she was, or at least that was what she explained to me, that she didn’t know who she was. She wanted to try to find out who Kathy was. Because of that, we talked about separating for a short period of time and allowing her to hopefully find herself.”

But Kathy’s sister Sherry Valentine disagreed.  She believed their marriage was beyond repair:

“Kathy was definitely moving on in her life at that point because the decision was made for the divorce, and that in itself… was a relief off her back. And she was making plans for that.”

Kathy’s death was clouded with controversy

Steve moved out of the house, but said his relationship with Kathy remained friendly.  The next day, Kathy asked him to babysit their daughters while she went out with a friend.  According to Steve, Kathy was getting ready when he arrived:

“She said she was going to meet one of her girlfriends after work.  So I went over there. She left at approximately 11:15 to 11:30 to head to Beaumont to meet her friend.”

By 4:15 AM Kathy Page was dead.  When her body was found, she wasn’t wearing makeup or jewelry. The autopsy showed she had been strangled and her nose was broken.  There were bloodstains on her underwear and skin.  But according to Detective Sergeant Moseley, it was strange that there was no blood on her outer clothing:

“Kathy Page was not killed in her vehicle. She was killed at another location, cleaned up, redressed, and placed back in her vehicle and after the vehicle had been rolled into the ditch.”

Police reconstructed Kathy’s final hours.  They learned that she had sex shortly before she died.  Kathy did not meet her girlfriend, but instead spent the evening with a male lover.  According to Moseley, the boyfriend admitted that he and Kathy made love on the night she died:

“He came to the police station and gave us a statement, and also voluntarily… gave us a polygraph examination, which he passed with flying colors.”

The autopsy report confirmed that Kathy did have sex on the night she died.  However, the autopsy report included one more critical detail. Kathy’s sex partner had a vasectomy.  The boyfriend had not.  That meant Kathy must have had sex that night with someone else.  Could that man have been Steve Page? He had a vasectomy several months earlier. When police questioned him, he admitted having sex with Kathy, but claimed it was before she went out that night:

“She was getting ready.  She’d just got out of the shower.  I approached her about sex and we had sex before she left.”

But according to Sherry, the romance in Kathy’s marriage had long since vanished:

“I personally don’t believe that happened. She wouldn’t have been with Steve before being with another man.  She hadn’t been with Steve in a long time. He was already sleeping on the couch.”

For Kathy’s sister, there was only one possible scenario:

“I was talking to a sister-in-law of Steve’s, and she said that she knew for a fact that Steve made two phone calls. Steve called this one number and the girl answered, and he hung up. And then the second phone number was called, and they said the name of the hotel, and he hung up. And so he already knew where she might be or was.”

Kathy’s father, James Fulton, believed Steve then became physical:

“I feel like she came in that night, come in the back door, after she gone and parked the car, and he was asleep, sitting in a chair in the front room and when she went on in the bathroom and changed clothes, took her makeup off, took her jewelry and all off… And he heard her probably in the bathroom. And he got up and demanded sex with her or whatever, and got in a fight.”

Her family believed the fight escalated and Steve proceeded to rape Kathy.  They also believed that he strangled her in the process.  However, Steve Page had his own theory about the identity of Kathy’s killer:

“I received threats on the phone that the same thing that happened to my wife could happen to me. There’s a certain person here in Beaumont that… may have been involved. It’s a very prominent family… an Italian family… to let you know that they’re considered part of the Beaumont mafia.”

The murder of Kathy Page has never been solved.  However, Kathy’s family won a wrongful death civil suit against Steve Page.  Police still consider him a person of interest.


 

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32 Comments

  1. Lynne

    This article doesn’t mentioned that on that night the cop spotted a missing piece of carpet that had been cut out. Steve said he had been frying fish on the living room floor (SERIOUSLY?) and hot oil splattered out and burned the carpet, so he cut the ruined part out! The cop asked to see the swatch he removed and Steve told him he had already burned it with the trash. It was left at that and nothing else pursued. There are many suspicious acts by Steve Page, and blunders by Vidor PD not mentioned here. The on-scene investigation started with pictures being taken of the car and at her home…..there was no film in the camera! He got away with murder. He got custody of both girsl and moved out of state. One of his girls died of a drug overdose a few years later.

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    • Ally

      Just passed the sign driving through on a road trip…read the whole story. This is awful. Steve Page is a murderer. Keep this case alive!

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    • SayItLikeItIs

      To be fair, Vidor PD has never known how to investigate a white male. Were there any blacks involved that they could prosecute?

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  2. None

    This is sad I pray justice is served.

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  3. Anonymous

    32.8843° N, 95.9291° W

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  4. Anonymous

    We need justice for Kathy, any updates on this case?

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  5. Kim

    Just passed the sign! Keep her case alive!

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  6. Mrs Jordan

    I just passed the sign n read the story… I pray justice is served

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  7. Paula Sneed

    I have passed the billboard several times in the past few months and finally got Steve’s name. I just read about Kathy’s murder. I’m a loss of words. But it looks like the police failed to do their job the night she was murdered. I hope justice is served and her murderer found. I pray for justice one day for Kathy.

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  8. None

    Kathy Page and Troy Dale Wilson along with Billy Wilson were at a convenience store in Vidor on S.Main having a very heated argument on the night she was murdered. Troy Wilson said quote I will kill you , you f@$king bi#ch.

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  9. DGR

    Once determined local law not capable of putting 2 and 2 together, professionals should have been called in to investigate… I feel for her daughters, her father, her family…so sad but a murder has no closure so this cold case can be an reopened

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  10. Trying to help

    I wander what time that Kathy and her boyfriend Mosley had sex? And her husband Steve says that they had sex. And that she left around 11:15 -11:30

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  11. TW

    What does a vasectomy have to do with the evidence and how can anyone tell?

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  12. sue ross

    A very good friend of mine. R.I.P. Kathy. She may be gone and charging for her murder may have stopped but your not forgotten by me and to this day I still believe her husband Steve was the one who killed my beloved friend

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  13. Eric W Bohannon

    Kathy’s sex partner had a vasectomy. The boyfriend had not. What if The Boyfriend had a vasectomy, and did not tell her.

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  14. Armchair Detective

    Sure the motive and evidence revealed points at Steve… But as for why a more complete investigation did not happen, or why this never went to trial… pretty easy to deduce: Kathy was an adultress… she went to meet a “Anonymous” boyfriend at a hotel.. why a Hotel??? Because he was also maried… and comitting Adultery on his Wife and family…
    Whoever this person was has been kept fairly secret… his name does not appear in any of the reports Ive read… and it will remain a mystery… UNLESS THIS GOES TO TRIAL.
    I think the reason they never made any case was to protect the identy of the Boyfriend.. innocent maybe of her murder.. but just as guilty as she was of Abandoning Spouse and Family.
    But his case was to be kept quiet. His Social standing and any Political ties kept secured… as long as it doesnt go to trial he is safe… reputation and family life preserved.

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    • Armchair Detective

      I read further… found and read the Court Documents of the Civil Trial… the Boyfriends Name does not appear there either (or has been removed)… there was a certain amount of propper investigation and recording done, but questionable is why Steve was able to deny the police entry to investigate the house… and why the police did not get a search warrant at the time of original investigation… ie same day of murder. Investigation of premesis was delayed untill after the family deep cleaned the carpet in area where Steve had admitted to having sex with Kathy the previous evening… where she was probably killed… where her nose was probably broken, and where she probably left blood evidence… conveniently cleaned up because Steve accidently spilled something there that smelled bad and needed to be gotten up out of the carpet… in the exact same place he supposedly had relations with her… wow what a coincidence… Not.

      Not to in any way exhonorate Steve… but our Country has a damnable double standard when it comes to Marital infidelity… A woman can put her husband on a shelf for years, deny him his marital rights and kill him spiritually with Contention and Marital Abuse… thats Ok… but when something like this happens, everyone screams for His Blood… and forgets Her Guilt… and potential years of mental abuse that lead up to the night when the Last Straw (She Committed Adultery on him) broke… and he (presumably) lashed out violently and killed her.
      In my oppinion He probably killed her in a fit of rage.. a crime of passion.. and is not innocent, but niether was she…
      We have a sick double standard today in our courts… this also should be addressed… but since adultery is on every television channel and marriage today is given so little value, I dont expect it to change any time soon.

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      • HaveAHeart

        None of your idiotic reasons to try and find Kathy responsible for her murder are an excuse for murder. No one should be murdered because of the things you mention. No one. For you to even make those comments on a webpage about her murder, is not only disgusting, despicable and heartless, it shows you have zero empathy for her family that may read your post. Keep your judgemental comments to yourself, no one wants to hear them. You are only hurting the people who are still grieving her unsolved murder.

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      • P.I.

        I completely agree with your reason why the case never went to trial. The “other man” would be revealed. But Kathy and Steve were technically separated at the time. She had a right to go out. The fact that her date is a well respected adulterer should not take precedence over prosecuting a murderer.

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    • Trying to help

      Also they said the soft drinks. This means two.? Also they said that they were in the front seat. They didn’t say a drink holder or a concole. .

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    • Monica

      How dare you… Kathy and that murderer Steve page weren’t even living together let alone having sex. Her boyfriend didn’t kill her STEVE did. Furthermore I’d forget about justice if I were the family. I’d set my sights on Steve and put him away for good. He already caused his daughter to overdose and die. It’s his turn

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  15. Brad

    Too bad they couldn’t post the video of Steve Page desecrating Kathy’s grave site. He is an evil SOB that got away with murder due to an incompetent police detective that was more concerned with eating fried chicken and donuts than actually doing his job. I think the only reason he was ever promoted to detective is because he was too over weight to be a patrol officer. The guy never got out of his car unless he absolutely had to. He preferred to do his “detecting” from drive-bys, phone calls, and asking people to come to the station by phone or mail.

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  16. Brad T.

    So the fact is the Vidor police showed complete incompetence with the investigation. Anyone from Vidor knows who Ray Moseley is. He has a very bad reputation for his incompetence and being crooked. The police did not search the house until 10 years after the murder. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Steve Page killed her. If the police would have done their job and searched the house and immediate surroundings, I am certain they would have found enough evidence to file charges against Steve; however, the extremely tragic truth is, they waited 10 years to get a warrant and by then, there was nothing to find. Vidor is a small town and still relies on the “good ol’ boy” system for hiring of local government and law enforcement. This is how Ray Moseley made detective and why he is now police chief. The Vidor police departments greatest expertise is covering up their own criminal acts and negligence.

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  17. Johnny

    There’s evidence in this case that should lead to a prosecution. Steve Page looks like a likely suspect. Jealousy is a strong motive. It’s possible Steve followed her later or found out where she was staying. Redressing the victim shows a close relationship between offender and victim. Most criminals they just want to finish the victim quickly and get out of the area. That car was definitely staged that was good police work. The only thing in Steve’s behalf is that he had 2 young daughters. That would crush those girls to know their Mom had been murdered. I don’t think Steve could have faced them everyday if he killed Kathy. It’s tough to disguise guilt as children are quite perceptive. Interesting case. Hope they find Kathy’s killer. What do you Unsolved Mysteries watchers think?

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  18. here we go

    Where is DNA in all this? Can the evidence not be re-examined with up to date tools of investigation?

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  19. Keli

    I think this is a perfect case for cold justice!

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  20. grahamclayton

    Kathy’s daughter Erin has created a blog to campaign for the arrest and trial of Steve Page:

    http://texasbillboard.blogspot.com.au/

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  21. robertcharles

    Hard to believe Steve never took a lie detector test. Seems like the State should have helped in the case since the forensics needed to find the killer should have been state of the art. Why wasn’t there probable cause for a search of the house when she first was discovered. Luminal and high tech science for the time should have been used as soon as the crime was committed. Also, because such a short time passed between the actual murder and finding of the body, it would have been hard to hide all the evidence right after the crime. Hard to believe the cops did not go into the house and collect everything and do it with a fine tooth comb. Amazing. Hard to believe call records are not known for an actual fact and times of the calls and where they were placed are not completely nailed down. I would bet that if a new set of eyes from some of the cold case units around the country put there minds to it, the case could be cracked. A total stranger would just have left her where they killed her and would have just left the scene- no staging. The killer knew her and had to make it look like an accident in order to prevent the police from looking his way. Too much evidence pointing toward Steve and no other suspects. Hard to imagine her having sex with 2 men in one night and driving from city to city and then meeting up with someone else being killled in a third scene and then being dropped off in the fourth scene ( which is so close to her house ) all in about 3 five hours. Lot easier to believe she left Beaumont at 2:30 and got home about 3:00 then got into the altercation with Steve then was dumped close because he had to be back at the house to establish some alibi and clean up the scene and relax so he would look as if he might have just gotten up. The car was found at 4:30 and it must have been there a while- was the hood hot or did they not check that. So, she was killed, redressed, driven to the dump site pushed into the ditch, and the scene staged all in less than 1.5 hours by a total stranger- Not very plausible.
    Also, if Steve would not have been in the house or if he would have been more cooperative with the police by allowing them unrestricted access to the house, it would be a whole lot easier to believe his “story.” It is always hard to believe someone who is less than 100% open and cooperative. He makes himself look guilty no matter how you slice it. I would have searched everything he owned including his car and her car and every inch of the house. Without his full cooperation, he can only be looked at with great suspicion. If he did not do it, he should have been more than happy to open his premises for a complete investigation.

    I will be keeping up with this case. I hope the police will too.

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    • PeggySue

      How do you know they never searched his house or his car? Also, how do you know they never got the actual phone records? Just because they don’t say so on here, doesn’t mean they didn’t do it.

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