Silent Witness

Garth Rector

On the evening of March 21st, 2008, 48-year-old Garth Rector is preparing for a family trip to San Diego, California, to celebrate his sister’s retirement. But that evening, a concerned neighbor notices Garth’s lights are on, after he was supposed to be heading to the airport. When she goes to check on Garth, she makes a grizzly discovery— Garth Rector, the beloved Muncie, IN wrestling coach, has been shot to death in his kitchen. Following the discovery of his body, the details behind Garth’s broken marriage emerge. Rumors of betrayal, jealousy, and heartbreak provide investigators with plenty of possible motives, but the crime scene offers little evidence. Nothing in the home appears to have been stolen… except Garth’s wedding ring. Was Garth Rector murdered by a jilted lover or a jealous spouse? Or was he simply the victim of a robbery gone wrong?

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