Case 36 - The Bennett Family Murders


The Bennett family murders is a case that goes back more than three decades. It begins with a woman killed with a hammer in Lakewood and, a week later, a family killed the same way in Aurora. The killer was never brought to justice. But new technology is getting detectives closer and closer to solving the brutal mystery. The Bennett family had just moved into their Aurora home around Thanksgiving. It was a quiet cul-de-sac and most of the homes were still empty. Their daughter Melissa about to celebrate her eighth birthday, but never would. On the night of Jan. 16, 1984 a man entered the Bennett’s home. The man fatally stabbed and bludgeoned 27-year-old Bruce Bennett and sexually assaulted and bludgeoned his wife Debra, 26. He then sexually assaulted and fatally beat 7-year-old Melissa Bennett and shattered the face of 3-year-old Vanessa Bennett. She survived.

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