The Ice Box Murders
On Father’s Day, June 20, 1965, Fred Rogers, age eighty-one, and his wife, Edwina, age seventy-two, received a surprise. They were murdered. Houston police never made an arrest, nor did they find the trail of the narcissistic killer. This is the story the police, the public and the family never knew. More
,On Father's Day, June 20, 1965, Fred Rogers, age eighty-one, and his wife Edwina, age seventy-two, received a surprise. They were murdered. Three days later their mutilated, dissected bodies were found in the kitchen refrigerator of their modest home by two Houston police officers. The patrolmen thought they were making a routine call. Instead they discovered the perfect crime. The next morning, early newspaper headlines attributed the murders to the couple’s forty-three year old son, Charles Frederick Rogers. Described as brilliant, erratic, and reclusive, Charles Rogers dominated newspaper headlines for weeks and became Houston’s very own Norman Bates.
Houston police never made an arrest, nor did they find the trail of the narcissistic killer. It wasn’t for the lack of trying, though. James Paulk, a dedicated detective, took the case personally. This is the story the public never knew, the press didn’t piece together, and Houston’s movers and shakers prayed would be buried forever. Beyond the black and white of the criminal investigation files, this is the account of a hidden motive, parents who weren’t what they seemed, and a son that was far from being a recluse. Police corruption, gambling, narcotics, gun-running, and federal probes blend in a stew that is the saga of a Texas family, an ambitious police captain, a perfect crime, and a city with a dark side.
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