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>> i'm craig melvin. >> and i'm natalie morales. >> and this is dateline. >> i texted him, he wasn't answering. i arrived at the office, i could see that something was really, really wrong. i called somebody that steve worked with. he said steve's been shot. and i said, did he survive? he said no. >> steven pitt was unforgettable. >> i think he's one of a kind. he just completely broke the mold. >> he was the first to die that week. hunted down by a man with a gun and a grudge. >> i felt that when this
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shooter crossed steve off, he was moving down a list. >> a long list. >> it came running towards my vehicle. there was blood dripping from her face. >> six murders. >> my gut just dropped. >> in four days. >> this was a homicide investigation in overdrive. >> it was. >> a city under siege. >> there was a lot of fear, there was a lot of unrest in the community. people were desperate for a suspect. >> who else could have been on that list? >> i had my own personal terrorist. >> and why. >> people don't get gunned down their offices. there had to be a link. >> the most haunting question of all. good those six lives have been saved? >> steve always said these things never happened in a vacuum. there are always warning signs. so, losing him the way that we did was stunning to me. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> hello, and welcome to
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dateline. forensics like i trust steve pitt was well known for his work on high profile criminal cases. when he was shot outside his phoenix office, it was a big story. nobody knew it yet, but his death was just the beginning of a terrifying murder spree. the victims all had something in common -- but what? one man knew, but could he connect the dots before more lives were lost? here is josh mankiewicz with unraveled. >> there is an argument. >> for an agonizing stretch of nearly four days, the fear was palpable and paralyzing. >> the twist and turn stone and there. >> a killer was on the loose, in and around phoenix, arizona. systematically, shooting innocent victims. >> a massive manhunt underway. >> police worked around the clock, desperate for leads. >> we are asking the public to remain vigilant. >> a long weekend of terror
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that would lead to a hard question -- did any of it have to happen? because this was a tragedy many people saw coming. including the first and most high-profile victim. >> he was like nobody else might ever met, and that's true to this day. >> back in 2002, natalie collins was a young lawyer defending a medical malpractice case when she met a forensic psychiatrist named dr. stephen pitt. >> it is a very intellectually honest whether you wanted his opinion or not, you've got it. but he was formidable and he was fair. >> it was nationally known for his work on cases like the column line massacre and the murder of johnny ramsey. his interest in natalie was personal as well as professional. when they met again a few years later, he asked her to lunch. >> i took him up on the offer and i had the longest village i've ever had. it was hours and it was fabulous. i love it every minute of it.
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>> ours turned into years. they got engaged. >> he was a brilliant forensic psychiatrist, but he was, in my biased opinion, and even better human being. >> he had two sons of his ex-wife and they were the center of his world. >> he would say to the boys, work hard, don't say can't, be nice, and have fun. >> steve was a master at delving into someone's mind, understanding what made them take. >> no matter who retained him or what they wanted him to say, you can always tell you what he really thought. i'm sure you noticed that about him. >> i did. >> my name is dr. steven pitt. >> i interviewed steve pitt in 2016 for a report on the 20th anniversary of the jean-rené ramsey case. >> i get good answers, come on. >> for real. >> a sharp guy with a big personality, and a sense of humor to match. >> god, that was so good the way you did that. >> thank you. >> through that, we've got to
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know one another. >> when i met him, and he sort of said to me, hey, let's be friends, i'll come to los angeles and we will hang out. i thought, absolutely! >> right. he could get anybody story, but more importantly, than that he was interested in everybody and their story. >> he was also unabashedly interested in crime and criminals. >> he read a lot of history about serial killers, and i think he felt that his skills were really well suited to that area. he didn't scare easy. to tha area he did>> steve was aware some criminals he dealt with might pose a threat. >> i can recall a couple of specific instances where he showed me a photograph and he said, if you see this person anywhere near you, you are to call the police. >> still, he always tried to calm natalie's nerves. >> i remember a dinner where he said to me, babe, relax. in these situations, there are
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bigger fish to fry than me. they will always go after a judge or an attorney before the ever come to me. you don't need to worry. because we will always have a warning. i will always have a warning. and i will know to do. so, the circumstance, losing him the way that we did was... stunning to me. >> one of the rare times he was ever wrong. >> yeah. >> thursday, may 31st, 2018, i team steve about a week before. natalie, of course, saw him that morning. they made plans to meet after work. >> at 5:18, i texted him and i said, are you on your way? are you coming? and he said ten minutes, max. i will see you there. >> half an hour went by, than an hour and still no steve. >> that was unlike him, and so i drove to his office.
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as i arrived at the office, i could see that something was really, really wrong. >> she saw the police, and the yellow tape. >> i could see his range rover in the parking lot, and i can see there are things turn on the ground that i was hoping was maybe medical supplies, and i thought maybe they were working on him or somebody. but i just knew, you know? that there was something wrong with him. >> cops weren't telling her anything, and natalie was getting desperate. >> i called somebody that steve worked with who was a police officer, and asked him, what is happening? and he, i could hear from his voice... sorry. he said, something really bad has happened. steve's been shot. and i said nothing, for a second. and i said, did he survive? and he said, no. and i don't really remember much after that. >> a man had confronted steve
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as he left work to meet natalie. when this is reported hearing shouts and then gunfire. based on witness descriptions, phoenix pd developed the sketch of the suspect. a white male, bald, wearing a dark had was a short brim. >> looked like anyone you knew? >> no. >> didn't look like any of the people that steve had show new photos of over the years, saying if you ever see this person -- >> absolutely not. >> natalie stayed at the scene until around 4 am, when her fiancée's body was removed. as she prepared to leave, something occurred to her -- >> because the shooter was still not in custody, i did ask several officers whether it was safe for me to go home. one of them said, we don't know the answer to that, ma'am. >> they also didn't know just how much worse it was going to get. >> or how quickly. a city is gripped by fear as
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the death toll climbs higher with two new shootings. coming up -- >> she came running towards my vehicle. there is blood dripping from her face. >> ten minutes after midnight this morning, we received a call of a shooting. the business complex behind me. >> and natalie has a hunch. >> i knew there would be a link between steve's murder and those murders because people don't get gunned down in their offices and it's got stale. it doesn't happen. >> when dateline continues. introducing voltaren arthritis pain gel. the first full prescription strength non-steroidal anti-inflammatory gel... available over the counter. voltaren is powerful arthritis pain relief in a gel. voltaren. the joy of movement. still lots of room.
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less than 24 hours after nationally known forensic psychiatrist steve pitt was murdered outside his office in phoenix. reporter bianca warner of nvc affiliate kpix got a call. there's been another shooting and nearby scott stale. >> we booked it to old town and it was something like i've never seen in that area before. we have a very active police presence right behind us. >> paralegal valeria sharp had been at work at this family law practice when someone walked in and shot her in the head. she somehow managed to get outside. a passing driver saw her and called 9-1-1. >> oh my gosh, she came running towards my vehicle. there was blood dripping from her face.
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she just lay down on the ground. >> emts rushed her to the hospital but could not save her life. scott to dale police followed the trail of valeria blood back to the law office and discovered a second victim, paralegal laura anderson. she had been shot in the chest and was already dead. two women who murdered in broad daylight. another unlikely crime scene. about ten miles from the spot where steve pitt was killed. valeria husband here -- >> she was in the type of person that had enemy enemies. i can remember my off the officer asking me a question like. that i said no, no, no. >> natalie collins was at home, still in shock over steve's murder when she heard the news. >> i knew there would be a link between steve's murder and those murders. because people don't get gunned down in their office ill in scott steele. it doesn't happen. >> natalie's hunch was right. >> scott still police were able
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to confirm for us that the murder scene on thursday and the murder scene on friday was connected. >> firearms analysis showed a 40 caliber weapon had been used in the homicide of dr. steve pitt. the same color bergen killed paralegals valeria valeria sharp and laura anderson. ten about ten hours after the paralegals were killed -- >> about ten minutes after midnight this morning, we received a call of a shooting at the business complex behind me. >> an adult male shot twice in the head at an office seven miles from the law firm. >> doorbell rang, wanted to ignore it, because it's the middle of the night. >> it was 3 am. psychotherapist karen colby's husband answer the door. he >> came back in to get me and said, you need to get up, police are here marshall has been found dead in the office. >> the latest victim, 72 year
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old marshall levine, was a counselor and life coach. he was subletting his office from karen. >> we sat down with the officers and they wanted to know what kind of clients was he seen. and what was his practice like. >> the assumption was, this was about marshall? >> i'm wondering when you felt more of a threat after the second and third murder scenes were announced. >> honestly, i was scared. but i also knew, or believed, that this was personal. and i fell in my heart of hearts that when this crossed steve off his list, that he was moving down a list. >> if the killer did have a list, police were racing to find out why were these people on it? what did they have in common? investigators collected shell casings at clearance office and discovered they were 40 caliber. same as at the other two crime scenes.
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four murders now in less than 31 hours. all possibly committed by the same person. there was one promising clue. dna on a shell casing recovered at the scene of steve pits murder. investigators ran it through there a system, but there is no match. by 10 am, saturday morning, police open an emergency center and tips were pouring in. >> there was a lot of fear. there was a lot of unrest in the community. people were desperate for a suspect. >> no one yet knew about this man, 200 miles away. watching the news of the murders unfold. he was a former phoenix police detective. and he had a sudden, sickening feeling. >> i was certain who it was. >> coming up. >> you are 18, he was 22. >> correct. >> your first boyfriend? >> yes. >> the start of something very evil. >> i had my own terrorist, my
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police were on a desperate hunt to find the killer. some 200 miles away, rick angling was watching for developments. anglin had spent a lifetime in law enforcement. he started out at the phoenix
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police department, even worked undercover. later, he became a private investigator. and when he heard about steve pits murder. his experience told him -- >> it had to be related to his work. >> anglin new pit worked on criminal cases. so the universal suspects was bass. then he heard about the murder of the two paralegals in scott stale, and suddenly that universe shrank. >> once the nestled on the news that there was an elizabeth feldman's office, i was certain who it was. >> you knew? >> i knew. >> knew exactly how steve pitt and the feldman law firm or connected. and who was behind the murders. rick knew because lee years earlier, he had taken on the case of a scott still doctor named connie jones. >> yes, i had my own terrorists. my own personal terrorist. >> connie was on summer break from college in 1984 when she started dating a young soldier named dwight jones.
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dwight was stationed at fort bragg, north carolina. >> you are 18, he was 22? >> correct. >> young, two young. >> your first boyfriend? >> yes. >> he told me he wanted to be an attorney. so he seemed to have aspirations. >> they married in 1988 after her first year of medical school. dwight left the army after three years. and soon connie realized that while she was working hard to become a doctor, dwight was doing nothing. >> i don't recall him ever working more than two or three days. because every job that he would get there would be some issue. so we lived in medical school, on my financial aid. >> that's probably not how you grew up? >> that is not. my family has the best work ethic you can think of. >> after medical school, connie began a residency in psychiatry. but soon found it hit too close
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to home. her own husband, she came to realize, was mentally ill. >> he was depressed. he would stay in the bed for three or four days. and then he became very hostile towards me. >> what form did that take? >> verbal abuse, emotional bs. again, if he were mad, he would not talk for a week to punish me. >> connie switched her focused radiology and she encouraged the white to she seek mental health treatment. >> i wanted to help him. i mean, who doesn't want out their spouse? >> dwight refused. she says she endured eight years of escalating hostility and verbal abuse. before telling dwight she wanted a divorce. >> and he laid on the floor for three days crying. and said that it was his mental illness. that he loved me. that he didn't want to lose me. and that he would do whatever he needed to do. >> so connie stayed.
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and in 1997, she gave birth to a son. >> after the child was born, he actually seemed to be better. >> being a father was good for him? >> it was. it did seem to give him a purpose. >> dwight watch their child during the day, lakhani says he's still left most of the caregiving to her. and soon enough, connie says dwight's emotional abuse worsened. he became obsessive and controlling. >> after i had my son, i thought it was my obligation to try to make this work. and i really did not see myself in life as a divorced person. >> the how do you make things work when you have no idea who is coming home at night? >> the garage door would open and we did not know what we were getting. >> dr. jekyll or mr. hyde? >> right. >> dwight's good time became more and more rear. then he began to abuse her physically. but at the same time,
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carefully. >> if you punch someone in the eye, that kind of thing, it's obvious that you're being abused. but hitting you with their four arm, physically holding me down, pushing me into walls -- those things don't leave bruises. but they are very violent. >> and he did all of those to you? >> he did. >> and sometimes it did leave a mark. like the time she says dwight broker sternum. >> he hit me with his -- the ball of his hand in my chest. >> and you didn't call the police? >> i didn't. >> because? >> at that time, i did not have a plan of exit. i was sleeping with a knife under my pillow, because i thought he was so out of control. >> by early 2009, connie said dwight was directing his anger and threats at their child. >> particularly murder suicide of himself of the child, so that i would suffer the rest of my life knowing that my child
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is dead because i didn't do what he said. >> connery knew she needed to get out. but she also knew a woman who had been killed while trying to leave her abusive boyfriend. so connie made plans to escape in secret. >> i start preparing to get some of my important paperwork to another location. some clothes and things that we might need. >> that's when she consulted family law attorney elizabeth feldman. the name rick anglin would recognize from the news years later. connie also placed already recorders around her home. >> so if things seem to be heated, so that could document what he was doing. >> and this exactly what happened on the night of may six, 2009. >> i'll show you. i'm gonna show you. >> he's over this 11 year old child, and he has his finger to his chest in his face, yelling at him. as so i said, leave him alone.
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he's calling me every name you can think of. >> see how smart you are -- see your college degree taught you -- >> on the tape, you can hear dwight threatening to kill county. >> i'll take you out to this -- pool and drown you. >> and that if i called if i called 9-1-1, that i'd be dead before they got there. >> leave me alone. >> call the -- now. let's see what happens. you want to see? >> connie did call 9-1-1 and a swat teams surrounded the house. but dwight held his son hostage and wouldn't leave. >> my wife started this -- >> after an hour long standoff, dwight finally surrendered. >> so as he walked out, the child was physically in front of him. >> like a shield? >> like a shield. he was inconsolable. as a mother, to see your child in that distress, it's pretty
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devastating. >> dwight was arrested and connie filed for divorce. often that means the end of something. instead, it was just the beginning of the worst chapter in counties relationship with dwight jones. >> coming up. connie reaches out for help. >> i had people full-time on the school, where the same goes. connie went to work, somebody was with her while she was working. >> ben would even that be enough to protect her from the white? >> he told me that he would wait until my defenses were down and then he would get me. >> when dateline continues. try claritin cool mint chewabls for powerful allergy relief plus a cooling sensation. live claritin clear. so with your home & auto bundle, you'll save money and get round-the-clock protection. -sounds great. -sure does.
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here's what's happening in north texas. an election to replace congressman ron wright a republican who died earlier this year after contracting covid-19. a runoff between deceased congressman's widow, republican
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susan right and one other person too close to call at the moment. also, churchill downs where a different race took place on saturday. medina spirit wednesday 147th running of the kentucky derby. the race returned to the first saturday in may this. year the date it shifted in 2020 because the coronavirus pandemic. now back to dateline. now back to dateline >> welcome back to dateline. i'm craig melvin. four people had been gunned down just miles apart and private investigator rick anglin was convinced dwight jones was the killer. rex insight into dwight's mental state had developed over time, in the aftermath of that terrifying i-20 dunes managed to escape her husband's rage. here again is josh mankiewicz with "unraveled". >> doctor connie jones spend 22 years married to a mentally ill
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and abusive husband. she was about to learn her personal ordeal might have led to a crisis for a whole city. >> i'll take you out to this pool and drown you. >> back in 2009, after that frightening standoff with police at their home and scott steele, arizona, dwight jones was arrested on multiple charges but ultimately pleaded guilty to a single count of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. he was prohibited from owning a firearm during his probation, just 12 months. >> it's minimal, it's like being a disturbance in your neighborhood. it's not holding your child hostage for an hour. >> dwight was also committed to a mental institution for evaluation. connie remembers the report on dwight said he was not an imminent threat. >> but psychiatrist that evaluated him called me and told me he was dangerous and i should get a bodyguard. >> under enter him?
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>> enter rick anglin. >> connie hired rick, the cop turned private investigator to do surveillance on dwight, and to assess how much of a threat he posed. rick and his team tailed dwight, took photos, and video of him. they also comb through whites clutter debris filled room in the family's home. and found some books with seriously disturbing titles. >> how to get even with people. how to injure people in street fighting. it starts to put the makeup of somebody who's trying to plan something. >> he made sure she and her son always had eyes on them. >> i had people full-time on the school, where the sun goes. if connie went to the grocery store, if she had public event, if she went to work, somebody with her. >> anglin moved connie and her son among free remote safe houses. >> this is like a chess game. >> very much like a chess game. i have to anticipate ten steps ahead of him. >> it was during the battle for
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custody of their child that dwight and connie met with a forensics psychiatrist. his name? doctor steven pitt. steve videotape his interviews with them as part of the custody case. >> can you do me a favor and spell your full name? >> connie jones. >> okay. >> i thought he was exceptional. who is report, i thought, was very detailed and accurate. >> doctor pits report matched what rick had come to believe about dwight jones. without psychiatric intervention in treatment, mr. jones mental state is going to continue to unravel. he will become increasingly paranoid, likely psychotic, and pose an even greater risk for perpetrating violence. dwight's probation ended, connie obtained an order of protection, once again prohibited him from owning guns. >> this case is a scariest case
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i've ever been involved in. >> remember karen kolbe? the therapist awake into the middle of the night by the cops? she worked with connie and dwight sun for two years starting in 2009. >> divorce our diamond doesn't. >> this was something else. >> yes. violence, potential violence, violence that had been committed, somebody who is clearly on a path to commit more violence. >> their divorce went to trial in family court, where karen and steven pitt presented their findings. in 2010, the judge granted connie full custody of her son. >> i'm thinking i'm reading through the decree, sounded pretty good to me, so far. >> why did you think it would say? so dwight is to have no more contact to you or your son ever? >> yes. >> instead, it's as wet? >> it says it's mandated that he have supervised visits with him, that he has the parental right to see him.
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>> what did you think when you read that? >> shocked. it didn't make sense to me. they took his right as a parent, even over the safety of the child. >> what's more, under arizona law, dwight was entitled to spousal support. in this case, $6,000 a month. >> he threatened you, he hit you, he says he's going to murder, he says he's going to murder your child. you have to pay him spousal support? >> yes. >> and you are on the hook for his attorneys? >> yes. yes. and i have to pay for the supervised visitations because he's a threat. >> what does this all cost you financially? >> well, what he got was over $650,000. >> there came a point where plenty could no longer afford my services, or anybody else is. i couldn't walk away. >> because you think, if you're not there, she's going to get killed? >> you really don't need to be
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doctor pit to come up with a determination of what would eventually happen. >> their worries only increase in 2013, when connie's final protective order against white expired. and he was able to legally purchase a gun. >> he told me he would wait until my defenses were down, and he would get me. >> by then, connie had started carrying a gun of her own. rick trained or how to use it. if and when the day came that dwight confronted her. >> prepared for it mentally, physically, and emotionally. she is trained for it. >> a court order that white get psychological help. there's no evidence he ever complied. instead, dwight isolated himself at his extended stay hotel for years. connie built a successful career as a radiologist. she even wrote a book on breast cancer screening. by 2016, dwight spousal support had ended. so had the visits with his son. probably no longer had to see her ex husband in court, but
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she and rick remained hypervigilant. especially about her son. >> you don't get to say let's go to the movies, you have to scan the parking lot. >> in early june, 2018, when rick saw the news about the shootings of steep it and the two paralegals at will elizabeth feldman's offer him, he came to a conclusion. >> i was certain who it was. it's dwight jones. >> this first thought was, he had to find connie. >> i immediately started to texture to call me, start calling her phone, i'm getting no response. >> record about the murder and therapist karen kolbe's office and he became more concerned. after a tense hour, connie called back. she was okay. rex next call was to phoenix police. >> i explained who i thought was responsible, what his vehicle description was, where it was at, and had the three crimes teams were linked. >> it was just the tip the cost needed. they have to find dwight jones
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before he struck again. >> coming up -- >> this was a homicide investigation going into overdrive, wasn't it? >> it was. >> closing in on a killer. >> we knew he was our suspect and murder. >> not before police found one victims. >> i got absolutely dropped. >> when dateline continues. n dateline continues you get fast, 24-hour relief in one drop. make it a pataday with the drop that's right for you. now without a prescription. everywhere. it's very common to have both sensitivity and gum issues. dentists and hygienists will want to recommend sensodyne sensitivity and gum. you get the sensitivity relief as well as improved gum health
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law enforcement agencies in and around phoenix were racing the clock and a fast-moving killer. now, thanks to a tip from rick anglin, they were getting closer. >> i'm convinced we are dealing with dwight jones at this point. >> recognized that all the crime scenes related back to dwight and connie's divorce and custody battles from nearly a decade earlier. plus, forensic analysis had already told police all four victims had probably been killed with the same weapon, and there is a critical piece of evidence that might link that weapon to dwight. that bit of dna on a shell casing recovered from the scene of steven pitt's murder. dna tests can take weeks or months. that was time police didn't have. >> we had some family members of mr. jones that were in northern arizona, with help of the phoenix police department area unit. we flew a detective up there. >> at the same time, other
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investigators were on the hunt for dwight. >> we had a bagel description for mr. jones, and a 2001 gold mercedes. >> cop started pulling security video from the multiple crime scenes, looking for that gold mercedes. >> surveillance video near the scene of doctor pits office picked up that vehicle, sort of acting strangely in and around the time of the shooting. >> and pictures from the following day showed what looked like the same car near the law firm just minutes before the two paralegals are murdered. it had been 14 hours since rick anglin tipped off investigators to dwight. as the investigation continued, police found evidence dwight and his gold mercedes were in a suburb called fountain hills, just 30 minutes outside scottsdale. a few hours later, cops found dwight, and assigned teams to watch his every move. >> while they were surveilling dwight jones on sunday, they watched him dispose of
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something in a trash can. officers later went back to that trash can and with the pound was a gun inside. >> however, that gun was a 22 caliber, not a 40. >> that gun was not a match for any of the homicides. >> it was not. >> if it's dwight jones, he still has that good with him? >> right and they don't necessarily have enough yet to link dwight jones to these four murders. >> but there is still the dna. a detective who flew late sunday night to get dna samples from boyd's family now rushed those swabs back to the lab and -- >> within about four hours, we had a positive it on mr. jones. >> we at dateline cover a lot of murders. some of which take years to self. this case was not one of those. less than 84 hours after this homicidal rampage begin, investigators were confident they had ided their killer. >> we knew he was our suspect and murder. >> at the same, time the dna
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was being analyzed, detectives were retracing dwight steps via cell phone data. sometime before he'd been placed under surveillance, dwight had contacted the residents of this home and in fountain hills. a maricopa county sheriff's deputy want to check on them. >> used a ladder, got to see through an upstairs window, immediately recognize there is a gentleman inside that appeared to have been shot. >> a forced entry, and upon doing so, found another victim, a woman, who had also been shot and both were deceased. >> my god absolutely dropped when i heard this news. >> scott weizmann was a tennis coach of one of the victims, mary simmons. >> she competed like nobody else. everybody wanted to play with mary. >> and one of her occasional playing partners was dwight jones. police believe that, for reasons yet unknown, dwight murdered mary and her boyfriend brian thomas in their home. remember that 22 police tossing?
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police later learned it belonged to the fountain hills couple. mary and bryant had been killed with their own weapon. there are now six dead, and white jones was still not in custody. but investigators had a good idea where to find him. >> coming up, finally, our killer surrounded. >> the carefully and quietly started to evacuate the hotel. >> he began firing somewhere between seven eight rounds were fired. >> when dateline continues. when dateline continues it works naturally with the water in your body to unblock your gut. free your gut, and your mood will follow. ♪ irresistibly delicious. ♪ ♪ pour some almond breeze. ♪ ♪ for the maestros of the creamiest-ever, ♪ ♪ must-have smoothies. ♪ ♪ it's irresistibly delicious. ♪ ♪ more almond breeze, please! ♪
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arizona police believed suspected spree killer dwight jones had cleaned two new victims. as occasional tennis partner and her boyfriend had been gunned down in their suburban home, investigators were confident they had tied dwight to a total of six murders over a four-day rampage. now, an intensive manhunt was underway. this case was hurdling toward its and, with more twists to come. airs josh mankiewicz with the conclusion of "unraveled". >> early morning, june 4th, 2018, police were closing in on suspected multiple murderer dwight jones. >> eventually followed him to an extended stay hotel, where
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he had been living for about nine years. it carefully and quietly started to evacuate the surrounding rooms and the rest of the hotel. >> police described what happened next. >> he began firing somewhere between seven and eight rounds were fired. all officers were safe and okay, and eventually in this action, they found mr. jones had killed themselves, self inflicted gunshot wound. >> your ex husband is dead now? >> yes. >> you feel safe? finally? >> yes. >> with a tremendous amount of courage, and with rick soap, connie jones and her son had lived to see her personal terrorists last day on this earth. >> but other people were killed, innocent people, good people, productive people, that is a hard thing to come to grips with. >> six people gone, three of
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whom apparently had nothing at all to do with dwight jones. just in the wrong place at the wrong time. like the paralegals, laura anderson and valeria sharp, both in their late forties. both wives and mothers. neither had worked on the jones case. valeria sharp's husband, saber sharp. >> i heard someone say, they mean well, god needed another angel, i think that's a bunch of malarkey. if god needed another angels, or he could get. when he didn't have to come and take valeria sharp, take a, mother take a wife to get one. >> and the therapist, marshall levine. >> if you had been in your office and not marshall levine, i don't would be sitting here talking to me today. >> i'm sure that's true. >> what's that like? >> that's hard to think about. i don't really know how to think about that, to be honest. >> the grief is still raw for natalie collins. >> you're going to change the way you live? >> i hope not. i don't think steve would want. that he's not about hiding in
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the shadows. i am not going to let him have died for nothing, and i will find a way to make him proud. >> no one can say for sure exactly what's set off dwight jones. after the bloodshed was over, some video surfaced that jones had posted before the murders. >> hello, youtube, and welcome to my channel. >> and them, dwight raged against his wife and the professionals who worked on the custody case. >> you've rolled i have a psychiatric problem based on some piece of -- she hired? >> the videos underscored some troubling questions. dwight jones is obviously disturbed, so why wasn't he stopped? did the legal system fail everyone? could six murders have been prevented? >> i do you feel very strongly that the court system did not protect me. >> connie jones says her ex husband was violent for years, but that courts ignored one red flag after another.
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>> my life wasn't valued. my sons lived wasn't valued enough to stop him which inadvertently harmed other people. >> if she had to live all those years, terrorized, we failed her as a society. and i think as a physician with the resources she had, i wonder how many other women and families that we are feeling as a society. >> does the court system both criminal and family core, to do those systems understand domestic violence? do they react to it the right way? >> no, not necessarily. >> ali bones is the former ceo of the arizona coalition to end sexual and domestic violence. >> no problem whatsoever taking a position, a strong position around duis are driving under the influence. but for some reason, we have had a very hard time over the years making the same argument with regards to domestic violence. >> a vigil drunk drivers are quickly and legally separated from their khaki's. but dwight jones, a documented
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domestic abuse or did not lose his right to own a green. after holding his son captive in that standoff with police in 2009, he was allowed to plead guilty to disorderly conduct which did not prevent him from legally buying a handgun he used to kill. and there is the mental health treatment strongly recommended by dr. steven pitt in ordered by the court. dwight didn't go. >> the court did not follow up with that. there is no consequence for that. >> just before his death, steve pitt was proposing a story to dateline about educating people to see the warning signs of oncoming violence. >> there are always red flags and warning signs. it's not about blame, it's about prevention. and if we don't teach people what those signs are, we don't modify our system so people know who to reach out to you, then we are failing. >> my message to any domestic violence victim out there is you are responsible for your own safety. >> if you count on the system
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to protect, it you're making a mistake? you >> are making a mistake. i went in very naive. >> the sad truth is that some stories don't have happy endings. sometimes particularly in relief, the bad guys win. but maybe connie and rick are the best living proof that somebody can blossom from even the darkest of situations. >> a friend of mine told me that he really likes you. i said, no he doesn't! he is my friend! then i started paying attention. i was like, oh, i think he does. [laughs] >> turned out, at my age, why was important to me is not only is she beautiful, but she's intelligent. >> somehow, out of fear, danger, and the need for protection grew love. connie and rick married in december, 2013. >> you did your job. you protected her. she still here. >> i'm happy about that. >> if you like the universe shows you a little happiness here? because i do!
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>> [laughs] well, we are. we have a very good family. i'm proud of it. >> i've been married twice. this is the only husband i've ever had. >> that's all for this edition of dateline. i'm craig melvin. thank you for watching. >> i'm craig melvin. and i'm natalie morales. and this is dateline. >> it's got wrenching. >> there is a body laying on the side of the road. >> this young woman, was shot three times. this was a murder. >> a young, single mom, with friends on game day. >> it was packed. >> but as night fell -- fear grew. >> they're asking us, do you know anybody that would want to harm your sister?


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