BUST IN 1990 COLD CASE

Toronto Sun - - NEWS -

Some mur­ders are beyond the pale.

On Labour Day 1990, two older women were whiling away the hours of their Starkville, Mis­sis­sippi home and it was hot.

Betty Jones, 65, could not have known that be­hind her front door a mon­ster lurked. In the min­utes af­ter she an­swered a knock to the door, hor­rors un­folded turn­ing her tidy bun­ga­low into a slaugh­ter­house.

“You left your doors opened and didn’t lock your car,” her grand­son Justin Jones told the Clar­i­onLedger. “It was just a dif­fer­ent time.”

Jones was slashed in the throat and left to bleed out on the floor. Her sick friend Kathryn Crigler, 81, was in a back room. The am­putee was vi­o­lently raped and left for dead.

She died sev­eral months later, but not be­fore gift­ing cops of the fu­ture with DNA ev­i­dence.

Michael De­vaughn, 52, was ar­rested and charged last week with cap­i­tal mur­der and sex­ual bat­tery. Cops found him in the county jail do­ing a jolt for pos­ses­sion of meth.

BETTY JONES KATHRYN CRIGLER

MICHAEL DE­VAUGHN

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