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48 Hours Mystery: Peace, Love and Murder

Could a peace loving hippie brutally murder his wife?  A jury said "No".  On October 10, 2008 a jury found Robert Heartsong not guilty of the 2000 murder of his wife, Toni.  Tonight on 48 Hours Mystery Correspondent Harold Dow revisits the case.

Their meeting and falling in love sounds like a great romantic movie.  They met in the early 1970s when Bob Eckhart and Toni Soren met and 48 hours later were married.  They blended their last names to create the new romantic last name:  Heartsong.

They were married twenty-seven years and had two children, when their worlds were ripped apart by tragedy.  Bob came home to find Toni bludgeoned and stabbed to death.

According to CBSNews.com,

Bob Heartsong’s peaceful personality wasn’t all that made him an unlikely suspect in his wife’s death. An unidentified fingerprint discovered on the deadbolt of the door, a series of burglaries at neighboring homes and a suspicious homeless man spotted in the area all likely eliminated Heartsong as a possible suspect. His alibi, seemingly corroborated by his co-workers, also placed him 43 miles from the murder scene and he even passed the police lie detector test.

The case was cold until 2006. Six years after Toni Heartsong’s murder, a determined detective reopened the case in the hope that new DNA technology could help uncover her killer. Authorities believed they struck gold when the tests came back identifying Bob Heartsong’s blood under his wife’s thumbnail and his DNA on her hand, providing enough evidence for prosecutors to try him for her murder.

At topix.com/forum you can read 25 pages of comments about the Cold Case No More:  Police Arrest Husband in Heartsong Murder.  The first comment was left on November 17, 2006 to the most recent comment #503, left today January 17, 2009.  I must say I found this comment thread very interesting.  If you aren’t familiar with Topix, from their site,

Topix is the leading news community on the Web, connecting people to the information and discussions that matter to them in every U.S. town and city.

You can also read more about the case at the PalmBeachPost.com.

If you want to learn more about this case tune in tonight and watch 48 Hours Mystery: Peace, Love and Murder, Saturday, Jan. 17 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.

Who do you think killed Toni Heartsong?  We would love to hear what you think… leave a comment with your opinion.

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