Police in the city of Miramar, in the US state of Florida, announced the conclusion of a crime that had been unsolved for more than four decades – its oldest cold case -, brought to the light of justice with new technologies of DNA analysis.
Prisoner Ronald E. Richards, currently being held at Ohio State for other crimes, was indicted by a grand jury on charges of the sexual assault and murder of Evelyn Marie Fisher-Bamforth on January 22, 1980.
Ronald E. Richards — Photo: publicity
When seeing the portrait of the victim dressed as a nurse next to an unsolved case, it is difficult not to relate the story to the film ‘High Frequency’, starring Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel, in which the mother and wife of the protagonists – a nurse – was killed by a murderer who has been on the loose for years.
Ronald, now 75, lived just 12 houses down from Evelyn in a trailer park. He was even linked to the case as a ‘person of interest’, but there was never enough evidence to incriminate him. That until now.
Evelyn Marie Fisher-Bamforth — Photo: publicity
“Due to advances in DNA technology and the diligence and hard work of Detective Johnathan Zeller, Ronald Eugène Richards has been indicted for sexual assault and murder,” Tania Rues, a spokeswoman for the Miramar Police Department, said in a statement, according to the WSVN. “We are one step closer to [obter] justice for Evelyn.”
Richards was convicted in 1982 and sentenced to 50 years for a separate murder and sexual assault in Volusia County that occurred in March 1980, according to Florida Department of Corrections records. He is currently in jail in Ohio for other crimes.