Case 227

Mike Williams

The weekend of December 16 2000 was shaping up to be a good one for Tallahassee man Mike Williams. With a romantic getaway planned to celebrate his sixth wedding anniversary to his wife Denise, Mike got up early to sneak in a couple hours of duck hunting on Lake Seminole. When he failed to return home, Denise quickly raised the alarm.

Investigators soon concluded that Mike had drowned and alligators had eaten his remains. But with no body and no evidence, Mike’s mother Cheryl Williams refused to believe this explanation. Would her tireless crusade for the truth eventually pay off? 



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Williams VS State



Denise Williams Trial

He goes missing, his wife marries his best friend 

Meet, Marry Murder: Season 10 Episode 1 

Kidnapping of Denise Williams by Husband and Killer Brian Winchester 

Cold Case Files (preview) 

The Irony! Denise Williams testifies as a victim in the Brian Winchester case



From the archives: Mike Williams disappears from Lake Seminole in 2000 – The Tallahassee Democrat

Where is Mike Williams? Mother hopes for break in 16-year-old cold case – Fox News

Denise Williams trial: A timeline of the Mike Williams murder case – The Tallahassee Democrat

Double lives and a murder for marriage: Confession details plot to kill Mike Williams – The Tallahassee Democrat

Court records: Fears over Mike Williams case drove 2016 kidnapping by Brian Winchester  The Tallahassee Democrat 

Secret recordings of Denise Williams reveal conversation about husband’s murder – New York Post 

The mom at the center of a deadly love triangle with her high school sweetheart  New York Post 

Mother a driving force as jury finds answers to man’s 2000 disappearance – CBS News

The plea deal: Immunity for Brian Winchester cracked Mike Williams case – The Tallahassee Democrat

Mike Williams’ mom: ‘They did not have the right to kill my son’ – The Tallahassee Democrat

Police blamed his death on alligators. But now his high school sweetheart is headed to prison – The Washington Post 

On day she was kidnapped, investigators grilled Denise on Mike Williams’ disappearance – The Tallahassee Democrat 

Florida woman Denise Williams who plotted her husband’s murder with her lover decades ago is re-sentenced  The Sun



Nice guy, hard worker, avid hunter, devoted dad – The Tallahassee Democrat 

Man with ties to cold case in jail on unrelated charges – The Tallahassee Democrat 

Mike Williams timeline – The Tallahassee Democrat 

Mike Williams to get proper burial after public funeral – The Tallahassee Democrat 

Mike Williams 20 year remembrance – The Tallahassee Democrat



Help find Jerry Michael Williams – Facebook Page

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