Case 277

Linda Slaten

*** Content warnings: Sexual assault, domestic violence ***

Jeff and Tim Slaten woke on the morning of Friday, September 4 1981, to find their home teeming with police. Their mother, Linda, had been raped and murdered during the night.

Neither brother heard a thing, and despite the killer having left pivotal evidence behind, it quickly became clear that this wasn’t an open-and-shut case.



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Police detective searching for a mother’s killer – The Ledger

Detective believes dead inmate was girl’s killer in ‘81 – Herald-Tribune

Law enforcement icon helped forge path in Lakeland – The Ledger

Linda Slaten’s sons: “We wanna know who killed our mom” – CBS News

Brothers hope to find out who killed their mother – The Ledger

Brothers still ache over mom’s killing – The Ledger

Decades-long search for Florida mom’s killer ends with arrest of son’s childhood football coach – CBS News

Man indicted in 1981 murder pleads guilty, faces life in prison – The Ledger

Face of a killer – The U.S Sun

Single mom was found strangled to death with hanger in 1981 and now cops believe her son’s former football coach killed her – Oxygen True Crime

She was murdered 38 years ago. Her son’s football coach is now charged based on DNA – Tampa Bay Times

Son’s coach ID’d as Florida mom’s killer decades after her murder – WTOP News

Linda Slaten murder: what happened to Joseph Clinton Mills? – Vizaca

38 years later: former youth football coach charged with murder, sexual battery in Lakeland mom’s death – ABC Action News

‘You can’t die and burn in hell fast enough’: brothers confront man who killed their mom in 1981 – Yahoo News

‘Why’d you take my mama?’: victim’s sons confront Florida man sentenced in 1981 murder – Wesh

A single mother was killed in 1981. Her son’s youth football coach is now a suspect – CNN

Mom was found sexually assaulted, killed in 1981 – and DNA allegedly links son’s ex-football coach – People

Lakeland man sentenced to life in nearly 4 decade-old cold case – WTSP

Boy hands photo on bedroom wall; doesn’t know its his mother’s killer – Yahoo

Lakeland cold case to be featured on CBS’s ‘48 Hours’ – The Ledger

How a DNA database’s new policy is changing police access and could hinder solving cold cases – ABC News



The Betrayal of Linda Slaten – 48 Hours

Unthinkable Betrayal – On The Case With Paula Zahn

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