The killer moved in plain sight on the foggy morning of Sept. 6, 1982, in the tiny southeast Alaskan fishing village of Craig.
Hours after shooting his eight victims with what police believe was a .22-caliber pistol or rifle, he fired up the engines on the 58-foot fishing boat the Investor, waving nonchalantly to a nearby skipper as he moved the vessel — with his victims’ bodies inside — to a secluded bay a mile outside of town.
He motored back to the weather-beaten docks in the Investor’s skiff, returning the next afternoon with a can of gasoline to set the craft ablaze before speeding back to town and seemingly vanishing into thin air.
“When I got there, black smoke was coming out of the wheelhouse, but there was nobody on deck,” former Craig police chief Ray Shapley recalls in a story about the Investor killings in this week’s issue of PEOPLE.
The case will also be featured on Monday night’s People Magazine Investigates on Investigation Discovery and the episode exclusively previewed above.
“It made the hair on the back of my neck stand up,” Shapley says.
Thirty-five years later, the slayings of skipper Mark Coulthurst and his pregnant wife, Irene, both 28, …read more