57 Years Later, Unsolved Pasco Quadruple Murder Still Lingers
It remains the second deadliest crime in Pasco history, after the shocking 1987 shooting that killed five people in Medina's Auto Body.
In that case, although it took 19 years for the second suspect to be found, both suspects were arrested.
On Aug. 11 1960, a quadruple shooting took the lives of four people at a home at 1225 East Clark. Police were called after witnesses heard shots. A 13-year-old boy said he saw a man running from the home, jump in a station wagon and drive away.
Inside the home 38-year-old Israel Fowler; 37-year-old Celeste Dixon, 29-year-old Robbie Jean Harris and 37-year-old Truman H. Brown.
Police at the time speculated the gunman had 'picked up' one of the women at the nearby Kingfish Club (described politely as an after-hours bar). Harris was an exotic dancer and suspected of possible prostitution. Police thought the gunman had been robbed by one of the women and returned to the home and shot the occupants.
But no concrete leads were ever found, and the case faded away. Even with new fingerprint and DNA technology being applied to old evidence from the case, no definite suspect was ever established.
Now 57 years later, Pasco police published details of the case on their Facebook page, hoping to jog a memory or stir up a new lead. It's case PP60-05026 Homicide.
The picture of the vehicles is from an ad run by police trying to describe the potential 1957 Pontiac station wagon getaway car. The other is from a Tri-City Herald followup article.