January 16th, 1984
Triple homicide of Bennett Family -- father, mother, and 7 year old child. Bruce Bennett, 27, and his wife Debra, 26, were stabbed and bludgeoned to death with a hammer. Their daughter Melissa, 7, was also fatally beaten. Both Debra and Melissa were also sexually assaulted. 3-year-old daughter Vanessa survived with a shattered face. The case went unsolved until 2018. In 2021, Alex Ewing was found guilty on all counts related to the deaths of Debra and Bruce Bennett and their 7-year-old daughter, Melissa. Ewing was not identified as a suspect until a DNA hit in July 2018 linked him to semen left at the crime scene. A week prior to the Bennett family murders, DNA evidence would later find, the same man murdered Patricia Smith, 50, in her Lakewood home with a hammer.