When an entire family is murdered in the dead of night, the investigation is complicated by a law enforcement agency teeming with secrets. Small town Virginia meets major crime in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research this episode:

Who Killed Jennifer Short? A FOX8 News Exclusive (Fox8 News)

Short Case Timeline (Ryan Falls / Martinsville Bulletin)

Remains are Those of Va. Child (Washington Post)

Cassell Silent on Paternity (Martinsville Bulletin)

Short Family Murders Still Unsolved After 10 Years (Fox8 News)

Man Couldn’t Have Killed Three, Friends Say (Star News Online)

Friend: Witness Wasn’t Fleeing (Tom Steadman, Jennifer Fernandez / News & Record)

Rockingham County Sheriff Announces DNA Analysis Results (CNN)

Henry County Sheriff Frank Castle Says Lemons Felt Maligned (News & Record)

Va. Sheriff and 19 Others Charged in Drug Scheme (Maria Newman / NY Times)

Juvenile Justice Bulletin, June 2000 (Department of Justice)

Gerald R. HOOPER, Petitioner-Appellant v. D.A. GARRAGHTY, Warden; Attorney General of the State of
Virginia, Respondents-Appellees (US Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit)

Lover’s Lane Murder Baffles Va. Police (The Free Lance Star, Dec. 27, 1978 ed.)

Open Case Virginia: Fire Fuels Fresh Suspicion About Short Family Murders (WDBJ7 News)

Short Family’s Former Henry County Home Destroyed by Fire; Cause Unknown (WSLS News)

If you know anything about the murder of the Short family, please call the FBI’s major case contact center at 1-800-225-5324, or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov

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