When three women are killed with a knife inside a small town Montana beauty salon, investigators are nearly as stunned as the citizens they serve. A truly unusual crime remains unsolved twenty years later in this episode of Last Seen Alive.
Brenda Patch, 44 at the time of her death, was one of the three victims.
Pictured from left to right, the three homicide victims: Dorothy Harris, Brenda Patch and Cynthia Paulus.
The triple-homicide took place inside The Hair Gallery (pictured).
A 2001 police photo shows a glimpse of the crime scene.
These sketches illustrate the “oddly dressed” suspect seen leaving the building immediately following the triple-slaying. The sunglasses were left at the crime scene.
This sketch illustrates the “oddly dressed man” believed to have killed the three women.
This sketch illustrates the suspect in a 2002 double-homicide that took place in a bakery in Great Bend, Kansas. Many similarities exist between this double-homicide and the Hair Gallery triple-homicide.
Sources used to research this episode:
The Florence Murders 20 Years Later (Jill Valley / KPAX News)
Dorothy Harris, Brenda Patch and Cynthia Paulus — Florence (The Billings Gazette)
Triple Slaying Stuns Montana Town (Eric Slater / LA Times)
Florence Homicide Stands Alone in FBI Records (Mick Holien and Michael Moore / The Missoulian)
Ask the Judge: Gangs of Montana (Russell Fagg / The Missoulian)
wo Men to be Charged in Connection with Triple-Murder (Michael Moore / The Missoulian)
Florence Murder Suspects Arraigned on New Charges (The Flathead Beacon)
2 Deny Montana Murders (Michael Moore / The Billings Gazette)
Lincoln Benavides Pleads Guilty in US Federal Court (US Attorney’s Office / FBI)
Knife vs. Gun: What a Weapon Reveals (Eric Niller/ Seeker)
Double Homicide Remains Unsolved (Susan Thacker / Great Bend Tribune)
If you know anything about the murders of Brenda Patch, Cynthia Paulus and Dorothy Harris, please call Detective Sergeant Matt Cashell at 406-375-4024.