UNSOLVED HOMICIDE: HUGUES DE LA PLAZA

When a man is found stabbed to death inside his San Francisco apartment, the evidence located at the scene of the crime seems to contradict itself. A controversial, international investigation unfolds in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research this episode:

Who Killed Hugues de la Plaza? (Mary Spicuzza / SF Weekly)

Gruesome San Francisco Death Becomes International Mystery (Jesse McKinley / NY Times)

In Pursuit of Justice: the Story of Hugues de la Plaza (Elizabeth Nolan / Hoodline.com)

48 Hours Mystery: A Case for Murder (ABC News)

Murder or Suicide? (Matt Smith / SF Weekly)

Review of death scene/autopsy findings of Mr. Hugues De La Plaza (Dr Michael Ferenc)

The Weapons Men and Women Use Most Often to Kill (Dan Keating / Washington Post)

Major Differences Between Women and Men Who Commit Deadly Violence (University of Gothenburg / Science Daily)

BROWN v. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE (United States District Court, N.D. California / leagle.com)

If you know anything about the death of Hugues de la Plaza, please contact the San Francisco Police Department. You can call in a tip at 415-575-4444, text at tip to 847411 or click here to access the tip form on their website.

You may remain anonymous if you wish.

4 thoughts on “UNSOLVED HOMICIDE: HUGUES DE LA PLAZA

  1. My apartment has paper thin walls. I’m not sure I hear water running in the kitchen sink next door but I hear the toilet flushing easily on all levels around me.

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  2. I think about this case a lot. My freshman year of college I got very very drunk, cut my foot, was bleeding profusely, and continued to walk around unaware, until I started slipping on a linoleum floor. I think Hugues was attacked and did not realize he had been stabbed because he was drunk and/or in shock, and continued about his routine until he died. He may have noticed the blood eventually but by then it was too late. I believe when Christopher Porco struck his parents with an axe in their sleep, his father got up and went about his morning routine while dying from a fatal head wound. There is a term for this behavior but I can’t recall what it is. If I had been the cops, I’d have looked for similar crimes (late night stabbings) in the area maybe.

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    1. I actually did the same thing, once, years ago: cut the top of my foot while drinking and didn’t realize until I noticed the floor felt wet. So I could totally see this being the case!

      Leah

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  3. Nix told 48 Hours that calling Hugues parents with the news of his death was one of the hardest things she ever had to do. The truth is: When she called them, she already knew that they had been informed.

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