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.
Pictured is Hugues’ apartment’s front door, alongside his neighbors’. One of Hugues’ neighbors discovered blood dripping from the doorknob to Hugues’ apartment just hours after his murder. Photo from hoodline.com
Pictured is the front stoop and stairs that Hugues shared with his neighbors who occupied the two other apartments adjacent to his. The front stoop is where Hugues is believed to have sustained his fatal stab injuries. Photo from hoodline.com
Hugues is pictured in an undated photo with his close friend Melissa Nix. Melissa is a journalist who has advocated for justice in regards to Hugues’ murder. Photo by Melissa Nix.
After being stabbed 3 times, Hugues died of blood loss. This photo of the inside of his apartment graphically illustrates the severity of the bleeding. His left subclavian vessels were severed during a stabbing attack–an injury survivable for 1 to 2 minutes at longest. Photo by Melissa Nix.
Hugues de la Plaza was 36 years old whenever he was fatally stabbed just outside the front door of his San Francisco apartment. A sound engineer by trade, Hugues was also a son, a friend, a poet and a good listener. His family and friends have campaigned for justice in regards to his death, but his killer has yet to be identified.
Pictured is the kitchen inside Hugues’ apartment, where the dinner he cooked immediately prior to his death was found barely touched on the counter. A clean steak knife was found in the sink pictured, spurring a bizarre theory detailed in our episode on this case. Photo by Melissa Nix.
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.
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