Candace Hiltz /// 140 /// 141

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  • Forensic Scientist

    Forensic Scientist Ohio

    Gun shot residue dissipates after 24 hours. It may be detectable after that time, but would not be a reliable result.

    Gun shot residue dissipates after 24 hours. It may be detectable after that time, but would not be a reliable result.

  • Anon

    Anon Parts unknown

    Correct me if I am wrong but I thought in the beginning Candice told the police she saw her brother exchanging envelopes with known drug dealers? If so, then maybe he could of gotten guns through them that would not be traced, he probably knew the woods really well so may have hid them, do you know if the police found his camping spots?....also if he was self medicating with drugs this may have made his delusions worse and brought on a type of split personality so he was acting as more then one person during the crime? The way she was wrapped and placed under then bed seems like someone who wanted to cover her up but wasn't really of sound mind to realize that is the worst hiding spot ever, why even bother trying to "hide" her unless your mind thought that was a great spot... The mother also said he doesn't talk to anyone, but Candice saw him with people so she is not around him hardly so it's hard to say who is visiting him etc. Maybe he owed the drug dealers money and they attacked his sister as revenge. Just some random thoughts!

    Correct me if I am wrong but I thought in the beginning Candice told the police she saw her brother exchanging envelopes with known drug dealers? If so, then maybe he could of gotten guns through them that would not be traced, he probably knew the woods really well so may have hid them, do you know if the police found his camping spots?....also if he was self medicating with drugs this may have made his delusions worse and brought on a type of split personality so he was acting as more then one person during the crime? The way she was wrapped and placed under then bed seems like someone who wanted to cover her up but wasn't really of sound mind to realize that is the worst hiding spot ever, why even bother trying to "hide" her unless your mind thought that was a great spot... The mother also said he doesn't talk to anyone, but Candice saw him with people so she is not around him hardly so it's hard to say who is visiting him etc. Maybe he owed the drug dealers money and they attacked his sister as revenge. Just some random thoughts!

  • True Crime Garage

    True Crime Garage

    Thanks For-Sci! Nic

    Thanks For-Sci!
    Nic

  • True Crime Garage

    True Crime Garage

    At Anon, thanks for the thoughts. Candace did not see her brother taking envelopes she claimed to have seen Deputy Dodd taking bribes. I do agree about the killer(s) having wrapped the body and hid under the bed. I'm clueless why anyone would even bother. Unless the person was not in their right mind is the only way that makes sense. Cheers, Nic

    At Anon, thanks for the thoughts.
    Candace did not see her brother taking envelopes she claimed to have seen Deputy Dodd taking bribes. I do agree about the killer(s) having wrapped the body and hid under the bed. I'm clueless why anyone would even bother. Unless the person was not in their right mind is the only way that makes sense.
    Cheers,
    Nic

  • Tobi

    Tobi Auckland

    Kia Ora! Just finished listening to this one. Holy shiitake! What a mess... Anyhow. About the dog. Apparently it's a fairly common occurrence to eliminate the family pet before burglarizing et cetera. For example, a friend of mine (drummer) had all the band gear at his place. His rottweiler was poisoned and two weeks later? Burglarized and all the equipment gone. My point... I do think the pre-kill of the dog was planned and connected to the subsequent murder of Candace (several lines there that I'll not tangent on :)

    Kia Ora! Just finished listening to this one. Holy shiitake! What a mess... Anyhow. About the dog. Apparently it's a fairly common occurrence to eliminate the family pet before burglarizing et cetera. For example, a friend of mine (drummer) had all the band gear at his place. His rottweiler was poisoned and two weeks later? Burglarized and all the equipment gone. My point... I do think the pre-kill of the dog was planned and connected to the subsequent murder of Candace (several lines there that I'll not tangent on smile

  • Kelly

    Kelly Los Angeles, CA

    The killer may have wrapped her body in the blanket if they felt remorse after the murder. This case is crazy, it should be a Netflix special.

    The killer may have wrapped her body in the blanket if they felt remorse after the murder. This case is crazy, it should be a Netflix special.

  • Binkie

    Binkie Dubai

    Candace tells Dodd that she knows he's in cahoots with drug dealers. Dodd tells the drug dealers and they murder Candace. Dodd then pins the blame on the brother and hides all the evidence in a storage locker as part of the cover-up. That seems the simplest solution although the autopsy report and Candace being wrapped in a quilt do muddy the waters a bit.

    Candace tells Dodd that she knows he's in cahoots with drug dealers. Dodd tells the drug dealers and they murder Candace. Dodd then pins the blame on the brother and hides all the evidence in a storage locker as part of the cover-up.

    That seems the simplest solution although the autopsy report and Candace being wrapped in a quilt do muddy the waters a bit.

  • Michelle

    Michelle Cottage Grove, MN

    "GSR is like talcum powder, and is easily shaken or washed off the hands of the guilty party. In fact, sweat is enough to wash it off - so it moves around easily. GSR is found in most American police cars, police stations and investigation rooms.Mar 22, 2007 Gun shot residue › Dr Karl's Great Moments In Science (ABC Science) www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2007/03/22/1878536.htm"

    "GSR is like talcum powder, and is easily shaken or washed off the hands of the guilty party. In fact, sweat is enough to wash it off - so it moves around easily. GSR is found in most American police cars, police stations and investigation rooms.Mar 22, 2007
    Gun shot residue › Dr Karl's Great Moments In Science (ABC Science) www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2007/03/22/1878536.htm"

  • Lori

    Lori DFW

    Initially, it seemed that it was likely that they did a slip shod investigation because they just assumed it was her brother, but then when evidence turns up in someones storage unit years later, well, you wouldn't hide that unless you had a real reason; especially since everyone already knew the investigation was less than thorough. Really interesting case!

    Initially, it seemed that it was likely that they did a slip shod investigation because they just assumed it was her brother, but then when evidence turns up in someones storage unit years later, well, you wouldn't hide that unless you had a real reason; especially since everyone already knew the investigation was less than thorough. Really interesting case!

  • Nicolle

    Nicolle Boise

    I think it's possible that Dodd had whoever he was dealing drugs with kill Candice, then he helped cover it up. Maybe he hired someone or the shady people he was dealing with killed her so they wouldn't be found out. He didn't have to have another cop help him, it could've been anyone. Just a theory. Also, he would've been aware of the dog being there from his first visit and got rid of it ahead of time so it would be easier to surprise Candice. Hopefully she gets justice.

    I think it's possible that Dodd had whoever he was dealing drugs with kill Candice, then he helped cover it up. Maybe he hired someone or the shady people he was dealing with killed her so they wouldn't be found out. He didn't have to have another cop help him, it could've been anyone. Just a theory. Also, he would've been aware of the dog being there from his first visit and got rid of it ahead of time so it would be easier to surprise Candice. Hopefully she gets justice.

  • Alex

    Alex Nebraska

    In the Stephen King novel The Dead Zone the serial rapist/murder is... Deputy Dodd. Just thought that was a funny coincidence. Thanks for the podcast, helps me pass the time at work.

    In the Stephen King novel The Dead Zone the serial rapist/murder is... Deputy Dodd. Just thought that was a funny coincidence. Thanks for the podcast, helps me pass the time at work.

  • Whitney

    Whitney Arkansas

    Here's a thought I had: If Candace's claim that she saw Dodd exchanging envelopes with drug dealers is true (which it might be -- he definitely seems like a bad apple), he might have gotten spooked. While I don't necessarily think he would have killed her himself, he might have talked to the drug dealers he was working with to say, "Hey, this girl is on to our little deal. You need to take care of her, and I'll make sure the investigation never comes back to you."

    Here's a thought I had: If Candace's claim that she saw Dodd exchanging envelopes with drug dealers is true (which it might be -- he definitely seems like a bad apple), he might have gotten spooked. While I don't necessarily think he would have killed her himself, he might have talked to the drug dealers he was working with to say, "Hey, this girl is on to our little deal. You need to take care of her, and I'll make sure the investigation never comes back to you."

  • Carrie

    Carrie Wisconsin

    One thought I had while listening to part One was did the brother go to the camper looking for the food and water his mother had been putting out and none was there. If none had been there, maybe he went to the house to look for food and water. Since the mother had been out shopping, maybe there had not been much food or water at the house and the brother became angry. I previously worked with psychiatric patients and witnessed nonviolent mentally ill people become violent without warning. When you first stated it appeared the mother did not call 911 immediately after finding her daughter, my first thought was she was trying to cover for her mentally ill son. Will listen to part 2!

    One thought I had while listening to part One was did the brother go to the camper looking for the food and water his mother had been putting out and none was there. If none had been there, maybe he went to the house to look for food and water. Since the mother had been out shopping, maybe there had not been much food or water at the house and the brother became angry. I previously worked with psychiatric patients and witnessed nonviolent mentally ill people become violent without warning. When you first stated it appeared the mother did not call 911 immediately after finding her daughter, my first thought was she was trying to cover for her mentally ill son. Will listen to part 2!

  • Jaime

    Jaime Chicago

    I'm glad to see that some people had the same thought as me RE:drug dealer involvement... I think it is a big stretch to say that Dodd would actually murder Candace... But threaten the drug dealer (and friends) to "take care of their problem" and then promise to lead the investigation away from from them? Very plausible- especially given his obviously shady character. Anyways, I've been binging for months and am all caught up now! So glad you have started doing 2 episodes a week!

    I'm glad to see that some people had the same thought as me RE:drug dealer involvement...
    I think it is a big stretch to say that Dodd would actually murder Candace... But threaten the drug dealer (and friends) to "take care of their problem" and then promise to lead the investigation away from from them? Very plausible- especially given his obviously shady character.
    Anyways, I've been binging for months and am all caught up now! So glad you have started doing 2 episodes a week!

  • Julie

    Julie St Louis

    A stranger would have more need to kill the dog, and to do it when no one is home. Likely the dog will bark when the stranger approaches, continue barking the entire time it is being dragged away from the house, attached to the tree and killed. Candice's brother would likely not need the kill the dog to keep it from alerting people of his presence-- the dog would probably know him, and the people around the house probably wouldn't be all that surprised to see Candice's brother, especially since he comes around to get food from the trailer regularly. That being said, I still think it's possible that the brother killed the dog as part of his mental break, whether it was related to the murder or not. If we continue to delve into the Deputy Dodd conspiracy, then the dog killed with an ax can still be explained as part of trying to pin the murder on Candice's brother. The police know that he stole an ax from someone's house. My main issue with the Deputy Dodd theory is that it doesn't seem like enough provocation on Candice's part to warrant being killed. I guess the bribes he collected could open a whole can of worms and maybe uncover more things that he's done. I also think when Candice was in the sheriff's office, she may have had another encounter with him or maybe even Dodd viewed her presence in his workplace was another threat.

    A stranger would have more need to kill the dog, and to do it when no one is home. Likely the dog will bark when the stranger approaches, continue barking the entire time it is being dragged away from the house, attached to the tree and killed. Candice's brother would likely not need the kill the dog to keep it from alerting people of his presence-- the dog would probably know him, and the people around the house probably wouldn't be all that surprised to see Candice's brother, especially since he comes around to get food from the trailer regularly. That being said, I still think it's possible that the brother killed the dog as part of his mental break, whether it was related to the murder or not.

    If we continue to delve into the Deputy Dodd conspiracy, then the dog killed with an ax can still be explained as part of trying to pin the murder on Candice's brother. The police know that he stole an ax from someone's house. My main issue with the Deputy Dodd theory is that it doesn't seem like enough provocation on Candice's part to warrant being killed. I guess the bribes he collected could open a whole can of worms and maybe uncover more things that he's done. I also think when Candice was in the sheriff's office, she may have had another encounter with him or maybe even Dodd viewed her presence in his workplace was another threat.

  • Brooke

    Brooke Illinois

    I just wanted to put forth a solution to the "who found Candice's body" problem. Isn't it possible that her Mom in fact did initially find the body, but while she was holding her hand and in grief, the son of the neighbor cam in, found them, took the daughter (granddaughter) to his house and called the police? This would be a mesh of both stories and explain a bit I think. Just a thought.

    I just wanted to put forth a solution to the "who found Candice's body" problem. Isn't it possible that her Mom in fact did initially find the body, but while she was holding her hand and in grief, the son of the neighbor cam in, found them, took the daughter (granddaughter) to his house and called the police? This would be a mesh of both stories and explain a bit I think. Just a thought.

  • randy

    randy Toronto

    I find it strange that the brother never heard any gun shots. He was living in the woods behind the house, how could he not have heard something? Did anyone ask him? Being mentally ill he may not voluntary come forward with any info. Where in relation was the dog found to his tent? If it was nearby, I find it hard to believe that he wouldn't have heard someone killing that poor dog. It seems pretty clear to me that it's that sketchy police guy or police guys.

    I find it strange that the brother never heard any gun shots. He was living in the woods behind the house, how could he not have heard something? Did anyone ask him? Being mentally ill he may not voluntary come forward with any info.
    Where in relation was the dog found to his tent? If it was nearby, I find it hard to believe that he wouldn't have heard someone killing that poor dog.
    It seems pretty clear to me that it's that sketchy police guy or police guys.

  • Blaire

    Blaire DC

    I don’t know what to make of this case – I don’t even have a good theory. But I have to tell you something very early in the story that stopped me dead in my tracks – that she “had just been admitted to Stanford Law School.” Anyone familiar with the law school admissions process at elite schools would by aghast by this statement. I could go through the myriad of reasons that this is not even remotely possible/true, but encourage anyone who wonders to go take a look at the Stanford Law School admissions site, starting with their admissions timeline. I thought this was maybe some misreporting from the media, as there were some obvious mistakes that made it to print (which you pointed out on your podcast). But, this “just admitted to Sanford Law School” is a direct quote from the mother. It sort of baffles the mind why she would make something up like this. But, it does kind bring into questions some of the weird oddities of her story – particularly the delay in calling 911 and the very very odd discrepancies regarding who found the body. (Not to digress, but it would make more sense that someone would get the baby the hell out of a murder scene as quickly as possible, rather than not call 911 and lay on the ground with her daughter while even the mother states the baby was crying.) Regardless, I can not wait to hear the outcome of the deputy’s trail – what a truly bizarre twist to all this. I love these just confounding cases and the way you present them – although I don’t think my employer appreciates their effect on my work productivity.

    I don’t know what to make of this case – I don’t even have a good theory. But I have to tell you something very early in the story that stopped me dead in my tracks – that she “had just been admitted to Stanford Law School.” Anyone familiar with the law school admissions process at elite schools would by aghast by this statement. I could go through the myriad of reasons that this is not even remotely possible/true, but encourage anyone who wonders to go take a look at the Stanford Law School admissions site, starting with their admissions timeline.
    I thought this was maybe some misreporting from the media, as there were some obvious mistakes that made it to print (which you pointed out on your podcast). But, this “just admitted to Sanford Law School” is a direct quote from the mother. It sort of baffles the mind why she would make something up like this. But, it does kind bring into questions some of the weird oddities of her story – particularly the delay in calling 911 and the very very odd discrepancies regarding who found the body. (Not to digress, but it would make more sense that someone would get the baby the hell out of a murder scene as quickly as possible, rather than not call 911 and lay on the ground with her daughter while even the mother states the baby was crying.)
    Regardless, I can not wait to hear the outcome of the deputy’s trail – what a truly bizarre twist to all this.
    I love these just confounding cases and the way you present them – although I don’t think my employer appreciates their effect on my work productivity.

  • SB

    SB

    I am with the host's and say that I cannot completely rule out the brother just because of his mental illness. All the things that don't seem to make sense to a sane person, i.e., the various guns used, the door being broke open despite the fact the brother had a way in, etc, make total sense if the person is in a manic state. He might bring a handful of guns and shoot all of them, he might kill "his" dog, if he is so confused he doesn't even realize what he is doing. As one of the host's said, for all we know, he could have thought he was breaching a castle to kill an evil with....all bets are off with mental illness. However, I can overlook the fact that Dodd had very incriminating evidence in his personal possession. This cries out for an explanation, because, on one hand, you have a very strange murder, with no solid suspect, and on the other hand you have the family begging people to take a closer look at Dodd, while suggesting the department is hiding something. Then, you find out the very detective the family was suspicious of, was hiding evidence pertinent to their case, in his private storage....why? My guess is this, Dodd was doing some illegal activity, that the victim probably witnessed. When Dodd came to the house, and the victim told him that she had dirt on him, and had witnessed him accepting illegal money/drugs, this made him worry a bit. Then when the family went in to file a formal complaint, I think he was very angry, and worried he could be exposed. In my mind, it is very possible Dodd went back to the streets and spoke to the criminals he was dealing with and told them Candace needed to be dealt with. I think two thugs then broke into the apt, and carried out the murder. This would explain the multiple guns used, AND why Dodd would want to help cover this case up by holding on to key pieces of evidence. In short, Dodd was fingered by Candace for illegal activity, Dodd, fearing exposure, ordered his criminal contacts to carry out the murder, with the understanding he would be handling the investigation and could steer it away from them and towards the brother. He also kept damning evidence in his personal storage rather than risk it being independently examined.

    I am with the host's and say that I cannot completely rule out the brother just because of his mental illness. All the things that don't seem to make sense to a sane person, i.e., the various guns used, the door being broke open despite the fact the brother had a way in, etc, make total sense if the person is in a manic state. He might bring a handful of guns and shoot all of them, he might kill "his" dog, if he is so confused he doesn't even realize what he is doing. As one of the host's said, for all we know, he could have thought he was breaching a castle to kill an evil with....all bets are off with mental illness.

    However, I can overlook the fact that Dodd had very incriminating evidence in his personal possession. This cries out for an explanation, because, on one hand, you have a very strange murder, with no solid suspect, and on the other hand you have the family begging people to take a closer look at Dodd, while suggesting the department is hiding something. Then, you find out the very detective the family was suspicious of, was hiding evidence pertinent to their case, in his private storage....why?

    My guess is this, Dodd was doing some illegal activity, that the victim probably witnessed. When Dodd came to the house, and the victim told him that she had dirt on him, and had witnessed him accepting illegal money/drugs, this made him worry a bit. Then when the family went in to file a formal complaint, I think he was very angry, and worried he could be exposed.

    In my mind, it is very possible Dodd went back to the streets and spoke to the criminals he was dealing with and told them Candace needed to be dealt with. I think two thugs then broke into the apt, and carried out the murder. This would explain the multiple guns used, AND why Dodd would want to help cover this case up by holding on to key pieces of evidence.

    In short, Dodd was fingered by Candace for illegal activity, Dodd, fearing exposure, ordered his criminal contacts to carry out the murder, with the understanding he would be handling the investigation and could steer it away from them and towards the brother. He also kept damning evidence in his personal storage rather than risk it being independently examined.

  • Sarah

    Sarah

    To me, it sounds like Dodd was taking money from criminals to hide evidence and derail investigations that might lead back to them, and, after Candace accused him of it, he told some of them that she was a problem. I think some of them killed her, and Dodd "misplaced" some of the evidence like he'd done so many times before. I don't think he killed her himself, but I do think that he was the catalyst and that he covered it up afterward.

    To me, it sounds like Dodd was taking money from criminals to hide evidence and derail investigations that might lead back to them, and, after Candace accused him of it, he told some of them that she was a problem. I think some of them killed her, and Dodd "misplaced" some of the evidence like he'd done so many times before. I don't think he killed her himself, but I do think that he was the catalyst and that he covered it up afterward.

  • Lilia

    Lilia Auckland, New Zealand

    You know how the police office was exchanging envelopes with the drug dealer? I think that police could have made the drug dealer/dealers to get rid of Candice, they could have said that Candice is threatening to expose the whole operation and that they have to get rid of her to continue the dealing. This way police is not interested in collecting all the evidence but they haven't actually pulled the trigger. Thanks guys, love the podcast!

    You know how the police office was exchanging envelopes with the drug dealer? I think that police could have made the drug dealer/dealers to get rid of Candice, they could have said that Candice is threatening to expose the whole operation and that they have to get rid of her to continue the dealing. This way police is not interested in collecting all the evidence but they haven't actually pulled the trigger. Thanks guys, love the podcast!

  • David

    David Santa Ana

    You dudes are my favorites but there were a lot of interruptions throughout this story and it kind of threw me off track. Then again, I have bad ADHD! That was my only gripe in an otherwise great story and amazing podcast. This case certainly reeks of suspicious police work, at least to me.

    You dudes are my favorites but there were a lot of interruptions throughout this story and it kind of threw me off track. Then again, I have bad ADHD! That was my only gripe in an otherwise great story and amazing podcast. This case certainly reeks of suspicious police work, at least to me.

  • John

    John Atlanta

    I really think Dodd knows a great deal more than he is saying. He should be grilled really hard by the Colorado state authorities.

    I really think Dodd knows a great deal more than he is saying. He should be grilled really hard by the Colorado state authorities.

  • Melissa

    Melissa Alabama

    I think Dodd killed her once he realized she was a witness to his corruption. He probably used multiple guns to throw off the investigation. He may seem sloppy but that could just be his ego. How long has he been corrupt? He may have gotten away with it for so long he felt untouchable, which unfortunately seems is the case since nothing has been done. Definitely reminds me of Fahmy Malek

    I think Dodd killed her once he realized she was a witness to his corruption.
    He probably used multiple guns to throw off the investigation. He may seem sloppy but that could just be his ego. How long has he been corrupt? He may have gotten away with it for so long he felt untouchable, which unfortunately seems is the case since nothing has been done. Definitely reminds me of Fahmy Malek

  • Michael

    Michael Vancouver, BC

    Why wouldn't Dodd just destroy the evidence if he was attempting to cover up his (or surrogates') involvement in murder? Why hang on to it in a locker that is traceable to him? Why take that risk?

    Why wouldn't Dodd just destroy the evidence if he was attempting to cover up his (or surrogates') involvement in murder? Why hang on to it in a locker that is traceable to him? Why take that risk?

  • Deanna

    Deanna Philly

    My thought on the dog...Lt. Dodd came to the house looking for James, he would probably know that Jackson (the dog) would go nuts if anyone tried to break in. If what Candace said was true about Lt. Dodd taking money from drug dealers, could Lt. Dodd have had the drug dealers kill Candace, but warned them to take care of the dog first? Normally I would back law enforcement but I think there's just too much shady stuff regarding evidence left at the scene, taking stuff to the storage unit. I have to disagree with Nick on him not being capable & not having people from the sheriffs dept back him up. Watch "the 75" on Netflix and listen to what Michael Dowd says in Interviews about how he and his friends would've done anything to avoid getting caught. Lt. Dodd just seems to have the same demeanor as Dowd to me, unfortunately

    My thought on the dog...Lt. Dodd came to the house looking for James, he would probably know that Jackson (the dog) would go nuts if anyone tried to break in. If what Candace said was true about Lt. Dodd taking money from drug dealers, could Lt. Dodd have had the drug dealers kill Candace, but warned them to take care of the dog first? Normally I would back law enforcement but I think there's just too much shady stuff regarding evidence left at the scene, taking stuff to the storage unit. I have to disagree with Nick on him not being capable & not having people from the sheriffs dept back him up. Watch "the 75" on Netflix and listen to what Michael Dowd says in Interviews about how he and his friends would've done anything to avoid getting caught. Lt. Dodd just seems to have the same demeanor as Dowd to me, unfortunately

  • Seth

    Seth Houston

    Should have named the podcast "James Hiltz" with the amount of time talking about him and not about the murder

    Should have named the podcast "James Hiltz" with the amount of time talking about him and not about the murder

  • Big HEX 39

    Big HEX 39 So Cal

    Look into the McStay Family Murder. Family of four found burried in the desert in San Bernardino County California. This would be a good one. Both Husband and wife with both their lil boys found burried years after vanishing. Three and Four year old boys. Good luck fellas. Love the show.

    Look into the McStay Family Murder. Family of four found burried in the desert in San Bernardino County California. This would be a good one. Both Husband and wife with both their lil boys found burried years after vanishing. Three and Four year old boys. Good luck fellas. Love the show.

  • Ketch

    Ketch MO

    Regarding the $500,000 bond. I realize this might sound a little backwards but the combination of the felony charges and the higher bond actually open up a number of mental health options for James. Mental health is tragically underfunded and there are very few options open to the public when they are attempting to help a family member. The public really has no idea that options available to an individual nearly double when they are charged with a felony. And, considering mental health proceeding are 100% confidential, the public and the media would have no idea what the court was doing in the background to assist someone. While you assume James was sitting in a cell awaiting his proceedings, he was most likely in a state mental health facility being evaluated and receiving meds. The process to declare someone innocent by reason of insanity is lengthy at best and requires extensive care. Before you can declare them insane you first have to attempt to work through the process of making them capable of assisting in their own defense and finding you are unable to do so. The statutory requirements for this process are intense and, honestly, fascinating.

    Regarding the $500,000 bond. I realize this might sound a little backwards but the combination of the felony charges and the higher bond actually open up a number of mental health options for James. Mental health is tragically underfunded and there are very few options open to the public when they are attempting to help a family member. The public really has no idea that options available to an individual nearly double when they are charged with a felony. And, considering mental health proceeding are 100% confidential, the public and the media would have no idea what the court was doing in the background to assist someone. While you assume James was sitting in a cell awaiting his proceedings, he was most likely in a state mental health facility being evaluated and receiving meds. The process to declare someone innocent by reason of insanity is lengthy at best and requires extensive care. Before you can declare them insane you first have to attempt to work through the process of making them capable of assisting in their own defense and finding you are unable to do so. The statutory requirements for this process are intense and, honestly, fascinating.

  • Louise H

    Louise H Michigan

    Another great episode guys. Can you cover the Pike County Ohio massacre?

    Another great episode guys. Can you cover the Pike County Ohio massacre?

  • Drea

    Drea Washington

    An idea about the news paper article, in thinking that maybe they mention brother and not boyfriend. Newspapers aren't always 100% I've seen so many with typos and Mis printed Information. I'm thinking when it went to be edited who ever edited it wasn't actually reading it and the person who wrote it misspelled brother and the editor or the spell check on the computer corrected it to boyfriend? Would make sense she had at lest one brother that was married and married to someone she was friends with. And if the mother is covering up for James it would make sense if a brother found her body called the mom took the baby to his wife and then him and his mother covers it up. And maybe the mother is coming off as having nothing to hide and being very open with stuff because shs knows that if she does that people won't look at her with suspicion.

    An idea about the news paper article, in thinking that maybe they mention brother and not boyfriend. Newspapers aren't always 100% I've seen so many with typos and Mis printed Information. I'm thinking when it went to be edited who ever edited it wasn't actually reading it and the person who wrote it misspelled brother and the editor or the spell check on the computer corrected it to boyfriend? Would make sense she had at lest one brother that was married and married to someone she was friends with. And if the mother is covering up for James it would make sense if a brother found her body called the mom took the baby to his wife and then him and his mother covers it up. And maybe the mother is coming off as having nothing to hide and being very open with stuff because shs knows that if she does that people won't look at her with suspicion.

  • True Crime Garage

    True Crime Garage

    Interesting thought Drea. I can back you up on the not always correct thing. Heck just in this case alone I found to reports that got easy to fact check items wrong and still sold us the newspapers. Cheers, Nic

    Interesting thought Drea. I can back you up on the not always correct thing. Heck just in this case alone I found to reports that got easy to fact check items wrong and still sold us the newspapers.
    Cheers,
    Nic

  • True Crime Garage

    True Crime Garage

    Louise - the Pike case has been on our list for a while. It's a very troubling case and a good suggestion. As you know we are in Ohio and that case has hit a little too close to home for us. There for I don't know that we will ever cover it. I apologize Nic

    Louise - the Pike case has been on our list for a while. It's a very troubling case and a good suggestion. As you know we are in Ohio and that case has hit a little too close to home for us. There for I don't know that we will ever cover it. I apologize
    Nic

  • Jennifer

    Jennifer Dallas

    I was thinking the entire time that the best theory was the drug dealers that Dodd was seen with. If Dodd told them that the only way he can keep working with/protecting them was if they got rid of Candace, then I'm sure they would have dealt with her accordingly. Has that theory really never been looked at by anyone in law enforcement or by the family?

    I was thinking the entire time that the best theory was the drug dealers that Dodd was seen with. If Dodd told them that the only way he can keep working with/protecting them was if they got rid of Candace, then I'm sure they would have dealt with her accordingly. Has that theory really never been looked at by anyone in law enforcement or by the family?

  • True Crime Garage

    True Crime Garage

    I think it has been looked at by Hiltz family. I doubt Dodd would have looked at that seeing how he was on the take. Nic

    I think it has been looked at by Hiltz family. I doubt Dodd would have looked at that seeing how he was on the take.
    Nic

  • Dawn

    Dawn California

    Candace is my baby sister. Dodd was not the officer she confronted about the envelopes and drug dealers, it was another officer. Dodd was the lead investigator in her case and hid evidence. There is so much wrong with her case, I don't know we will ever have justice. On the podcast they dismissed the two teenage girls, I wouldn't. There is a lot to there story. This has been so difficult for our family to recover from. After more than 11 years I still cry almost every day. All I can do is have hope someday we will have some answers.

    Candace is my baby sister. Dodd was not the officer she confronted about the envelopes and drug dealers, it was another officer. Dodd was the lead investigator in her case and hid evidence. There is so much wrong with her case, I don't know we will ever have justice. On the podcast they dismissed the two teenage girls, I wouldn't. There is a lot to there story. This has been so difficult for our family to recover from. After more than 11 years I still cry almost every day. All I can do is have hope someday we will have some answers.

  • True Crime Garage

    True Crime Garage

    Dear Dawn, We're sorry for the loss of your sister. Anytime we put together a case we try to get everything as accurate as possible giving the resources available to us. We hope your family gets the answers and justice you deserve. If you ever wish to discuss or fill us in on the two teenage girls, I'd love to talk. Thank you, Nic

    Dear Dawn,
    We're sorry for the loss of your sister. Anytime we put together a case we try to get everything as accurate as possible giving the resources available to us. We hope your family gets the answers and justice you deserve. If you ever wish to discuss or fill us in on the two teenage girls, I'd love to talk.
    Thank you,
    Nic

  • Alicia

    Alicia San Francisco

    If Dodd was dealing drugs, as Candace claimed, couldn't some of those people be involved. She had to know who was involved to make that claim. Would make since that Dodd knows to get rid of the dog first. But maybe he and the dealer. Or maybe the dealers went in there. Just tragic for the family. You two are great!!!!

    If Dodd was dealing drugs, as Candace claimed, couldn't some of those people be involved. She had to know who was involved to make that claim. Would make since that Dodd knows to get rid of the dog first. But maybe he and the dealer. Or maybe the dealers went in there. Just tragic for the family.

    You two are great!!!!

  • True Crime Garage

    True Crime Garage

    I get the vibe that Dodd was taking bribes to "look the other way." I don't think he was dealing. This is a strange case with almost too many possibilities to nail down the killer. I hope I'm wrong and that they .catch this bastard, soon. Nic.

    I get the vibe that Dodd was taking bribes to "look the other way." I don't think he was dealing. This is a strange case with almost too many possibilities to nail down the killer. I hope I'm wrong and that they .catch this bastard, soon.
    Nic.

  • Mark

    Mark Austin

    You guys got a little too carried away on this one. This is a pretty cut and dry case. The killing of the dog was the first act that marked the older brother's psychotic break from reality. To hack a dog to death with an ax is a psychotic act, period. The dog was a family member, was she not? You bet she was, which is why James killed it. Candace was the second family victim of the brother. Considering that James did not believe he was actually related to these people, probably meant he viewed them suspiciously. I believe that James had probably collected an arsenal of weapons through his various break-ins. Am betting that many of the weapons were not reported as being stolen because they very well could have been unregistered or perhaps in the possession of people on probation or parole. Not hard to believe that one person could have shot two guns, especially if he was relying on a double barrel shotgun that only had two shells. If James was planning on killing multiple people, he would have had multiple guns. Hacking a dog to death, shooting a teenage mom multiple times and then wrapping her up and hiding her under a bed? These are acts that were committed by someone that has had a psychotic break.

    You guys got a little too carried away on this one. This is a pretty cut and dry case. The killing of the dog was the first act that marked the older brother's psychotic break from reality. To hack a dog to death with an ax is a psychotic act, period. The dog was a family member, was she not? You bet she was, which is why James killed it. Candace was the second family victim of the brother. Considering that James did not believe he was actually related to these people, probably meant he viewed them suspiciously. I believe that James had probably collected an arsenal of weapons through his various break-ins. Am betting that many of the weapons were not reported as being stolen because they very well could have been unregistered or perhaps in the possession of people on probation or parole. Not hard to believe that one person could have shot two guns, especially if he was relying on a double barrel shotgun that only had two shells. If James was planning on killing multiple people, he would have had multiple guns. Hacking a dog to death, shooting a teenage mom multiple times and then wrapping her up and hiding her under a bed? These are acts that were committed by someone that has had a psychotic break.

  • True Crime Garage

    True Crime Garage

    @ Mark All very good points brother! Cheers, Nic

    @ Mark
    All very good points brother!
    Cheers,
    Nic

  • Shels475

    Shels475

    Just listening to this pod cast and I am hearing the Captain go off about how she could have a boyfriend that brought his wife to the house. It's called a Polyamorous relationship. They are out there, truly. You might not like the idea, but given her age and intelligence level, this is the kind of relationship she would have thrived in.

    Just listening to this pod cast and I am hearing the Captain go off about how she could have a boyfriend that brought his wife to the house. It's called a Polyamorous relationship. They are out there, truly. You might not like the idea, but given her age and intelligence level, this is the kind of relationship she would have thrived in.

  • True Crime Garage

    True Crime Garage

    I recently had the opportunity to talk with Heather Hiltz. Heather is Candace's sister in law. In speaking with her I was able to get some further insight into the her sister's unsolved murder investigation. The first question that I had was regarding how the Crime Scene and Candace's body was discovered from listening to the podcast you know that there was in my opinion much confusion regarding who first found the scene and what happened after. This was due to local media accounts. According to Heather a neighbor man was driving and his car broke down. He was returning to his home on foot when he heard the cries and screams of the little baby -Page. He entered the Hiltz home (door already open) went inside and discovered some blood and Page left alone. Page had small amounts of blood on her clothing. Remember Candace's body was not visable. She had been rolled in a blanket and placed under a bed. The man not sure what was going on took Page and returned to his house in an effort to protect the child. The next people to arrive at the scene were Candace's mother and the mother of the neighbor man. They arrived together. It was then that Candace's mother discovered Candace's body. So in a sense both stories are correct and I'm thankful that has been cleared up. One thing this eliminates is... We had speculated that if Candace's mother had been the first and only person to arrive at the crime scene and if she had suspected her son of having committed the murder she would have had time to alter the scene in a way that could point away from her son. We now know this was not possible. Furthermore Heather told me that unidentified DNA was found at the crime scene. This DNA was checked against the Hiltz family none matched. This means someone other that the brother was present at that crime scene. Also given the brother's affliction this would also lead me to believe the brother was not there and not working with anyone else. The brother later when located and arrested was searched and no DNA (Candace's), hair, fibers or gun powder residue were found on him. Items removed from the scene- remember there was evidence that the investigators failed to collect at the scene that once discovered Candace's mother and brother collected, catalogued and brought to Law Enforcement (LE). What's even more strange as pointed out on the show some items believed to have been taken from the crime scene were later discovered in retired Lt. Robert Dodd's storage locker that he rented on a monthly basis. These items were discovered by a third party when Dodd failed to make payments on the locker and lost possession of the locker. Inside were a hatchet, rope and blanket. The hatchet and rope are believed to have been what was used to bind and kill the Hiltz family dog Jackson. Heather and I are both unclear if there is a connection with the blanket to the murder case but according to Heather neither the hatchet nor rope have ever been tested. The new information regarding the locker is this. Socks were also found in Dodd's storage locker. According to Candace's mother these match socks that were on Candace's feet when she discovered Candace's body. The Hiltz family suspects that these items could contain evidentiary value and Robert Dodd has concealed these items to cover up for his crimes or someone else's. I did question Heather as to why an officer would spend time and effort to hide something instead of just destroying it. As hiding can only lead to finding. She didn't know why, nor do I. As you know Dodd is to be facing charges of police misconduct and has been scheduled several times to go to court. Heather was able to provide us with an update and the update is very frustrating. When Dodd was initially charged he left the state and currently resides in another state. His attorney has been good at getting several continuances in this matter. To this date Robert Dodd has not even stepped foot on a courtroom to face these charges. Currently his attorney is working to get the charges dropped. The Hiltz family is concerned that the charges will in fact get dropped and he will not be held accountable for police misconduct. Look that is very wrong, very! Yes it has not been fully proven that the items I have listed here came from the murder scene- that could be debated. Regardless there were several items that were in fact evidence in other cases, as discussed on the show and that is not in doubt. So no matter what this guy is a guilty man that took an oath to serve and protect his community and that community paid him to do so. He is currently collecting retirement pay and benefits. The saddest part of this is several members of the Hiltz family have on multiple times contacted the District Attorney's office to inquire about the case only to be told that they are not victims. They are victims and I believe they are being victimized further by the DA's office and the lack of effort to prosecute Robert Dodd. As for the brother to whom which the Captain and I had some strong suspicions he is still receiving some treatment but is doing better. On occasion he gets to visits his mother and family all of which are still very much hurting from the loss of Candace. I was glad to hear the family is still intact after this horrible crime and tragedy. TCG wishes them luck with their case. At the very least the state needs to make an example out of Robert Dodd if you don't you are telling all persons working on behalf of the Government and the public that this type of behavior is acceptable when it very clearly is not. Thank you Heather! -Nic

    I recently had the opportunity to talk with Heather Hiltz. Heather is Candace's sister in law. In speaking with her I was able to get some further insight into the her sister's unsolved murder investigation. The first question that I had was regarding how the Crime Scene and Candace's body was discovered from listening to the podcast you know that there was in my opinion much confusion regarding who first found the scene and what happened after. This was due to local media accounts. According to Heather a neighbor man was driving and his car broke down. He was returning to his home on foot when he heard the cries and screams of the little baby -Page. He entered the Hiltz home (door already open) went inside and discovered some blood and Page left alone. Page had small amounts of blood on her clothing. Remember Candace's body was not visable. She had been rolled in a blanket and placed under a bed. The man not sure what was going on took Page and returned to his house in an effort to protect the child. The next people to arrive at the scene were Candace's mother and the mother of the neighbor man. They arrived together. It was then that Candace's mother discovered Candace's body. So in a sense both stories are correct and I'm thankful that has been cleared up. One thing this eliminates is... We had speculated that if Candace's mother had been the first and only person to arrive at the crime scene and if she had suspected her son of having committed the murder she would have had time to alter the scene in a way that could point away from her son. We now know this was not possible. Furthermore Heather told me that unidentified DNA was found at the crime scene. This DNA was checked against the Hiltz family none matched. This means someone other that the brother was present at that crime scene. Also given the brother's affliction this would also lead me to believe the brother was not there and not working with anyone else. The brother later when located and arrested was searched and no DNA (Candace's), hair, fibers or gun powder residue were found on him.
    Items removed from the scene- remember there was evidence that the investigators failed to collect at the scene that once discovered Candace's mother and brother collected, catalogued and brought to Law Enforcement (LE). What's even more strange as pointed out on the show some items believed to have been taken from the crime scene were later discovered in retired Lt. Robert Dodd's storage locker that he rented on a monthly basis. These items were discovered by a third party when Dodd failed to make payments on the locker and lost possession of the locker. Inside were a hatchet, rope and blanket. The hatchet and rope are believed to have been what was used to bind and kill the Hiltz family dog Jackson. Heather and I are both unclear if there is a connection with the blanket to the murder case but according to Heather neither the hatchet nor rope have ever been tested. The new information regarding the locker is this. Socks were also found in Dodd's storage locker. According to Candace's mother these match socks that were on Candace's feet when she discovered Candace's body. The Hiltz family suspects that these items could contain evidentiary value and Robert Dodd has concealed these items to cover up for his crimes or someone else's. I did question Heather as to why an officer would spend time and effort to hide something instead of just destroying it. As hiding can only lead to finding. She didn't know why, nor do I. As you know Dodd is to be facing charges of police misconduct and has been scheduled several times to go to court. Heather was able to provide us with an update and the update is very frustrating. When Dodd was initially charged he left the state and currently resides in another state. His attorney has been good at getting several continuances in this matter. To this date Robert Dodd has not even stepped foot on a courtroom to face these charges. Currently his attorney is working to get the charges dropped. The Hiltz family is concerned that the charges will in fact get dropped and he will not be held accountable for police misconduct. Look that is very wrong, very! Yes it has not been fully proven that the items I have listed here came from the murder scene- that could be debated. Regardless there were several items that were in fact evidence in other cases, as discussed on the show and that is not in doubt. So no matter what this guy is a guilty man that took an oath to serve and protect his community and that community paid him to do so. He is currently collecting retirement pay and benefits. The saddest part of this is several members of the Hiltz family have on multiple times contacted the District Attorney's office to inquire about the case only to be told that they are not victims. They are victims and I believe they are being victimized further by the DA's office and the lack of effort to prosecute Robert Dodd. As for the brother to whom which the Captain and I had some strong suspicions he is still receiving some treatment but is doing better. On occasion he gets to visits his mother and family all of which are still very much hurting from the loss of Candace. I was glad to hear the family is still intact after this horrible crime and tragedy. TCG wishes them luck with their case. At the very least the state needs to make an example out of Robert Dodd if you don't you are telling all persons working on behalf of the Government and the public that this type of behavior is acceptable when it very clearly is not.
    Thank you Heather! -Nic

  • Heather Hiltz

    Heather Hiltz Colorado

    Ty Nic! More up dates to come im sure of it! Thank you for keeping her in peoples hearts... I will never stop fighting for her ever. We love you Candi girl rip.

    Ty Nic! More up dates to come im sure of it! Thank you for keeping her in peoples hearts... I will never stop fighting for her ever. We love you Candi girl rip.

  • Carol

    Carol Montana

    I feel so badly for this family. Trying to fight the local police department is a horrifying experience and can be quite expensive. No one knows who to trust or not trust. I am wishing the family the best of luck and hoping for further updates with some good news that this has been solved and the family can finally find peace. Not that they will ever get their sweet daughter/sister/mother back but they will know the secrets of her death.

    I feel so badly for this family. Trying to fight the local police department is a horrifying experience and can be quite expensive. No one knows who to trust or not trust. I am wishing the family the best of luck and hoping for further updates with some good news that this has been solved and the family can finally find peace. Not that they will ever get their sweet daughter/sister/mother back but they will know the secrets of her death.

  • Brooke

    Brooke NC

    I just got around to listening to this one, and I'm so glad I did. Even though listening to it really made me angry. I'm glad I came to read other people's opinions on the case since I got to see the update from Heather. It's so ridiculous that Dodd is apparently going to get away, bringing in his retirement benefits from the community that, as you stated, he obviously did not serve and protect. There is no doubt in my mind that he is the one behind this. It's hard to believe because you want to think that police officers are out there to protect you, but the sad truth is that all of them are not. It was apparent that Candace had a bright future ahead of her, and the reality that someone so easily took that away from her is devastating. Easily killing a family pet with an axe, easily taking away a young student and mother, easily covering it up and going on living your life... I hope justice is served.

    I just got around to listening to this one, and I'm so glad I did. Even though listening to it really made me angry.
    I'm glad I came to read other people's opinions on the case since I got to see the update from Heather. It's so ridiculous that Dodd is apparently going to get away, bringing in his retirement benefits from the community that, as you stated, he obviously did not serve and protect. There is no doubt in my mind that he is the one behind this. It's hard to believe because you want to think that police officers are out there to protect you, but the sad truth is that all of them are not.
    It was apparent that Candace had a bright future ahead of her, and the reality that someone so easily took that away from her is devastating.

    Easily killing a family pet with an axe, easily taking away a young student and mother, easily covering it up and going on living your life... I hope justice is served.

  • Paul

    Paul Burford, Ontario

    Thanks for the update Colonel! I'm still a believer though in a cover up by Dodd of an act that was committed by the officer Candace stated she saw taking bribe money from a drug dealer (and substantiated by her sister Dawn). It makes sense to me that this officer along with the drug dealer (s) killed Candace and each as a pact took part in the killing which resulted in multiple different caliber guns being used. The dog was killed prior to help with the attack and a hatchet used for stealth purposes. Dodd might have suspected this officer of wrongdoing (this murder and possibly earlier crimes) and confronted him and maybe also being corrupt helped to cover up the crime but kept key pieces of evidence stashed away in a locker as a security against the said officer and drug dealer. Sort of a blackmail option. Love the show and really like when you start an episode off with an original news coverage of the actual crime. Sort of places me back in time to get a better feel for the situation as it unfolds. Cheers from Ontario, Canada!

    Thanks for the update Colonel! I'm still a believer though in a cover up by Dodd of an act that was committed by the officer Candace stated she saw taking bribe money from a drug dealer (and substantiated by her sister Dawn). It makes sense to me that this officer along with the drug dealer (s) killed Candace and each as a pact took part in the killing which resulted in multiple different caliber guns being used. The dog was killed prior to help with the attack and a hatchet used for stealth purposes. Dodd might have suspected this officer of wrongdoing (this murder and possibly earlier crimes) and confronted him and maybe also being corrupt helped to cover up the crime but kept key pieces of evidence stashed away in a locker as a security against the said officer and drug dealer. Sort of a blackmail option. Love the show and really like when you start an episode off with an original news coverage of the actual crime. Sort of places me back in time to get a better feel for the situation as it unfolds. Cheers from Ontario, Canada!

  • Kelly

    Kelly Maryland

    Although I am leaning toward Mark(Austin)'s comments, unfortunately the details that he points out do sound like the actions of an individual who has had a psychotic break , but the keeping of the socks could be considered a "trophy". I know that it's not unusual for a killer to keep a possession of the victim. Praying that her family gets some answers/resolution and peace in the very near future.

    Although I am leaning toward Mark(Austin)'s comments, unfortunately the details that he points out do sound like the actions of an individual who has had a psychotic break , but the keeping of the socks could be considered a "trophy". I know that it's not unusual for a killer to keep a possession of the victim. Praying that her family gets some answers/resolution and peace in the very near future.

  • Cindy

    Cindy Parts unknown

    I wonder if the brother might have come in after the murder, found Candace, wrapped her up, and put her under the babies bed to be close to the baby. I wish we knew more about the brothers condition. Could he have seen anything? Was he asked? Would he understand? I do believe someone may have tried to set the brother up for Candace's murder.

    I wonder if the brother might have come in after the murder, found Candace, wrapped her up, and put her under the babies bed to be close to the baby. I wish we knew more about the brothers condition. Could he have seen anything? Was he asked? Would he understand? I do believe someone may have tried to set the brother up for Candace's murder.

  • Laura

    Laura NJ

    I think the reason the dog was killed was 2 fold. 1. As a warning. 2.so the dog could not bark and alert Candace someone was breaking in. The officers who visited the home surely knew the dog was there

    I think the reason the dog was killed was 2 fold. 1. As a warning. 2.so the dog could not bark and alert Candace someone was breaking in.
    The officers who visited the home surely knew the dog was there

  • Judy

    Judy NY

    apologies if it was already mentioned, But I am sure the dog went "Ballistic" the first time Dodds came to the hose looking for James. after the threats from candice if he was going to Kill her the dog would have alerted to his presence and alerted candice as well, so the dog had to go, using the ax/hatchet, it was done quietly. ( no gun shots)

    apologies if it was already mentioned, But I am sure the dog went "Ballistic" the first time Dodds came to the hose looking for James. after the threats from candice if he was going to Kill her the dog would have alerted to his presence and alerted candice as well, so the dog had to go, using the ax/hatchet, it was done quietly. ( no gun shots)

  • Heather Hiltz

    Heather Hiltz Colorado

    Paul,kelly and cindy, I was here from day one. Don't believe what you heard on the news. Believe me. My big brother in law didn't do it! You want proof? My mother in law did a mouth swap and NO ONE related to her killed her. You all have no idea what the hell my family and I have been through . Dodd is the one who did it or is covering up for who did. Period. Thank you to everyone for your support and love. We could use it right now.

    Paul,kelly and cindy,
    I was here from day one. Don't believe what you heard on the news. Believe me. My big brother in law didn't do it! You want proof? My mother in law did a mouth swap and NO ONE related to her killed her. You all have no idea what the hell my family and I have been through . Dodd is the one who did it or is covering up for who did. Period. Thank you to everyone for your support and love. We could use it right now.

  • Paul

    Paul Burford, Ontario

    Heather, first of all I'm sorry for your loss. In no way do I blame Candace's brother and if you re-read my statement you'll see that. I put the blame solely on the officer Candace saw taking bribe money and Dodd for assisting in or at least helping to cover up the crime.

    Heather, first of all I'm sorry for your loss. In no way do I blame Candace's brother and if you re-read my statement you'll see that. I put the blame solely on the officer Candace saw taking bribe money and Dodd for assisting in or at least helping to cover up the crime.

  • Candace

    Candace Rochester NY

    Just wanted to say, I recently found your podcast & have been binge listening. This case was the last one on my list to hear because of the name & so much shared history. It made me so anxious ! Finally listening (starting on #2). I just wanted to mention something Nic touched on, regarding the bail. I’m not positive, but I thought bail was set considering the crime, flight risk &/or if the person is a danger to society. Isn’t it wrong to set a deliberately excessive bail ? Thinking, “ We need to question him on this Case”/“He might be a suspect in this case”?

    Just wanted to say, I recently found your podcast & have been binge listening. This case was the last one on my list to hear because of the name & so much shared history. It made me so anxious ! Finally listening (starting on #2). I just wanted to mention something Nic touched on, regarding the bail. I’m not positive, but I thought bail was set considering the crime, flight risk &/or if the person is a danger to society. Isn’t it wrong to set a deliberately excessive bail ? Thinking, “ We need to question him on this Case”/“He might be a suspect in this case”?

  • True Crime Garage

    True Crime Garage

    Hi Candace, You are absolutely right. Forgive me it's been a long time since listening to this episode. I would argue though that a prosecutor would mention or attempt to bring to the Judge's attention during the process, that this person is a suspect in a murder case as well. I would imagine that this sort of thing could very well differ from judge to judge. Cheers Nic

    Hi Candace,
    You are absolutely right. Forgive me it's been a long time since listening to this episode. I would argue though that a prosecutor would mention or attempt to bring to the Judge's attention during the process, that this person is a suspect in a murder case as well. I would imagine that this sort of thing could very well differ from judge to judge.
    Cheers Nic

  • Logan

    Logan Decatur GA

    Nic, Thanks for the update in the case. I wonder if Dodd kept the “evidence” to be able to hold it over an accomplices head. Others have speculated that the drug dealers he was dealing with actually carried out the murder and he covered it up. If this is true he could have kept some incriminating items that way if the dealers tried to flip on him he could make sure they would go down too. Just a thought. Thanks for making driving in traffic enjoyable!

    Nic,
    Thanks for the update in the case. I wonder if Dodd kept the “evidence” to be able to hold it over an accomplices head. Others have speculated that the drug dealers he was dealing with actually carried out the murder and he covered it up. If this is true he could have kept some incriminating items that way if the dealers tried to flip on him he could make sure they would go down too. Just a thought. Thanks for making driving in traffic enjoyable!

  • Candace

    Candace Rochester, NY

    :-) Thanks for your reply! & I appreciate you explaining that a little more . I can definitely see how that would be an important little thing to mention at a bail hearing lol.

    :-) Thanks for your reply! & I appreciate you explaining that a little more . I can definitely see how that would be an important little thing to mention at a bail hearing lol.

  • Gary

    Gary Pueblo, Co

    Nic is borderline offensive on this episode. The only evidence of the brothers guilt is his mental illness. Was it ever proven he killed the dog? Or was that part of the framing? Mentally ill people are far more likely to be victims of violence than the perpetrator. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/trump-said-mental-illness-leads-to-gun-violence-heres-why-doctors-disagree The family’s inconsistencies are to be expected given the massively traumatic experience. The police are supposed to be the professionals. The neighbor was sent over to check on Candace and the baby. He found the baby and saw evidence of a struggle. Informs the mom who rushes home to find Candace, who was rolled in a blanket and under a propped up bed. Delores NEVER said the hatchet was for chopping wood, maybe they used the wood for throwing it? The victim of a crime identifies her property, what reason do you have to not believe her? She was never a suspect in any way. You seem to think she is lying, but I don’t see any evidence that she has lied about anything. Her story is incomplete in a few places, but can you point to any statement of fact that she’s made that is false? Why would the autopsy contain that type of information about the discovery? Facts: Victim had an argument with an officer at her home over her brother, where she made threats to expose illegal activities. Victim stated intentions to file a complaint and went to the Sherriffs Office. Family dog killed with hatchet. Hatchet found in Dodd’s storage room. Victims mother identifies it as hers. Evidence concealed in multiple ways. Grossly mishandled investigation from the very beginning 2 to 3 guns used , both are of a type known to not leave ballistic evidence Brother never known to have a gun or be violent, yet FCSO focused on him immediately. If an officer were to be taking payoffs from drug dealers, wouldnt he have them send someone to take care of it? Then try to run interference? Doesn’t that make the most sense? Dodd was just inept at the interference. That’s my theory based on the available evidence. I’m willing to look at any other evidence, but what we have points to a cover up of some kind. Great show guys!

    Nic is borderline offensive on this episode.
    The only evidence of the brothers guilt is his mental illness. Was it ever proven he killed the dog? Or was that part of the framing? Mentally ill people are far more likely to be victims of violence than the perpetrator. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/trump-said-mental-illness-leads-to-gun-violence-heres-why-doctors-disagree

    The family’s inconsistencies are to be expected given the massively traumatic experience. The police are supposed to be the professionals.

    The neighbor was sent over to check on Candace and the baby. He found the baby and saw evidence of a struggle. Informs the mom who rushes home to find Candace, who was rolled in a blanket and under a propped up bed.

    Delores NEVER said the hatchet was for chopping wood, maybe they used the wood for throwing it? The victim of a crime identifies her property, what reason do you have to not believe her? She was never a suspect in any way. You seem to think she is lying, but I don’t see any evidence that she has lied about anything. Her story is incomplete in a few places, but can you point to any statement of fact that she’s made that is false?

    Why would the autopsy contain that type of information about the discovery?

    Facts:
    Victim had an argument with an officer at her home over her brother, where she made threats to expose illegal activities.
    Victim stated intentions to file a complaint and went to the Sherriffs Office.
    Family dog killed with hatchet. Hatchet found in Dodd’s storage room. Victims mother identifies it as hers.
    Evidence concealed in multiple ways.
    Grossly mishandled investigation from the very beginning
    2 to 3 guns used , both are of a type known to not leave ballistic evidence
    Brother never known to have a gun or be violent, yet FCSO focused on him immediately.

    If an officer were to be taking payoffs from drug dealers, wouldnt he have them send someone to take care of it? Then try to run interference? Doesn’t that make the most sense? Dodd was just inept at the interference. That’s my theory based on the available evidence. I’m willing to look at any other evidence, but what we have points to a cover up of some kind.

    Great show guys!

  • True Crime Garage

    True Crime Garage

    Thanks Gary - all good points. I have since learned more information regarding this case after the recording of these shows. I have discuss some more things in the comments -listed above- on this case. I wish the Hiltz family nothing but the best. I know they are still hurting very much. I hope Dodd is held accountable for anything they can prove in court. Dodd is shady and probably guilty of things that may never come to light. My intention was to be inquisitive, not offensive. Thank you for joining in the discussion. Cheers Nic

    Thanks Gary - all good points. I have since learned more information regarding this case after the recording of these shows. I have discuss some more things in the comments -listed above- on this case. I wish the Hiltz family nothing but the best. I know they are still hurting very much. I hope Dodd is held accountable for anything they can prove in court. Dodd is shady and probably guilty of things that may never come to light. My intention was to be inquisitive, not offensive. Thank you for joining in the discussion.
    Cheers Nic

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