Can You Help Detective Sergeant Bill Goodwin Solve This Cold Case Murder?

From: William Goodwin <william.goodwin@madisonvillepd.net>
Subject: Case Follow up

Message Body:
Greetings,

My name is Bill Goodwin, and am the Senior Investigator with the Madisonville Police Department, in Madisonville Texas.

We were made aware of an article published on the internet site of “Texas Public Corruption” titled “Caught Between Light and Shadow”, which involves the death of an individual named Jean Lacy Maness W/F D.O.B. 12/02/1955.

The site shows to be maintained by your organization.

In conducting our own follow up inquiry to this article and obtaining previously inaccessible reports to include the full autopsy report, for which we’ve made an additional inquiry, along with the various agency reports, we have reopened the case.

Based on various discrepancies contained within these documents, we intend on conducting a complete investigation into the exact cause of Ms. Maness’ death.

Based on our initial inquiry, we suspect those involved are now deceased, but remain vigilant in determining if criminal culpability has occurred on any level and if so, anyone who remains living be charged with such an offense. Our wish at minimum is to bring closure for the family and those concerned.

We have made contact with Ms. Maness’ daughter, and family and will be meeting soon to discuss our findings in the inquiry and gather additional information.

We have also reached out to other resources in assisting in the investigation.

I am reaching out to you’ll to hopefully assist in getting in contact with the individual who authored or initiated the article, as we’ve been able to validate some of the claims within the story, and wish to gather any additional details they may have.

We feel their input would yield invaluable incite and information into what may have occurred with Ms. Maness.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Respectfully,

William R. Goodwin
Detective Sergeant

Madisonville Police Department
308 W. Cottonwood Madisonville, TX 77864
www.madisonvillepd.net
www.facebook.com/madisonvillepolicedepartment
Office: 936-348-3317 Ext. 114
william.goodwin@madisonvillepd.net

 

Maybe someone will contact you?  Maybe many would be more comfortable talking to the FBI?

 

 

Good morning,

Thank you for your response. I have interviewed numerous witness’ from the case and found several inconsistencies with the documents and do strongly believe that Gerald Wilhelm and William Forrest are possibly responsible for the death of Jean Maness, along with Wilhelm being responsible for Janice’s death. While I will reach out to my contacts with the F.B.I., I cannot promise they will start an investigation, at minimum, I will ask that they assist me. The reason for the this statement is that they will need more information than what I can provide. I have found all the reports and have spoken to two of the officers that were on scene, who believe it is possible that a homicide occurred. I have also found court documents, which are sealed related to the sexual assault of the child. The article was correct, in that there were no records, as they were sealed, but as stated I found them and will be seeking a court order to unseal them.

While I understand everyone’s reservations and distrust, I took an oath 31 years ago and have maintained that oath. I am determined to follow this to the end, to include the arrest of William Forrest, as he is the last living, suspect. However, the other two if I find that they are culpable expose their estates to a civil remedy. I have also done research into other stories that were posted related to Leon County and can validate various aspects of those stories.

I will advise of the FBI’s response.

Respectfully,

William R. Goodwin

Detective Sergeant

Madisonville Police Department

308 W. Cottonwood Madisonville, TX 77864

www.madisonvillepd.net

www.facebook.com/madisonvillepolicedepartment

Office: 936-348-3317 Ext. 114

william.goodwin@madisonvillepd.net  

 

There are only two things in life that no one can take from you, but only you can destroy. Trust and credibility. Without one you cannot have the other!!!

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