On March 24, 2012, 22-year-old Molly Young died from a gunshot wound to the head while at her boyfriend’s apartment in Carbondale, Illinois. Molly’s boyfriend’s roommate called 911 at 9 AM, and said that Molly’s boyfriend, Richie Minton, had woken up and found Molly covered in blood. Richie took the phone and told the operator that he suspected a drug overdose.
A coroner initially ruled that Molly had died by committing suicide, but in January 2013, a coroner’s jury reviewed the case and changed the manner of death to “undetermined.”
Molly’s father is convinced that it wasn’t a suicide, and is openly speaking with the media in the hopes of pressuring investigators to reopen Molly’s case.
I’ve read a lot about this case, and I’m honestly stumped. I do, however, think that Molly’s father has some very legit reasons for wanting the case to be reopened, so I thought I’d list out the possible aspects of both arguments for murder and suicide. Most of the reasons under the “murder” category come from Molly’s father, who started a website called Justice For Molly. Her father has apparently viewed the police report by submitting a request to see it through the Freedom of Information Act, which is where he says he got his info from.
The case for Murder:
- Richie had sent Molly a text at 3 AM that read “Help Me.” Soon after, Molly went over to his place. Could Richie have been trying to lure her there so he could kill her?
- Molly was killed by a gunshot wound to the top left side of her head. That’s a pretty difficult place to shoot yourself, especially considering the fact that Molly was right-handed.
- The gun that was used belonged to Richie.
- According to her father, Molly was not familiar with guns.
- Richie had told the 911 operator that he had “woken up” to find Molly dead. Does that mean that both he and his roommate slept through the gunshot? It’s possible, but depending on the layout of the house, it does seem a little suspicious.
- The 911 call was made by Richie’s roommate at 9:02 AM, which is allegedly 4 or 5 hours after Molly had died (Actual time of death as reported by the Jackson County Coroner is between 4:45 AM and 5:45 AM). Again, both men had slept through the gunshot?
- Molly’s body had been moved prior to the first responders’ arrival.
- Richie had washed his hands and changed his clothes by the time first responders arrived. The clothes he had changed out of allegedly had blood on them.
- Molly had no gun powder residue on her hands, and there were no fingerprints found on the gun. How could there be no fingerprints, unless someone wiped the gun clean?
- Richie has allegedly hired an attorney and, according to the Justice For Molly site, is no longer cooperating with investigators.
- Per Molly’s father, Richie would NOT consent to DNA testing, blood samples, urine samples, or fingernail clippings. He also refused to consent to a search of his apartment, his cell phone, or his vehicle.
- Richie had allegedly posted “And huge drops of lead poured down upon her head until she was dead” on his Facebook page a few days before Molly was shot.
- Richie is apparently very well-connected. He himself worked as a police dispatcher in Carbondale, and his father is a Franklin County police officer.
There doesn’t seem to be any concrete proof that Molly was murdered but if the above info is in fact correct, there’s definitely good reason to at least have another look at the investigation.
The case for Suicide:
- According to Jackson County prosecutor Mike Carr, a suicide note that matched Molly’s handwriting was found in Molly’s bedroom on the day she was found dead. There were individual notes written to family members and friends, including one for Richie.
- A journal found in Molly’s bedroom contained entries in which Molly referred to not feeling loved and not wanting to live anymore.
- A search of Molly’s computer revealed that she had visited multiple suicide-related websites in the days before her death.
- Text messages were found on Molly’s phone from a few days prior to her death in which she refers to an unsuccessful attempt to overdose and her disappointment that it hadn’t worked.
- Text messages were found on Molly’s phone from the night of her death, saying that she wanted to kill herself.
Carr says that the case is considered “open,” but that there is “compelling, though not conclusive, evidence that her death was self-inflicted.” Molly’s family, however, isn’t giving up.
Molly’s family is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who has any info that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for Molly’s death. Please visit Justice for Molly for more info on how to submit tips.
So what do you guys think? Murder? Or Suicide?