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Caught up in the mystery

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From page A8 | June 02, 2013 |

My father was murdered a month and a half ago. The horrific double homicide of Chip Northup and Claudia Maupin remains an unsolved mystery. The community is frightened to know that there may be a monster among us.

It is difficult to grieve without some kind of understanding of why two wonderful people were brutally slaughtered. It is also difficult to grieve while my sons both remain the focus of an investigation that grinds on endlessly.

On Friday, nearly seven weeks into the investigation, detectives came to my apartment and to my older son’s apartment for the third time in order to collect “evidence.” Today, they want to enter my son’s apartment, once again, in search of more “evidence.”

Two highly visible searches involving about a dozen uniformed police have convinced my neighbors that we are psycho killers. My sons and I have voluntarily consented to multiple searches, and we have voluntarily cooperated through more than 50 hours of questioning.

I have lost confidence in the ability of our Police Department to solve this crime. I wish to be able to grieve my father’s death, but I am caught in the darkest part of the cloud of mystery surrounding his murder.

Robert Northup

Davis

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  • Rich RifkinJune 02, 2013 - 11:05 am

    Assuming the perpetrator of these murders is NOT someone inside one of the families--a prospect which never had occurred to me in this case--chances are very strong that the murderer left behind some trace evidence and eventually that will be tied to a person caught for another crime. As such, if the police don't believe the killer was a relative, I would hope the investigators are looking for forensic patterns which tie these murders to other crimes, including all of the burglaries and robberies Davis has experienced for the last year and more.

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  • EricJune 03, 2013 - 3:18 pm

    The Davis PD. does not have a dozen officers on any shift. They are fortunate to have 6 ofcrs. on a given 12 hour shift and they sure wouldn't send all 6 to one site for a follow-up. If this person has lost confidence in the Davis PD then she knows nothing about police work, just like rich Rifkin. She exaggerates.

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  • George HamzaJune 03, 2013 - 4:52 pm

    Davis Police do not know how to investigate. First I had my scooter taken by them, then the scooter was stolen by 1 of 5 guys in a house and after I investigated for a week and found it myself next door I called the cops and they would not take finger prints (knowing it was the next door neighbors called to do it by 6HIT111, then the third time it was stolen - they did nothing. Davis PD do nothing with hate crimes, harrassment. BUT they will harrass you in your auto or on your bike if they get paid to do it by a Fortune 500 company. ( It's called Tagging a person who has done nothing wrong to monitor where they are - also a Conspiracy Against Rights ).

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