Dorothy Slaughter and her husband Jim were an elderly couple living in South Wichita. They lived a quiet life and were the epitome of a happily married couple. They were married for more than 50 years.
On June 4th, 2002, somebody broke into the home in the 2000 block of South Pershing in Wichita and shattered that bond in a matter of seconds.
At the time of the attack, Dorothy was 85, while Jim was 87. "My parents were not wealthy people," says the Slaughter's daughter, Ilah Stolz. "They lived a quiet life and were enjoying their later years with each other. My dad took care of my mom."
When neighbors noticed that Jim Slaughter didn't make his daily trek out to the driveway to pick up the newspaper, they knew something was wrong. When the paper was still in the driveway at 1:00 p-m, police were called.
Wichita Police Detective Phil Jacob is in charge of the case. "They were minding their own business," he says. "He took care of her. They were married for 50 years, probably longer. I mean, what kind of enemies can you develop at that age?"
Jacob says Jim and Dorothy were likely picked because they would be an easy target. There were a few things stolen from the house, but nothing of significant value.
Jacob won't talk much about evidence in the case, but he does say that one fingerprint and some D-N-A that was found inside the house has not been attributed to anybody. Those samples have been run through offender databases, but haven't turned up any matches.
If you know who broke into the home of Jim and Dorothy Slaughter on June 4th, 2002, call Crimestoppers at 267-2111. If your tip leads to the arrest and/or conviction of a suspect, you would be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. You will never be asked your name.
Crimestoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County is a non-profit organization of citizens against crime.