Blurb: When deaf eighteen year old Craig Short leaves home to attend the prestigious school for the deaf, little did his parents know it would be the death of him?
Excerpt: A press statement from Det. Maker indicated the person responsible either wore gloves, or did not harm himself during the attack.
Later revealed by forensic evidence, was the fact that the attack was quick, and from behind. It was clearly overkill. Besides being deaf, Craig was born with cerebral palsy. Cybil and Doug claimed their son never allowed his disabilities to hold him back from anything, saying it was his idea to go to college, and become a Deaf Ed teacher. “He wanted to help others like himself,” recalled Cybil.
The police believed with his limited strength, Craig was unable to defend himself and therefore easily overpowered and brought to the floor. Forensic Scientist Fred Waits explained that the evidence indicated once Craig was down, his killer kicking him several times, before bludgeoning him with the chair. Still alive, the evidence indicated the assailant then used a knife he probable brought with him, since no weapon was found, and stabbed the victim with multiply blows. When that form of murder also failed, the assailant used a nearby metal chair too finish him off.
Intense violence was used in this killing, reported Detective Morrison. That and the fact that Craig was a member of a gay fraternity, also led authorities to believe Craig was romantically involved with another man, either a student, a stranger, or even one of the instructors. For some time, detectives said they had little clues, but many theories.
After contacting some of the members of the gay fraternity, Detectives Marker and Morrison, discovered it was Craig’s idea to start a gay fraternity. Deaf student Richie recalled that the five of them met at the café down the street, with Craig coming up with the clubs name, “The Wild Wild West Club.”
Soon after talking with Richie, the detectives received an anonymous phone call concerning Mitch, one member of the gay fraternity. This young classmate and supposedly good friend of Craig’s, was one of many students who hugged Craig’s parents during the vigil, and who stayed in contact with them through letters, once they returned home-Mitch.
Detective Maker recalled as Mitch sat in the interrogation room of the police department, he was visible nervous. According to the detective, Mitch “bit his nails and drank an abundance of water” offered to him by the officers. Through an interpreter, officers interrogated Mitch concerning Craig’s attraction to the heterosexual man, which he kept secret from police when first questioned.
According to the detectives, he did not answer right away. The detectives viewed this gesture as a stalling motion. Then slowly, choosing his words carefully, he began to sign.