After 32 years, a murder case has finally been solved — not because the police figured it out, or detectives finally found the missing clue, but because the murderer actually turned himself in.
Glenn Adams, 58, turned himself into the police last week, saying that he wanted to“right the wrong that he has done,” Fox News reported.
Last Friday, Adams walked into the Cowlitz County Hall of Justice in Kelso, Washington, and confessed to the 1986 murder of Russell Haines. He was immediately charged with first-degree murder and robbery.
In 1986, Russell Haines was found strangled to death in Longview Washington, in his room at the Oregon Way Hotel.
Officials could only determine that he had been the victim in an ambush-type robbery that resulted in the loss of his life.
At the time, Adams was living in the men’s only hotel, which was frequented by those who needed temporary or cheaper housing.
Police were unable to gather any substantial evidence in the case and did not arrest anyone.
The police noted in court documents last week that Adams robbed Haines because he knew he frequently carried large amounts of money on him.
Court documents reveal that Adams admitted that he had planned the robbery, by waiting for Haines to return from the grocery store one day, and when he did return, he knocked him out by putting him in a chokehold. After Haines came-to, Adams strangled him to death using a cloth.
The amount of money he stole in exchange for the man’s life? $400.
“Thirty years in the making, it got solved relatively easily,” Sgt. Chris Blanchard, the spokesperson from the Longview Police Department, told KATU-TV. “We didn’t have any suspects that had sufficient evidence to charge at that point. The case was cold for the last 30 years.”
This wasn’t the first time Adams considered turning himself in.
In July 2017, he went to a police station in Santa Barbara, California, with the intention of turning himself in. Upon arriving at the station, however, he began to have second thoughts and fled before the police could talk to him.
When police in Washington got word of this encounter, they re-opened the case from 1986.
Investigators had the chance to interview Adams in late 2017 when he was jailed for a different matter, where they got him to relay details surrounding the murder.
Adams even gave the investigators a DNA sample, but would not confess until he finally came forward this past Friday.
“He just wants to right the wrong that he has done,” Sgt. Blanchard said.
(H/T: Fox News)