On a cold, dreary night in January, two Memphis Police Officers were notified that a purse had been snatched at a local grocery store earlier in the day. They were dispatched to a tiny, 2 bedroom home in North Memphis to question a man that was thought to have been involved in the theft of the purse. It was a routine call.
They had no idea that other officers had already investigated this individual and had ruled him out as a suspect. The day shift on dispatch duty that day never notified the afternoon crew that the suspect had already been cleared.
Thus began a chain of events that would ultimately lead to the deaths of seven people over the course of some thirty hours and the scarring of countless others who would suffer the emotional and physical trauma for decades to come.