Friday, August 5, 2011


JOANNE VALENTINE had everything to look forward to. At 47, she and her husband owned a popular nightclub in Anne Arundel, Maryland, a gorgeous house and a lovely family. And then, in an instant, it was gone. On September 26, 1993 after closing her nightclub for the evening, Joanne drove the 15 minutes to her posh home. There, a car pulled up behind her and she got into an argument with the occupants. Suddenly, a man with long hair pulled out a gun and shot her.
Her sister Linda Grunder told ABC2 News: "They had a wonderful, wonderful life. They had a wonderful life and it was just taken from them. It's just unbelievable, unbelievable that this could happen
to us."

Two men, Edward McLeod and Gilbert Griffin were later busted for shoplifting film. As cops scoured the car for the stolen items, they made a shocking discovery. In the trunk of the car was a gun. It was a .38 Taurus, the same gun used to kill Joanne.
 Police held the men on the robbery charge while the gun was sent to the Maryland State Police for a ballistics test. What they got was a match. But that's when it all went pear-shaped and left a family craving justice. Did a bureaucratic foul-up allow a pair of killers to walk?  MORE ON THE JOANNE VALENTINE COLD CASE

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