Husband of girl murdered with an ax convicted 40 years after her demise

On a wintery evening close to Rochester, New York, retired Detective Marc Liberatore exhibits “48 Hours” how he helped convey one of many coldest circumstances in America to trial. On Feb. 19, 1982, cops arrived on the Brighton residence of Jim and Cathy Krauseneck and encountered a horrific scene.

The physique of a 29-year-old mom Cathy Krauseneck useless in mattress with an ax lodged in her head.

Det. Mark Libertore: It was a single blow to the pinnacle. And she or he died immediately in accordance with the medical expert. 

Jim Krauseneck informed police he arrived residence from work and located his spouse’s physique. His 3-and-a-half-year-old daughter Sara was there and unhurt. Minutes later, he confirmed up at his neighbor’s home — seemingly traumatized — with Sara in his arms. The neighbor referred to as 911 after Jim informed her he thought Cathy was useless.    

NEIGHBOR TO 911: Her husband’s right here and he cannot even discuss.

911 DISPATCHER: OK. I will have somebody proper over there …   

Dispatch instantly despatched first responders. Brighton Police Lieutenant Invoice Flood arrived to get a press release from Krauseneck.    

Det. Invoice Flood: He was moaning, he was crying.    

Jim, Cathy and Sara Krauseneck
Jim, Cathy and Sara Krauseneck

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Krauseneck, a Kodak firm economist, mentioned he’d left for work that morning on the ordinary time – round 6:30 a.m. He mentioned he’d been gone all day. Cathy had deliberate to remain residence to maintain Sara.

Det. Invoice Flood: You possibly can inform that little woman had been left alone … it appeared apparent to us that she had dressed herself.

It appeared apparent to Detective Flood that Sara was confused about what had occurred. Sara mentioned she’d seen a “unhealthy man … sleeping in mommy and daddy’s mattress with an ax in his head.” Requested if the person was black or white, she mentioned he was “many colours.” However Flood thinks Sara hadn’t seen a person in any respect; that it was her mom in mattress, coated with blood.

Gary Craig: And what does a 3-and-a-half-year-old do?   

Gary Craig studies for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

Gary Craig: The homicide in and of itself is baffling and onerous to consider … However you add this factor the place Cathy’s daughter has been left in the home … along with her murdered mom … It is inconceivable that anyone might do this. 

Liberatore and his associate Steve Hunt of the Brighton Police Division, say the primary investigators on the scene discovered no vital forensic clues like fibers or fingerprints. And in 1982, DNA had not but change into an investigative software. However there was one thing in regards to the scene that struck them instantly. It appeared like somebody had pushed the pause button on a housebreaking.

Det. Steve Hunt: And there was a door main into the home that had a pane of glass damaged out and there was a maul, which is sort of a heavier ax, on the bottom leaning up towards the wall proper subsequent to that.   

At first look, it appeared like somebody had pushed the pause button on a housebreaking. However investigators say the scene lacked one of the vital hallmarks of a housebreaking: nothing was taken.

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The ax discovered on the door, and the one in Cathy’s head, each belonged to the Krausenecks. Within the eating room, there have been precious objects scattered.

Det. Steve Hunt: And on the ground was Cathy’s purse, with the contents … strewn about.   

There was a tea set on the ground, too.

Det. Steve Hunt:  Every part was standing straight up prefer it was set there neatly.

And a black rubbish bag subsequent to it. Inside, was a faint shoe print as if somebody had stepped in it to carry it open.  However regardless of many obvious indicators of a housebreaking, Liberatore and Hunt say a very powerful one was lacking.

Det. Steve Hunt: Nothing was taken. 

Det. Mark Liberatore: There’s an officer concerned on this case from the 1980’s … who hits the nail on the pinnacle: We in Brighton don’t deal with lots of homicides. We do deal with lots of burglaries … And this was not a housebreaking.

Investigators suspected the housebreaking was merely staged to cowl up the actual crime — Cathy’s homicide — they usually started to concentrate on her husband.

Gary Craig: Let’s face it, I imply, most of the time … it is the husband, it is home … so police are going to go there. 

However might Jim Krauseneck have dedicated such a brutal homicide and left his child daughter alone in that home? “48 Hours” spoke to family and friends who mentioned the couple had appeared joyful.

Cathy and Jim had grown up in the identical small city in Michigan, however on reverse sides of the tracks. Cathy’s father was a trucker; Jim’s owned a profitable carpet retailer. They met in highschool, started courting in school, and married after commencement.

Jim and Cathy Krauseneck
Jim and Cathy Krauseneck reduce their marriage ceremony cake on Could 3, 1974.

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Susie Jackimowicz: It was a flowery marriage ceremony. 

Cathy’s cousin Susie was only a child.

Susie Jackimowicz: Like a princess marriage ceremony kinda deal. Jim was pursuing an economics diploma in Colorado once they had Sara in 1978. 

Cathy Behe: She was simply so enthusiastic about her daughter, simply so enthusiastic about her.

Cathy Krauseneck’s good friend, Cathy Behe, says she was a heat soul who lived for love, however remembers feeling that the final time they noticed one another – simply six months earlier than the homicide – one thing simply did not appear proper.

Cath Behe: Not the vivacious Cathy that I remembered.

Erin Moriarty: What was the subsequent factor you heard?

Cathy Behe: I bought a name from my sister, and he or she informed me about Cathy being murdered.

If Cathy and Jim had been having hassle, they saved it to themselves. However police grew suspicious once they found a pamphlet within the couple’s automobile that provided companies together with marriage counseling. And there was extra. After they went to Kodak, they discovered that Jim Krauseneck had gotten his job underneath false pretenses, claiming to have a Ph.D. when he’d by no means really accomplished this system. There was additionally Krauseneck’s conduct. Newspaper reporter Gary Craig says initially, he was cooperative.

Gary Craig: He was prepared early on to offer statements.

Krauseneck had spoken to investigators that evening and the subsequent morning, even agreeing to a different assembly that afternoon. However when the time got here …

Gary Craig: He was gone.

Erin Moriarty: Lower than 24 hours after he discovered his spouse murdered?

Gary Craig: Sure.

Krauseneck’s dad and mom had pushed from Michigan and returned there with Jim and Sara. Police say Jim left city with out telling them.

Det. Mark Liberatore: I would not take into account it regular … however that is America and he is free to take action.   

When Rochester authorities adopted them to Michigan, Krauseneck continued answering their questions and even offered hair and blood samples. Ten days after the homicide, he employed a lawyer.   

By this level, police had been centered squarely on Jim Krauseneck. However that they had an issue. They wanted to determine precisely when the homicide had occurred. Had Jim even been residence on the time?  Bear in mind, he informed police he left for work at about 6:30 a.m.

Gary Craig: Again in 1982, the time of demise gave a really broad vary. And the science was that you just actually couldn’t pinpoint.

Post-mortem findings reportedly narrowed the time of demise to between 4:30 a.m. and as late as 7:30 a.m. — an hour after Krauseneck claimed to have left the home. With no direct proof towards him, nor any clear motive, authorities did not wish to strive their luck with a jury. The investigation went chilly. 

Sara and Jim Krauseneck
Sara and Jim Krauseneck

Sharon Krauseneck

Krauseneck and Sara finally moved out west. He would briefly wed twice extra earlier than marrying his present spouse, Sharon, 23 years in the past — By no means dreaming that his previous would come in search of him.


In 1997, Sharon James bumped into Jim Krauseneck, an previous good friend, at a commerce present when sparks flew.

Sharon Krauseneck: And he requested me out. And from then on, for 2 years, we dated. 

They each lived close to Seattle. Krauseneck and his daughter Sara had moved there 10 years earlier however could not depart the previous behind.   

Sharon Krauseneck: He was devastated with the demise of Cathy. 

Sharon says Jim informed her about Cathy’s 1982 homicide however did not provide particulars.   

Sharon Krauseneck: And I did not wish to pry as a result of he would begin getting emotional.  

Erin Moriarty: What was it that made you fall in love with him?

Sharon Krauseneck: Jim is … so sincere. He is so loving … I needed to be part of his household.

They married in 1999.

Sharon and Jim Krauseneck.
Sharon and Jim Krauseneck married in 1999.

Sharon Krauseneck

Erin Moriarty: You want to spend so much of time collectively?

Sharon Krauseneck: Oh, completely. … individuals will say we name one another every thing however our names. We’ll name one another lovey-dovey, honey … they usually say properly, you act like newlyweds.

Because the years rolled by, Sharon had no concept that greater than 2,000 miles away in Rochester N.Y., another person would set her sights on Jim Krauseneck: Monroe County District Legal professional Sandra Doorley. 

DA Sandra Doorley: Cathy actually wanted to have justice.  

In 2015, the FBI had offered assets to assist Brighton police with their investigation.

Det. Steve Hunt: I imply you take a look at all these containers of paperwork and proof. … It is daunting.

Detectives Mark Liberatore and Steve Hunt of the Brighton Police Division took the lead. Pouring over the file, they, too, turned satisfied the proof pointed to 1 individual: Jim Krauseneck. So, on April 16, 2016 …

Sharon Krauseneck: We had been simply having a lazy Saturday morning. After which all the sudden, the doorbell rang.

DET. MARK LIBERATORE: Hello. … Mark Liberatore, how are you?

Erin Moriarty: You needed to shock him?

Det. Mark Liberatore: Sure.

Det. Steve Hunt: Completely.

DET. STEVE HUNT: You are in all probability just a little bit shocked why we’re right here.

Erin Moriarty: Did Jim at that time suppose perhaps I would higher name a lawyer?

Sharon Krauseneck: No, no in no way. 

Quite the opposite. She says her husband welcomed them in and allowed them to document the dialog:

JIM KRAUSENECK: Hopefully you have bought some excellent news.

DETECTIVE: We simply wish to type of revamp every thing, undergo every thing once more with you.

She says they sat across the kitchen desk speaking for greater than an hour.

Sharon Krauseneck (upbeat): They mentioned … “we predict we all know who killed Cathy and we want your assist.” And in that kind of a tone.

DET. STEVE HUNT: I am positive you concentrate on this, “who might presumably have accomplished this?”

JIM KRAUSENECK: I did, for a very long time.

However then, Sharon says, detectives Liberatore and Hunt instantly turned up the warmth.

DET. MARK LIBERATORE: Did you may have something to do with this?

JIM KRAUSENECK: I did not kill Cathy.


JIM KRAUSENECK: Effectively then —

DET. MARK LIBERATORE: I believe you probably did.

Det. Steve Hunt: You possibly can see his coronary heart pounding by way of his shirt.

Erin Moriarty: That might be a really scary factor … that anyone is accusing you of killing somebody.

Det. Mark Liberatore: I’d say scary … in the event you did it.

Erin Moriarty: Was that the primary time you then began listening to particulars of what occurred to Cathy?

Sharon Krauseneck:  Sure 

Sharon Krauseneck
“Jim … is a good, loving human being,” Sharon Krauseneck solely tells “48 Hours” correspondent Erin Moriarty. “There isn’t a method, completely no method Jim would ever, ever have accomplished something like that.”

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Sharon says it additionally was the primary time she’d heard any suggestion that her husband was concerned. 

Erin Moriarty: Did you ever ask him point-blank?

Sharon Krauseneck: No, I did not. I did not need to.

Erin Moriarty: You did not have to know?

Sharon Krauseneck: No … I do know. I do know he didn’t homicide his spouse. 

Erin Moriarty: Sharon, how will you be so positive? You solely have Jim’s phrase for it.

Sharon Krauseneck: No … Once you’re married to a person, you already know his coronary heart and you already know his soul. … Jim might by no means, Erin, by no means on this world do one thing so horrific. 

Erin Moriarty: , anyone listening to you’ll say, you sound just a little naive. Did not you may have some doubts? Did not you wish to know extra?

Sharon Krauseneck: I — you may name me naive I suppose.

However she insists that nobody who has identified Jim Krauseneck in addition to she has — for so long as she has — might presumably have doubts.

Sharon Krauseneck: No, I am not going to query him. I do not doubt for a second he was harmless. 

However the detectives nonetheless hoped to search out what investigators 40 years in the past had been by no means capable of finding: a smoking gun that tied Jim Krauseneck to the Brighton ax homicide.

DA Sandra Doorley: You need to bear in mind, again in 1982, there was no such factor as DNA testing. So, my first thought was, y’know, what can we take a look at? … Are we going to search out another person’s DNA on any merchandise inside the residence?

Det. Mark Liberatore:  We despatched … the proof from ’82 again to the FBI lab.

The ax used to murder Cathy Krauseneck
The ax used to homicide Cathy Krauseneck. 

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The outcomes: there was no DNA proof that immediately tied Krauseneck to the crime, however none tying anybody else to the homicide, both. And though DNA proof can degrade over time …

DA Sandra Doorley: A very powerful factor was discovering the absence of another person’s DNA inside that residence.

However to cost Jim Krauseneck, they needed to show his spouse had died earlier than had he gone to work. Jim claimed to have left the home at round 6:30 a.m., and Cathy had been superb.

Det. Mark Liberatore: We’d like a definitive time of demise. 

Again in 1982, the medical expert was unable to slender the time of demise sufficient and, since then, different specialists have agreed along with her. In 2018, prosecutors turned to Dr. Michael Baden.

For over 50 years, Baden — a forensic pathologist — has been employed to work on a “who’s who” of whodunnit circumstances, from the assassination of JFK to the reported suicide of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, typically elevating eyebrows and producing controversy.

On this case, utilizing the identical file from 1982, Baden mentioned in his evaluation, it appeared Cathy died at about 3:30 a.m. That might be hours earlier than Jim Krauseneck mentioned he left for work that day.

DA Sandra Doorley:  , some individuals could say that we had been wanting … for an opinion.

Erin Moriarty: That you just had been simply in search of anyone who would decide a time of demise that was earlier than Krauseneck left the home as a way to safe an indictment.

DA Sandra Doorley: Completely.

Erin Moriarty:  But when, actually, Dr. Baden had agreed with the opposite health workers … would you may have employed him?

DA Sandra Doorley: Completely not.

Jim Krauseneck booking photo
Jim Krauseneck was indicted on Nov. 1, 2019, and surrendered to authorities in Rochester, N.Y., per week later. The then-67-year-old pleaded not responsible.

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Armed with Dr. Baden’s opinion on Cathy’s time of demise, together with what they consider is proof of a staged housebreaking, prosecutors went earlier than a grand jury. Jim Krauseneck was indicted on Nov. 1, 2019. He voluntarily surrendered to authorities per week later.

Erin Moriarty: Do you may have any doubt about Jim Krauseneck’s guilt in his spouse’s homicide?

DA Sandra Doorley: I’ve completely little doubt.

Erin Moriarty: None?

DA Sandra Doorley: None, in any way. 

However Jim Krauseneck’s attorneys say there is a mountain of doubt on this case as a result of Jim Krauseneck is just not the Brighton ax assassin.

Invoice Easton: There was somebody who might be accountable for it.

A serial predator had been dwelling within the neighborhood who really confessed to killing Cathy.


Attorneys Invoice Easton and Michael Wolford are attempting to save lots of James Krauseneck.

Invoice Easton: There actually isn’t any proof that Jim Krauseneck killed his spouse. … He’s essentially the most reserved, humble, mild individual.

A person each consider had zero motive for homicide.

Michael Wolford: That they had a beautiful relationship. That they had a beautiful household.

And so, his attorneys insist that Feb. 19, 1982, was a typical morning, in a house outlined by love, till a stranger slipped in and took all of it away.

Invoice Easton: Jim Krauseneck went to work … somebody got here in and killed Cathy Krauseneck. We predict that somebody was Ed Laraby.

Ed Laraby — a monster simply down the street.

Gary Craig | Reporter: He was only a violent son of a gun and horrible, horrible human being.

Edward Laraby mugshot
Edward Laraby had a status and document as a violent sexual predator.

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From Rochester’s again streets to New York’s hardest prisons, Ed Laraby had a status and document as a violent sexual predator.

Michael Wolford: Laraby hunted ladies. … He was a psychopath. 

Earlier than dying in jail in 2014, Laraby was locked up for a complete of 32 years on expenses that finally included tried homicide, theft and his sick specialty — rape. However all too typically, Laraby was launched again on the streets.

Rachel Rear: And each time he was free, he would rape once more. … He appreciated to giggle at ladies and humiliate them.

Erin Moriarty: You in all probability know as a lot about Ed Laraby as anybody.

Rachel Rear: I believe so.

Erin Moriarty: Proper?

Rachel Rear: Yeah.

Rachel Rear wrote “Catch the Sparrow,” a harrowing story, painfully near residence.

Rachel Rear: It is in regards to the homicide of my stepsister in 1991.

Stephanie Kupchynsky, 27, was a music instructor and violinist when her life tragically intersected with Ed Laraby’s.

Rachel Rear: It is mind-boggling to me that he was ever free.

In 1991, freshly paroled after serving a sentence for theft, Laraby had come again to the suburbs of Rochester … his acquainted searching floor.

Rachel Rear: He bought the job at Newcastle condominium complicated which is the place my stepsister lived. … Laraby himself mentioned that they had been silly to rent him.

It wasn’t lengthy earlier than Stephanie went lacking.

Rachel Rear: It was like she evaporated.

LOCAL NEWS REPORT: Stephanie Kupchynsky’s demise rattled many when she disappeared from her condominium in 1991. Her stays discovered 7 years later.

Stephanie Kupchynsky
Edward Laraby confessed to the 1991 homicide of  Stephanie Kupchynsky, 27.

Rachel Rear

The stays of Stephanie Kupchynsky lay scattered in a shallow stream mattress. She had been strangled.

Greater than a dozen years later, Laraby, by then convicted of different crimes and again in jail, admitted he was her killer.

Erin Moriarty: What made him confess to Stephanie’s homicide?

Rachel Rear: What finally made him confess was that he was dying.

Laraby, who was affected by ALS, got here up with a bucket record of a dying man: pizza, sandwiches, and he was angling for an settlement to be buried off jail grounds.  So, in 2012, Ed Laraby confessed.

Rachel Rear: He went into Stephanie’s condominium … After which she screamed … After which he choked her … And she or he died.  And he confessed to killing her.

However Ed Laraby did not cease with Stephanie Kupchynsky.

Rachel Rear: As soon as he confessed to Stephanie’s homicide and realized that he might get issues in trade for confession, unexpectedly then he began wheeling and dealing and making extra offers.

Ed Laraby contacted the FBI claiming he was a serial killer, and one of many victims he listed was a Rochester housewife murdered on a February morning in 1982: 29-year-old Cathy Krauseneck.

Michael Wolford: Laraby lived very shut by … And she or he was somebody that he was going to prey on.

The concept that many years earlier Ed Laraby might need murdered Cathy does not come as a shock to investigators and people who know him greatest. 

Det. Mark Liberatore: All people from again in that time-frame is accustomed to Ed.

Rachel Rear: He would’ve been out of jail on the time that Cathy was killed.

Free, violent and simply down the street. Police went to query him, shortly after Cathy’s homicide. However Ed Laraby wasn’t speaking again then. They filed their report, after which backed off.

Erin Moriarty: And is it honest to say the police dropped the ball in that case? … Since you’ve bought a sexual predator inside minutes of the home they usually … they do not do something greater than go to him as soon as?

Gary Craig: Oh, I believe it is very reasonable to say that. … To have apparently ignored Ed Laraby in 1982, whether or not he did or did not do it, is clearly — was only a main lapse within the investigation.

Det. Mark Liberatore: I do not know that I would used the phrase drop the ball … And sadly … the officer and the sergeant who permitted that report are each deceased.

Nonetheless, the FBI and detectives Liberatore and Hunt do not consider Ed Laraby murdered Cathy.

Det. Steve Hunt: He was a foul man, he was.

Erin Moriarty: That is one solution to put it.

Det. Mark Liberatore: He is a foul man, however he is not our unhealthy man.

Erin Moriarty: It is a man who has a protracted historical past of injuring ladies and he is confessing to killing Cathy Krauseneck.

Det. Steve Hunt: Yeah, however his confession —

Det. Mark Liberatore: Inappropriately —

Det. Steve Hunt: — was method off base.

Det. Mark Liberatore: — method off.

Erin Moriarty: Why are you so positive it is not Edward Laraby?

DA Sandra Doorley: As a result of his confession did not match as much as the details, so simple as that.

Cathy Krauseneck
Cathy Krauseneck

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Laraby mentioned Cathy had darkish hair when actually she was blonde, that she was heavyset when she wasn’t. Even Rachel Rear, who is aware of all too properly the injury Laraby can do, does not consider he killed Cathy.

Rachel Rear: To me, I used to be like, it is not his M.O. … I do not suppose he was a serial killer. He is a serial rapist.

After 4 many years of useless ends, regulation enforcement was satisfied that Jim Krauseneck, not Ed Laraby, wielded that bloody ax.

Sharon Krauseneck: This man is an harmless man. … He is been handled so unjust.

However come 2022, James Krauseneck, the profitable businessman and father, headed to trial.  The 40-year-old homicide case might hinge on mere minutes, and prosecutors proving that Krauseneck was residence when Cathy was killed.

PROSECUTOR PATRICK GALLAGHER (closing argument): You take a look at the proof, it is clear. She was killed in her sleep.


After 4 many years, as James Krauseneck lastly got here to trial, prosecutors had been betting on Michael Baden, that forensic pathologist that they had engaged, and his idea of when Cathy most definitely died — about 3:30 a.m.

Michael Wolford: Effectively, they wanted a Dr. Baden, who mentioned mainly that it occurred at 3:30 within the morning. … That was completely different than another medical expert that was concerned on this case.

One in every of them was Katherine Maloney, a forensic pathologist who would testify for the protection — one thing she had seldom accomplished earlier than.

Erin Moriarty: Are you able to pinpoint the precise time of demise?

Dr. Katherine Maloney: No. Oh my goodness I want I might … One of the best you are going to do is — is a window of a number of hours.

Physician Maloney thinks it is attainable Cathy might have died a lot later within the day.

Erin Moriarty: I imply, so that you’re saying Dr Baden is improper?

Dr. Katherine Maloney: I disagree with him. I believe he is improper. … I believe she seemingly died someday between like 5 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Timing of the demise appeared essential. If Cathy was murdered at the hours of darkness, earlier than Jim Krauseneck went to work, then prosecutors say her killer wasn’t an intruder — it needed to be her husband.

Jim Krauseneck at trial
Forty years after Cathy Krauseneck was killed in her sleep, her husband Jim Krauseneck stands trial for her homicide.

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The stage was set for a ugly drama in the hunt for its last act.

NEWS REPORT: What makes this case so distinctive is it occurred over 40 years in the past.

Over these many years, hearts had been damaged and relationships shattered.

Erin Moriarty: Actually, how would you describe the final 40 years on your loved ones?

Susie Jackimowicz: It has been a horrible … It is simply god-awful.

Bob Schlosser and Susie Jackimowicz.
Cathy Krauseneck’s father Bob Schlosser and cousin Susie Jackimowicz.

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Cousin Susie Jackimowicz witnessed the shift in Cathy’s now 95-year-old father Bob Schlosser — who at the moment believes Krauseneck is a killer, however for years was sure his son-in-law was harmless.

Bob Schlosser: I simply did not suppose that he would — that he would do such a factor.

Erin Moriarty: I imply, had there ever been an actual major problem of their marriage that anyone had heard of?

Bob Schlosser: No, not that I knew of.

Jim and Cathy Krauseneck
Jim and Cathy Krauseneck

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However investigators consider the wedding was secretly crumbling.

Det. Mark Liberatore: He snapped is what we consider. He simply snapped.

Erin Moriarty: Individuals take a look at Jim Krauseneck, he simply does not appear like an ax assassin.

Bob Schlosser: What’s an ax assassin appear like?

Schlosser believes that over time, Krauseneck started separating Sara from her mom’s household — the kid who was residence when her mom was murdered.

Bob Schlosser: We did not see Sara anymore.

Susie Jackimowicz: Not solely was Cathy taken away, Sara was taken away.

Sara and Jim Krauseneck
Jim Krauseneck’s daughter Sara provides her father a hug in court docket.

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Sara’s a grown girl now, firmly standing by her dad as positive that he is harmless, as prosecutors Constance Patterson and Patrick Gallagher are sure he is Cathy’s killer.

Prosecutor Patrick Gallagher: Little doubt in any respect.

Prosecutor Constance Patterson: Completely little doubt in my thoughts.

However because the trial moved ahead, attorneys on either side confessed that they had a frightening problem: time itself.

Patrick Gallagher: Coping with — with reminiscence points, coping with deceased witnesses.

Invoice Easton: Witnesses cannot recall what occurred 40 years in the past.

So, investigators pursued proof that did not depend on the frailties of reminiscence. They homed in on the bodily crime scene.

Prosecutor Patrick Gallagher: I needed to not solely show that that Cathy was clearly killed within the early morning hours, but in addition show that it was a staged housebreaking.

Det. Steve Hunt: There’s lots of questions and issues simply did not make sense.

Authorities argued the scene was staged by somebody who had no concept what a housebreaking appeared like.

Det. Steve Hunt: The home wasn’t ransacked.

Det. Mark Liberatore: In reality, there was money on the dresser within the room the place Cathy was killed, that wasn’t taken.

The damaged glass, the seemingly exact inserting of that maul.

Det. Steve Hunt: They needed us to consider that the maul was used to interrupt that pane of glass.

That silver tea set, barely disturbed.

Patrick Gallagher: And whenever you appeared on the items that do not match, the rationale they do not match is as a result of it was a staged housebreaking.

Krauseneck murder evidence
The faint shoe print (circled)  investigators discovered inside a rubbish bag on the Krauseneck crime scene.

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Then there was that faint shoeprint investigators discovered inside a rubbish bag. Prosecutors thought the print informed a narrative.

Patrick Gallagher: The one method that will get in there’s when the bag is being opened, when objects are being positioned in that bag.

Erin Moriarty: And anyone is placing their foot on there, to allow them to maintain it open?

Patrick Gallagher: So … You are stepping on the sting of that bag … you are holding one edge and also you’re inserting that silver within the bag.

Investigators say the print was from particular footwear: a ship shoe.

Erin Moriarty: And why a ship shoe?

Krauseneck crime scene evidence
Against the law scene picture exhibits a pair of boat sneakers, like her husband was identified to put on, by Cathy Krauseneck’s mattress. Forty years later, detectives consider the faint shoe print in that rubbish bag was made by these boat sneakers, which weren’t examined.

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Patrick Gallagher: And, so, there is a image in that bed room the place you may see subsequent to the mattress … You’ll be able to see these boat sneakers.

Erin Moriarty: And whose sneakers are these?

Patrick Gallagher: And people are James Krauseneck’s sneakers.

Det. Steve Hunt: He is a ship shoe carrying man, and we do not have murderers working round in February within the wintertime carrying boat sneakers and killing individuals.

However the sneakers Krauseneck wore again then weren’t examined to see in the event that they had been a match. And his attorneys say it is not simply the improper idea — it is the improper man.

They are saying it is Ed Laraby, that profession legal, who, earlier than he died, had confessed to killing Cathy.

Invoice Easton: He lives four-minute stroll away.

However there’s the issue of Laraby’s M.O. Bear in mind, he was a repeat intercourse offender.

Erin Moriarty: Was there any signal that Cathy had been sexually assaulted or that she had had any contact in any respect along with her killer?

Det. Mark Liberatore: None in any way.

Erin Moriarty: Do you consider that there was tunnel imaginative and prescient on this investigation?

Invoice Easton: I believe it might nearly be the dictionary definition of tunnel imaginative and prescient … There was this overwhelming … urge and want to resolve the crime, and it needed to be Jim Krauseneck.

Susie Jackimowicz: I do know he did it. I do know it was him. 

Come closing statements, cameras had been allowed into the courtroom as attorneys made their last pleas:

BILL EASTON: The thriller of Cathy Krauseneck’s demise stays to at the present time, and we submit it has not been resolved by this trial.

PATRICK GALLAGHER: Widespread sense tells you this was a staged housebreaking. … These are the one cheap inferences that may be drawn from this case.

BILL EASTON: There are not any eyewitnesses. There are not any earwitnesses. … There isn’t a direct proof. That was the case 40 years in the past and that is the case now.

However Gallagher reminded the jury of that time-stamp — 3:30 a.m. — that pathologist Michael Baden put as Cathy’s attainable time of demise.

PATRICK GALLAGHER: Widespread sense tells you she died early that morning.

Michael Wolford: As we mentioned on the outset, there is no such thing as a new proof, merely a brand new opinion by Dr. Baden. … We do not suppose that cuts it.

Forty years after that terrible day, the case would now go to a jury.

Erin Moriarty: Have been you nervous?

Sharon Krauseneck: I used to be nervous, sure. … And Jim being the husband … and that is being the everyday fall man, the husband will need to have accomplished it. … I used to be very fearful.


Jim Krauseneck’s destiny will probably be decided by 12 strangers.

Sharon Krauseneck: They wish to maintain somebody accountable for this … I used to be very fearful.

As a result of it is Sharon and Sara’s future as properly.

Sharon Krauseneck: On Friday evening. The jury hadn’t completed their deliberations. And I used to be so grateful. I assumed, “Oh … give us this weekend (cries).

Erin Moriarty: Did you suppose this might be the final weekend you can spend with him?

Sharon Krauseneck: I believe deep down, I in all probability did.

Jim Krauseneck trial
James Krauseneck is led away in handcuffs after he was discovered responsible for the 1982 homicide of his first spouse Cathy in Brighton, New York.

Jamie Germano

Altogether, it takes the jury lower than 10 hours of deliberations to succeed in a verdict: Jim Krauseneck is responsible of second-degree homicide.

Sharon Krauseneck: I bear in mind standing up. I noticed this one deputy throughout from me and I mentioned, “Oh, please … let me hug my husband. … he mentioned “no.” No … I am unable to.

BOB SCHLOSSER (to reporters outdoors courtroom) We bought our justice. It took 40 years. … Thank God, we bought it.

SHARON KRAUSENECK (strolling by way of court docket foyer with Sara): He is harmless. He is harmless!

Michael Wolford: Sadly, there’s a presumption of guilt. … if the husband is … dwelling within the residence and the spouse is killed … he is nearly presumed responsible,

Protection legal professional Michael Wolford says that Jim Krauseneck was convicted due to who he was, not what he did.

Michael Wolford: I believe there was a intestine response on the a part of the jurors, that “properly, he in all probability did it.”

However the jurors “48 Hours” spoke to insisted they determined this case on the proof — proof they admit had divided them firstly.

Jane | Juror: I simply saved pondering another person actually might have accomplished this.

Helen | Juror: The forensics didn’t level to anyone else.

The primary time they voted, we had been informed six mentioned responsible, three not responsible, three undecided.

Ivan | Juror: A very powerful factor to me … was the staged housebreaking scene.

They mentioned that staged scene was a crucial clue. And there was one thing else they appeared to agree on. That, in the long run, it was unimaginable to say precisely when Cathy died.

Jane: We threw out all of that testimony … We — It meant nothing to us.

However their verdict means every thing to Krauseneck’s heartbroken daughter Sara, who tells the decide at sentencing it provides insult to deep harm.

SARA KRAUSENECK (in court docket): I have been blessed with essentially the most extraordinary dad and mom. Sadly, they’ve each been taken from my life. My mom’s killer bought away along with her homicide, and my father’s life has been taken by a failed justice system that convicted him of against the law he didn’t commit.

However Sara’s grandfather — Cathy’s father — needs to ensure Jim Krauseneck spends the remainder of his life paying for her demise.

BOB SCHLOSSER (to Jim Krauseneck in court docket): And Jim, I hope you reside to be 100 years previous and luxuriate in your new residence!

And eventually, it is as much as Jim Krauseneck himself to take one final alternative to handle the court docket.

JIM KRAUSENECK (in court docket): To at the present time it is nonetheless very tough for me to speak in regards to the circumstances that surrounded her demise. All I see is Cathy with an ax in her head, and Sara standing within the hallway, raveled, with an empty and distant look on her face. I didn’t homicide Cathy. I beloved Cathy with all my coronary heart and with all my soul.

The decide is unmoved, giving the 71-year-old Krauseneck 25 years-to-life behind bars.

Earlier than his personal life is over, there’s another factor Cathy’s father needs to do.

For many years, Cathy has been buried in Jim’s household plot.

Bob Schlosser: I wish to transfer my daughter’s stays … the place her mom and brother are.

However to maneuver her, Bob Schlosser wants Sara to agree and which will by no means occur. Sara and Sharon proceed to assist Jim, who intends to attraction his conviction.

Erin Moriarty: You are going to stand by him it doesn’t matter what?

Sharon Krauseneck: Oh, completely.

Sharon Krauseneck rejects the likelihood that her husband has completely traded his golden years for the hardened metallic of a jail cell. 

Sharon Krauseneck: We’ve got lots of hope. We’ve got lots of religion. … This isn’t our retirement. It is a hiccup. That is only a — only a — a pause.

And Krauseneck’s attorneys say that forcing him to defend a 40-year-old case violated his constitutional proper to a good trial.

Erin Moriarty: Are you nervous in any respect about that … if an appellate court docket dominated in favor … of Jim Krauseneck, and mentioned that his rights had been violated … then it might all be for nothing?

DA Sandra Doorley: It would not be all for nothing. Cathy’s story was capable of be informed and that household was capable of get justice … Justice has been accomplished for Cathy.

Cathy’s household and Sara have not spoken because the trial.

Sara has moved in another country.

Produced by Josh Yager and James Stolz. Marc Goldbaum and Charlotte Fuller are the event producers. Michael Loftus and Liz Caholo are the affiliate producers. Richard Barber is the producer-editor. Atticus Brady can be an editor. Patti Aronofsky is the senior producer. Nancy Kramer is the chief story editor. Judy Tygard is the chief producer.

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