In April of 1982 the bodies of James and Ann Benolken were found in their apartment on South Franklin Street in Juneau, Alaska. They had been tied up and brutally stabbed to death.
Two men were subsequently tried for the foul crime: Newton Lambert and Emanuel Telles. Lambert was convicted of the murder of Ann Benolken and Telles was acquitted of both murders and walked free from the court room. Just over a year later, though, Telles was in turn murdered.
We pick up the story somewhere in 2008 or 2009 when I was working at the Public Defender Agency in Juneau as a law office assistant. One day I opened a letter Newton Lambert had sent asking for help looking into his case and I began falling into the rabbit hole of the Benolken murders that day and haven’t stopped.
Please join me for this introductory episode about the Benolken murders where we will set the stage for a future series of episodes centering around the April 1982 double murder case.
Intro music: The Call by Mattia Cupelli https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqsGQVl-_k5qGE-PwGKO5DA
Intermission music: Memphis Slim – I Just Landed In Your Town (public domain)
Outro music: Sergei Rachmaninoff 13 Preludes, Op. 32 – 5. Moderato (G major) performed by Vadim Chaimovich (public domain)