Florida cops finally charge man in 43-year cold case murder of a nurse and believe he could have been a serial killer: Neighbor who was convicted for separate murder lived just 12 houses away from victim but police lacked evidence for an arrest
- Ronald E. Richards has been charged with the killing of Evelyn Fisher-Bamforth
- He was a person of interest in the case but DNA has helped link him to the crime
- Evelyn was brutally raped and murdered in her mobile home
Florida cops may have cracked their coldest case after charging a 75-year-old killer with the murder of a nurse nearly 43 years ago.
Ronald E. Richards, who is currently in prison in Ohio on separate charges, has been arrested over the killing of Evelyn Marie Fisher-Bamforth in January 22, 1980.
The Miramar Police Department said advancements in DNA helped bring an end to the unsolved mystery that had eluded cops for more than four decades, and now believe they may have caught a serial killer.
Richards lived just 12 houses away from Fisher-Bamforth, then 32, in a mobile home park and was previously a person of interest in the case.
Evelyn Marie Fisher-Bamforth (pictured) was brutally raped and murdered in her mobile home in 1980
But there was never enough evidence to charge the neighbor who allegedly bashed her head before raping her.
Fisher-Bamforth, who was born in Chilliwack, British Columbia, was at home recovering from a recent knee surgery and was alone asleep at her Haven Lakes Estate mobile home.
A friend who was staying with her and her husband John returned home to find the doors locked.
She called police who broke into the home and found Fisher-Bamforth bludgeoned to death.
Ronald E. Richards, who is currently in prison in Ohio on separate charges, has been arrested over the killing
Widower John recalled returning home to find police tape on his front door.
He told WSVN: ‘And that’s when I saw what I saw, which was furniture disturbed, cushions disturbed, and then I walked back to the bedroom, half the bed at least was soaked with blood.’
No one was arrested at the time, but two months after the brutal killing, another horrific murder and sexual assault occurred in the nearby Volusia County.
Officials investigating told Miramar cops, believing it had links to the murder of Fisher-Bamforth, but they were unable to find any further evidence linking him to the crime.
At the time of the killings, Richards was newly released after raping and attempting to kill his girlfriend in Ohio in 1975.
He was convicted over the Volusia County murder and was sentenced to 50 years in prison
Fisher-Bamforth was at home recovering from a recent knee surgery and was alone asleep at her Haven Lakes Estate mobile home (pictured now)
He is currently in prison in Ohio for parole violations stemming from the original attack, and police believe there may be more victims.
Tania Rues, spokesperson for the Miramar Police Department said: ‘Due to advancements in DNA technology and the diligence and hard work of Detective Johnathan Zeller, Ronald Eugène Richards has been indicted for sexual battery and murder.
‘We are one step closer to obtain justice for Evelyn.’
John met Evelyn in 1969 when he was a bartender and they soon married and moved to the Miramar mobile home.
He said: ‘She was a registered psychiatric nurse. She was just great to be around.
‘You never have closure, as you can tell, but certainly justice for Evelyn is the most important thing.’
Richards now faces extradition to Broward County to face the charges for this crime.
Marie’s murder was the oldest cold case in the history of the Miramar Police Department.