Let us look at ‘The Ex-Deputy AG Of Nevada Arrested For teen Murder in 1972 After 50 years’ A former deputy Nevada attorney general who later worked for the notorious Mustang Ranch brothel and sought for the state Supreme Court has been detained in Reno as a suspect in a 1972 homicide in Hawaii. Tudor Chirila Jr., 77, was being held without bond on a charge of fleeing from another state on Thursday at the Washoe County Jail.
In a criminal complaint accusing Chirila of second-degree murder, Honolulu police said DNA evidence linked him to the fatal stabbing of 19-year-old Nancy Anderson.
Chirila was detained on Wednesday, five decades after police claim he stabbed the adolescent more than 60 times and left her dead in her Waikiki condominium on January 7, 1972, according to The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The newspaper reported that Anderson, who had relocated to Hawaii in October 1971 after completing high school in Bay City, Michigan the year before, was employed at a McDonald’s restaurant.
It wasn’t immediately clear if Chirila had an attorney or will be appointed one. Jail records don’t indicate when he’s scheduled to make his initial court appearance.
The criminal complaint filed this week in district court in Hawaii said police had reopened the cold case multiple times since the killing and received a tip in December that Chirila could be a suspect.
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The criminal complaint states that in March, authorities got a DNA sample from Chirila’s son, John Chirila of Newport Beach, California, which proved that he was the biological offspring of a DNA sample discovered at the crime scene.
On Sept. 6, Reno police served a search warrant and collected a DNA sample from Tudor Chirila at his Reno apartment. Two days later he tried to die by suicide, and on Wednesday was booked into the county jail in Reno, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported Thursday.
The Honolulu Police Department previously said it had sought the services of a DNA technology company to assist in the case.
Parabon Nanolabs told Hawaii News Now that genetic genealogy was used in analyzing the evidence along with DNA phenotyping, a process of predicting physical appearance and ancestry from unidentified DNA evidence.
The Ex-Deputy AG Of Nevada Arrested For teen Murder in 1972 After 50 years
Over the years, police in Hawaii investigated multiple suspects, including door-to-door knife salesmen who were there to try to sell knives hours earlier, the newspaper said. But the salesmen volunteered fingerprints and passed polygraph tests.
Other potential suspects questioned over the years included Anderson’s former boyfriends and the property manager where she lived.
Anderson’s family, including her nine siblings, have spent years searching for any sense of closure, Hawaii News Now reported.
According to Jack Anderson, Nancy’s brother, “She was a vital part of our family and when she passed away it just left a hole in our hearts and in our family.”
Longtime resident of the Reno, Carson City, and Lake Tahoe regions and an attorney, Chirila served as Nevada’s deputy attorney general in the late 1970s and unsuccessfully ran for the state’s supreme court in 1994.
U.S. prosecutors in Reno named him as the former president of A.G.E. Corp., a business that acted as a front for Nevada brothel owner Joe Conforte, in a 1998 criminal indictment.
When the Mustang Ranch east of Reno was taken by the government, the indictment charged Conforte and others with being a part of a complex scheme to cheat the government in bankruptcy proceedings IRS, sold for back taxes in 1990, and illegally repurchased by Conforte and his cohorts.
The Associated Press reported at the time that the government asserted Conforte concealed his assets during bankruptcy procedures in an effort to defraud the government and repurchase the legal brothel under cover of ownership.
Chirila, who was testifying as a government witness, admitted he was aware that Conforte, who had vanished and was thought to be a wanted man in South America when the case went to trial in 1999, owned and operated the corporation.
In 1998, Chirila sued Conforte for $14 million in damages, claiming that Conforte had fired him in error for aiding federal prosecutors.