KCBD Investigates: Private Investigators tackle 46-year-old Lubbock cold case murder

Published: Aug. 25, 2021 at 6:34 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 25, 2021 at 11:59 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - It has been 46 years since Deborah Sue Williamson was brutally murdered in Lubbock. Tuesday was the anniversary of her death. Her family has not given up hope they will find closure and there’s a new team in town helping them out.

Debbie was 18 years old at the time of her death. She was fatally stabbed outside of her Lubbock home on Aug. 24, 1975. Her husband Doug found her body around 1 a.m. and called police. He was quickly cleared as a suspect as he was at work at the time. Debbie was stabbed 17 times.

“It’s her turn for justice,” her sister Elizabeth Flatts said.

For the past five years Flatts has met with Lubbock Police for updates on the case on the anniversary of Williamson’s death.

This year she didn’t come alone.

Joined by her step sister Paula Chasse and two private investigators that are now on the case: investigative journalist George Jared and criminal justice professor at American Military University Jennifer Bucholtz.

The duo recently helped uncover a tip that led to an arrest in a cold case in Arkansas.

They say the accused, William Miller, was an active member of the Facebook group they had set up.

“One girl from Lubbock, Texas that was working with us, she honed into the guy that ended up getting arrested... and it was because she was studying genealogy,” Jared explained.

“The cards started falling into place because then we got a tip that he had been in Arkansas the weekend of Rebekah’s murder, which nobody knew up until about 6 weeks before this guy’s arrest,” Bucholtz said.

They say they’re confident that they could do the same here.

“We also believe that her killer was somebody she knew. We believe this case is solvable. I think there’s enough information out there, that we can figure this out,” Bucholtz said. “I do not believe that anyone who murdered somebody 46 years ago has not told someone. So one of our goals is to find someone who knows something about this case.”

“A person who has been murdered deserves justice no matter if it’s been one day or 100 years,” Jared said.

The team says they’ll be facing several challenges, including the long amount of time that has passed since the crime occurred.

But they say they have a powerful weapon at their disposal, the same crowdsourcing tools that led to the arrest in Arkansas.

A new Facebook page has been set up that you can request to join to follow their investigation.

Williamson’s family never lost hope, Flatts assures. But the renewed interest, she says, gives her strength and comfort.

“Cold cases, it just feels like no one cares,” she said. “I really felt like it would be, the more they looked into it, they’d just back off.They’ve been relentless.”

Flatts has also remained persistence in the pursuit of the truth.

“I’m not going to give up. She deserves it. We deserve it. And a lot of innocent people that have been considered a possibility of being the one that killed her deserve it,” Flatts said.

Deborah "Debbie" Sue Williamson was brutally murdered in Lubbock in 1975. She was 18.
Deborah "Debbie" Sue Williamson was brutally murdered in Lubbock in 1975. She was 18.(Facebook)

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