Former cop rips pardon
JOHN HOFHEIMER AND RICK KRON
Spencer may have died after Glen Green put a silver-dollar-sized hole
in her skull with his handy nun- chucks.
She may have died when Green threw her in the trunk of his car.
may have died after Green ran over her twice.
Her heart may still have been beating when Green was kicked or pushed
into the bayou.
However Helen Spencer died, Green should spend the rest of his life
in prison for his brutal acts, according to Don Egelhoff, the lead investigator
in the 1974 murder case.
Of Gov. Mike Huckabee's announced intention to grant Green a
white, born-again Chri-tian clemency and cut him loose, Egelhoff
said Tuesday afternoon, "It sucks."
then a Gravel Ridge resident, was just 18 back in the early morning
hours of Oct. 22, 1974.
with long, silky blond hair, she was a vivacious young lady in the full
bloom of life when she went to Little Rock Air Force Base and tapped
on her boyfriend's barracks' window to wake him up, according to Egelhoff.
want him to be late for a training flight.
He woke up
but he never had the chance to thank her. By the time he got dressed
and went out to meet her, Spencer was gonein the grasp of Green.
the boyfriend left on a two-week training flight to England, she wasn't
even found missing until four days after his return.
body was founda hand sticking out of the murky waters of Twin
Prairie Bayou in Lonoke County, the outline of her body barely visible.
to the police report, and later the judicial system, the killer was
21-year-old Sgt. Glen Greensomeone, who when seeing Spencer that
fateful morning, nudged a fellow airman and reportedly said he wanted
to have sex with the woman.
to the police investigation, after Spen-cer knocked on her boyfriend's
window she went into a nearby barracks into the CQ (Charge of Quarters)
room to either warm up or kill time. Green was also in that room.
was in the room for about 15 minutes then went back to her boyfriend's
barracks and sat down in the stairwell. Green followed. He hit or kicked
her and dragged her to the top of a nearby hill and attempted to sexually
broke loose and began to run toward the barracks' parking lot. He struck
her behind the right ear with a pair of nunchucks, according to the
Jacksonville police report.
her up and carried her to his car and threw her in the trunk. She was
in the trunk for about three hours as he went and washed and dried his
clothes. He then drove down Graham Road to the second bridge east of
Loop Road. Green then got Spencer's body out of the trunk.
investigators that her body was still warm when he got to the bridge,
so he put her in the front seat to rape her.
lined up the body perpendicular to the front of his car and proceeded
to run over her body and head.
up and did it again, then pushed or kicked the body into the bayou.
governor is being mislead by a friend," said Egelhoff. "I
think that friend is being mislead by a con. Conned by a con. He's had
30 years to get it down right. He's nothing but a cold-blooded killer."
can be a Christian and God can forgive him and take him to heaven,"
said Egelhoff, but while on earth, he needs to finish out his sentence.
doesn't have to give up the right to punish him for what he did."
said if Green has new evidence that his confession was coerced, as he
claims, he should have a new trial, not a get-out-of-jail-free card.
didn't need a confession," Egelhoff says. "We had enough physical
evidence and eye witnesses to convict him in a court."
had a vintage Thunderbird," he said. "We found hair and blood
in the trunk of the car, under the undercarriage of his car. She was
still alive when she was run over based on autopsy findings, he said.
not have known she was pregnant.
I talked with him, he had no remorse. He said he was glad he'd been
caught, it had been bothering him."
kicked her off the bridge, he told Egelhoff, he howled at the moon.
said he had registered his complaint about the clemency to Steve Cox,
the governor's lawyer.
said he'd tell the governor my feelings. I don't think it will do any
good," said Egelhoff. "I don't think he'll listen to an old
retired police officer when one of his preachers swears up and down