Air Force Sgt. Joseph Snodgrass Hired Hitmen to Kill Wife Julie at Clark AFB in Philippines for $400,000 Life Insurance Payout; Sentenced to Life in Prison (February 26, 1991)

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Sgt. Joseph Snodgrass, US Air Force

Air Force spouse Julie Snodgrass was found stabbed to death outside Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines on February 26, 1991. Julie was discovered in the cab of her pickup truck on an isolated road off base and an autopsy revealed that she was stabbed more than 42 times. The Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) had jurisdiction of the case and upon investigation found evidence on Sgt. Joseph Snodgrass’ work computer that linked him to the crime. AFOSI found a letter to his mistress asking for help with the murder of his wife and a current life insurance policy on his wife. The letter disclosed that Snodgrass elicited the help of his housekeeper (and lover), a Philippine native, to hire three hitmen to carry out the crime so they could be together and live off the $400,000 life insurance pay out. In the course of an interview with AFOSI, Snodgrass grabbed the floppy disks with the evidence against him and cut them to pieces with some shears. But luckily computer forensic scientists were able to find a way to put the disks back together so the data was readable again.

This was the evidence the Air Force needed to make their murder-for-hire case. In the meantime in June 1991, Mount Pinatubo erupted resulting in layers of volcanic ash on Clark AFB and Naval Base Subic Bay. Amidst the chaos, Snodgrass attempted a jail break in August 1991 while awaiting trial but lost his bearings in the ashy mess and eventually surrendered. The eruption’s aftermath triggered the decision to withdraw all American forces from the Philippines. The last troops and ship pulled out of the naval base more than 25 years ago. Joseph Snodgrass was eventually convicted of first degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison. As a result of the forensic history made by piecing the floppy disk back together making it usable again, the military changed the policies pertaining to the destruction of classified data on floppy disks.

When the wife of a serviceman was brutally murdered in the Philippines, the Air Force Office of Special Investigators swung into action. Clues led to the victim’s husband, but he insisted he was innocent. Investigators would have to do something unprecedented: Reassemble a 5 1/4 inch computer disk which had been cut to pieces with pinking shears. -Shear Luck, Forensic Files

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Forensic Files: Shear Luck (YouTube)

Navy Veteran Susan Peterson Found Murdered in Dallas, Texas; Suspect Charles Albright Found Guilty of Similar Murder, Sentenced to Life in Prison (February 10, 1991)

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Susan Peterson, U.S. Navy Veteran (Photo: NY Daily News)

‘The second victim was found on a Sunday morning, on the same south Dallas road where Mary Pratt was dumped. Like Pratt, she was mostly naked. Like Pratt, she was a prostitute. Her name was Susan Peterson, age 27. She had been shot in the head, chest, and stomach. Her eyelids were closed.” Read more from Texas Monthly here.

Forensic Files:

Full Episode: A serial killer is prowling the streets of Dallas, targeting prostitutes. All the police know is that the killer has a bizarre signature. See No Evil, Forensic Files

Oxygen:

Rookie police officers Regina Smith and John Matthews gained intelligence from the sex workers on their beat. -Oxygen (February 7, 2019)

A prostitute in the Dallas spoke to police about a man who attempted to attack her, and his possible link to the string of other murders in the Dallas area. -Oxygen (February 11, 2019)

Elizabeth Peacock discovered Charles Albright’s victim had had her eyeballs cut out. -Oxygen (February 11, 2019)

Dallas Police find one of Charles Albright’s victims lying nude in the street, with a gunshot to the head. -Oxygen (February 11, 2019)

Dallas police discover three women murdered with their eyes surgically removed. Police believe they have a deranged doctor on the loose until two rookie cops find themselves on the trail of a man with a Psycho-esque mother, a talent for taxidermy, and a hatred for women. -Oxgen (February 12, 2019)

Serial killer, Charles Albright, removed the eyeballs of sex workers in Dallas,Texas. -Oxygen (February 14, 2019)

Dr. Michael Stone explains Charles Albright’s narcissistic behavior. -Oxygen (February 14, 2019)

Officer Regina Smith recounts the night she drove Charles Albright to the Dallas Homicide Division after he had murdered several sex workers in the Dallas area. -Oxygen (February 15, 2019)

Psychologist Dr. Michael Stone makes note that there are passages in the New Testament that talk about eyes in a special way. -Oxygen (February 15, 2019)

Serial Killer Charles Albright Documentaries:

Full Episode: Charles Albright is a convicted American serial killer, he is a diagnosed psychopath who was found guilty of killing a woman in 1991 by means of shooting her in the head and removing her eyeballs. -Serial Killer – Charles Albright | Documentary Galore

Full Episode: Charles Frederick Albright is an American serial killer and diagnosed psychopath from Dallas, Texas, who was convicted of killing one woman. -Serial Killer – Charles Albright – HD Documentary | Aristotle Documentary

Investigation Discovery:

Dallas has its dark side, but nothing compares the horror of a series of women found murdered with their eyeballs surgically removed. A pair beat cops use their street savvy to lead detectives to a sadistic killer and his bizarre motive. -The Eyeball Killer, Murder by Numbers (S2, E5)

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Mark Of A Killer: Preview – An Eye For Murder (Season 1, Episode 3) | Oxygen
Mark Of A Killer: Preview – Dallas Police Find A Nude Body In The Street
Mark Of A Killer: Preview – Gunshot Victim Discovered To Be Lacking Eyeballs
Mark Of A Killer: Bonus Clip – Charles Albright, The Eyeball Killer
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Mark Of A Killer: Hostile Charles Albright On Ride To Dallas Homicide Division
Mark Of A Killer: Bonus – Were Charles Albright’s Murders Inspired By The Bible?
Serial Killer – Charles Albright in HD | Documentary Galore
Serial Killer – Charles Albright – HD Documentary | Aristotle Documentary
The Eyeball Killer | Murder by Numbers | Investigation Discovery (S2, E5)
The Eyeball Killer | Murder by Numbers | Investigation Discovery (website)
The Eyeball Killer | Murder by Numbers | Investigation Discovery (Amazon)
Murder by Numbers Premiered ‘The Eyeball Killer’ on ID: Serial Killer Charles Albright Suspect in Murder of Navy Veteran Susan Peterson (September 11, 2018)
Mark of a Killer Premiered ‘Charles Albright’ on Oxygen: The Eyeball Killer Suspected of Four Murders in Texas (February 10, 2019)