A Million Dollar Murder
A Crime of Passion?
The authorities considered various motives, including sour business relationships and revenge by someone who had suffered the repo mans hook. Mosslers wallet was emptied of about $500 during the deadly assault, so robbery was considered, as well.
But detectives kept coming back to the 39 stab wounds. Mossler was not merely slain. He was murdered with a vengeance. Often, such passionate overkill indicates an emotional or sexual connection between the attacker and victim. Naturally, suspicion fell on his wife and her lover.
Mossler left a record of the affair in his own diary, and he clearly understood the stakes. He wrote of Candy and Mel,
Tangible and circumstantial evidence implicated the lovers. Airline records and eyewitnesses said Powers had traveled from
A white Chevrolet spotted at the murder scene was identified as a rental that Candy had provided Powers during his visit to
On July 3, the day of Jacques Mosslers funeral,
The gems included an emerald-cut blue and white diamond ring valued at $20,000, a canary tear drop diamond pendant worth $12,500, and various other gold and diamond frippery - all gifts from Jacques Mossler to his wife.
Mossler would have choked at the idea: He had paid for the defense of his accused murderer.