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Mar 25 12 5:44 AM

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Patsy, do you have any information on this case?  There is a book about it.  "Victim" by Gary Kinder (1982).  The back cover reads as follows:


It is still one of the most shockingly brutal crimes on record.  On April 22, 1974, five innocent people interrupted a robbery in an Ogden, Utah, hi-fi shop.  Senselessly terrorized, they were tortured without mercy, forced to drink hydrochloric acid, and shot in the head.

Carol Naisbitt was one of the three who died.  Her sixteen-year-old son, Cortney, miraculously survived.  Slowly nurtured back to a semblence of physical and mental health by his supportive, courgeous family, he remains disabled but is alive today.

So are the men responsible.

Cortney passed away a few years ago, if I remember correctly.  No idea is the men responsible, Dale Pierre and William Andrews, are still alive.

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Apr 4 12 1:45 PM

Pierre and Andrews were executed many years ago. Roberts, the third man involved who drove the van with the stolen stereo equipment, served time in prison but was later paroled. Cortney Naisbitt died in 2002. If you go to the archives section of Google and type in hi-fi murders or Cortney Naisbitt, you can find newspaper articles about the case and family.

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Apr 4 12 5:05 PM

djsbuick, I was unaware of this case until your posting. Thank you guest, for posting the above information.

Find a Grave: Michelle Ansley
Find a Grave: Carol Naisbitt
Find a Grave: Cortney Naisbitt
Find a Grave: Orren Walker
Find a Grave: Stanley Walker

WIKIPEDIA (much more at link)
The Hi-Fi murders are still considered as among the worst crimes ever committed in the state of Utah. The case is now taught to FBI trainees at the FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia, and it was The experiences of Cortney Naisbitt and his family became the basis for the 1982 book Victim: The Other Side of Murder by Gary Kinder. The Hi-Fi murders was also the basis for the 1991 CBS television movie Aftermath: A Test of Love, starring Richard Chamberlain and Michael Learned.

Police believe six black men driving two vans were involved in the robbery. Roberts and another man remained with the vehicles and another two loaded the vans while Pierre and Andrews were in the basement with the victims. However detectives only had enough evidence to convict three people for the crime.[4]

  • Dale Selby Pierre (January 21, 1953 – August 28, 1987): Pierre was 21 years old at the time of the crime.  When he committed the Hi Fi murders Pierre was out on bail for charges of stealing a car from a Salt Lake City car dealer. On November 16, 1974, Pierre was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated robbery for the Hi-Fi crimes. On November 20, 1974, he was given three death sentences, one for each of the murder victims. While in prison, Pierre changed his name 27 times, reportedly to protect his family name from notoriety, finally settling on "Pierre Dale Selby" (simply transposing his first, middle, and last names from birth) as his legal name. After exhaustion of appeals, Pierre was executed by lethal injection on August 28, 1987, at the age of 34. At the time of his death, Pierre bequeathed all of his money ($29) to Andrews.
  • William Andrews: Andrews was 19 years old at the time of the crimes. During the trial it was revealed that he and Selby had the intention of killing anyone they came across while robbing the store. Andrews was put to death by lethal injection on July 30, 1992.[8]
  • Keith Roberts: The court found that Keith Roberts had no role in, or knowledge of, the murders though he was convicted of armed robbery. Roberts was paroled in 1987.

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