Dead By Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer By: Ann Rule

1452 words - 6 pages

It was a warm and beautiful Sunday night on September 21, 1986 at the Sunset Highway, in Oregon, when Cheryl Keeton's brutally bludgeoned body was found in her van. The van was in the fast lane and found by a motorist, Randall Kelly Blighton, who stopped to see if he could offer any type of help. Blighton saw a silhouette of an infant in the vans window, which he now says was a car seat, and felt that he couldn't just pass by after he had just dropped off his own children with their mother. When he first arrived at the van he set out flares to make sure that the passing cars knew the van was there. The car was placed around a curve where oncoming traffic wouldn't see it. Then, he opened the drivers side door and found that a woman's purse was jammed between the accelerator and the firewall, which would explain the continually motion forward. He could see that a figure was lying across the front seat and that her head was tucked into her chest just over the passenger seat. He could also see that the figure had on a loafer type shoe on one foot that looked feminine. He searched to turn on the emergency flashers, but was unable to find them, not knowing that they were over-head. He felt the floor to see if there was a baby; however, as he felt around the floor and the seats of the van he realized why it was so hard to see through the driver's side window. The windows were splattered with something dark, blood. Nevertheless, he felt it was more important to keep searching to find the baby instead of stopping. He couldn't figure out how there could be so much blood in the van if it hadn't been hit by another vehicle. Blighton then drove the van on to the shoulder of 79th street, where it met sunset highway. Then, Blighton ran to the passenger side door, which was slightly open, to see if the woman had a pulse. When he could not feel one, he ran to get help. He arrived at a house and told the people to call the police.Thomas Stewart Duffy Jr. was on duty that night at Washington County Fire District Number One. The call came in roughly at 8:44 that night. There were many calls that have come in from sunset highway and most proved fatal. Police arrived and saw the blue Toyota van parked facing north along 79th street. Blighton stood waiting, covered in blood. When the police looked at the woman, they realized that it was a homicide and they needed to call in help. Cheryl Keeton had been murdered that night and no one knew exactly why. An autopsy was performed and an investigation conducted into every possible suspect. Bradly Morris Cunningham, Keeton's estranged husband, was the most likely suspect in Keeton's murder since it seemed as though his stories weren't quite matching up. Keeton had a clump of hair and a blue shoelace with a key wrapped around her wrist when she was found the night she was murdered. Nevertheless, at that time there was very little evidence to prove that Cunningham was the killer because back in the 1980's there was very little...

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