- A 1998 slaying went cold for 20 years, until the Cracker Suspect applied for a job
- The Cracker Perp would be free today if he had just watched CSI
Thanks to Florida Bureau Chief and sister Cindy Mamelian for another story of the Florida Cracker, aka, Florida Man.
This is a tragic story, but a story none the less, about the intelligence of the Florida Cracker, who, “Many People Say” are at the bottom of the human intelligence food chain.
This Tale started with the murder of Sondra Better 20 years ago in Delary Beach, FL. The perpetrator seemed to vanish without a trace.
Victim Better was working alone at Lu Shay’s Consignment Shop when a man came into the store and killed her. Although a witness saw the Perp and the Perp left behind a trail of his own blood and fingerprints, police weren’t able to catch him — until he applied for a job 20 years later.
During the investigation of Better’s murder, fingerprints lifted at the crime scene, were entered into the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) database. Two decades passed without any matches. DNA samples from 36 men also came up empty.
Police finally got a hit when Cracker Todd Barket, 51, of Brandon, Florida, submitted his fingerprints as part an application for a nursing assistant job.
Cracker Barket lived about 8 miles from the consignment shop at the time of the 1998 killing. His fingerprints and blood matched the samples found at the crime scene, and he fit the description that an eyewitness provided, authorities said.
Cracker Barket was arrested at his home and is being held in Hillsborough County Jail without bond until he’s extradited to Palm Beach County.
Cracker Barket apparently thought that he had avoided the long arm of the law having been on the lam for 20 years. Apparently, Cracker Barket does not watch CSI, or CSI Miami, or CSI New York. If he had, he would have never applied for a job where he had to submit Finger Prints or take a Blood Test.
Another Dumb Cracker is headed to the Hoosegow.