In 1979, a 9-year-old girl, Erika, was raped, and she and her grandparents, Helen and Howard Becker, were murdered in their home in Jefferson County, KY. Although David Becker, the couple’s 25-year-old son and Erika’s uncle, allegedly confessed to the rape of his niece and the murders of his family members, he was found not guilty and discharged.
He also admitted “he had once tried to have sex with the family cat” and “he had touched Erika’s vagina when she was about 6 months old and he was a teenager” but his attorneys moved to suppress this evidence, referring to it as “highly prejudicial” and irrelevant. The judge granted the motion, and so the jury did not hear Becker’s admissions of animal abuse and pedophilia.
In 2007, Becker attempted to have the arrest and indictment expunged from his record, but his request was denied by the commonwealth’s attorney’s office saying, “The commonwealth’s belief that the defendant is responsible for the murder and sexual assault of the victim is as strong today as it was in 1979.”
In 2017, Becker identifies as a transgender woman named “Kathleen Anne” who admits to “feelings in the past that were consistent with autogynephilia.” As no other suspects have emerged, according to the commonwealth, “To date, this case remains unsolved.”