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James Harrod

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On April 1, 1988, well-known socialite Jeanne Tovrea was shot five times in the head as she slept in her bed in her Paradise Valley home.

The police collected fingerprints at the kitchen window point of entry and inside the house. The investigation stalled until January 1994 when an anonymous tipster watched an Unsolved Mystery TV program on the killing and identified the voice of suspect "Gordon Phillips" on Jeanne's answering machine as that of Harrod.

Several months later a second tip led police to Harrod's former wife who told them Harrod had told her he was paid $100,000 to kill Jeanne because her stepson, Ed (Hap) Tovrea, wanted her dead so he could inherit from his late father's estate.

Harrod was flush with unexplained cash after the murder. Harrod's fingerprints matched 18 fingerprints taken at the scene. Police discovered a money trial, phone records, and a bogus business deal linking Harrod with Hap Tovrea.

Source: Arizona Department of Corrections

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