Former Nevada deputy AG charged with brutal 1972 stabbing death of Honolulu woman – FOX13 News Memphis
, 2022-09-19 18:20:05,
HONOLULU — One of Nevada’s former top prosecutors has been arrested and charged in the brutal 1972 death of a woman stabbed 60 times inside her Honolulu apartment.
Nancy Elaine Anderson, 19, had lived in Hawaii for just two months when she was slain. According to the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, the Michigan native was knifed to death the afternoon of Jan. 7, 1972, as her roommate slept in an adjacent bedroom.
The roommate found Anderson’s body when she awoke from her nap, authorities said at the time.
The 50-year-old case stayed cold until December, when a tip pointed investigators toward Tudor Chirila Jr., a former deputy attorney general and 1994 Nevada Supreme Court hopeful.
Chirila, now 77, was arrested Wednesday in Reno. He is being held in the Washoe County Jail on a fugitive warrant out of Hawaii, where he faces a charge of second-degree murder.
A brazen attack
Jody Spooner, 18, didn’t realize exactly what she was seeing when she first spotted her roommate’s body on the bedroom floor of Apartment 704 at the Coral Terrace Apartments.
“Spooner noticed that Anderson’s room (door) was slightly ajar, and when she pushed it open, she saw Anderson on the floor covered with blood,” states a criminal complaint against Chirila. “She then ran to a neighbor’s apartment to have them call the police.”
Spooner initially thought Anderson’s death was by suicide.
“I think Nancy just killed herself,” Spooner told her neighbor, according to authorities.
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