In May 1985, Kathryn “Katie” Eastburn and her two daughters, Kara, 5, and Erin, 3, were murdered in their home, on the outskirts of Fayetteville, N.C., near Fort Bragg. Police found the military wife next to her bed, raped and murdered. Two of her three daughters were also stabbed to death, their throats cut.
It would take 25 years to bring the man responsible for the grisly slayings to justice — but not for a lack of trying.
The case would see a conviction with a man on death row, followed by his acquittal. And then over 2 decades later, with the help of DNA, a rarely used exception to double jeopardy, would finally see justice served.