And there was evidence she may have worried about losing her children in what was certain to be a nasty divorce and custody fight. Dolly looked happy as she attended her brother’s high school graduation. All the medical examiner had at the time was simply that it was a female with a gunshot wound to the head and the gun was found in front of her.
Still when Dateline first spoke with Jennifer’s family shortly after she died in December 2004, they were adamant that Jennifer would never have committed suicide. Stafford: Is there anyway your sister could have taken her own life?
Porter: That’s the way he has always referred to her.
There was reason to believe Jennifer Corbin might have killed herself. One day a school project disappeared and then her cat.
Her marriage that once seemed so perfect had soured. But by the time summer break arrived, the harassment seemed to have stopped. Ross: There were not crime scene technicians working the case as we do today.
And that he took a shotgun from the house and drove off wearing only a towel. He initially says that the only thing he knows is that he had talked to Bart and learned that Jennifer had died and he tells us he doesn’t know anything about a gun.
Tierney: I don’t know if there’s a guideline of how a person should react when your wife has been found dead, but I would think that the initial reaction would be something along the lines of, “Oh my God, where are my children? Investigators also used Bart’s cell phone records to map his movements on that fatal night.
Gil Hearn: The hardest part has been having no official closure—having a case that was just casually ruled suicide and having to see my parents make their best efforts to get law enforcement to cooperate to see it through to the end. Stafford: What are the chances that two women who are both involved in a volatile relationship with the same man both kill themselves in the exact same way? And as the investigation unfolded, similarities were just staggering. Danny Porter, prosecutor Gwinnett county: He takes the crime scene photographs and blows them up and turns them over to his expert.
Stafford: Your family’s own independent expert is saying this looks like it probably was a suicide. The expert begins to look at the blood spatter patterns and finds three significant findings that tell him the body was manipulated after the wound was inflicted.
This is a tale of two tragedies, of two young women who lived and died at different times and in different cities but left behind a mysterious trail of almost identical clues.
Could solving one case lead to the truth in the other?
Bart said he was at his brother’s house around 2 a.m., Jennifer’s estimated time of death.
But cell phone records put him right near the house where Jennifer died. Porter: Barton Corbin either wiped it down or has access to latex gloves.
It was a side Dolly’s parents had seen 14 years earlier.