More than 30 years later, former Maryland State Police detective Jim Leete is still trying to forget about it.
"I don't want to remember this case the rest of my life," Leete said. "I want to put it behind me."
Yet Leete still can't shake the gripping details. It was 12:30 p.m., Aug. 29, 1979, when 43-year-old Mary Ruth Myers was shot nine times in her bedroom inside her Silver Run home on Turkeyfoot Road.
Leete and another trooper were assigned the case, which developed into an investigation that lasted more than 18 months.
The investigation led to evidence that showed 38-year-old Robert Lee "Bobby" Myers, a local businessman, paid hitman Daniel Lee Chadderton $10,000 to kill his wife.
Evidence also showed that Myers' mistress connected him with the gunman. It was only days after the murder that the mistress, Tina Gillen, moved into the Myers home with her children. The two got married less than a month later.
Throughout the process, Leete almost became more than just the investigator. He nearly became a victim.
A witness came forward, telling Leete that Myers had paid him $900 while in jail to have Leete killed. The reliability of the witness was in question, though Leete said he tracked a $900 transfer from Myers to the man through their jail accounts.
Leete said he also caught Chadderton following him while driving, and phone records showed calls were being made from pay phones close to his home between Chadderton and Myers.
"So I knew they were tracking me just like I tracked them," Leete said.
The case took more than 18 months to solve, but got the break it needed through phone records.
Phone calls showed connections between Myers and Chadderton around the time of the murder. Investigators just had to prove it, and they were able to when Tina turned state's evidence and agreed to testify against Myers.
"It took a major piece of my life," Leete said. "[It was] one of the first times I slept with a gun next to my bed."
His children, who attended local schools, were the recipients of adverse remarks regarding Leete's investigation of Myers, Leete remembers.
"There was a time when everybody in this county believed Bob Myers was innocent and that I'm just harassing him," Leete said.
The stress of the investigation took its toll on Leete, and he believes it played a role in his eventual divorce.
"How can I explain to my wife why I'm sleeping with a gun next to my bed?" Leete said.
To Leete, the complex case can be explained fairly easily.
Chadderton shot the gun. Tina put the gun in Chadderton's hand. Bobby Myers aimed the gun.
Both Chadderton and Myers were given life sentences. Tina was offered immunity when she agreed to testify as a state's witness.
"Did she pull the trigger? No. Did she aim the gun? No. Did she make it possible? Yes," Leete said.