Somebody Lifted Her by the Ankles – But Who?

In the Pinyon Pines Murder case, the autopsy showed that Becky Friedli was already dead when she was set afire. But that would then imply that she must have been placed in the wheelbarrow after her murder. 

Who moved the body?

Becky apparently told a friend that she had just showered and put on clean clothes, expecting Robert to come up. So, she must have had on clean socks. .

The DNA analysis showed two sets of male DNA were on her otherwise clean socks.  Well, this might be a significant clue! Did that DNA belong to Robert Pape or Cristin Smith? 

No.  The DNA did not belong to either Robert or Cristin.  This fact was actually a stipulation in the trial.  This means the jury did not have to question it’s truth.

The same can be said for the male DNA found on one of the wheelbarrow handles.  

The DNA on her socks was from a MALE, but it was definitely NOT from Robert or Cristin!

So, somebody else was there. 

  • How many wrongly convicted defendants have been exonerated by DNA trace evidence?  
  • How did the jury not see this as ‘reasonable doubt’?
  • How can the district attorney’s office even proceed with the trial?

This evidence is case-shattering.  Yet they prosecuted anyways.  And now two innocent men are to spend their entire lives in prison.  Two more families are devastated.

But the D.A. won re-election.

Comments 9

  1. How are we certain the DNA didnt belong to John Hayward, who would’ve used the wheelbarrow previously and easily could’ve been the person to fold Becky’s socks after they were laundered? How can we be certain Becky’s murderer lifted her from her ankles to put her in the wheelbarrow? Isn’t it likely the murderer would’ve lifter her from underneath?

    1. Great questions. The DNA was said to be from 2 UNKNOWN males. Did investigators check for a match with Jon Hayward? We would expect that they did, although experience shows that there are many unexplainable omissions in this investigation. Becky might have been lifted by her torso, or by her arms and legs. But the DNA from 2 UNKNOWN males on her socks was presented as evidence in the trial of Robert and Cristin. Why was it presented? The entire trial is like this. It makes no sense, yet two innocent young men received life without parole, on a 12 year old cold case, convicted by…non evidence. The DNA specifically EXCLUDED ROBERT AND CRISTIN.

  2. 1. The shoe foot print was the wrong size!
    2. No murder weapon was found
    3. No matches to any guns or shell casing or bullets matched any weapon they these men owned!!!
    4. A card found with DNA was tested not once not twice not these times but the fourth time they find fingerprints on it.
    5. Key witness said overheard a conversation about house being investigated
    Then key witness say’s He received a call from Lois and told him about the investigators going to there place of residence.
    THEN ON TV KMIR SAY”S ( JACKIE CALLED HIM ON PHONE )
    6. While under the influence of alcohol, not recorded a interview was done.
    Different than the first call.
    7. Impersonating a officer
    8.

  3. Does anyone know if the DNA on the wheelbarrow or the socks was ever entered into CODIS?

    Normally this wouldn’t even be a question I would ask, but given everything else that wasn’t followed through on, makes me wonder.

    1. no, I believe it was specified to dna testing to Christen and Robert
      May I also add The results were definitely NOT Christen or Roberts

  4. Makes my stomach churn. This could be me one day. My sister’s. My husband. Too many people are becoming victim to this insanity. Justice system. What Justice? The system doesn’t work. It’s beyond broken. I get angered to see the lives of the wrongly accused and their families being torn apart and destroyed. What burns my ass even more are the people who sit idly by while it happens or the ones involved in the corruption. Then I think about Casey Anthony sitting on a lounge chair smoking a cigarette and sipping on a martini.

    Unreal.

  5. If ONE person lifts a body into a wheelbarrow, they would likely place one of their arms somewhere under its back, and one behind the knees (try it!). No need for anybody to touch the socks.

    If TWO people lift a body into a wheelbarrow, one person would logically hold it near the wrists, and the other person would hold the ankles. In this scenario, we might reasonably expect only one murderer’s DNA left behind on Becky’s socks. As was suggested earlier, the second DNA could have been Jon Hayward’s.

    Of course the socks may have been touched by the killer(s) at some other point.

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