| News |

Radio Caller Who Claims to Have Witnessed Cold-Case Murder Now Says He Made Up Story, Say Police

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

A caller on KISS-FM (a.k.a. KZZP, 104.7-FM) this week who claimed to have witnessed a 1988 Kentucky murder may have been lying, say police.

Phoenix homicide detectives interviewed the caller this morning. In a news release that seems to beat around several bushes, cops say "statements were made that he fabricated the whole story and believes it's an urban legend." The name of the caller wasn't released.

"Investigators are not accepting this lightly," cops say of the apparent hoax, "Phoenix Police will follow up with several other agencies to determine if there is any validity to this supposing hoax."

Police haven't arrested the caller, nor charged him with a crime.

According to a Cincinnati TV news report, the man who called himself "Carl" claimed to have been a part of a group that terrorized and ultimately killed a "bully" near the Ohio-Kentucky border. (The station posted a clip of the broadcast, too).

After telling of his supposed role in the crime, "Carl" then asked for Kelly Clarkson tickets.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.