HOW EVIDENCE WAS DESTROYED
From In With The Devil by James Keene with Hillel Levin (St. Martin's Press, September 2010)
The Appeals Court decision [overturning Hall's first conviction] did lasting damage to the overall Larry Hall investigation. No longer would states’ attorneys threaten him with trials in Indiana or Illinois state courts where he could be sentenced to death. His case was not the slam dunk that it appeared to be when he was first arrested. As for his involvement with any other unsolved murders or missing persons, interest waned from local investigators and reporters. When some of the victims’ stories were dredged up again on five- or ten-year anniversaries after their death or disappearance, Larry’s name had flaked off the list of suspects like old paint. Evidence such as Rayna Rison’s birth control pill bottle was misplaced or destroyed. Some items, including women’s clothing, were returned to Hall’s family by the FBI office in Indiana.
UPDATE Although there is an active investigation involving potential Hall victims from 12 different jurisdictions, it has been seriously hampered by evidence that has been destroyed or lost since his arrest. FBI officials have been slow to respond to the requests of local police detectives who are interested in testing the evidence that still remains in Justice Department facilities. Meanwhile this delay keeps some two dozen families from receiving closure on the fate of loved ones who were reported missing more than two decades ago.