Hemet murder case gets TV spotlight after 30 years

Unusual Suspects / Investigation Discovery TV
Elizabeth “Betty” Crossman was murdered in Hemet in 1980. The suspect of the crime wasn’t convicted until 2013.

■ Kyle Selby / Reporter

Elizabeth “Betty” Crossman, 67, was murdered in Hemet, California in 1980. Now, more than 30 years later, her story received the spotlight once again on Investigation Discovery’s TV series, “Unusual Suspects.”
The seventh episode of Season 6 of “Unusual Suspects” entitled “Hometown Homicide” originally aired on March 2, 2014.
Betty’s husband, Frank Crossman, found her naked and lifeless body on the bedroom floor of their Hemet home a little before 6 p.m. on Jan. 17, 1980. Betty’s clothing was found on the floor near her body.
Shelby Glenn Shamblin, 17 at the time, was interviewed by police in 1980, but was released after claiming to be elsewhere when Betty was killed. Shamblin wouldn’t be linked to the murder again until 2011, when DNA tests matched his semen to fluids recovered from her body.
Shamblin was ultimately convicted of first-degree murder in 2013 and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. He is now 54 years old.
“I knew that I was caught after they took the DNA,” prosecutor Brandon Smith quoted Shamblin, after Shamblin spoke with a jail deputy. “I knew it would catch up with me sooner or later.”
Frank Crossman is no longer alive, and their home, about 200 yards away from West Florida Avenue, is no longer standing. After the case went cold, the lead detectives of the investigation eventually dispersed as well.
You can watch Crossman’s story “Hometown Homicide” by Unusual Suspects on YouTube for $1.99.

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