Season 3, Episode 9: The Unsolved Double Homicide of Pam Branka and Paul Jones
It was early on a Saturday morning in 2007 when assistant manager Pam Branka, 46, and manager Paul "P.J." Jones, 50, were murdered as they opened the Burger King in Momence, IL. No cash was taken from the registers, but blood was found near the safe, so it was assumed that the workers were victims of a botched robbery. But was it?
Robbers usually use guns, not knives. According to stats from the U.S. Department of Justice, knives or other sharp objects were only used in about 13% of robberies. I hope police also looked into the possibility that because of the multiple stab wounds to each victim, this may have been personal.
Someone holds the piece of the puzzle police need to bring the killer to justice. For the rest of us, we’re going to talk about one simple thing anyone can do to help safeguard people working in jobs that may expose them to danger. You can make a difference in the true crime world.
If you have any information, please call the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department at (815) 802-7100.