After 33 years the hate crime murder of Robbie Altom has finally been solved.
Alton was found beaten and unconscious in Portland Oregon back in November of 1982. He died three days later from blunt force head trauma. The family was skeptical that the case would ever be solved but just this past week, authorities announced that they have identified the killer
On Wednesday, Portland Police Bureau cold case homicide detectives announced they’ve identified Altom’s killer as Cecil Corrie Turner, who was 24 years old at the time of the murder.
Altom was killed because he was openly gay and death is what is now called a hate crime, said Det. Angela Hollan.
The original investigators learned a man was harassing Altom in the bar before he left.
The man used gay slurs and pushed Altom off a bar stool.
Turner was a person of interest during the initial investigation, but police did not have enough evidence to arrest him.
Cold case detectives recently spoke with a witness, who provided them with new information.
“Thirty-three years later she remembered some things she wasn’t really wasn’t willing to tell police back in 1982,” said Hollan. “I think there was a lot of fear about what might happen to her.”
That woman’s statements helped them determine Turner is “without a doubt” responsible for Altom’s death, said Hollan.
“Robbie was tired of being harassed and decided it was time to go home. Cecil followed Robbie outside the bar and this is what happened,” said Hollan.
My uncle Robbie was a good man,” she Altoms surviving niece. “He didn’t deserve to die because he was gay.” And added “But It’s just nice knowing that my uncle’s not in a box sitting in a warehouse somewhere with the words cold case written on him,” said Luna. “He’s not. It’s solved and now it’s put to rest.”
Corrie Turner, who was 24 years old at the time of the murder died in Oregon in 2009