Sadly an unsolved crime for many years.
Monte was murderd Nov 17, 1973 he had been driving with 4 friends following a pep rally at Central High School when a second car pulled alongside his car with 2 individuals inside, Monte stopped his car and pulled over when one of the two men from the second car approached Monte's car and shot him in the chest with a 32 calibur handgun. Police stated that they developed several suspects but no one was charged in Monte's death.
Son of Charles & Mary Doss
Brother of Micheal & Andrew Doss and Amy Beth Doss Bender Hollen.
Police announce suspect in 1973 murder
AP Article August 15,2001
It was a night of cruising with a deadly twist that began a murder mystery that
lasted nearly 30 years.
One minute 17 year old Monte Doss and the four passengers in his car were
exchanging words and gestures with two people in a Volkswagon the next
Doss was shot dead outside his car.
One of Doss's passengers David Gulledge has since become assistant chief of Evansville
Police Dept. but that did little to quiet the talk of a cover up by investigators.
Police chief Marvin Guest tried to end that speculation at a news conference
Wednesday by naming a dead firefighter as the shooter, He said sloppy police work
not a cover up prevented the 1973 case from being solved years ago.
Guest said that Donald Crecelius then on
army leave from Ft Campbell, Ky killed Doss
in a fit of road rage firing from his Volkswagon.
The next morning Crecelius told his girlfriend
and a army buddy what he had done and
had buried the gun investigators said.
Crecelius first came under suspicion in 1978 five years after the shooting, his girlfriend
had told another man of
Crecelius's admission that he had shot Doss,
that man relayed the story to police.
Crecelius however was never questioned because investigators decided they had too
little evidence to confront him Capt. Bill Welcher said Wednesday.
Crecelius died in 1996 of a brain tumor at age 44.
Investigators reopened the case several times over the years but could find any new leads, Welcher said.
However a breakthrough this summer when detectives had discovered that Crecelius
had entered the army in a buddy program with two friends, John Roby and Eric McMichael.
When police questioned McMichael of nearby Chandler,Indiana he admitted he was the passenger in the Volkswagon
and named Crecelius as the gunman.
McMichael had been living under a burden of guilt for 28 years, Capt Clayton Grace said.
Police then questioned Roby now living in Seattle as well as Gourley of Phoenix and both confirmed the story
At the time of the slaying the investigation focused too much on the four teenagers including Gulledge
who were in Doss's car, detectives said.
This placed a cloud of suspicion over these four men that followed them for most of thier adult lives,
It was unfair to them in 1973 and remains unfair to them to this day, said Grace.
Detective Rick Reed said that he believes McMichael's story to be the truth, I am convinced of it, Reed said.
He was genuinely sorry that he kept this back for so long.
Because of the staue of limitation McMichael cannot be charged in the case, Reed said.
McMichael cannot be reached for comment according to Police chief Marvin Guest.
Charles Doss father and Amy Doss sister of the victim both attended the press conference
but had no comments.
Mary A Doss (1928 - 2003)
Monte Jon Doss (1956 - 1973)
Andy Ray Doss (1959 - 1990)*
Blue Grass Church Cemetery
Created by: Tamara McDaniel Kincaide
Record added: May 03, 2009
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