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April 11, 2021 54 min
On May 29, 2011, after not being able to reach her parents, Beth Stephenson asked her husband to stop by and check on them. What he discovered, was horrific. The Stephensons, considered one of the most beloved and admired couples in Boone County, had been murdered.

Here is a piece from the Cincinnati Enquirer about the case:

May 29, 2011, the Stephensons were slain in brutal fashion – bludgeoned and stabbed – and then, whoever killed them staged a bizarre scene. Detective Coy Cox, who’s headed the Boone County Sheriff’s investigation since Day 1, told me he’s been “guarded and careful” about the details he’s released from the start. What he will say is that the bodies had been posed. Items inside the house had been moved around. “There wasn’t one room in that house that wasn’t staged,” Cox said

So who and why would anyone kill an elderly couple who devoted their lives to helping others?
Detective Cox informed me the killer or killers spent some time in the home after killing the couple. I found this unusual because most killers commit their crimes and then leave immediately. Before he retires, Detective Cox is committed to solving this double homicide.

For this week’s story, I spoke to Beth Stephenson, who is the daughter of Bill and Peggy Stephenson. I also spoke to lead detective Coy Cox of the Boone County Sheriff’s department.

If you are listening and know the answer to this mystery, I would ask that you contact the Boone County Sheriff’s Department with your tip. There are several ways to do so. You can call 859-334-8496 and leave a tip. Or if you are incarcerated, you can call 844-210-1111. For additional information about Bill and Peggy Stephenson, you can visit the In Loving Memory of Bill and Peggy Stephenson Facebook page.

You can also send your tip by email at There is also a substantial reward available for the person who can lead the capture of this unknown killer or killers. You can also visit the In Loving Memory of Bill and Peggy Stephenson FB page for more information about this couple. I will also provide this information in the episode story notes.

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