Cold Justice: Season 1: Episode 7 – “Hatchet”

Cold Justice: Season 1: Episode 7 – Aired: October 15, 2013

Isabel Cordle

The 1988 death of Isabel Cordle in Bellevue, Ohio, is investigated. In the early morning of January 24, 1988, Cordle, mother of six, fell asleep on her couch. Someone sneaked up on her while she slept and hit her on the head with a hatchet four times, killing her.

Her husband found her the next morning as he prepared for work and called 9-1-1. When the police arrived, Isabel’s husband and three of her children were upstairs, scared and confused. Police not only found trails of blood, they also found what could have been the murder weapon—a hatchet, propped up on a tree outside, right by the door.

Although the evidence showed the killer could not have come from outside the house, neither the husband nor any children has been proven to be Isabel’s killer.

After the episode aired, more tips were received, leading investigators to believe that Greg Weller may have been responsible. Both Cordle’s husband and son were eliminated from the suspect pools, according to Detective O’Connell.

News Release:

Sandusky Register: Published – April 25, 2015
26 years later, murder still a mystery

Coloradoan: Published – March 10, 2014
Grand jury declines to indict cold case murder suspect

Justice for Isabel Cordle

WTOL: Published – 2014
Detectives say 26-year-old murder case solved, but no grand jury indictment


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