Heritage Hill Bride: The Murder of Shelley Speet Mills
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Here’s the brief history of the crime:
Vesta Speet had driven from Holland, MI, to Grand Rapids on the late morning of September 15, 1970, to have lunch with her newly married daughter, 19-year-old Shelley Speet Mills. In the car was her (Vesta’s) blind father, who was going to spend the afternoon with Shelley when Vesta went to visit her mother. He waited as Vesta went up to the apartment in a house at 314 College N.E. She thought it odd that Shelley had not come out to meet her when she honked the car’s horn, something the friendly young woman normally would have done.
But things weren’t normal. Inside the apartment, Mrs. Speet found murder–bloody murder. The scene stunned her as she fumbled to dial for the police. And after reaching the police, she dialed to reach Shelley’s husband of less than three weeks, Lowell (MI) band teacher Bill Mills.
Grand Rapids Police have been working the case ever since. If you know something, share it.
In particular, give a bump to lead investigator Detective Sergeant Chris Postma of the Major Case Team of the Grand Rapids City Police Department: cpostma( at )grand-rapids.mi.us.
As always, we believe: somebody knows something.