Patricia Henry, Patricia Stallworth, and James Cofer were found brutally slain in their house, terrifying the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Despite the fact that the crime appeared to be a failed robbery, investigators found no evidence of forced entry, making the investigation difficult.
‘Homicide City: Bingham Street Blues,’ a documentary on Investigation Discovery, explores the terrible triple murder and reveals how superb police work brought the murderer to prison. Let’s get into the specifics and figure out where the killer is right now.
Date of Murder: September 23, 2003
Patricia Henry, 51
Patricia Stallworth, 15 (daughter of Patricia Henry)
James Cofer, 52 (boyfriend of Patricia Henry)
Killer: Sean Eric Brown
What Caused the Deaths of Patricia Henry, Patricia Stallworth, and James Cofer?
Patricia Henry, 51, and her 15-year-old daughter, Patricia Stallworth, were living in Philadelphia’s Crescentville neighbourhood at the time of the event. James Cofer, Henry’s 52-year-old boyfriend, was also living with them. The family, according to neighbours and acquaintances, was extremely hard working and had a solid social position.
Locals were perplexed as to why somebody would attack the family in such a horrific manner, given they were described as generous and kindhearted. When the lives of three lovely people were stolen away in a fury crime, it was certainly a horrible day.
Patricia Henry, her daughter, and her live-in partner were found brutally killed inside her own home on September 23, 2003. When the cops arrived, they discovered Henry wrapped in a rug in the basement.
Her garments were piled on top of her chest, and she was naked from the waist down. A more thorough medical examination revealed that she had been raped, with a gunshot wound to the head being the cause of death.
In a second-floor bedroom, Henry’s partner, James, was also shot to death, while her daughter, Stallworth, was raped and shot in the face before being stabbed in the chest. The atrocities of the crime managed to stun even the most experienced officers, according to authorities on the scene.
Despite the fact that they started a robbery investigation, nothing was taken from Henry’s home, and there was no evidence of forced entry.
Who Killed Patricia Henry, Patricia Stallworth, and James Cofer, and Why?
Unfortunately, the police ran into multiple roadblocks during their initial investigation because the crime scene did not provide many leads to follow up on. Authorities also conducted hundreds of interviews with the victims’ friends and family members, but to no avail.
As a result, there was no mention of a suspected suspect, and the police cleared the few persons of interest they had targeted within the first few days of the investigation.
The authorities were able to lift a foreign fingerprint that did not belong to any of the victims after a thorough analysis of the crime scene. Despite the lack of evidence of a robbery, the authorities suspected that an assailant unknown to Henry, Stallworth, and James was responsible for their murders.
The fingerprint was sent out for forensic examination right away, and authorities even checked it against the police database.
Surprisingly, when the fingerprint report came back as a match to Sean Eric Brown, who was already in the system, law enforcement investigators had a major breakthrough. Brown was convicted of attempted burglary and retail theft in July 2003, according to court records, and was sentenced to 6 to 23 months of home arrest. Brown, on the other hand, eluded house arrest on August 29, 2003, and investigators suspected him of fleeing.
As a result, at the time of the murders, Sean Eric Brown was a wanted man, and police officers were aggressively looking for him. Nonetheless, the police department received a tip soon after the fingerprint was identified as Brown’s, which assisted them in apprehending the fugitive and charging him with the murders of Patricia Henry, Patricia Stallworth, and James Cofer.
What Has Happened to Sean Eric Brown and Where Is He Now?
Sean Brown pleaded guilty to the murders of Patricia Henry, Patricia Stallworth, and James Cofer after being brought before the court. However, he later claimed that he was not guilty of rape.
Despite this, the judge sentenced him to three consecutive life terms in 2005 based on his guilty plea. As a result, Sean remains detained at the SCI Forest State Penitentiary in Marienville, Pennsylvania, with no prospect of parole.