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MURDERED: Janet Abaroa

Crime Junkie

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True Crime

4.7352.7K Ratings

🗓️ 22 November 2021

⏱️ 39 minutes

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After 25-year-old Janet Abaroa is discovered brutally murdered in her North Carolina home, her family suspects her husband’s involvement. But a lack of direct evidence means the case goes cold for years, leaving Janet’s family without closure and potentially putting another woman in danger.

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0:00.0

Hi, Crime Junkies. I'm your host, Ashley Flowers.

0:03.6

And I'm Brett.

0:04.6

And the story I have for you today is one that remained unsolved for years.

0:09.1

And it very well could have stayed that way if not for one family's relentless pursuit of justice

0:15.1

and one detective's keen eye for detail.

0:18.5

This is the story of Janet Aparoa.

0:48.5

A little after 10pm on the evening of April 26, 2005, 911 operators in Durham, North Carolina

1:01.4

receive a frantic phone call. Raven Aparoa is yelling into the phone.

1:06.4

My wife, she's dead. He tells the operator that he had just arrived home to discover his

1:11.2

wife, 25-year-old Janet, covered in blood in their upstairs office.

1:16.2

He says she's not breathing and he thinks she's been shot because there's blood everywhere.

1:21.3

And the whole time, Raven is totally distraught, barely making sense while his six-month-old son

1:26.0

is screaming in the background. I mean, this call is total chaos.

1:30.6

Once the dispatcher gets the information she needs from Raven, she sends police and paramedics to the scene.

1:36.6

And when they arrive, Raven points them towards the upstairs where they find Janet.

1:41.2

Not shot, but stabbed multiple times.

1:45.7

Which, I mean, I guess in the moment I can see how you could get that messed up.

1:49.6

I mean, there's blood everywhere. Your mind's just gonna fill in the blanks.

1:53.2

We especially to an untrained eye and especially in a situation like this.

1:57.7

Investigators continue to examine the scene and a few things stand out.

2:02.2

First of all, Kate and the baby had been home during the attack, but thankfully completely unharmed.

2:07.7

According to a 2020 episode about this case, there are no signs of forced entry

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