Real Name: Richard Gerald Hansen
Location: San Jose, California
Date: April 29, 1991
Details: Former college football star Dick Hansen was the victim of a fatal shooting near San Jose, California. On the night of April 29, 1991, he and several friends went out to a bar for drinks. At 1 am, Dick and his female friend, Jean, left the bar in her car. At 1:30 am, they arrived at the restaurant where Dick had left his pickup truck. While they were sitting in her car, another car pulled up behind them. At first, they thought he was going to the mailbox. She asked Dick if he thought they should move up a bit to give the man more room, but he disagreed as the man had plenty. However, he sat in his car the whole time they were talking. When they were ready to go, Jean agreed to follow Dick in her car because she was unfamiliar with the area.
When they each left in their separate vehicles, the man behind them also did so. When they arrived at the traffic light, the man followed them as they made their left turns. Along another road, Jean changed lanes and the man followed her exactly. At the next traffic light, Dick signaled Jean to follow him onto the freeway. He continued to follow them for over ten miles, even after they pulled onto the freeway. Jean changed lanes a number of times thinking she could outwit him but to no avail. She even slammed on the brakes while driving on the freeway, but the man did the same.
Feeling spooked, she finally pulled over beside Dick's truck and asked him to go to the police because of the relentless man, but he could not hear her and told her to follow him off at the next exit. She reported that the man followed them both off the highway, even though she nearly missed the exit.
When they pulled over, she pointed him out in his car, and Dick went back to confront him. Jean saw the man gesture toward her car when he asked him what he wanted. He then stepped back and shouted at him. It was then that the man fired his gun at him twice. Jean frantically rushed back to see if she could help, then froze in fear, staring at the man who stared back at her for a few seconds before taking off into the night. Unfortunately, Dick was dead by the time paramedics arrived.
From the beginning, investigators have had trouble finding a suspect and a motive in the case. Jean and some investigators speculate that his stature resembling that of a football player and her license plate number "49R HUGS," in reference to the San Francisco 49ers, might have gotten Dick killed by a fanatical fan of a rival team. The man has never been identified and the case remains unsolved.
Suspects: The suspect is a white man with a dark complexion. He may be Hispanic or Mediterranean. At the time, he was in his late thirties or early forties; today, he would be in his early sixties. He wore eyeglasses with large black frames. His car looked like a 1970 Pontiac GTO LeMans. It was a two door coupe, with a dull, faded, light grey or blue paint job.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the February 16, 1994 episode. Dick Hansen's case was also profiled on the TV show "Dates from Hell."
Results: Unsolved. Sadly, Dick's parents Gerald and Barbara have both since passed away.
- Dick Hansen on Unsolved.com
- Dates From Hell Episode - Long Kiss Goodnight
- Websleuths Discussion of Dick Hansen
- Sitcoms Online Discussion of Dick Hansen
- Dick Hansen on Find a Grave