Real Name: Lee Michael Selwyn
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Los Angeles, California
Date: October 8, 1988
Details: Twenty-six-year-old Lee Selwyn was a popular DJ and motorcyclist in Los Angeles. He was close friends with many popular rock stars and musicians. At 2 am on October 8, 1988, Lee and three of his friends left a Hollywood nightclub on their motorcycles. They drove in pairs of two, with Lee and his friend Beachy trailing their friends Robert and Michael. While driving, Robert and Michael were nearly hit by a man driving a red and white car. The man swerved in front of them and laughed. When they pulled up to a red light, Robert and the driver got into an argument; the driver then rolled down his window and spat in Robert's face. Robert retaliated by smashing the man's side view mirror and breaking his driver's side window.
The driver then drove out into the intersection and turned around, facing the four motorcyclists. Robert and Michael realized that the driver was trying to run them over, so they quickly drove past the driver down the road. The driver then gave chase; Lee and Beachy followed behind. When Robert and Michael arrived at the next intersection, they made a right turn. The driver stopped his vehicle and turned it around. At that same time, Lee arrived at the intersection and made a left turn. The driver then began to chase him. Even though he wasn't involved in the argument, Lee became the target of the driver's rage.
The chase reached speeds of up to ninety miles per hour and lasted for almost five miles. According to witnesses, the driver attempted to hit Lee's motorcycle several times. Eventually, the driver was able to strike Lee's motorcycle, causing Lee to crash into a telephone pole. The crash sent Lee flying almost 180 feet away from the crash scene. The driver immediately fled the scene.
Lee suffered a massive skull fracture from the crash. He was sent to Cedar Sinai Hospital, but later died from his injuries. At Lee's funeral, hundreds of his friends and family members paid tribute to him. A music video by the rock group Little Caesar was created with footage from Lee's funeral and was dedicated to his memory. Lee's friends organized a special rock concert in his honor, with special guest performances from Billy Idol and Julian Lennon, among others. The funds from the concert were used for a reward for Lee's case. However, despite the publicity, Lee's killer remained at large.
Suspects: The killer was driving a late model two toned vehicle with a chrome luggage rack and tinted windows. Most eyewitnesses believed that it was a Bronco Two or Chevy Blazer, and that its colors were red on white. Damage to the vehicle included a smashed outside rear view mirror, a broken window, and a dented door, all on the driver's side. The vehicle most likely was taken to an auto body shop shortly after October 8, 1988.
The vehicle's driver was described as a Caucasian male, between twenty-eight and thirty-two years of age, with green eyes and reddish brown hair and beard.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the January 11, 1989 episode.
Results: Solved. In March of 1993, Lee's case was re-aired; as a result, an anonymous tipster contacted the telecenter. She identified Lee's killer as Franklin Legrand Perkins. The tipster had remembered a story her ex-boyfriend had told her of Perkins boasting about how he killed a biker in Los Angeles.
Lee's friends were shown a photo line-up and identified Perkins as the assailant. He was arrested in Moultrie, Georgia on July 30, just a few days before he was scheduled to be paroled from prison. At the time, he was serving a five-year sentence for possession of a firearm by a felon. He was returned to Los Angeles to face charges. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Perkins is still in prison in California at the age of 63.
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