Cold case victim's father speaks about arrest 3 decades after murder


by KYLE MOORE / KING 5 news

Posted on April 23, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Updated Saturday, Apr 23 at 5:49 PM

EVERETT, Wash.- A 32 year-old "Cold Case" murder of a 24-year-old Lynnwood woman is solved through a deck of playing cards, according to Snohomish County Sheriff Deputies.

Friday night,Snohomish County Sheriff Detectives arrested a 57-year-old Seattle man at his home for investigation of murder, according to a media release by the Snohomish County Sheriffs Office.

Lt. Robert Palmer wrote the arrest came from a tip that detectives received from a prison inmate on March 25, 2011.

According to Lt. Palmer, the inmate saw Susan Schwarz's picture on a deck of cold case playing cards at the prison.
In 2009, the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office released the cold case playing cards that inlcuded Susan Schwarz's picture.

The decks are handed out to inmates. Each deck features photos of missing persons and murder victims, along with a brief description of the crime, and a tipline to call.
Three years later a tip came in from an inmate, which led to an eyewitness and the arrest of the man, according to investigators.

"I  thought there wasn't a chance in hell, So you never know," said Schwartz's 82 year-old father from his Kirkland home.

For 32 years, the father has kept a picture of his eldest child in his wallet.

"She was spunky and pretty and cute and the typical apple of a daddy's eye," said Schwarz.

Detectives told the Schwarz family that murder suspect was on their radar for a long time. According to Schwarz the suspect was the husband of Susan's best friend, Mary.

"Susan didn't like this guy and was telling Mary, you could do better. Don't be with him," said Schwarz.

Detectives told the Schwarz family that the suspect was tired of Susan's "bad mouthing him."

"So when he killed her, it was revenge to shut her up," Schwarz said.

The suspect is expected to appear before a Snohomish County Judge on Monday afternoon.
Prosecutors could file first degree murder charges next week.

"I don't hate you," is the message from Schwarz  to the man accused of killing his beloved daughter.

The 82-year-old is glad to see the case finally solved and he has this message for the accused killer: "I don't care about you."