WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - In 1975, 37 years ago, Gerald Ford was President. The price for a barrel of oil was $12. Jimmy Hoffa went missing in July.
Three months later, on Halloween night, West Lafayette would have a mystery of its own. In the second part of our Cold Case Investigation series, News 18 profiles the murder of a business owner with a million-dollar estate.
Sagamore Parkway in West Lafayette looks far different in 1975. The bridge connecting Soldier's Home Road to Happy Hollow is under construction.
A short walk away, 38-year-old Edward Krulewitch, owner and manager of Village Manor Apartments at 2601 Soldiers Home Road is working late on Halloween night, handling deposits alone in the office.
Around 10 p.m. police believe someone knocks at the door. But he isn't prepared for what happens next. Edward is shot multiple times in his upper body with a small caliber handgun.
His body was found in the office doorway, halfway in, halfway out, in a large pool of blood on the concrete. Because several hundred dollars was found inside the office, police don't believe robbery was the motive.
Most residents in the complex think the gunshots are firecrackers. Only one witness sees someone running from the scene, possibly a white male, but it's too dark and too far away for a detailed description.
"It's a safe community, when something like that happens, it's a surprise, it's a shock to our community," says Lt. Troy Harris with the West Lafayette Police Department.
Officers at the time have little to go on. There's no DNA, no surveillance video, not even a license plate. Edward has no known enemies.
Detectives enlist the help of the FBI who find that Edward has multiple business partners, several who have ties to organized crime in the state of Florida.
"This led investigators to believe this may have something to do with a bad business deal," says Lt. Harris.
Another suspect is Edward's new wife Terri Dail Krulewitch, a younger woman. The two married in June. But already, in just four months, divorce papers, unsigned and undated have been drawn up.
Police say Terri was the beneficiary of his estate, valued at more than a million dollars at the time, equivalent to about $4 million today.
"Nothing the investigators could prove, something they definitely looked into," says Lt. Harris.
The trail goes cold for three years until 1978 when an informant comes forward with a name, James Willard.
"The fact that he acted odd during this period of time, disappeared during this period of time and also seemed to come into some money after this," says Lt. Harris.
Plus, Willard is said to carry a similar handgun to the one that killed Krulewitch.
But a more definitive link can never be made and Willard dies in 1983 at the age of 30.
Edward himself is buried in a quiet spot in the Sons of Abraham cemetery in Lafayette. Like the clues surrounding his murder, the headstone has few details, just a name, a date, and a simple design.
In almost four decades since he was killed, many things at his old property have not changed either.
While the Village Manor complex has become the Parkway Apartments, the double doors of the office building are in the same place, though they are now maroon not white. The sidewalk out front still cuts a jagged angle.
And police still want to know who killed its former owner and why.
"I do believe there are people out there that have information about the case or have some sort of information that would be helpful," says Lt. Harris. "If anybody did have information, we would pick up that investigation and make it an active investigation."
If you have any information about the Krulewitch murder, call Lt. Troy Harris at West Lafayette police, (765) 775-5200.
Next Thursday in Part 3 of Cold Case Investigation, News 18 profiles a 15-year-old cold case in Lafayette in which a man's body was found in a county park next to a popular hiking trail.
Feast of the Hunters' Moon has come and gone, but Wednesday night organizers said thank you.
Food Finders unveiled a new online fundraising challenge that could raise an additional $40,000 towards feeding the hungry.
It was almost a year ago when Frankfort Police Chief Troy Bacon asked residents to report anything suspicious they see, especially drugs.