Susan Spiller Cold Case: One Year Later Police and Friends Still Asking for Help

July 18, 2016 04:15 PM

It has been one year since community activist and artist Susan Spiller was found murdered in her North Minneapolis home. It was a violent crime and a year later no arrest has been made.

Our Kevin Doran revisits the case with Minneapolis Police and some of Spiller's closest friends.


Artist Connie Beckers, is known professionally as the Goddess of Glass. And Duane Atter is the owner of The Warrren, an Artist Habitat. We talked with them at the Warren in a classroom and gallery Spiller helped create.

"It's been really heart wrenching for this last year not knowing" says Atter.

Beckers says there’s only one thing that can bring them closure. “Knowing that someone has been held accountable and punished for it."

Susan Spiller was active in the arts community and known to go to crime scenes in North Minneapolis to console victims. She was attacked violently in her home and found dead on July 16, 2015.

"Well we know she was alive during the night hours of the 15th leading into the 16th" says Minneapolis Police Department Homicide Investigator Sargeant Darcy Klund.

Klund says Spiller's murder is not a cold case, it's an active case. "We've interviewed numerous people, we've canvassed the neighborhood. We've examined evidence with assistance of the BCA forensically."

But leads have dried up, and a year later Klund is urging Spiller's friends and family to start talking about what happened to her again, and share that information.

Klund says something the public might think is insignificant may be the piece of the puzzle that's missing. "What can help for this case is for people to generate some conversation about it. Talk about it, to see if they remember anything or have heard anything as far as what happened."

"I would just hope that someone would come forward” says Atters. “Even with the tiniest bit of information or the actual person that did this."

"Come forward, speak up, put everybody to peace” adds Beckers.  She says there has been too much violence in North Minneapolis. Finding Susan Spiller's killer would help the community rest a little easier.

If you have information about who killed Susan Spiller you are asked to call Crime Stoppers.  The number is 1-800-222-8477.  You can also email or text information. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

You can find more information about Crime Stopper Minnesota here.


Kevin Doran

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