Susan Spiller's son speaks out about unsolved 2015 Minneapolis murder

January 09, 2019 10:26 PM

On July 16, 2015, time stood still for Jason Spiller.

That's when he received word his mother, 68-year-old Susan Spiller, had been murdered inside her home on DuPont Avenue North in Minneapolis.


Now, in an exclusive interview, Jason Spiller told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that the family wants the public's help in solving his mother's murder.

The crime scene was so violent that the Hennepin County Medical Examiner could not conclusively determine which injury inflicted on Spiller ended her life.

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Instead, the cause of death was listed as "complex homicidal trauma."

"It is still unbelievable and surreal," Spiller said. "It is still very difficult to fathom that something would happen to her, of all people, because she was truly loved by everyone."

Three-and-a-half years after Susan Spiller's murder, the case is an open investigation. But leads have grown cold and her son wants to make sure she is not forgotten.

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"For this kind of violence, in our family, it's been a long time and it feels like forever since this happened with no justice yet," Jason Spiller said.

Spiller said the contents of his mother's home were pretty much all there - her two dogs unharmed. So trying to piece together a motive has been difficult.

"The only thing out of ordinary was the door that had been broken through," Spiller said. "It is just a mystery as to who could do this to her and why - that is the perplexing part. How? Why?"

Spiller told KSTP that the subsequent years have taken a toll on him and his family. And it was quite some time before he felt safe. To this day, his own safety is still a concern.

"It was tough to sleep at night knowing that somebody was out there," Spiller said.  "It was tough for me to sleep with the lights off inside and outside the home. And it still is, at times, to this day."

Spiller said his family hopes anyone with even with the smallest bits of information will call the Minneapolis Police Department to help find his mother's killers.

"I just pray and try to take it day-by-day to help me handle things," Spiller said. "But when the day comes and there is justice, it will be like a weight lifted off me and my family's shoulders."

Anyone with information regarding the Susan Spiller case is asked to call Minneapolis Police, or contact them via social media.

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