During a recent reinvestigation of the 1970 murder of black political leader Leon Jordan, Kansas City police solved another murder — what they called the oldest cold case closed to date.
The body of 38-year-old Richard DeLeon Hill was found Nov. 30, 1968, near the south end of the ASB Bridge. He had been shot once in the side of the head. That’s where the trail went cold for the next 42 years.
But police recently determined that Joe Centimano and James “Doc” Dearborn, who also played a role in Jordan’s murder, were behind Hill’s murder two years earlier. The motive for the Hill murder is not clear, said Richard Sharp, the supervisory sergeant in the case.
Lena Bruster, widow of Richard DeLeon Hill, spoke last week about her memories of 1968, the year he was killed.