In 1978, Roger Dale Stafford flagged a family down on I-35 near Purcell and shot and killed them all -- an Air Force Sgt., his wife and their 12-year-old son. Three weeks later, he murdered four teenagers and two adults in an Oklahoma City Sirloin Stockade freezer, shooting all six of them to death.
News reports show the extensive investigation and sketches leading up to his arrest in Chicago and trial in Oklahoma City.
Now, nearly 40 years later, a never before seen photo was just uncovered at the jail as a retiring lawman cleaned out his desk.
“He was the ‘boogie man’ of the time so when I saw that face and those eyes, yeah, of course I remembered that,” Deputy Bradley Wynn with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputy Wynn said the photo is likely showing a witness ID lineup and Stafford could be standing among police officers dressed as inmates for security reasons.
The photo will be added to the sheriff's office file on this horrific set of murders that changed the way police dealt with crimes of this magnitude.
Stafford was put to death by lethal injection in 1995.