Loose lips, sink ships

Melissa Henderson was found dead in her bed on June 17th, 2005. She was thought to have died from natural causes.

So how did she come to end up here? Family and friends have questioned her death. One MSM says it is due to the husband’s statements. But forensics had a lot to do with it also.

At her funeral, family members saw what was thought to be bruises around her neck. They contacted police who came and took pictures. Her husband, Bill Henderson, went on TV and described them as a “perfect couple” and talked of his grief at his loss. He blamed her death on her new diet.  At some points he called his wife it. The story he told police during interviews, changed somewhat, and differed from what he told MSM.

By Aug. of 2005, the death was ruled a homicide. DNA found on Melissa’s body at the time of her death was still pending. Bill Henderson announced to MSM that he was a suspect. And investigators had found out something else.

During their investigation, police found out that Melissa had been having an affair. And that Bill had borrowed a car the night before her murder in order to follow her. So much for the “perfect couple”. This helped make him a “person of interest” in the investigation.

Investigators say a broken fingernail was found in the bed. They say that is a sign of a struggle. Bill reportedly had marks on his arms, which were photographed a couple of days after the murder. It is believed they may have been fingernail abrasions.

After the murder, Bill Henderson and their two young girls moved in with Melissa Henderson’s parents, at least for a time. They have stated that the had already lost Melissa, and were just trying to hang on to what they had left.

Melissa’s body was recently exhumed for reexamination. Reportedly other evidence was found during that examination.  It was determined that Melissa died from asphyxiation due to strangulation.

Bill Henderson has now been arrested and charged with the murder of his wife Melissa Henderson.





You hear of people getting on the internet looking for ways to commit the perfect murder. Looking for ways to kill without getting caught, or looking for ways to bury a body without getting caught. There is no indication that happened here, but it has in other cases. But I am a big fan of forensics.

Now it is no longer good enough to come up with a passable story to explain a death. With forensics, they can frequently determine exactly what happened at a crime scene. And forensics are advancing every day. Murderers may go for a time, without being caught. But for majority, they will catch up with them. Maybe not the day of the murder, maybe not even the next month. But eventually, they catch up. The suspect will be caught, charged and go to prison. Even the so called “cold cases” are now being actively pursued, and successfully prosecuted.

The two little girls that Melissa had? They have spent the last year trying to learn to live without her. They are now aware of their father being charged in her death. Can you imagine the grief they are feeling again? The fear and confusion they must be going through, not to mention the loyalty to their father? For they haven’t just lost their mother. Effectively, they have lost their father also.

I have to say, I really admire Melissa’s parents. They were most likely aware of the suspicion. But they have publicly kept quiet. They recognized what was important, was those two girls. They did what they had to do to stay in the lives of those girls. I don’t know how they did it.


William Henderson was found guilty of the murder of his wife. He was sentenced to 65 years in prison. The judge said that it appeared that Henderson had stalked Melissa and had planned the murder in advance. And that following the murder he had told lies and appeared to have no remorse.

During the trial one of Henderson’s daughter testified about a phone call she received from her father. During the phone call Henderson confessed  to the murder.

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  1. joe said,

    July 5, 2007 at 2:40 am

    I don’t think Melissa’s parents kept quiet for the girls, I think they are scared. Scared of Bill Henderson. I think it is a crime to not only allow Bill Henderson to live in their house for a year, but also not to speak out against him for the murder of their daughter. Admire her parents? hardly

  2. September 27, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    Post updated.

  3. Brenda said,

    September 28, 2007 at 7:36 pm


    Justice was served here. Those parents lost their daughter and have to heal themselves and those children. Just because you “think” something doesn’t mean you have evidence to go to the police or to throw your grandchildren’s father out knowing the children would BE WITH HIM for god knows how long…

    In this case – the most important thing WAS THE CHILDREN – the mother could not be hurt anymore and the father knew what he had done.

    Family members did notice the bruises on the victim and contacted police – thats how he finally was charged and convicted. To be guilty of harboring a criminal you have to HAVE FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE of their crime…

    Bless the children of this victim and her parents and loved ones.

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