Dateline uncovers you some much horrific and spooky true crime stories to fans over the several years. It is a story that is exploring the facts from killers to fading to bloodshed crime scenes. And the long-running series has had much to share with us over the years.
Many episodes will leave you with Goosebumps and cause you to keep the lights on in the dark. One of the most recent and terrifying scenes is that the episode “In a Lonely Place.”
Why is that the Dateline episode “In a Lonely Place” so chilling? Well, here’s the small print about the case.
Smith and Shin
An artistic and artistic surfer type, Chris Smith, appeared to live a charmed life in his business ventures successfully with a loving family. He is living in California, a place of the dream of sand and surf. However, Chris was his business partner Ed Shin, a more analytical partner as a husband. Together, however, the two looked to be living the dream of running a debt consolidation business.
Or Were They?
Shin, you see, was cooking the books. He embezzled money from a former employer and had done so thanks to implicating Smith. It arises to an argument on 4th June 2010.
And consequently, Smith died with a head wound. Reportedly, it comes to know that he is hitting his head on the desk. Shin became wanting to cover it up. And he was scared that nobody would believe his story that he and Smith fought, so death seemed an accident.
Later trial facts had Shin exploring the events surrounding his attempted cover-up. In this period, he replaced his staff every week and called contacts in Las Vegas. Smith met with an Eastern European man during a gasoline station. He paid him 10 to 15 thousand dollars, and when he came back to his office, Smith’s body was not there.
Shin then had to wash up the blood on the floors. And, therefore, the walls. He got carpeting cleaners out of the Pennysaver and refurnished the walls the simplest that he could. However, Shin did plan on making a runner to Mexico. And he couldn’t disturb his three young children. Therefore, he visited and came up with another plan.
Shin decided to make people believing that Smith is still alive. For this, he sent several emails from Smith’s account from time to time. Shin told the lawyer of Smith that he was ordering him out of business. And then Shin wrote to his family and friends that Smith was getting to travel the planet with a former Playboy model.
And it also worked, for a touch bit anyway. A part of it had to affect Smith’s exciting ideas.
Smith had been discussing for years about the Moo. He believed that people often behaved like cows, walking through life. They worked too hard, played insufficiently, and did what governments and corporations told them to try. It notes over his web camera, invested in gold, and planned an escape to measure an adventurous and meaningful life.
Therefore, Shin hit into that when composing the sent emails. He would say that Smith went on and send pictures of the Playboy model “Tiffany.” Then Shin made his next move.
On the other side, the family Smith worried when his emails took on a darker tone, saying that he was depressed, suicidal, and shooting up. He continued to travel but without “Tiffany.” When his brother, Paul Smith, tried to satisfy him, Smith would make next plans, but suddenly, the emails stopped coming.
And the final one said, “I found a dealer in Rwanda. He will pay 30 percent markup on Krug’s.”
It is where the fear starts. Smith was dead in all those months, and his family had no idea about it. They never even asked it. When the emails stopped coming, a replacement wave of terror is starting. Was Smith kidnapped, or was he dead?
Later on, Shin would say, “It was a shocking thing to try to, to undertake to convince somebody’s family their dead son remains alive and traveling.”
Still, Shin got what he wanted. He was ready to settle the embezzlement issue out of court and with no jail time for him.
What do the Prosecutors say?
Deputy Dist. Atty. Matt Murphy called Smith’s account of the fight “cartoonish in its stupidity.” He also said that Shin had fabricated the story about the Eastern European man. He also noted that Shin either stabbed or bludgeoned Smith to death.
Instead, prosecutors hold that Shin and Shin alone took Smith’s body to the desert and buried him there. On the stand, Shin would deny knowing where Smith’s body is buried.
Shin was convicted of degree murder by a jury in 2018. He was sentenced to life without getting any parole.