ANCHORAGE, Alaska - One man told Washington state authorities he feared retaliation from two brothers he saw in a car with an elderly couple in 1985 before the couple was murdered. Another said he had a hard time getting one of the brothers to return his sawed-off shotgun until after the slayings. The same witness said the same brother was broke just before the deaths, but bought a boat soon after.
The witnesses are among the many who spoke to Lewis County, Wash., investigators as they slowly built their case against Ricky and John Riffe in the deaths of 81-year-old Edward Maurin and 83-year-old Wilhelmina (Minnie) Maurin. Five days after their family reported them missing, the Maurins' bodies were found at the end of a road in Chehalis, Wash., 13 miles northwest of their home in Ethel.