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JERRY "MIKE" WILLIAMS: Florida vs. Denise Williams for murder of husband in 2000 *GUILTY*

Discussion in 'Courtroom' started by noZme, Dec 17, 2015.

  1. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    I have followed this since the day it happened - my guys were hunting that morning, launched from a nearby landing. Mike's mother is an amazing lady who deserves answers.

    The short story is Mike set our duck hunting very early on a very cold morning. His truck & boat were found that afternoon at the landing. He is the only person in the 60+ year history of Lake Seminole who was presumed to have drowned & not been recovered. His wife's family & her lover, Mike's best friend, who happened to have just registered a fat life insurance policy on Mike, insisted he was eaten by gators. Biologists say they do not feed when it is so cold...... Mike never made it to the lake. Lover boy, soon afterward husband, came from a well-connected family. whose buddies, the sheriff, the state's attorney & others, quashed the investigation. An unprecedented 6 months (instead of 5 years) later, Mike was declared dead, insurance $$$ was collected & wifey married Mike's friend. Mike's young daughter was forbidden contact with her fathers family because they wanted investigation.

    15 years later, no justice. There are several books, tv shows & many news articles about this missing person's case.

    The statements above reflect my (& many other locals') opinions.




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  2. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

  3. AlwaysSearching

    AlwaysSearching Bronze Member

    That is so sad.....hugs to you, friend.
  4. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    Mike's grieving widow & former best friend


    A Tallahassee man with ties to one of the area’s most vexing unsolved crimes is in jail, accused of kidnapping his wife at gunpoint.

    Brian Winchester, 45, was arrested Friday on charges of kidnapping, domestic assault and armed burglary. Denise Winchester, 46, told Leon County Sheriff’s Office investigators her estranged husband snuck into her car and held her against her will for about an hour. In petitions for domestic violence protection filed Monday, Denise Winchester said she believed she and her 17-year-old daughter -- who was 18 months old when her father Mike Williams went missing -- would be in danger if Brian Winchester is let of out of jail. “I believe and know that Brian will kill me and/or my child if he is released,” she wrote.

    Brian Winchester will have a first appearance in court Tuesday morning.

    About six months before he vanished, Brian Winchester wrote Mike Williams – at the time his best friend - a $1 million life insurance policy. Six months after Williams was presumed to have fallen from his boat and drowned, his wife Denise had him declared dead and collected at least $1.5 million in death benefits. Denise and Brian Winchester married in 2005. They have long declined to comment on the case.

  5. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

  6. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

    Oh, my! :eek: The break this case needs! Thinking of Cheryl.
  7. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

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    Akoya Bronze Member

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    Akoya Bronze Member


    NamUs MP # 26767
    Jerry Williams
    Leon County, Florida
    31 year old white male

    Case Information
    Status Missing
    First name Jerry
    Middle name Michael
    Last name Williams
    Nickname/Alias Mike
    Date last seen December 16, 2000 00:00
    Date entered 11/14/2014
    Age last seen 31 to years old
    Age now 46 years old
    Race White
    Ethnicity Other
    Sex Male
    Height (inches) 70.0
    Weight (pounds) 170.0 to 180.0

    City Tallahassee
    State Florida
    Zip code 32309
    County Leon

    Hair color Brown
    Head hair
    Short cut at the time, receding hair line.
    Body hair
    Not much.
    Facial hair
    Not at the time of disappearance.
    Left eye color Blue
    Right eye color Blue

    At the time he could have been in camouflage.
    Watch, gold wedding band.

    Vehicle comments
    His truck was left at the lake

    Investigating Agency
    Title Special Agent
    First name Mike
    Last name Devaney
    Phone 850-410-7000
    Case number
    Date reported
    Jurisdiction State
    Agency Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    Address 1 2331 Phillips Road
    Address 2
    City Tallahassee
    State Florida
    Zip code 32308

    Title Lead Investigator
    First name Virgil
    Last name Watson
    Phone (850) 482-9624 X 115
    Case number
    Date reported
    Jurisdiction County
    Agency Jackson County Sheriff's Office
    Address 1 4012 Lafayette Street
    Address 2
    City Marianna
    State Florida
    Zip code 32446

    First name Tully
    Last name Sparkman
    Phone (850) 414-3300

    Jurisdiction State
    Agency Florida Attorney General's Office
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  12. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

  13. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    Thanks for the additions y'all.

    In all these years the Winchesters have refused to allow that Lake Jackson - Miller Landing property to be searched. There has always been a lot of speculation there could be a body buried there & it has been kept very, very private. Must be very troubling to Brian that Denise wants to allow surveyors & appraisers out walking around on his land.
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    Akoya Bronze Member

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    Akoya Bronze Member


    Thriller Thursday: Disappeared

    DECEMBER 16, 2011

    | STACY

    Due to this post from Roni Loren (thank you for the warning, Roni) I’ve decided to remove most photos from Thriller Thursday. I hope you’re still able to enjoy them!

    Most of us have suffered the loss of loved ones. But can you imagine if they vanished? If they disappeared with no warning, leaving children, family, and personal items behind, as if they’d been erased?

    Thousands of people disappear in the United States every year. Investigation Discovery airs a program aptly titled “Disappeared” covering these baffling cases. Here are two stories I couldn’t stop thinking about.

    Mike Williams

    There are two suspects in this case: Mike’s wife Denise and his best friend, Brian Winchester. On March 15, 2000, successful Tallahassee businessman Jerry Michael Williams left for Lake Seminole on a duck hunting trip. He’s never heard from again.

    His truck, boat and shotgun are recovered, and officials assume he’s the victim of an accident. They expect his body to show up–no drowning victim has ever remained purged in the lake’s murky waters. When Mike’s body doesn’t surface, some speculate his body has been eaten by one of the lake’s many alligators, but experts say it’s impossible: the lake temperatures were too cold the entire week Mike went missing. Alligators don’t feed when it’s that cold.

    Mike’s mother Cheryl is immediately suspicious, and her fears only grow when Mike’s waders turn up. Conveniently accompanied by his jacket and hunting license, the items don’t show any evidence they’ve been stuck under water for weeks. Cheryl presses police, and her daughter-in-law warns her to back off or risk not seeing her granddaughter.

    Shortly after the waders resurface, Denise Williams uses the discovery to declare Mike legally dead and soon inherits his assets as well as a life insurance worth well over a million dollars. Within a year, she’s remarried to Brian Winchester, the same man who sold Mike the life insurance policy six months before he went missing.

    Cheryl spends every possible moment begging police to investigate her son’s disappearance as a homicide, and three and half years after Mike vanished, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement opened an investigation. With the help of other agencies, more suspicious clues pop up, but the cops can’t garner enough evidence to bring charges on their suspects. Nearly twelve years later, Denise and Brian are quietly living their lives–with the help of Mike’s life insurance policy. Cheryl hasn’t seen her granddaughter in many years.

    Mike’s body has never been recovered, but investigators believe his disappearance on Lake Seminole was an elaborate coverup. His mother still hopes she will one day find out what happened to her son.

    If you have any information, contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s office at 850-482-9624.
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  16. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    Mike Williams disappeared Dec. 16, 2000, while duck hunting alone on Lake Seminole.

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    Akoya Bronze Member

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    Akoya Bronze Member


    Disappearance of Jerry Michael Williams

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Jerry Michael Williams (born October 16, 1969[1]), known as Michael orMike Williams to his friends and family, has not been seen since December 16, 2000 when it was said he left his home in Tallahassee, Florida, United States, to go duck hunting. After investigations, he was presumed to have drowned, but, in the years since then, later investigators have come to suspect he was the victim of foul play, possibly at another location.



    Born October 16, 1969
    Tallahassee, Florida, US
    Disappeared December 16, 2000 (aged 31)
    Status Missing for 15 years, 7 months and 23 days
    Nationality American
    Other names Michael, Mike Williams
    Known for Disappearance
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  20. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    Shoreline on the west side of Lake Seminole


    In June, an angler in the Stump Field area discovered a pair of waders floating in the lake, and divers called to search the area then recovered from the lake bottom a lightweight hunting jacket and a flashlight: in one of the jacket pockets, there was a hunting licence with Williams' name and signature. However, there were no teeth marks or any other damage on the waders, none of the recovered items showed signs of having been in the water for anything like the period Williams had been missing, and there was no DNA evidence found to link the clothing to him. Nevertheless, a week later, a Leon County judge granted Denise Williams' petition to have Mike declared legally dead on the basis of those recovered items and an assumption that alligators and other water life had consumed the body in its entirety.[2]

    The court decision allowed Denise Williams to immediately proceed with claims on her husband's life insurance policies, from which she received $1.5 million. Five years later, she married Brian Winchester,[8]who had sold Mike some of the policies a few months before he disappeared, and the couple have since lived in the same house where Denise and Mike lived. Denise and Brian have mostly declined to discuss the case publicly.[8]
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