His name was Johnny Pool. Worked as a mechanic on big rigs, 18-wheelers. In late October of 1988, Pool drove to a back
road in the county to meet someone who would turn out to be his killer. The motive at the time was unknown. Investigators still aren't certain but, now
they suspect love and jealousy may have played a factor.
To get to the part of the Hatchie River where this happened you have to take dirt roads. Hunters frequent it to shoot ducks. On the night of October 26, 1988 someone came
to shoot, not fowl, but to kill 23-year old Johnny Pool.
Johnny's mom, Grace Pool says, "they
shot him then burned him up and I don't know why anyone would have done such a
To destroy evidence as investigators
found pool's body inside his burning truck.
He had been shot once in the back with a bullet from a hunter's rifle. "There wasn't a lot at the crime scene
somebody was smart, your it. Someone was
shot, someone was burned," said Deputy Chief Donna Turner, Tipton County Sheriff's
Department. "I think it was very
calculating, I think that location was very calculating."
The newspaper articles about the crime
have faded but not the curiosity of investigators. They constantly gather new information. Not enough to identify a suspect just yet but
it could change if witnesses provide answers.
Turner says, ""what he was doing at the time, who he was running
around with, if there was any illegal activity going on around him and also
whether or not there was a love triangle that could have been going on. What we want is for those blanks to be filled
One issue hurting detectives is the
perception of the sheriff's office in the late 80's. The sheriff at the time was sent to jail for
illegal selling guns. The deputy who
testified against him, charged and found guilty of second degree of another
deputy. "It was a different time in Covington
and Tipton County in 1988. So people
would make a threat and carry it out," say Deputy Turner.
"They left little Johnny without
a daddy, us without a son, my girls without a brother," said Pool's
Investigators believe that fear still
hinders their case, denies them that one interview to corroborate an existing
theory or point the finger at suspect who might be within arm's reach. Deputy Turner says, "this case will be
solved by a caller that calls in and sees this on TV and says I am going to do
the right thing."
The last time we told you about this cold case Detectives got calls and tips that shed new light on a motive and a possible suspect. There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Call 901-475-3301 if you have any information. An officer is ready to take your call.