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Season: 1
Episode: 7
Original airdate: October 15, 2013
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Previous episode: Small Town Tragedy
Next episode: Blind Love


In the early morning hours of January 24, 1988, 49-year-old mother of six Isabel Cordle fell asleep on her couch watching TV. Sometime before 6:00 A.M., someone sneaked up on her while she slept and hit her on the head with a hatchet four times. She died on the couch, never waking from her slumber. Her husband found her the next morning as he prepared to go to work and called 911. When the police arrived, Isabel’s husband and three of her children were upstairs, scared and confused. Police not only found trails of blood, they also found what could have been the murder weapon: a hatchet, propped up on a tree outside, right by the door. Why would the murderer leave the hatchet in plain sight? Were they trying to set someone up? Or did the murderer leave it there and then run back in the house?



  • Fremont, Ohio (January 24, 1988)


  • Isabel Cordle (49)


  • Mark Carter (Cordle's Neighbor)
  • Greg Weller

Case Update

In a plea agreement five months before Isabel Cordle was killed, Carter was convicted on a corruption of a minor charge and sent to prison. The sexual assault charges against him were dropped.

Carter was in prison when Isabel Cordle was killed, but family members conjectured he sought revenge because it was Isabel Cordle who pushed prosecutors to charge Carter for the assault of her son.

Some of the new information received involved a 16-year-old boy, Greg Weller, who was the son of a sheriff's deputy.

Cordle Jr. believes it was likely Carter who put Weller up to killing his mother. Greg Weller was listed as a potential witness for Carter in court documents prior to the plea agreement Carter reached with prosecutors on the rape charge against him.

Detectives say they're fairly certain they've solved the 26-year-old cold case and took their case to a grand jury, but were denied a murder indictment.


Cold Justice season 1
Episodes Small Town Suicide?MotherHome Town HeroHit and RunHiding in Plain SightSmall Town TragedyHatchetBlind Love
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