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    Saturday, July 20, 2024

    Episode 1: William Spicer loved the outdoors and his tree farm

    The mailbox outside the former home of William C. Spicer Jr. in Groton. (Peter Huoppi/The Day)
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    William Spicer Jr. was stabbed to death on March 15, 1995, on his Christmas tree farm in Groton. He was found dead inside his tan Ford Taurus on a dirt road at the 27-acre Sparkle Lake Christmas Tree Farm. He had been stabbed multiple times in the neck and abdomen. Beginning today, "Case Unsolved" takes on the Spicer murder case. The state has long offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Spicer's face is featured on wanted posters and he is the "king of hearts" in a deck of playing cards distributed to inmates. In 2011, divers searched Sparkle Lake in Groton looking for clues, and the investigation remains active.

    You can listen to the first episode at www.caseunsolvedpodcast.com or on any podcast app. Four episodes on the murder of Desiree Michaud, in 1984 in Groton, also are available for listening. To be part of the conversation, join the Case Unsolved Facebook page or email us at caseunsolved@theday.com.

    Sparkle Lake Conservation Area in Groton, the former Christmas tree farm owned by William Spicer Jr. (Peter Huoppi/The Day)
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    A Ford Taurus, at far left, in which the body of William Spicer was found, is surrounded by investigators' vehicles on the Sparkle Lake Christmas Tree Farm property March 16, 1995. (File Photo)

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