Cops Arrest Man for Murder After Following a Literal Trail of Blood

Cops Arrest Man for Murder After Following a Literal Trail of Blood

You won't believe where he stashed the bodies.

Published May 8, 2016

Trouble in paradise.

John Ali Hoffman, a 49-year-old Hawaii resident, has been arrested in connection with three murders after police responded to a home that he was driving away from with blood dripping from the trunk of his car. The evidence led police to a woman's body that was stuffed inside.

Police also found a gun, believed to be the murder weapon, in the front seat of the car. Officers then found two dead children inside the house. Police Captain Robert Wagner said, "[It] looks like they were all living in the same house." Hoffman's relationship to the three victims is still unclear, though he is presumed to have been in a relationship with the woman.

A man who lived next door to Hoffman told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald that he would sometimes hear arguments coming from the home. "I do know they were not a happy couple over there," Tim Mullins said. "They would argue and fight, and I would hear it from time to time. But before it go too bad, it would quiet out." Mullins added that on the night of the murders, Mullins did hear a disturbance but did not hear gunshots.

A crime this grisly is rare, not only for the community, but for the entire Island. Police Chief Wagner said, "I can't remember having one before. It's definitely unique."

Written by Evelyn Diaz

(Photo: Associated Press/ KGMB)


Latest in news

Martin: The Legacy of a King

Mon, Jan. 21 9/8c EST