The wife of convicted rapist Keith Schwinaman has come forward saying she cannot account for his whereabouts on the night of six-year-old JonBenet’s murder.
Keith’s wife Heather Kubes has opened up in the US National Enquirer, saying she cannot give ‘a 100 per cent alibi’ for the night of December 25 and the early hours of the next day.
‘It wasn’t unusual for him to disappear for a few hours and have no explanation of it,” says Heather, who reveals her husband wore a cross necklace of hers that went missing between 1996 and 1998 – one very similar to that found on JonBenet. “I have no idea what he was capable of – I think anything is possible.’
Boulder, Colorado police detective Bob Whitson has pointed out the similarities between the crimes of Keith and JonBenet’s murder. ‘A lot of similarities fit,’ he says. ‘But what we didn’t have was any physical evidence against him.’
A year before JonBenet’s murder, Keith pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault on a child and was hit with a four-year sentence. But in a 2003 plea deal he agreed to serve a 32-year prison sentence for sex acts he committed against three women between 1993 and 1996. He’s still incarcerated at the Crowley County Correctional Facility in Colorado.
Detective Whitson told the Enquirer, ‘He was told that no homicides would be included in the deal, but if he didn’t confess to everything and they found out about it later, he could be charged.”
However Keith’s lawyer struck an oral agreement with a deputy district attorney that promised authorities would not ‘pursue other cases’ against him, reveals the Detective. ‘Without at least one piece of physical evidence linking [him] to her murder, the bottom line is we still don’t know.’
This article was first published by New Idea.