On January 7, 1972, Nancy Anderson, a 19-year-old who had been living in Hawaii for less than a year after she graduated high school, was found dead in her Waikiki apartment, having been stabbed over 60 times.
Over the course of 50 years, police attempted to solve her murder, reopening the case multiple times, with no success despite new suspects popping up consistently, the New York Post reported. Authorities spoke to a pair of door-to-door knife salesmen who had visited Anderson’s home just hours before her murder, former boyfriends, even the building’s property manager.
However, earlier this year, when a tipster suggested 77-year-old Tudor Chirila, the former deputy attorney general of Nevada with a history of affairs and controversies, may have been the one to kill Anderson back in 1972, police reopened the case for what may be the final time. After obtaining a DNA sample from Chirila’s son, John, they determined that the DNA they collected showed John was the biological child of whoever’s DNA was found at the crime scene 50 years earlier.
Earlier this month, police executed a search warrant and obtained DNA from Tudor Chirila directly. Only two days later, on September 8, Chirila attempted suicide, the Reno Gazette Journal reported. A week later, he was arrested and sent to the county jail in Reno, Nevada, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported. He was held without bail and charged with being a fugitive from another state and the murder of Nancy Anderson.
Chirila was an attorney operating in Reno, Carson City and near Lake Tahoe. In the late 1970s, only a few years after Anderson was murdered, he became Nevada’s deputy attorney general. In 1994, he unsuccessfully made a bid for Nevada’s supreme court.
In 1998, Chirila was named in a federal indictment as the former president of a company that worked as a front for Joe Conforte, a Nevada brothel boss who owned the infamous Mustang Ranch. The indictment claimed that Conforte and accomplices had attempted and conspired to defraud the government after Mustang Ranch was seized by the IRS.
He was accused of hiding assets while undergoing bankruptcy proceedings in a bid to buy the brothel back after it was seized. He allegedly used A.G.E Corp., Chirila’s company, to buy it back. Chirila sued Conforte for $14 million, claiming he was wrongly fired because he cooperated with federal prosecutors.
In 1999, when the case went to trial, Chirila testified as a government witness, saying he was aware of Conforte’s ownership. Conforte, meanwhile, fled from proceedings and hid in Brazil where it is believed he died in 2019.
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