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Norwalk Police Looking For New Leads In 1975 Homicide Of 74-Year-Old Man

William J. Booker was found shot in the chest by his son in 1975 in Norwalk. Police are asking for tips that may help solve the murder.
William J. Booker was found shot in the chest by his son in 1975 in Norwalk. Police are asking for tips that may help solve the murder. Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department/Facebook

NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk police are looking for information and hoping to develop new forensic evidence in a cold case homicide involving the shooting death of a 74-year-old man more than 40 years ago.

At 8:02 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 1975, Ernest Booker went to his father’s Norwalk apartment to visit him, as he did every few days. The son unlocked the door of Apartment 5 at 21 W. Main St. and found his father, William J. Booker, dead on the bed with a single gunshot wound to his chest, said the Norwalk Police Department.

The bullet was recovered and sent to the state laboratory to look for a possible match from another crime, but no match was found, police said.

In addition to the bullet, police also retrieved several items in the apartment for fingerprints, but again, police were not able to find any matches.

The son had last visited his father on the previous Friday.

Currently, Norwalk police are reviewing the case for possible resubmission to the state forensics laboratory for ballistic, latent print and DNA examination to see whether any new leads can be developed.

Anybody with information about the case is asked to contact Lt. Art Weisgerber at 203-854-3028 or aweisgerber@norwalkct.org .

Anonymous Internet tips can be sent through the Norwalk police website at www.norwalkpd.com .

Anonymous text tips can be submitted by typing NPD into the text field, followed by the message and sending it to CRIMES (274637) .

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