, his wife joan, and their four children. it was july, 2002. like a sauna that night, so hot and humid. and then a light rain that cooled it down again. david and joan watched a movie on tv, fell asleep. and then -- >> i don't even remember hearing the first shot. i remember something woke me up. >> and then you heard a shot? >> and i know whatever woke me up, i know my ears were already ringing. and i turned the light on. and i see that he's shot. you know, it shocks you. never, ever forget that image. that's burned in my brain forever, no matter how much i try to -- here is the person i love. he's dying. [ sirens ] >> and by the time the police and the ambulance wailed up to the door, it was too late. david shannon, just 40, was dead. all it took was a look, in fact, for lead detective mike murphy to see what happened in david's bedroom was highly intentional. >> it was an execution. the intruder came in while he was sleeping, placed a gun to his head, and shot him in the chest. >> and joan? the shock of it didn't help, of course, nor the fact that she was sound asleep when it happen
could have been a stranger from the street. >> reporter: a few months later, 74-year-old joan davis, a well known community activist -- seen here at a teaneck city council meeting -- was found strangled and stabbed to death in her burning home. >> we had always believed that the person who murdered joan davis was someone that she let into the house. >> reporter: and now, rob cantor had been found dead in his burning home -- also in teaneck. >> very early on we were looking at you know, could rob cantor's killer be the same killer in teaneck with ms. davis and in palisades park with ms. alliotts. >> reporter: the answer was unclear, at first. but detectives did have leads in the cantor case. a neighbor had reported seeing a stranger near the cantor home shortly before the fire. >> did you hear about the stranger that was in the area? >> yes. >> can you tell us about that? >> yeah. we weren't able to track who the person was and we tried through canvassing to trace, but we never had him coming outside of the house or we never had him going inside the house. >> reporter: according to rob'
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