In the 'Know'
Jeffrey Dillingham knew exactly what to expect the night he became a murderer. Even though he had never seen or met the couple, what were two bodies compared to $1 million cash he had been promised? Greed was as green as the perfect lawn he would have to step over to secure his financial future.
His accomplice, Brian Salter, had been provided with the house alarm code and a map. The two young men knew where to go, without having to waste time searching for stairways, doors or their victims, who would have no time to respond to the men bursting through the bedroom door while they slept in the night.
Six days into his 19th year, an honor student at White Settlement's Brewer High School, Dillingham, dressed in black, vaulted over the wooden fence at the Koslow home, an expansive 4,000-foot property, followed by Salter.
In a backpack, the boys carried two pistols, the ones stolen from Salter's parents, with the help of Salter's girlfriend, the night of the attack; a pry bar; and glass cutters, extra ammunition and two knives. Confidence and knowledge were on their side as they moved under the dark Texan sky.
Meanwhile, the mastermind behind the murder of Caren Koslow sat in her bedroom. A conversation at the hospital the following day between Jack's sister and her niece was bizarre, the aunt recalled for investigators.
Kristi Koslow mentioned she was tired because she had been up all night wrought with nervousness, until she received a phone call at 4 a.m., when she was able to fall asleep peacefully.
And, while pandemonium ensued the morning following a brutal attack, during which her 40-year-old stepmother was slashed and bludgeoned to death, and her father beaten unconscious, Kristi received a phone call.
The first thing she wanted to know was "Are they dead?" and why her father had not been killed.