Addicted to Murder: The True Story of Daniel Conahan Jr.
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On June 7, 1996, investigators received information about a report, which had been filed at the Fort Myers Police Department on August 15, 1994, by 26-year-old Stanley Burden. In this report, Mr. Burden stated he had been taken to a wooded area off Rockfill Road, in Fort Myers, where a white male then assaulted him. He identified the perpetrator as "Dan," who drove a 1981 to 1985 gray Plymouth station wagon.
As the investigation into Conahan intensified, his credit card records were subpoenaed. Purchase receipts showed that Conahan used his card to buy knives, alcohol, leather gloves, rope, plastic tarps, and several dozen roles of Polaroid film.
In July, investigators issued a search warrant at Conahan's home and seized anything they deemed suspicious. Days later, they assembled enough evidence to serve an arrest warrant. Fibers from a rope seized during the search of Conahan's property matched fibers on the rope used in the attempted strangulation of Stanley Burden. In addition, a paint chip, which was found in Montgomery's pubic hair, matched a paint chip taken from Conahan's father's car. Fibers found on at least one tree were also matched to a pair of Conahan's gloves.