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DNA ties 'killer clown' to getaway car in 27-year-old cold case, prosecutors say

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Florida investigators on Thursday released DNA evidence that they say helped lead to the arrest of a woman suspected of dressing up as a clown and fatally shooting her future husband’s then-wife 27Read full story

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  • A Killer clown love triangle, makes my skin crawl! All the evidence has led to Sheila Warren for years. The victim, Marlene’s son Joe Ahrens, who was 21 at the time of the murder announced on Facebook ‘I got some good news today. They [caught] the [murderer] that killed my mother 27 years ago.’

    I’m so glad Marlene’s family will finally have justice.

  • “Palm Beach County prosecutors said that recent forensic tests conducted by the FBI concluded that hair fibers found in a suspected getaway car could have come from Sheila Keen Warren.”

    I thought hair fibers were becoming inadmissible because there was no conclusive way to prove who they came from without a root for DNA?

    I most definitely think the husband was involved and I hope he is charged.

  • Nick Vellis
    Nick VellisAuthor at Dig Two Graves: Revenge or Honor

    On the morning of May 26, 1990 Marlene Warren opened the front door of her Wellington, Florida home to greet a clown wearing an orange wig, a red bulb nose, gloves, and a painted on white face smile. The clown shot Warren in the face and fled in a white Chrysler LeBaron. She died two days later.

    Marlene's husband, Michael Warren, was in route to Calder Race Track with friends at the time his wife was shot. He has long denied any role in his wife's death.

    Investigators focused on Sheila Keen, who

    On the morning of May 26, 1990 Marlene Warren opened the front door of her Wellington, Florida home to greet a clown wearing an orange wig, a red bulb nose, gloves, and a painted on white face smile. The clown shot Warren in the face and fled in a white Chrysler LeBaron. She died two days later.

    Marlene's husband, Michael Warren, was in route to Calder Race Track with friends at the time his wife was shot. He has long denied any role in his wife's death.

    Investigators focused on Sheila Keen, who was rumored to be having an affair with Michael Warren. Detectives collected Kean's hair, blood and fibers from her apartment during a June 1990 search warrant. The search yielded fibers from bright orange wig and similar fibers in the getaway car. In 2014 Warren and Sheila Keen wed in Las Vegas. Both Michael Warren and Sheila Keen Warren made incriminating statements to friends over the years. New DNA results from the FBI lab reveal, "Sheila Keen can be included as a possible source of these hairs."

    Michael Warren is still a person of interest.

    It will be interesting to watch this case as it unfolds.

  • Kelly Ross
    Kelly RossWriter at Momicide

    Marlene Warren lived in an affluent neighborhood. A crazy person in a clown suit shot her in the face on her doorsteps, in broad daylight, while other adults were home. She was well liked by everyone, except her philandering husband. Turns out the clown was his lover and future wife.

    Was he in on it? Like my magic 8 ball says - all signs point to yes.

  • Tess Hutchison
    Tess HutchisonFiber Artist at The Geeky Knot

    After reading up on this case, I will be interested to see if the DA charges Michael Warren in this case.

    Warren couldn't divorce his wife because she would get half of the couple's assets and was alleged to already be involved with Keen at the time of the murder, I think that provides motive, especially given that they later married.

  • Jason Noe
    Jason NoeServer at The Tin Pan

    Aside from the hair fibers, the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office detectives also have a cigarette butt, a Publix receipt and the actual clown costume. Two local costume shop clerks have said they saw Shelia Keen-Warren purchase clown supplies from their shop the week before the murder.

    This should be an easy conviction at this point.

  • Jenna Van
    Jenna VanPodcaster at Sitting Crooked Podcast

    I am very confused as I had thought hair fiber forensics were no considered accurate...

    Aside from that...what a terrifying scene. It sounds like something from a horror movie - very cinematic. I can see it so vividly in my head.

  • Nick Seoane
    Nick Seoane Set Lighting Tech at Film & Television

    Sheila Warren’s first husband was almost 20 years older and left her cousin to be with her when she was a teenager. At the time of the Warren murder, Sheila had been working for Michael at his used car dealership. It’s reported they did a lot of “overnight repossessions” together. Seems she has a solid history of infidelity and older men.

  • Erin Fleming
    Erin FlemingPodcast host at Redrum Blonde

    This case is bananas. I covered it in a podcast. I think she really thought she was clever by wearing a clown suit to shoot her victim. I definitely think the husband was involved, too. Unfortunately, I bet there’s not enough evidence to charge him. Definitely one of the more bizarre murders out there.

  • Karen  Andrews
    Karen AndrewsPodcast Researcher

    I remember this murder being so unusual it was featured in tabloids after it happened. Wonder if there was any inspiration by the other famed clown killer, John Wayne Gacy or if she wanted to throw the police off since it took place less than a decade after his conviction?

  • Doug Rabb
    Doug RabbRetail Manager

    A few weeks before her murder her husband gave her a brand new red Firebird. Seems like an odd gift if you are conspiring to murder your wife.

  • It’s hard to say if the husband was involved without knowing the evidence and facts. It’s very possible but it’s also possible he isn’t (like the Orsini/mcarthur case). I imagine they’ve been building a case against her which is why it took so long.

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