Journalist seeks solutions from a one-time Texas legal professional with ties to 5 lifeless males

Journalist seeks solutions from a one-time Texas legal professional with ties to 5 lifeless males

“48 Hours” has been overlaying the controversy surrounding a former Texas protection legal professional for

“48 Hours” has been overlaying the controversy surrounding a former Texas protection legal professional for twenty years. Say the title Catherine Shelton and you’re assured to get loads of tales and opinions from many individuals in Houston and in Dallas. That is as a result of unusual issues have occurred to the lads in Shelton’s life. Some have suffered weird mishaps and misfortune and 5 males have died. She says she’s by no means killed anybody, however questions stay. “48 Hours” contributor Jenna Jackson went searching for the reality.


I’ve heard quite a lot of outrageous crime tales in my life. However nothing comes near what’s in these containers: assaults, arrests, trials, disbarments — information and paperwork from years of Catherine Mehaffey Shelton’s wild and mysterious life.

Jenna Jackson
“For years, I have been tousled in a weird sport of cat and mouse with a girl named Catherine Shelton,” stated true-crime journalist Jenna Jackson. Her obsession with Shelton’s story started in 2003 whereas working for “48 Hours.”

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However that is additionally actually the story of my obsession with Catherine.

It began greater than 20 years in the past. I first met Catherine for a present I used to be producing for “48 Hours” on the controversy that had surrounded the protection legal professional for many years.

Within the years since, I’ve met her just a few extra instances and it is all the time been the identical — she’s coy, even playful. However usually, I depart feeling confused. I ponder if she’s not the cat and I am the mouse she’s simply batting round.

CATHERINE SHELTON (2016): I’ve completed just a few issues. Sure. I do admit that I’ve — nicely, I’ve by no means stabbed anybody. All proper? … And I’ve by no means shot anybody with a shotgun.

Catherine Shelton
“Properly, I want I had all the time been the right girl, however, I do not know, it simply did not work out that manner,” Catherine Shelton instructed “48 Hours” in 2006. The previous protection legal professional has by no means been charged with homicide however she has hyperlinks to 5 males who’ve mysteriously died through the years.

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Is she responsible of something? Some issues? Or is that this all a coincidence? I’ve determined I will look into all of it once more and see if I can dig up any new data. The aim? To fulfill together with her one final time and see if I can get some solutions.

From the beginning, I knew I used to be going to want assist sorting by the allegations.

Jenna Jackson: We now have—fraud … elder abuse, assaults, theft, tax evasion, fraud once more, prison mischief, shootings …

Brian Benken: It is not black and white. However as you may inform from all these footage and completely different instances in your desk, that is quite a lot of coincidences.

That is Brian Benken, a non-public investigator and now a protection legal professional.

Brian Benken: We’re gonna hold an open thoughts. , no tunnel imaginative and prescient right here.

And Lisa Andrews, a former prosecutor. They used to name her “the ice queen.”

Lisa Andrews: However let’s be actual right here. … there are quite a lot of coincidences.

Each Brian and Lisa are consultants for “48 Hours.” Like nearly everybody in Houston, they’ve heard lots about Catherine Shelton. 

Brian Benken: She’s a legend round Harris County … ‘Trigger I nearly return 40 years down on the courthouse. And in case you speak to any of the outdated prosecutors and protection attorneys from again within the day, they know all about Catherine.

Jenna Jackson: All of them know her title.

Brian Benken: They usually can let you know loads of tales.

Catherine Mehaffey Shelton started training regulation within the Seventies.

GARY TAYLOR (2003): She was— clever. She was very witty.

That is Gary Taylor. He was a newspaper reporter in Houston overlaying the courthouse. He received to know her fairly nicely.

GARY TAYLOR: She was well-known across the courthouse due to the status she had.… she thought she was smarter than everybody else in the remainder of the world.

GARY TAYLOR: I knew that — she was a troublesome— powerful gal.

GARY TAYLOR: She adorned her residence with — with stills from outdated Humphrey Bogart gangster motion pictures.

He is gonna be a a lot greater a part of this story in a while. However hearken to another recollections of Catherine.

LLOYD OLIVER (2003): I dare say in all probability the prettiest prison protection lawyer within the Harris County courts. … She simply had a vivacious character, simply charmed everybody.

Lloyd Oliver is a longtime legal professional and a widely known determine across the Harris County Courthouse. I hadn’t spoken to him in years, however we caught up with him lately and he nonetheless had some crystal-clear recollections. 

Lloyd Oliver: She had stunning blonde hair. She was shapely. And — she attracted males.

Lloyd and Catherine had been associates. 

Lisa Andrews: How did you not fall prey to her charms?

Lloyd Oliver: We weren’t concerned— romantically or bodily. …  the place you may inform that’s I am nonetheless right here. I am nonetheless round. (Laughs) We’re having this dialog proper now.

Lloyd Oliver:  A few of her relationships turned — fairly ugly. And … after they stated it was over, sh — I bear in mind her saying as soon as, “It ain’t over until I say it is over.” So, in case you had been her boyfriend, you needed to wait until she received able to step away apparently.

Lloyd Oliver: Generally she would simply come un— unglued.

And as I used to be about to listen to, some say you did not essentially should be romantically concerned with Catherine to see that facet of her. 

Robert Pelton (telephone name): Hi there?

Jenna Jackson: Hello, is that this Robert Pelton?

Robert Pelton: Yeah. Sure, ma’am.

Jenna Jackson: I am right here with Lisa Andrews and Brian Benken.

Robert Pelton: I do know ’em each very nicely. (laughs) They’re each wonderful, wonderful legal professionals.

Jenna Jackson: They’re. Properly, they’re serving to me on a mission—about Catherine Mehaffey Shelton.

Robert Pelton: Oh, my God. Oh.

Jenna Jackson: You bear in mind her?

Robert Pelton: Yeah, yeah. Yeah, I feel so. Yeah, I am afraid I do. She — she tried to kill me when she was on trial, in trial.

Jenna Jackson: Wait.

Brian Benken: Which trial was she in?

Jenna Jackson: Wait. What?

I knew I needed to meet with him in particular person, so I tracked him down.

Robert Pelton: I bear in mind Catherine Mehaffey nicely.

Robert Pelton is a protection legal professional. He says he was within the courthouse again in 1980 when Catherine apparently had a really unhealthy day. A fellow legal professional took Pelton apart.

Robert Pelton: He stated, “Catherine stated she’s simply taken sleeping drugs or Valium. She’s gonna commit suicide. Will you are taking her within the hallway?” I stated, “OK.”

Robert Pelton: The hallway was — I imply, the door was proper there. There was a really small courtroom. … And rapidly, Catherine grabs my tie, and pulls me in, and opens the door— opens the door, and the decide has received a pistol laying on his desk. … And the window’s open on the fourth story of the courthouse constructing. She says, “You are gonna die with me.” And he or she grabbed me, and I feel, “OK” — In my thoughts, I feel, “I am both gonna get shot or fall lifeless from the fourth story of the courthouse constructing.”

Jenna Jackson: Oh, my gosh.

Robert Pelton: And naturally, I used to be hollering. And he or she was hollering. The bailiffs received the door open. I do not bear in mind how, and received her, and naturally I used to be scared to dying, and strapped Catherine down as I bear in mind it, took her to the hospital … on a stretcher, and — come to search out that she had not taken sleeping drugs.

Jenna Jackson: Do you assume she was severe that day? Was she making an attempt to kill you?

Robert Pelton: I do not — I might hate to assume so. … I feel she was — had briefly overlooked her colleges. … I feel she was simply scared and performing out. I — I would hate to assume she was making an attempt to actually do one thing unhealthy to me. However I do not know. I imply, thank God nothing — I did not — I by no means needed to discover out.

Catherine admits she went to the hospital that day and had her abdomen pumped however denies the remainder of Pelton’s account and says she by no means tried to harm him. However that story was simply one of many many swirling round her. And there have been darker tales. Maybe one of many darkest would contain an ex-boyfriend of Catherine’s.

He had been discovered murdered in his storage.


Brian Benken (with Jenna Jackson at crime scene): This one was a reasonably brutal one… Proper up right here by this gate.  That is what we consider to be the primary case … linked to Catherine.

Jenna Jackson: Oh wow.

Brian Benken: They discover him overwhelmed to dying in that storage proper there.

Jenna Jackson: In that storage …

Brian Benken: I imply severely overwhelmed to dying.

George Tedesco
George Tedesco was an ex-boyfriend of Catherine Shelton. On the day he was scheduled to look in courtroom in a dispute with  Shelton, he was discovered brutally overwhelmed to dying in his storage. Investigators discovered a tire iron on the premises that they believed to be the homicide weapon.

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The sufferer was a physician; an anesthesiologist named George Tedesco. He and Catherine had as soon as dated.

Jenna Jackson (at crime scene): It is a loopy, loopy homicide … and it is nonetheless unsolved.

Brian Benken: Right … and there is not any statute of limitations.

Brian Benken: His Corvette was lacking … however … It did not seem like an everyday theft. … the murder detectives thought it regarded like one thing fairly private.

Jenna Jackson: Private?

Brian Benken: There was really — a tire iron there, just like this (holds up tire iron), that they consider was in all probability the weapon that was used. … he suffered main — a number of cranium fractures and hematoma. , he bled out from the — the beating that he took. 

Brian Benken (pointing to photographs on wall): These are a number of the crime scene photographs from that location.

Wanting on the crime scene photographs I perceive why it regarded private, however why could not it’s only a theft that will have turned violent? In any case his automobile was lacking. 

Brian Benken: He nonetheless had jewellery on him. His pockets was nonetheless on him. , issues of that nature that an individual who’s robbing you’ll in all probability take. 

And the opposite factor fascinating about his scene, when folks usually— oftentimes, after they’re discovered lifeless of their storage, it is as a result of it is any person that is aware of that they are gonna be there at a specific time.

The timing of Tedesco’s homicide was additionally curious.

Lisa Andrews: Wasn’t he supposed to point out up in courtroom for the lawsuit that —

Brian Benken: Sure —

Lisa Andrews: — Catherine filed in opposition to him claiming —

Brian Benken: — precisely.

Lisa Andrews: — they had been married? After which he was a no-show on the day of trial?

Brian Benken: Yeah.

Tedesco was found murdered the day he was purported to go to courtroom in a dispute with Catherine. Detectives found that Catherine and Dr. Tedesco had been preventing for months. Catherine sued him for half his belongings, claiming they had been “widespread regulation” married. She stated they’d been collectively for somewhat over a 12 months, however an investigator for Tedesco’s household says they’d solely dated three or 4 months. The entire thing turned very ugly, with Tedesco alleging that Catherine made threatening telephone calls, stalked him and even dedicated housebreaking.

Lisa Andrews: There appears to be a lotta rage on this crime. And, so, you may marvel, OK. Was she robust sufficient to do that? Was she nonetheless indignant sufficient at him to do that? 

Good questions, and we’ll come again to this case in a second.

However first it is price speaking concerning the form of hassle Catherine had with one other boyfriend as soon as they broke up.

FERRIS BOND (2003): It was god-awful. It was god-awful. It is the worst factor I’ve ever been by.

It is a lawyer named Ferris Bond. We talked with him after I was first reporting this story.

FERRIS BOND: I would not want that on the worst enemy. I would not even want it on her.

They dated within the 70s and he says issues began out wonderful.

FERRIS BOND: She was a really fairly, petite little blonde lady … and she or he was obtainable. … we really dated in all probability a interval of months.

However Bond says after he noticed her get right into a combat together with her roommate, he determined to get out.

Catherine Shelton and Ferris Bond
Ferris Bond and Catherine Shelton dated for just a few months. Bond instructed “48 Hours” that after they broke up, Shelton stole his automobile, shot at him with a shotgun and finally burned his condo down in 1974. To get away from her, he says he joined the Marine Corps.

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FERRIS BOND: It grew to become clear to me that she had some violent tendencies and— I ought to try to get away from her.

However he stated with Catherine, breaking apart was laborious to do.

FERRIS BOND: Most likely the worst factor was burning my condo and all of my possessions. … stole my car, shot at me with a shotgun.

No fees had been ever filed in opposition to Catherine. After we spoke to her again then, she denied these allegations and did not actually need to speak about Ferris Bond. However she did admit she could also be an excessive amount of for some males to deal with.

CATHERINE SHELTON (2003): There are some types of males who’re actually, actually offended by me. … I feel it is my propensity to in all probability say precisely what I feel to them at a sure level when — when I simply can’t maintain it in any longer.

To get away from her, Ferris Bond instructed us he joined the Marines.

FERRIS BOND (2003): Frankly, I did not assume that there was any manner she’d observe me into the Marine Corps.

With that story in thoughts, we took a better have a look at that Tedesco homicide case and began digging somewhat deeper. We came upon that after Dr. Tedesco was murdered, issues received stranger quick. For starters, Catherine broke into the crime scene claiming that she was retrieving some property that belonged to her.

Brian Benken: … after they discovered Tedesco’s physique, Catherine and an legal professional that was representing her on the time … they really get a locksmith. They go into his townhouse.

Lisa Andrews: An legal professional went together with her to do to that?

Brian Benken: An legal professional went together with her.

That legal professional was Lloyd Oliver.

Lloyd Oliver: — she has an uncanny manner of … getting folks — speaking folks into doing her bidding for her. And I am no exception to the rule. … she talked, “OK, let’s go do it.” So, we went over there, and I walked — you could not get in. So referred to as the locksmith. He lets us in.

Brian Benken: I imply, what— that did not increase any flags to you?

Lloyd Oliver: I do not know —

In a deposition later, Catherine admitted she took, amongst different issues, a TV, pottery, $140 in money, her driver’s license and an vintage sword.

Belken, Jackson and Andrews
Brian Benken, proper, Jenna Jackson, heart, and Lisa Andrews type by the allegations in opposition to Catherine Shelton. 

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Brian Benken: And what would ever make her assume that that was a sensible factor to do —

Jenna Jackson: Proper.

Brian Benken: — to go in there and take away property when a lotta folks had been gonna assume that fin — it is a monetary motive to start with. She’s already … making an attempt to say that she’s the widespread regulation spouse when everyone apparently in his household …  stated no, they don’t seem to be even shut.

Jenna Jackson: He was simply overwhelmed to dying—

Brian Benken: Yeah, he is simply overwhelmed to dying—

Lisa Andrews: She simply—

Jenna Jackson: —”it was my stuff. I am taking it.”

Lisa Andrews: She simply does what she desires to do, proper—

Jenna Jackson: (Laughs) She would not care—

Lisa Andrews: She does what she desires to do. And would not — rattling the results.

In that very same deposition, Catherine claimed that Tedesco was concerned in some criminal activity and was allegedly violent together with her. However when “48 Hours” requested her about Tedesco again then, she did not need to speak about him.

Brian Benken: All proper. So … I’ve to query, if — if she’s upset about him being killed …

Lloyd Oliver: She wasn’t in blubbering tears. I imply, she wasn’t that upset.

Brian Benken: OK.

Lloyd Oliver: She nonetheless had her wits about her.

Brian Benken: All proper.

Lloyd Oliver: And Catherine’s wits are — she’s fairly — fairly sharp.

There have been many lingering questions concerning the case and for some, crimson flags. The DA’s Workplace apparently thought there have been crimson flags, too. So, they determined to secretly document a few of Catherine’s telephone calls. Her anger at one more ex-boyfriend was captured on tape:

MAN: Simply settle down.

CATHERINE SHELTON (screaming): He is received to beg for my mercy. He is hurting me. I’ve completed nothing. I am simply making an attempt to get away.

MAN: Properly, depart him alone.

CATHERINE SHELTON: Beg me for mercy.


So, I promised we would get again to Gary Taylor. Keep in mind him? He was the Houston newspaper reporter who lined the courthouse and Catherine. He first met her in 1979 after her ex-boyfriend Dr. Tedesco was murdered.  

GARY TAYLOR (2003): She was a sizzling merchandise on the courthouse. She was intriguing due to the thriller of her previous and the hazard—the hazard that gave the impression to be lurking beneath.   

Taylor says he was intrigued, and that intrigue was one thing else. 

Jenna Jackson: His relationship together with her began as a result of he was overlaying the Tedesco case, making an attempt to get a narrative. … So, like most of the males in her life again at the moment, they began courting and having an affair, and, you already know, strains had been blurred, I feel, somewhat bit. 

Jenna Jackson: It does look like it was, like, get together on a regular basis again then. I imply, not that it is tame now on the Harris County Courthouse, however within the ’70s, it is, like, all these wild events. 

Brian Benken: It was a unique environment again then.

Jenna Jackson: Yeah — 

Lisa Andrews: Completely completely different. 

Taylor was not shy concerning the particulars of this torrid affair.

Jenna Jackson (studying from e-book): He says, “Our roadmap to the bed room was marked in scarlet letters from the second (laughs) we met.” 

Catherine Shelton
“She additionally had the laborious look of a nasty lady, and that performed to my weak spot. A menace? She simply regarded like enjoyable to me,” Gary Taylor wrote of Catherine Shelton.

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Taylor even wrote a e-book about that point in his life.

Jenna Jackson (studying from e-book): “She additionally had the laborious look of a nasty lady, and that performed to my weak spot. A menace? She simply regarded like enjoyable to me.”

GARY TAYLOR (2003): I used to be searching for somewhat pleasure in my life. And he or she definitely delivered in that class … 

I talked with Gary Taylor about this years in the past.

GARY TAYLOR: We had a sexual relationship that went on for … about 4 weeks. … And — then I spent about three months making an attempt to disengage from that relationship— 

Catherine, by the best way, disagrees with all of that. She would not even admit that they dated.

CATHERINE SHELTON (2003): I do not contemplate him a relationship or something. He is nothing.  

CATHERINE SHELTON (2003): …  for a few months, he adopted me round … and— went to courtroom, adopted me there.   

Taylor instructed me Catherine got here with some very sharp edges.  

GARY TAYLOR (2003):   She’s— very abrasive, very aggressive. And she will be able to— she will be able to stroll right into a room and have folks— arguing together with her in a matter of minutes. … She has a — she has a mood that — that comes out. And she will be able to’t — all the time management it.

GARY TAYLOR: , Tedesco’s title was all the time developing … I heard her say this  to a number of folks: “You higher do what I say. what occurred to George.  about George.” 

However Taylor says he actually noticed a scary facet of her when he instructed her it was over.

GARY TAYLOR: It was one night time we had been — after I instructed her we had been gonna have to interrupt up. I noticed her — tear up a — a suitcase … And he or she tore all of it to smithereens.  

CATHERINE SHELTON (2003): The affiliation, such because it was — was damaged off with some verbal acrimony.  

Taylor says she as soon as even put a pistol on her bedside desk, he thinks, simply to remind him of who was boss.  

With hassle now brewing between Taylor and Catherine, Taylor went to his associates within the DA’s Workplace. They had been nonetheless investigating Tedesco’s unsolved homicide. It was steered that Gary and his roommate may secretly document Catherine on the phone.  

However when Catherine came upon that Taylor was working with the DA, let’s simply say she wasn’t happy. Taylor’s roommate referred to as her and received her response on tape.  

Jenna Jackson: And — and also you guys have not heard this? 

Lisa Andrews: No, and— 

Brian Benken:  We now have not heard this. 

Lisa Andrews: we have been dying to listen to this — 

Brian Benken: Sure. 

Jenna Jackson: So, I am going to simply play a pair seconds of this for you. 


He would not must make a idiot of me.

God’s sake I by no means killed anyone in my life. I’ve by no means actually wished to.

However he is doing a lot to me. He higher cease! He higher cease!

Now! He is received to beg for my mercy.

Jenna Jackson: That stresses me out.

Jenna Jackson: And my understanding is again then, the good friend of — Gary’s who recorded this then performed it — or one among them performed it within the press room for all of the reporters, and she or he came upon. So, her — her anger at Gary was escalating.  

GARY TAYLOR (2003): And I did not know the way a lot violence would come down on me, however … she had instructed me that I had entered — she was very dramatic, overly dramatic. … she preferred to inform me that I had entered the area of dying.” 

Brian Benken: I feel it made her indignant, so mad, as a result of in early January of 1980, she really reveals up on the press room the place Gary works with different reporters. And my understanding, simply went loopy there —

Jenna Jackson: Ballistic. Uh-huh (affirms). 

Brian Benken: — and began throwin’ stuff round.

Taylor says Catherine began stalking him: following him on a date with one other girl, approaching and scaring off one other. Catherine, nonetheless, says that is not true and he was the one pursuing her.

CATHERINE SHELTON (2003): I do not assume something about him in any respect, besides, “Why would not he get a life? 

However then Taylor says there was a housebreaking at his residence, and that will result in what he stated was tried homicide.

GARY TAYLOR (2003): (standing in doorway) She was holding the gun on me in a police place with each palms. I simply threw the door open … I got here at her with the chair. She fired one spherical.


The subsequent drama related to Catherine Shelton occurred on a leafy road close to downtown Houston.

Jenna Jackson: You guys know, we have — Gary Taylor is without doubt one of the — the lads in Catherine’s life over the — you already know, through the years.

Brian Benken: So, it is my understanding — so at some half, you already know, Gary and her relationship begin going south.

Gary Taylor says after he and Catherine ended issues, somebody broke into his condo and stole a few of his stuff.

Catherine didn’t admit duty for the housebreaking, however Taylor says she did provide to assist get his belongings again. A couple of years in the past, Taylor instructed “48 Hours” about that night time.

GARY TAYLOR (2003): She insisted that I come over to her place and that she would have the stolen items delivered over there.

When he received there, he says Catherine instructed him there was one thing for him within the bed room closet. Taylor walked us by what he says occurred subsequent.

Gary Taylor
“She was quite a lot of enjoyable – when she wasn’t making an attempt to kill me,” Gary Taylor stated of Catherine Shelton in 2003.

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GARY TAYLOR (2003): She had instructed me there was one thing for me within the closet, so I went again (Taylor opens the door) … I regarded within the closet and it was empty. I went in to verify.

GARY TAYLOR: As quickly as I received within the closet, the lights went out.

GARY TAYLOR:  … heard her coming down the corridor and I heard a gun cock.

GARY TAYLOR: And he or she stepped into the bed room, and she or he backed up in opposition to a wall and she or he took a policeman’s place, like this (demonstrates with each palms), with the pistol, pointed on the closet.  It regarded like she was gonna use it.

GARY TAYLOR: She took a place throughout from me the place I may use the door as a defend. And I may nonetheless peek out by the jamb right here and watch her …

GARY TAYLOR: Now she regarded completely different than I would ever seen her. … This was a brand new Catherine. She had a— there was like a hazy look in her eye, like she was in a far-off place.

GARY TAYLOR: I had the door between us. … and she or he began— talkin’ to me,

GARY TAYLOR: And I bear in mind she stated and— you already know, “Don’t fret concerning the subsequent life as a result of there is not one.”

GARY TAYLOR: Yeah, after which I believed— yeah, she’s for actual.

GARY TAYLOR: And I attempted to formulate a plan in my thoughts the way to get out of right here.

GARY TAYLOR: There was a chair by the door.

GARY TAYLOR: She regarded down on the gun or one thing, and that is after I— after I made my transfer. … I simply threw the door open. I got here at her with the chair like a lion tamer or somethin’. 

GARY TAYLOR: She fired one spherical by the chair.

GARY TAYLOR: I used to be … vaguely conscious of a bullet coming by the chair. And what I came upon later is she fired off a spherical, a bullet got here by the chair, and— nicked me proper above the ear, proper right here. And I threw the chair at her. … I ran down the hallway…

GARY TAYLOR: Once I received to the door I ended, I clicked the deadbolt, I opened the door. And that is after I felt— the shot within the again. I used to be layin’ facedown on the grass exterior of her place. … “That bitch shot me. She actually— she shot me.”

Taylor says he went to a close-by retailer, and somebody there referred to as 911.

GARY TAYLOR: They usually loaded me within the ambulance and … I assume they figured I used to be gettin’ able to die or somethin’ ‘trigger they stated, “Inform us who shot you. Inform us who shot you.” And I stated, “Catherine Mehaffey …  Catherine Mehaffey …”

“Once I received to the door I ended, I clicked the deadbolt, I opened the door. And that is after I felt the shot within the again,” Gary Taylor stated.

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Taylor says he nearly died that night time. That the bullet got here inside a centimeter of his coronary heart.

GARY TAYLOR: If she wished me outta there, I used to be operating— down (laughs) a hallway on my manner out. She shoulda stated, “Adios.” , however as a substitute she shot me within the again. So, I’ve— I’ve received to— I’ve received to consider that one and one equals two. 

The cops arrested Catherine. She instructed police that night time that she was simply defending herself —that it was all self-defense.

Lisa Andrews: There have been quite a lot of info that weren’t favorable to her, like, he was shot within the again.

Lisa Andrews: They’ve to clarify, you already know, why this was self-defense, however but the sufferer is shot within the again, that will get form of tough to clarify, and it will get laborious to clarify very credibly.

Though Catherine would not share the specifics about what occurred that night time with “48 Hours” again then, she did appear to place the blame squarely on Gary Taylor.

CATHERINE SHELTON (2003): I imply, if any person had shot at me in their very own residence, which is known as a — a violation of hospitality, I would marvel what sort of a visitor I used to be to benefit that form of conduct.

For the primary time, Catherine was dealing with a severe cost: tried homicide.

Catherine Shelton mugshot
Catherine Shelton was arrested for capturing Gary Taylor. She claimed it was in self-defense.

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After which issues in Catherine’s life received extra difficult. As if the Gary Taylor capturing wasn’t sufficient, just a few months later, one other man linked to Catherine turns up lifeless. His title was Tommy Bell.

Jenna Jackson: So many connections. That is loopy —

Lisa Andrews: The Tedesco, Gary Taylor, Tommy Bell, all of these instances are very intertwined. You actually have to tug the threads on all of these instances to make all of them make sense.

Jenna Jackson: Yeah. For positive.

Tommy Bell. It was a reputation I would come throughout earlier than, however I had no concept I used to be about uncover some new clues about his very unusual dying.


In early 1980, again on the courthouse in Houston, Catherine Shelton went on trial.

Jenna Jackson: OK, so she goes to trial fairly rapidly on the Gary Taylor capturing, proper?

Brian Benken: Yeah … the capturing occurs in January, and so they go to the primary trial in April of that very same 12 months, which is fairly fast.

She admitted she shot Gary Taylor however maintained that it was self-defense.

Jenna Jackson:  And what occurred? How’d that go?

Lisa Andrews: Good for Catherine, ‘trigger it was a hung jury.

Seven to 5. Seven for responsible. 5 for not responsible. And I am instructed that it was break up alongside gender strains. The boys went with Gary Taylor, and the ladies went with Catherine.

At her second trial, she claimed Taylor had confronted her with a gun. She was discovered responsible and sentenced to 10 years. However she by no means served sooner or later. Her conviction was overturned on enchantment and reasonably than undergo a 3rd trial, she agreed to plead responsible to aggravated assault and received probation. Catherine was briefly barred from training regulation. Taylor says it did not matter to him that she did not go to jail. 

GARY TAYLOR (2003): I really thought she can be in additional agony if she could not apply regulation as a result of she reveled on this.

Catherine did not care to elaborate on any of it.

CATHERINE SHELTON (2003): I simply can’t consider something so as to add to it that will make it (exhales) something greater than it’s, which is— it was an unlucky incident, definitely. And I am glad nobody was killed, together with me. So, I am going to depart it at that.

However she did share one other opinion on Gary Taylor.

Catherine Shelton
Catherine Shelton throughout a 2003 interview with “48 Hours.”

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CATHERINE SHELTON (2003): I consider an oyster. Only a— grey, formless substance, shiny however not with what— with polish.

After we requested Catherine why she all the time appeared to a be in the course of a brewing storm, she had this to say:

CATHERINE SHELTON (2003): I am in the course of life, and I am purported to work by this and work these items out and do one of the best I can. It is not for me to cause why.

However I might marvel why after I discovered about one other dying—the second that had a hyperlink to Catherine.

Keep in mind Dr. Tedesco?  He is the ex-boyfriend who turned up overwhelmed to dying in his storage.

A 12 months earlier than his homicide somebody broke into his home. They stole some weapons and artwork. A short while later, a person named Tommy Bell was arrested.

KENT FERGUSON (2003): Tom Bell was arrested in New Jersey…. in possession of various this stuff, together with some firearms that had serial numbers.

Kent Ferguson is a former FBI agent turned personal investigator.

KENT FERGUSON: They usually belonged to George Tedesco.

Then, after Tedesco was discovered murdered, Tommy Bell got here into the image once more. This time, police wished to speak with him as a result of they thought he is likely to be related with the crime. Ferguson says Bell really knew Tedesco. And because it seems, Bell was as soon as a consumer of Catherine’s. 

KENT FERGUSON: When the police wished to speak to Tom Bell concerning the homicide of George Tedesco, she stated that he could not— she was not gonna enable her consumer to talk.

Catherine denies that Bell was a consumer of hers at the moment. Tedesco’s household, nonetheless, did not await the prison investigation to be over. They filed a wrongful dying swimsuit in opposition to each Catherine and Tommy Bell. They accused each of them of conspiring to kill the physician.

Tommy Bell
Tommy Bell, a former consumer of Catherine Shelton’s who was named together with her within the wrongful dying lawsuit filed by George Tedesco’s household – which by no means made it to trial – was discovered shot to dying in his residence. Bell’s roommate instructed investigators Bell had been enjoying Russian roulette by himself in his bed room.

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However the lawsuit by no means made it to trial, and neither did Tommy Bell.

Jenna Jackson: So quick ahead a really quick period of time, Tom Bell is discovered lifeless. the roommate stated he was in there in his room by himself enjoying Russian roulette.

Brian Benken: You do not—

Jenna Jackson: Shot himself within the head.

Brian Benken: You do not play Russian roulette by your self.

Jenna Jackson: That was my first thought.

Brian Benken: No. No.

Jenna Jackson: Precisely.

However whereas I used to be wanting by the police information on the case, I found one thing new.

Jenna Jackson: So … there are some investigator’s notes that say the roommate, the one witness within the condo to Bell’s Russian roulette dying, his fingerprints had been really on the gun that killed Bell. 

Brian Benken: Oh, wow —

Lisa Andrews: Wow.

Jenna Jackson: Proper? So, we tracked down this investigator. He confirmed all of this. He remembers all of it.

Brian Benken: So, after they discovered the roommate’s fingerprints on the gun— what— was he questioned I assume?

Jenna Jackson: Sure. And he stated, you already know, when he heard the shot, he bumped into the room, Tom Bell, his roommate, is on the bottom. And he moved the gun out of the best way in order that’s why his fingerprints had been on there.

And wait. There was extra in keeping with the investigator I spoke to. He claims the roommate had been courting Catherine. He instructed me how he came upon about it.

Jenna Jackson: … he requested the roommate if he knew Catherine. And the man goes, “It is the weirdest story.”

Jenna Jackson: “There’s this — you already know, one night time I am on my manner residence f— you already know, a number of months again and there is this little Mercedes by the facet of the street, flat tire. So, I cease to assist her. And her title was Catherine. And we began courting. We — you already know, hit it off that night time and we began courting.”  And I am like, “What?” (laughs) I imply —

Brian Benken: That is — that is nuts —

Lisa Andrews: One other coincidence.

Jenna Jackson: That none of us knew till proper now. I imply, this investigator knew it. He stated sadly whereas they thought that was a reasonably clear connection to all this craziness, they’d no actual proof to go ahead with.

Catherine instructed me she did not even know the roommate.

Neither of them had been implicated in Bell’s dying.

Ultimately it was simply one other curious, unsettling state of affairs.

It has been a wild journey — a beating dying, a capturing, a tape that some say appears like “The Exorcist,” an odd Russian roulette dying.  And one girl with hyperlinks to all of it. A lady who appears to benefit from the intrigue surrounding her and baiting me particularly.

She as soon as even supplied me a pattern of her hair for DNA in case I wished to check it to one thing.

Lisa Andrews: What?

Jenna Jackson (holds up lock of hair in a plastic bag): Catherine Shelton hair.

CATHERINE SHELTON: Once you get to know me, you notice I haven’t got any fascinating — weird, glittering life. Nothing. Nothing. Right here it’s. That is it. Imagine you me, if there was something happening, I would learn about it. (Sighs) I imply, my greatest factor round right here is that I’ve received this unhealthy cat.

Jenna Jackson: I imply— and I am simply gonna say — however perhaps she did not do any of it … However the cause we — we and regulation enforcement officers in Houston and Dallas over 40 years cannot hook up with her is, perhaps she did not do it …

Brian Benken: Possibly it is —

Lisa Andrews: It is potential.

Within the years to return, Catherine’s conviction for capturing Gary Taylor can be put aside, however she can be linked to 3 extra deaths: A younger man found lifeless and bare in one among her properties, one other man shot lifeless in his driveway. His spouse, a witness, claims Catherine was concerned.

MARISA HIERRO (2003) (crying): And I knew it was her. I do know it was her! … Catherine Shelton.

CATHERINE SHELTON (2003): Not me. I wasn’t there.

And one more man died whereas he was staying together with her.

Include me as I meet up with Catherine once more after a few years. Why am I doing this? Catherine as soon as admitted she thought-about killing me. Was she joking? Did she imply it? 

Jenna Jackson (driving to Shelton’s home): We’ll see how she is right this moment. I am somewhat nervous. I could throw up. Do not get that on digicam.

Will she lastly put to relaxation all of the questions on her?

To be continued Saturday, Might 7 at 10/9c on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.


Produced by Chuck Stevenson and Gabriella Demirdjian. Emma Steele is the affiliate producer. Mead Stone is the producer-editor. Greg Kaplan, Wini Dini and Grayce Arlotta-Berner are the editors. Lourdes Aguiar is the senior producer. Nancy Kramer is the manager story editor. Judy Tygard and Jenna Jackson are the manager producers.