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Unsolved Mysteries season 3, episode 7 recap – did Patrick Mullins kill himself?

November 1, 2022

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This recap of Unsolved Mysteries Season 3, Episode 7, “Body in the Bay,” contains spoilers.

In its seventh episode, Unsolved mysteries Season 3 returns to an already familiar well – suicide or murder? As the first of the season, “Body in the Bay” unravels the details of a mysterious death that was ruled a suicide despite the circumstances and evidence suggesting the exact opposite. This is a more compelling case, however, with far more grounds for suspicion, so it’s likely to get a good deal of internet sleuthing attention.

Unsolved Mysteries Season 3 Episode 7 Recap

The case concerns the sudden and still unexplained death of Patrick Mullins in 2013, originally from Manatee County, Florida, who went out one night in his small riverboat and never returned. The episode’s opening does a good job of laying out the details and giving us a sense of Patrick’s life and personality before complicating the mystery as it goes, eventually settling on a suspect around the end.

There is no suggestion that Mullins, 52, a placid former schoolteacher and librarian, committed suicide. He had plans for the future, a loving family, a job and hobbies. He was also a man of routine and order, so his disappearance was noticed quickly, and many aspects of it were considered deeply suspicious.

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Patrick’s boat was found first. Then, nine days later, his body followed, tied to an anchor, partially decomposed and showing signs of a shotgun blast at close range but no contact to the head. The idea was that he strapped himself in, sat on the edge of the boat, killed himself, then fell back into the water, but the logistics of doing so seem so improbable that it’s nearly impossible. .

Nevertheless, the authorities quickly opted for suicide and, by all accounts, pressured the family to accept. And yet, so many things were wrong. Patrick did not own a shotgun, or any firearm, and there was no record of his purchase. He did not favor the type of knots used to bind him. And there was no trace of evidence in the boat, which one would imagine there would have been if a man had been shot.

As his body floated in the water, Patrick was left entirely alone by sea scavengers, although there are all kinds in the area. Everything about the case suggests he was killed elsewhere and then abandoned.

“Body in the Bay” suggests that perhaps a chance encounter led to Patrick’s death. He was the kind of guy to stop and offer someone help, and he might have stumbled upon the wrong thing given the viability of the area as, say, a smuggling route. But the episode eventually settles on a real suspect in the form of family friend Damon Crestwood, who became increasingly erratic after Patrick’s death, tied knots like those used to bind Patrick, lived near where Patrick’s boat was found and himself owned a boat with a red paint job that may have left the telltale red streaks that were found on the side of Patrick’s own ship. None of this has ever been proven, however, due to Damon’s own death in 2017.

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The tragic disappearance of Patrick Mullins remains open but dormant at the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

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