Woman Realizes Her Father Was A Serial Killer, Helps Police Crack A 30-Year Cold Case

In 2009, April Balascio was living in Ohio. The antique dealer was happily married, and a mother to three healthy children.

It might have seemed like she had the perfect life, but soon Balascio would learn a detail about her childhood that turned her entire world upside down. By chance, Balascio heard about a pair of unsolved killings named "the Sweetheart Murders."

Police at the scene of the killings.People

In 1980, a couple from Watertown, Wisconsin vanished from a wedding reception at a venue called the Concord House, and were discovered murdered nearby. Police had re-opened the case looking for new clues in 2009, which is how Balascio heard about the case.

She felt a strange connection to the story, and after reading about it online she knew why.

Balascio recognized the scene where police said the bodies were discovered. Her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, had taken her there as a child.

“So I started reading and then … it was at that time that I realized I had seen the Concord House before,” Balascio told People magazine.

“And I was shaking, I was shaking because immediately I knew who it was that committed the [murders].”

Balascio called the Watertown police and told detectives she had a suspect for them: her father.

Just months after tipping off police, Balascio's father was behind bars, but there were even more shocking twists to come.

Edwards in court.AP

Along with her visit to the crime scene, Balascio remembered her family moving away from Watertown very suddenly in 1980. As an 11-year-old, this didn't seem strange to Balascio. Her family moved every six months or so, often with almost no warning from their father.

“He’d tell us that we had to move in secret because he was protecting us, because there were people who wanted to hurt him or us,” Balascio explained.


This made sense, because Edwards had made a lot of enemies. He was on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives List in the 1960s, for a string of gas station robberies.

Watch Edwards in an appearance on the TV show 'To Tell The Truth.' The real Edwards is contestant number three.

After being caught and serving time in prison, Edwards wrote a book about his life as a "reformed" criminal. But it turns out he never really changed his ways.

Edwards admitted to the "Sweetheart Murders" after a DNA test matched him to the crime scene. He later confessed to another three murders, proving that he was a serial killer.


While he was given a death sentence for one of his murders, Edwards died in prison in 2011.

You can read more about Balascio's incredible story here.

Growing up in a home with a serial killer, how terrifying!

[H/T: People]