Ask anyone who's been astir the Houston, Texas, courthouse for a portion astir Catherine Shelton, and they'll cognize the name. She was "a nice-lookin' young lawyer," said lawyer Lloyd Oliver, who knew her erstwhile she came connected the ineligible scene. "She had beauteous blonde hair. She was shapely. And she attracted men."
Men did look to beryllium attracted to Shelton, but not each of them person specified bully things to say. "I deliberation if I'd stayed successful Houston, I'd beryllium dormant close now," said Shelton's ex-boyfriend Ferris Bond successful 2003. "I deliberation she would person killed me."Catherine Shelton, a arguable one-time Texas attorney, has been dogged by questions surrounding the deaths of assorted men successful her life. She has ne'er been charged with murder. CBS News Archives
Accusations similar Bond's person swirled astir Shelton since her aboriginal days arsenic a transgression defence lawyer successful the 1970s. A headstrong young lawyer, she was speedy to marque herself known successful what was past a man's world. In an interrogation with "48 Hours" successful 2003, she told america 1 antheral lawyer said determination were 2 routes for women successful the courthouse successful the '70s: to "keep their caput down" and "go with the flow," oregon talk up and beryllium "eaten alive."
Shelton didn't support her caput down. "But strangely enough," she told us, "I was not eaten alive. I conjecture I was conscionable excessively large of a mouthful."
Several of the men successful Shelton's life mightiness hold that successful getting progressive with her, they spot disconnected much than they could chew. "It was a small spot similar playing with fire," said Gary Taylor, a erstwhile Houston Post reporter, referring to a narration helium says helium had with Shelton successful 1980. Shelton volition not adjacent admit that they were dating. Ferris Bond said that breaking up with Shelton "was the worst happening I've ever been through. I wouldn't privation it connected my worst enemy." He claims she stalked him and burned down his apartment. Shelton denies those claims.
But determination are different stories of men successful Shelton's life, men that "48 Hours" can't interview. George Tedesco, for example, was different ex-boyfriend. He was recovered bludgeoned to decease successful his store successful 1979 connected the time helium was expected to amusement up successful tribunal successful a quality with Shelton. Shelton says she had thing to bash with it. And different antheral named with Shelton successful a suit was recovered with a slug successful his caput successful 1980 from a crippled of Russian roulette helium was playing by himself. Shelton says she didn't person thing to bash with that mysterious death, either."48 Hours" contributor Jenna Jackson with Catherine Shelton successful 2022. CBS News
"I person ne'er killed immoderate quality being," Shelton told "48 Hours" this year. "I person ne'er paid anyone to termination immoderate quality being, promised anyone that I would wage them to termination different quality being, offered anyone thing of value."
One pistillate disagrees. Marisa Hierro is simply a erstwhile worker of Shelton's, and erstwhile "48 Hours" talked to her successful 2003, she said she believed Shelton was liable for the decease of her husband, Michael Hierro. He was ambushed and killed with a shotgun successful his driveway successful 1999. Marisa was determination that nighttime and suffered a gunshot coiled herself. She said she saw 2 masked figures — a antheral with a gun, and a petite pistillate with blonde hair.
"And I knew it was her," Marisa Hierro said. "I cognize it was her. I've worked with her. I've been successful her home. I've had meal with her. I've had a idiosyncratic relationship… I cognize it was her. Catherine Shelton."
The 2 women had a contentious relationship. Marisa Hierro had precocious discontinue moving for Shelton and had opened up her ain migration consulting business. Shelton wasn't blessed astir it, Marisa says, and soon the 2 women were accusing each different of scamming their clients.
But Shelton had an alibi for the nighttime of the shooting. Records amusement that she was connected the telephone astatine the clip of the murder. She said she was talking to her mother, arsenic good arsenic a scientist who worked with her clients.
"At 1 constituent I thought, well, possibly I did bash it," Shelton said. "Maybe I blacked retired and did it oregon thing … and I talked to the psychologist, and I said, 'Look, possibly I did bash it, you know? I support feeling similar truthful galore radical can't beryllium wrong,' and helium said, 'It's impossible. I was talking to you, like, erstwhile it was happening, connected the phone.'"
However, 1 idiosyncratic didn't person a coagulated alibi — Catherine Shelton's husband, Clint. His DNA was recovered connected a disguise successful a adjacent Porta Potty. He went connected proceedings and was convicted and is inactive serving a beingness condemnation for gunning down the Hierros.
Marisa Hierro would aboriginal writer Shelton for wrongful death. The lawsuit was yet dropped but Shelton would aboriginal counter-sue saying that Marisa had falsely blamed her and her hubby Clint for the transgression and that each of her claims were untrue. Hierro and her lawyer didn't amusement up for the proceedings and Catherine won by default. The ruling? Marisa libeled Shelton by accusing her of murder.
Shelton says her hubby is innocent, and the existent culprit is Marisa Hierro herself. She says Marisa had been moving an migration scam, taking wealth from immigrants who wanted greenish cards and doing small oregon thing to assistance them. Shelton claims Michael Hierro recovered retired astir the scam and helium was going to exposure his wife.
"I cognize Michael was inconvenient to her," Shelton said. "She was straight responsible. Even if she did not herself propulsion the trigger… she made it happen."
Marisa Hierro denied that she would ever wounded her hubby and pointed to Shelton's past arsenic an indicator of her guilt. "If you look astatine Catherine present and you spot what I cognize present of her past and each the radical that she's hurt," she said, "how galore radical does she bash this to, and she points the digit back?"
And determination are 2 further men who died that person links to her, bringing the full to five. In 1999, a antheral named Chris Hansen turned up dormant and naked, hanging successful the closet country of a location that she owned but had not yet moved into. He'd been doing immoderate contracting enactment astatine the house. According to paper reports astatine clip his decease was ruled an mishap by autoerotic asphyxiation. And much recently, successful 2017, an aged seasoned named Sam Shelton (no relation) died successful her home. She said she was taking attraction of him, and helium died of earthy causes.
Shelton has ne'er been charged with murder. So, are each the deaths astir her a coincidence, oregon conscionable atrocious luck? "I wouldn't accidental it's a coincidence," Shelton told "48 Hours." She said the deaths marque much consciousness erstwhile you see her vocation arsenic a transgression defence attorney. "Consider the satellite that I moved successful … I cognize constabulary officers who cognize many, galore times much radical than I did who died, whom they knew. Does that mean atrocious luck is pursuing them around? Is that coincidence? No, it's their enactment of work."
Shelton says if she could bash it each again, she mightiness take a antithetic career. "I would similar to person been a librarian," she said. "That was what I truly wanted to do."
To perceive much astir the cases linked to Shelton and her broadside of the story, ticker "Chasing Catherine Shelton (Part 2)," airing Saturday, May 7 astatine 10/9c connected CBS and Paramount+. Click here to ticker portion 1.In: 48 Hours