So I forgot to mention it last week, but I absolutely love the fact that in the newly revived Netflix series, ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ pays homage to Robert Stack. If you don’t know, Robert Stack was the original narrator and host for the show from 1987 to 2002. His voice is ICONIC. If you’ve never heard him speak, try looking him up on Youtube. Or, better yet, check out some original episodes which are currently available on Hulu. At the time that I write this, Netflix announced that there will be new episodes released on October 19th! Can I get an “Amen!” And like I said in the last blog, I’m going to focus on each of the *new* cases. (Just a warning though- I’m not going to cover episode five- the one titled ‘Berkshires UFO’. Mainly because I’m not into it as much as the others. Spoiler alert! It’s about a group of people, all from the same town or surrounding area, and all of whom witnessed a UFO sighting.) Moving on, episode two of the newly revived ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ is titled ‘13 Minutes’. This blog, this case, is about Patrice Endres.
The first scene is of an adult male- around my age (so about 30) sitting at a round dining room table. He’s alone, and you can faintly hear a clock ticking away at the time. The first thing this man says is, “She never said anything about leaving. It just didn’t make sense. There wasn’t a struggle. Nothing was moved inside the salon. It’s like she just walked out the front door and kept walking.” Cut to the infamous ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ instrumental number.
You learn that the middle-aged male’s name is Pistol Black, and he’s labeled as Patrice’s son. Pistol Black explains that he was in 10th grade when “all of this transpired.” Pistol says that he was woken up (every morning) by Patrice turning and getting on her treadmill. On April 15th 2004; this morning wasn’t really significant, but Pistol explains that there was some bickering going back and forth between the two of them. (And I can imagine that it was probably just normal teenage-mom banter.) All of this is being said while an old photo of a young Pistol and his beautiful mother is shown.
A reenactment plays out- of Patrice dropping Pistol off at school while Pistol voices that she loved him and that she’d see in the afternoon. He says that he loved her too and that it was the last time he had talked to her. The reenactment continues to play as Pistol continues to tell us through a voiceover that while he was in Biology class, a school resource officer came in and told Pistol to come with him to the office. The school officer asked Pistol if he had spoken to his mother. Pistol had told him that he hadn’t. So, Pistol was given a phone and tried calling his mother. Pistol claims that in the past, when he would call his mother, she would always answer, and if she didn’t she would call him right back. This time however, Pistol called three times and never got an answer.
Pistol says that Patrice was, “extremely involved in every facet of my life. Was at every meet, every game…” Pistol remembers that even when he was young, his mother loved to cut hair. When Pistol was young, Patrice practiced her skills on her son, and Pistol says that for a while, every week he was sporting a different hairstyle. Pistol says that Patrice worked out of other people’s salons until she made enough money to open her own place.
Nancy Hunt, Patrice’s friend enters the documentary and puts in her two cents. She says that Patrice was always fun, always smiling and made everyone she came in contact with feel special. Nancy says that Patrice’s shop was “her dream. She was really proud of that place, she really was.” Nancy brings up Patrice’s husband, and claims that he helped her get the shop up and running.
Cut to a garage door opening up, with an older gentleman working on his car. Rob Endres, Patrice’s husband, says that he was twenty years Patrice’s senior when they met. Rob says that they met when he went in for a haircut. He claims that the seven years they spent together were the best years of his life. He remembers that the community loved Patrice, and that people who went in would stay hours after their appointment, just so they could hang out and talk with her.
Kyleen Kramer, Patrice’s sister, acts out a hug and says that Patrice would hug everyone and loved everyone. Ann McDonald, Patrice’s friend says that she met Patrice when she was just a random walk-in. She says that over the years, they became friends and hung out at the salon and used it as their hang-out spot. Ann claims that she went to the salon frequently, and even saw Patrice the night before she went missing. Ann says that as she was leaving, Patrice asked, “Woman. Are you coming back tomorrow?” Ann told her “Of course, you’ll know I’ll be here!”, and when she tried to call Patrice the following day, it went straight to voicemail. When she arrived at the salon, there were cop cars and Ann says that her heart stopped.
Enter Sheriff Ron Freeman from Forsyth County in Georgia. He details that a customer called 911 because they arrived at the salon and couldn’t find Patrice anywhere. As soon as he got to the crime scene, he looked around and immediately came to the conclusion that something wasn’t right. Mitchell Posey, Special Agent in Charge from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation says that the cash register was open, and money was missing. Patrice’s purse was there on the counter, and looked as though Patrice was in the middle of heating up her lunch because a container of food was sitting next to the microwave. The rest of her shop was in perfect shape- no signs of struggle. Nothing was out of place. Sheriff Ron Freeman says that there was no blood, no knocked over furniture, no drag marks. Nothing to point investigators in one direction or another.
Pistol Black says that police took him to the salon. Detectives and crime scene investigators had told him that his mother was missing. Pistol says that he was confused, and thought that the police were mistaken.
Rob Endres says that the day Patrice went missing, he was at work until two or three in the afternoon. He says that he didn’t worry right away because he had never been in a situation like that before. When he arrived at the shop, he was told that he would have to be interviewed. Rob claims that he understood because, “I had a degree in criminology.” He knew that because he was her husband, he was automatically the first suspect.
Capt. Bill Franco from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department is seen driving as he says that the department was apprehensive at first to comment on whether or not it was a kidnapping. There just wasn’t enough evidence. He comments that the only thing that was out of place was Patrice’s vehicle. A crime scene picture is then shown to us depicting that Patrice’s Chevy Tahou was parked oddly in front of the salon. The reason why this is odd, is because customers claim that Patrice always backed in and parked to the left of the shop. The police have a few theories on why Patrice moved her car. One is that maybe she moved it to help someone who came to the shop needing a jump.
Kyleen Kramer says that when she made it up to the salon, it looked as though she was watching a movie. Helicopters and police officers were looking everywhere. Nancy Hunt claims that it was all “very chaotic.”
A thorough search was conducted in and around the shop. The documentary reenacts the search with police searching with dogs and flashlights. Mitchell Posey says that a possible theory is that maybe Patrice just up and left because she wasn’t happy. He points out that maybe Patrice wasn’t as happy as everyone thought she was, or wasn’t as stable as everyone thought she was. Nancy Hunt says that she was in fact asked by police if she thought that Patrice would just get up and walk away- and she’s adamant that Patrice wouldn’t have left Pistol behind. Kyleen Kramer remarks, “She worships that child. There was nothing she wouldn’t do for him. She would never leave him. Never.”
Pistol says that Patrice would talk to him about anything, “It didn’t matter what it was.” About two weeks before her disappearance, Patrice apparently asked Pistol that if she was to go anywhere, where would he go? Pistol said that he’d obviously go to his Dad’s house. Pistol remarks that he didn’t think anything of it at the time.
The police set up a timeline of events on the day that Patrice went missing. Because they had access to her planner, they noted that she had customers all throughout the day. Her first customer was someone by the name of Pam Sheppard and she arrived at 8:50 AM. Pam told police that when she arrived, Patrice seemed distracted and didn’t seem like herself. Pam said that during the appointment, Patrice wasn’t as attentive as she normally was, but everything else seemed normal. By 11:05 AM, Pam leaves. At 11:10 AM another customer named Paul Cantor arrived for his haircut, and left the shop at 11:27 AM. At 11:35 AM, a customer called the salon to change their appointment. This customer tells police that Patrice seemed short during the phone call, and the phone call ended at 11:37 AM. Based on phone records, another phone call was made to the shop at 11:50, but Patrice didn’t answer. So what the hell happened to Patrice Endres from 11:37 AM to 11:50 AM? (This is a 13 minute window, and why the documentary is titled ‘13 Minutes’.)
Outside of the shop, at around 11:45, two witnesses (independent of each other) tell the police very similar stories. One witness says that she noticed Patrice’s SUV parked sideways, and a blue Chevy Lumina parked in front of it- kind of like it was blocking the SUV from moving. The witness noticed that the hood of the Chevy Lumina was very close to the salon’s front door, and that the front door was open. The witness said that the Chevy Lumina had a Georgia wildlife quail license plate. The second witness says that the second car was a blue Ford Taurus, or maybe a Chevy Malibu. The first witness claims that she saw two ladies standing in front of the Lumina- a taller dark-headed lady directly in front of the hood of the car, and an older lady standing next to the passenger side door. The second witness says that he saw a male standing in front of the salon door with shoulder length hair. The first witness noticed that, “they had their hands on each other..” and it “didn’t look normal.”
Pistol says that up until this point, he had never been without his mother. At the time of his mother’s disappearance, he was mere months from his 16th birthday, but he grew up extremely fast due to what happened. He said that before his mother went missing, he took a lot of things for granted. During this time of the documentary, he gets a little emotional- and anyone who’s ever lost someone can connect with him.
Pistol revisits the home that he shared with his mother. He revisits the bedroom that he stayed in, and claims that the last night that he ever stayed there was the night before she went missing. Pistol says that the house itself is really bittersweet. Sweet because of all the good memories with his mother, especially during Christmas. Bitter because of her husband, Rob. Pistol was 8, maybe 9 when they got married. During the first year, Pistol claims that Rob was nice and tried to fill the father role for him. But after some time, Rob flipped a switch and Pistol says that for years afterward, Rob demeaned him and was downright rude to him. Nancy Hunt backs Pistol’s claims- saying that Rob was super protective of Patrice, and almost jealous of others, including Patrice’s friends. Patrice’s sister says that Patrice wasn’t happy and wanted out of the marriage. Pistol believes that Rob was jealous of the relationship that Pistol had with his mother, and jealous of the amount of attention that Patrice would give to her son. Pistol says that he would hear/watch fights between Patrice and Rob, and says that if arguments were ever about Pistol, Patrice wouldn’t back down.
Rob claims that there were never, or hardly ever had any arguments with his wife. He thinks that Pistol was the one that was jealous, and one of the things that he did struggle with was that he believed that Patrice didn’t hold Pistol accountable for anything, or that she didn’t discipline him enough… or at all. He didn’t see a future with Pistol.
Pistol says that his mother had mentioned divorce weeks before her disappearance. He says that his mother was unhappy with her marriage, and had been for some time. Rob however, had never heard from Patrice that she wanted out of their marriage. He says that there were no issues, does not remember the issues and doesn’t want to remember if there were any issues. (At this point, I caught myself rolling my eyes at Rob. He said that he didn’t think there were any problems, then turned around and said that there might have been, but doesn’t know- or want to remember them.)
The day after Patrice went missing, Pistol says that Rob changed all the locks on the house and wouldn’t give Pistol any of his belongings. Rob confirmed this for “precautionary measures”. Pistol claimed that he banged and knocked on windows and doors to get in. (Mind you- this was partly his house too! His mother lived there, as would he. I believe that it was wrong of Rob to throw Pistol out of his home, especially during the time when his mother is still missing.)
Rob admits to keeping Pistol out of the house, and even says that he locked him out because he didn’t like him.
After Patrice went missing, Pistol went to go live on his father’s farm. Pistol says that it was a hard time because his father descended into depression due to Patrice’s disappearance. Pistol’s father and Patrice were evidently still close. As time went on, Pistol got more anxious and after a while, thought to himself that maybe, just maybe he would wake up to find his mother coming to get him. He hoped that maybe she did leave to start a new life, and was trying to get stable before getting him. But after a while, when that day never came, Pistol got discouraged. (I mean, who wouldn’t!?) Patrice’s father comments that he would look out the window and hope to see her. Her friends say that they never gave up hoping that Patrice would turn up okay.
Authorities looked at a laundry list of people. Gary Michael Hilton attracted their attention, and during the documentary; it shows interrogation footage of authorities questioning Gary. Gary abducted a young woman by the name of Meredith Emerson while she was hiking with her dog on Blood Mountain in northern Georgia. Gary was known to be in Forsyth County during the time of Patrice’s disappearance. Another potential suspect is Jeremy Jones. Just like Gary’s interrogation, producers show a clip of Jeremy’s during this documentary. Jeremy was arrested in Alabama for murdering a woman. (Upon doing some further digging, Jeremy Jones is classified as a serial killer and rapist and his number of victims range between 4 to 21. His victims range in age from 16 to 44, and committed his atrocities in Kansas, Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana.) When he was confessing to his string of murders, he mentioned a hairdresser in Georgia. Jones claims that he was passing by, and decided to go into the salon. He had a knife with him and abducted her, and accurately depicted the crime scene by drawing the placement of vehicles. Jeremy said that he threw Patrice over a bridge into Sweetwater Creek. But, cadaver dogs and investigators couldn’t find a body. Ultimately, Jeremy Jones recanted his confession. Just because authorities couldn’t link Jones to Patrice’s disappearance by evidence, it does not completely eliminate him as a suspect.
On December 6th, 2005, 20 months after Patrice’s disappearance, Elbert Clark, a church goer from Lebanon Baptist Church noticed a lot of “buzzards”, so he and his buddy inquired on what was causing so many birds to be flying around. When they checked, they noticed a dead deer, and a human skull. The Lebanon Baptist Church is just six miles from Patrice’s salon. She was found exactly 600 days from when she went missing. Within a matter of hours, a team went out to the church and examined just about every square inch of the property. Where the church is located, it’s very rural. Investigators note that it would have been hard for a suspect to carry Patrice, but also say that it isn’t unlikely. She could have been carried, or could have walked herself. Investigators were there for a day and half, and found slightly less than half of her remains.
Pistol Black, now a senior in High School, got a call to come down to the principal’s office. He notes that it wasn’t out of the ordinary to have to see the principal, because he was frequently getting into trouble. He got a little worried when his father came into the office as well, but when his father explained that they found his mother, Pistol got a little excited and asked where she was. Unfortunately, his father had to tell him that they found her remains. Pistol marks that it was a hard day- and it’s still hard to comprehend.
Pistol at this point, goes on record and tells us that he told police that Rob might have had something to do with his mother’s death. He thinks that because she was trying to get a divorce it caused Rob to get jealous, which in turn, lead to murder. Nancy Hunt also points to Rob as being the suspect. Rob however, says that he has no comment to people who think that he killed his wife.
Rob details his movements on the day that Patrice went missing. He says that before getting to work, he was at home. Then, he stopped for gas in Woodstock which is 45 minutes away from the salon. He claims that he got a receipt from the gas station. He also claims that there was absolutely no motive for him to kill his wife. He says that because she was only 38 at the time of her disappearance, there was no life insurance on her. Rob suspects that it was someone who knew Patrice’s routine or someone that she knew. He thinks this because of how the crime scene was left. He says that he wouldn’t be surprised if more than one person was involved, and concludes that maybe she was carried out of the salon by two people. He wonders if she was killed the day she went missing, or wonders if maybe she was kept alive for some time afterward.
Mitchell Posey says that Rob Endres was thoroughly investigated, and that investigators made up a timeline for him. He does say that Rob is not completely eliminated because there is the potential that he hired someone, but Mitchell notes that it’s very unlikely because they haven’t recovered any evidence of that theory. Mitchell says, “I don’t work off theories. I work off the evidence, the information, the facts.” Mitchell doesn’t think that robbery was the only motive. He thinks this because normally, salon’s don’t have a ton of cash. He thinks that it could have been a random person, passing by on a busy street who might have thought that it was a “prime opportunity.” Mitchell says that the blue car is critical. He asks whoever is watching, if they know someone who owns the car(s) described, who came home a little later than normal and who might have acted a little differently, then “that’s the piece of the puzzle that we need to know.” Mitchell says that Patrice’s wedding rings were not recovered, then goes on to say that there are facts of the case that have yet to be disclosed due to, “guilty knowledge information.”
(This is the part of the documentary that really screws with me.) Rob asked the funeral director and his team to reassemble Patrice’s body. When the team placed whatever bones that they had in order, Rob was called in and spent some time (alone) with Patrice’s remains. Rob confesses that he picked up Patrice’s skull and walked around the room with it. He put it down, and kissed her goodbye. He also notes that when he got her ashes back, for a year or so afterward he would sleep with them. (He actually says that he did this because he always thought of Patrice as his “teddy bear” and that they “snuggled together.”) “It just brought back good memories.” On camera, Rob goes into a closet and actually goes through a box and takes her ashes out. As he does, he gets emotional. He admits that he’s never shared any of her ashes with her son.
Pistol notes that it’s been 15 years since she’s been gone. At this point, he’s been without her as long as he had her. (That’s the saddest fact of all.) He confesses that he’s hurt by the fact that Rob has his mother’s ashes. (And I’m actually infuriated by the fact that Rob refuses to share and/or give them to her only son.) Pistol was never given anything from his mother. He says that he was never given the opportunity to leave home, then return to someone who always had his back. As tears fall from his face, he says, “I just hope that I can be half the person she was.” He hopes that she can hear him, and searches for closure- and justice for her killer. “That’s all I’m looking for.” As the infamous music plays, in white font, “Patrice Endres was abducted from her salon in Cumming, Georgia on April 15 2004. Her remains were found December 6 2005, in Dawson County, Georgia. Anyone with information about this case, please call the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Tip Line 800-597-8477, or go to unsolved.com.”