Along with this week's episode, Oxygen has released an interactive video exclusively on YouTube that recreates the crime scene of Thora Kjelsrud, who was "found dead on her waterbed with a ligature tied around her neck" on May 22, 2003 in Carbon County, Wyoming, according to Kelly Siegler of "Cold Justice."
"Some suggested that Thora committed suicide, but after looking at the scene investigators believed otherwise," said Siegler, noting that Thora had fresh bruises on her upper arms, the front of her legs, and above her lip.
The ligature was a belt from Thora's robe, which had been looped around her neck four times. It had also been tied off in the back. "Friends of the victim say that because of her shoulder injuries, Thora couldn't even lift her arms that high," said Siegler. "Thora also suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome. So she would have been unable to grab that belt and hold it tight enough to strangle herself."
Another red flag was the condition of Thora's bedroom.
"The lack of disturbance around the room, especially on the water bed, was also suspicious," explained Siegler. Investigators found a lighter propped upright against a cigarette pack, an ash tray with smoked cigarettes and ash that was undisturbed, and the bed linens were not in disarray.
"If Thora had strangled herself on the bed, the struggle would have likely disturbed all of those items," said Siegler.
Thora's death was ruled a homicide and the case remains open.
In a terrible twist, Thora's brother, Sven, was found dead in 1999, only four years prior. Some believe Sven's death was a suicide by hanging. Kelly and her team of professionals have been tapped to investigate these deaths as well as a third overdose in 2017. Were they accidents, suicides or homicides?
The video, embedded below, is narrated by Kelly Siegler and allows a 360-degree view of the recreated crime scene of Thora Kjelsrud. The crime scene includes a human stand-in, recreating the bedroom where the body of Thora Kjelsrud was discovered by her family.
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