EXCLUSIVE: Anonymous Tips point to Brittany Jane Royal Killer
HONOLULU (Hawaii News Now)- Only on Hawaii News Now, five months after a pregnant woman was murdered on the Big Island, a letter claims to know who killed her and why.
Fliers have also popped up in Puna saying police are looking for the wrong suspect because that man is also dead.
Since Brittany Jane Royal was found strangled, and tangled in fishing line off Puna on May 28th, Big Island police named her missing boyfriend Bo Johnson the prime suspect.
But Brittany's mother Julie Spahn Royal told us by phone today from California, "I always had my doubts that it was Bo."
Royal's doubts intensified when an anonymous letter showed up, naming who killed Bo, Brittany, their baby, and why. It says "Bo made 4 mistakes." It goes on to talk specifics including trying to buy land, and conduct lava tours, without giving locals a cut of 1000 dollars a week.
The missing Alaska man's parents say he was supposed to sign a deal to purchase land the day he vanished. According to the letter, in the alleged killer's words, "haole had to be killed befor he buy land"... to "send a message that Puna was for the pono."
Spahn Royal says, "I certainly think that's a good motive for somebody to kill him."
The letter also says the killer "took the 2 haole for boat ride at night to see lava tour boat but never came back... The next day said "haole shark bait. Bo was cut to peces-make blood, girl was throw in. He not going to be found."
Spahn Royal isn't sure if the letter is legitimate or propaganda, but believes it should be looked at with seriousness. She adds, "I've had lots of conversations with people telling me their thoughts and theories. Most is that it isn't Bo."
Signs also popped up in Puna, saying "you killed the baby and bo and hui on the lava. Confess to the priest."
We asked police about tips pointing to a different killer. They responded that nothing has changed in their criminal investigation, that
Bo Johnson is still wanted for the murder.
Brittany had a tattoo on her back that said "veritas," the latin word for truth.
Her grieving family got two in her honor, veritas and aequitas... or truth and justice. "I absolutely think Brittany is working through people to help the truth come to the surface. I truly believe that" said her mom.
Julie Spahn Royal had planned to return to the Big Island next month to do an interview with Dateline NBC about Brittany's murder. But, she says those plans are now on hold because she's scared of what she's seen and heard since her daughter was killed in May.
Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn't record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.
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