Death on Hold: Zeigler. In this documentary you can see the trial and appeals in the case of William Thomas Zeigler. It explains why for the past 37 years, we have been trying to show you that he never had a fair trial. Judge for yourself whether there is room for doubt.
Mr. Zeigler has been on death row for the 1975 quadruple murders that took place on Christmas Eve inside his family’s furniture store in Wintergarden, Florida. The victims were Charles Mays, Virginia and Perry Edwards (Zeigler’s parents-in-law), and Eunice Edwards-Zeigler (Zeigler’s wife).
The prosecution contended that only one man killed these four victims. After investigating the crime scene police found that 28 shots were fired with eight revolvers. However, no gunshot residue was found on his pants.
Three people were shot by a killer who did not care whether they left traces behind, whereas around one dead body (Mays) someone partially cleaned up. If one person was responsible for all four killings, why would that person bother to clean up around one dead body but not around the other three?
The prosecution’s theory was that Eunice’s body remained undisturbed after she was shot. The position of her left hand in her left coat pocket was the sole basis for that theory. We now know that Eunice’s hand was placed in her left pocket to hide that her two diamond rings were stolen. The rings that she always wore were never found at the crime scene or at her home. However, decades later these rings showed up in the belonging of Eunice’s brother and his family. How did they get those rings?
Mr. Zeigler waits for the day that someone in authority has the guts to rip open his case and expose it for what it was: a frame up in which he was supposed to die as well. I hope that day comes soon.