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Rita Shuler at Odd Bird 

Saturday, October 30th, at 1 pm, Rita Shuler will be here signing copies of her fascinating and shocking true-crime book

The Lowcountry Murder of Gwendolyn Elaine Fogle: A Cold Case Solved.


For decades, evidence of the 1978 murder of Gwendolyn Elaine Fogle lay in the evidence room at the Walterboro Police Department. Investigators periodically revisited the case over the years, but it remained the department's top cold case for thirty-seven years. Special Agent Lieutenant Rita Shuler worked on the case shortly after she joined the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), and she couldn't let it go, not even after her retirement in 2001. Lieutenant Shuler teamed up with new investigator Corporal Gean Johnson in May 2015, and together they uncovered key evidence that had been overlooked. With new advancements in DNA and fingerprint technology, they brought the case to its end in just four months. Join Shuler as she details the case's gruesome history.


Lieutenant Rita Y. Shuler was supervisory special agent of the Forensic Photography Department of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) for twenty-four and a half years. Her interest in photography started as a hobby at the age of nine with a Kodak "Brownie" camera. Shuler received her specialized law enforcement photography training at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia, and the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. She now lives in Johns Island.

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