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What Type of Knife Was Used to Kill Linda Malcom?

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth episode in Season 3 of Break the Case. Listen to the first episode.

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Identifying the style of knife used to stab Linda Malcom can provide clues about both the crime and the killer.

This sketch shows the approximate stab wounds to Linda’s body. Jen, George and knife expert Jeff Schafer used this sketch to draw insight about the crime and the killer. Sketch provided by J. Bucholtz.

In this episode, Jen and George talk to knife expert Jeff Schafer, who believes the murder weapon was likely a thin, single-bladed knife. Could the killer have grabbed a knife from Linda’s kitchen? Does this indicate the murder wasn’t premeditated?

During the discussion, Jeff shares greater insight into Linda’s wounds and why he believes she may have fought back with a weapon of her own. Also, hear his theory about the killer’s possible knowledge of Southeast Asian martial arts tactics. Even with that possible training, Jeff believes there’s a very good chance that the killer was injured in this dynamic fight.

Want to Hear More from Jeff Schafer?

He’ll be featured during a live Zoom call on Tuesday, April 11 at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 Pacific. Visit the Facebook group, Unsolved Murder of Linda Malcom, for more details and to RSVP to attend.

Meet Jen and George and Show Your Support for Linda’s Family

At the end of April, Jen and George will be hosting several events in Port Orchard, Washington, to commemorate the 15-year anniversary of Linda’s murder.

If you live in the area, please join us for these events to raise awareness about Linda’s case and meet Linda’s family, friends and supporters. Details about dates and times can also be found on the Facebook group, Unsolved Murder of Linda Malcom.

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Join the Facebook group, Unsolved Murder of Linda Malcom, dedicated to resolving this case and getting justice for Linda.


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Jennifer Bucholtz

Jennifer Bucholtz is a former U.S. Army Counterintelligence Agent and a decorated veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. She holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice, a master of arts in criminal justice and a master of science in forensic sciences. Bucholtz has an extensive background in U.S. military and Department of Defense counterintelligence operations. Bucholtz has also worked for the Arizona Department of Corrections and Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York City. She is currently an adjunct faculty member and teaches courses in criminal justice and forensic sciences. Additionally, she is a sworn civilian investigator for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department and host of AMU’s investigative podcast Break the Case. You can contact her at

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