1970 Grand Rapids cold case featured in new documentary

Shelley Speet Mills was stabbed and killed in Grand Rapids' Heritage Hill neighborhood.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - It has been 46 years since the death of Shelley Speet Mills.

The former Holland woman was living in Grand Rapids with her new husband when she was stabbed and killed in the Heritage Hill neighborhood. A local filmmaker again is drawing attention to the case.

Dr. David Schock has a new documentary that premieres Wednesday, Sept. 14.

"On September 15, 1970, Shelly Speet Mills was 19 years old. She had been married 17 days and was stabbed 32 times," Schock said.

It has become the mission of the former Hope College professor to bring awareness to West Michigan's unsolved cases. Schock’s latest project is called the "Heritage Hill Bride.”

Her death that morning was discovered by her mother.

The medical examiner determined that Mills had been brutally murdered around 8:30 a.m., a half hour after her husband left for work. Grand Rapids Police continue to work the case.

"While there are theories and suspects, they don't have a proven link to the killer, yet," Schrock said.

Schock has spent the past 10 years researching the case and interviewing family members. 

"She led an exemplary life," he said. "She was young, naive, but she was just starting life. So, no, she had not done anything to put herself in the way of danger."

Mills was the first in a series of homicides known as the heritage hill murders. Some of the cases have been solved and someone is behind bars. But, 46 years later, Mills' murder remains unsolved.

“While this film may be seen my many, I am reaching out to the one or two people who can tell police what they need to know to prosecute this case," Schrock said.

You can see Schock's new documentary, the "Heritage Hill Bride," for free on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Wealthy Theater, located at 1130 Wealthy St. SE.

There are two showings -- one at 7 p.m. and the other at 9 p.m.


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