Updated: Superior murder story airs Friday on Investigation Discovery
A Superior murder hits the national airwaves Friday night on the Investigation Discovery channel.
Lynnea Gran was beaten to death at Les's Grocery in Billings Park in 1986. Although her son, Rodger Gran, was a suspect from the start, it took nearly 20 years to gain a conviction for second-degree murder in connection with her death.
The true crime story drew film crews from Story House Productions to Superior in September. They taped two segments of the "Main Street Mysteries" series while they were in town - one focused on the Gran murder and the other on the Alejandro Rivera case, which involved drugs, murder and the firebombing of Douglas County District Attorney Dan Blank's home in 2000.
The Gran segment, "Blood Will Tell," airs at 9:30 p.m. Friday and 12:30 a.m. Saturday on the Investigation Discovery Network. It is available through satellite television services. Investigation Discovery is channel 192 on Dish TV and channel 285 on Direct TV. The program also airs on Charter Channel 210.
Many officers from the Superior Police Department took part in filming the episode, from recreating the scene of the crime to giving interviews.
The case has already been featured on an episode of Forensic Files, where the emphasis was on the forensic evidence that led to Gran's conviction. "Crime Town, USA" focuses on the police work that leads to convictions and how the community responds to such violence.
"The remarkable thing is to hear how the cases were solved," said Brendan Goeckel, field producer for the two episodes.
In both cases, said series producer Patrick Rogers, great police work made the difference.
"One even took 19 years to solve and they never gave up and they never gave in," he said.