Friday, January 27, 2023

The Murder of Paul Gayle

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On the morning of July 13th, 2009, residents of Milwaukee, Wisconsin awoke to news that a 40-year-old man had been found murdered in the 4700 block of N. 35th St. This report was immediately concerning to local resident Bindu Derksen - as the deceased man described in the article matched the description of her children's father, Paul Gayle. Bindu rushed to Paul's residence to look for him, only to find he was not there. Shortly thereafter, the police confirmed Bindu's fears: the man who was killed the night before was, in fact, Paul Gayle. He had been shot to death.

Paul was born in Jamaica, and he moved to the United States as a teenager. He met Bindu a few years later, and the couple went on to have two children together. The two eventually parted ways but continued to get along as co-parents. In fact, Paul called Bindu shortly before he was killed. He told her that he had to see her, but he gave no further elaboration. Bindu expected him to come over to her residence, but he never showed up. She would later learn that Paul was shot and killed a short time after their phone conversation ended.

No suspects or persons of interest have ever been publicly announced in Paul's case. A motive for his murder also remains unclear. Paul worked at various nursing homes in the area, and he also worked for a plastics company. In his spare time, he worked as a part-time DJ at a local nightclub. Paul was also a loving and supportive father to his children, who were teenagers at the time of his death. By all accounts, Paul was a well-rounded individual, and it does not appear that he had any known enemies.

Over a decade has passed since Paul's tragic murder, and the case still remains unsolved. Very few updates have been provided about the status of the investigation. If you have any information that could help solve the case, please contact the Milwaukee Police Department at (414) 933-4444.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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