It’s a mystery that has plagued the small community of Lubbock, Texas for nearly three decades. But investigators have finally solved the case.
In 1991, the Lubbock City Council voted unanimously to repave the cracked sidewalks of Pine Street.
Shortly after the job was completed, a wad of gum appeared in the still wet cement. Neighbors were furious and police opened an investigation.
At the time, there was little hope the case would ever be solved. “We have interviewed several people in the area, but we are not confident we will find the culprit,” former police chief Alexander Miller said at the time.
But Miller had a strong suspicion. “There was no way for the city to prove it at the time, but all eyes were on Little Johnny Wilkerson,” said Lubbock’s current chief Andrew Walker. Reports stated Wilkerson would carelessly ride his scooter around, causing all sorts of havoc in the neighborhood. “They knew he was their man, everyone did. They just couldn’t prove it,” Walker added.
On Friday, investigators were proud to announce DNA testing of the thirty year old gum confirmed what they felt they already knew.
Wilkerson, who is now forty and working as an emergency room doctor at a local hospital, was visited by authorities over the weekend.
“Unfortunately, we were unable make an arrest or issue a fine,” Walker said, citing a statute of limitations that expired 28 years ago. “But Little Johnny Wilkerson received a strong talking to and we are confident he will never do anything like this again.”
Wilkerson, who was performing a double tracheostomy, was unable to comment.
Former Chief Miller, who now teaches yoga for seniors at the local YMCA, says this is the one case that has haunted him throughout his retirement. “I’m just glad it’s over,” he said.