One of two teenagers accused of murdering two Dartmouth College professors left bloody footprints in the victims' home, and investigators later found two knives in that suspect's bedroom, according to court documents released today.
Police concluded that footprints inside and outside the home of Half and Susanne Zantop matched Robert Tulloch's left boot, the documents said.
Tulloch, 17, and James Parker, 16, both of Chelsea, Vt., are accused of fatally stabbing the Zantops in the professors' Hanover home Jan. 27.
Vermont detectives who searched Tulloch's home found two knives in a box under some magazines, the court papers released today indicate. In earlier documents, police said Parker bought two knives over the Internet that match the murder weapon.
Investigators also have said they found Parker's fingerprints on a knife sheath found at the Zantops' home.
Prosecutors Drop Fight to Keep Info Secret
A Concord District Court judge released several search warrants and other arrest information today after prosecutors said they no longer would fight to keep the documents secret.
Earlier this month, a judge released some censored documents describing what led police to the suspects.
The papers released today also said that during a search of Tulloch's home Feb. 16 and Feb. 17, investigators saw "several documents including literature, school essays, and books, including 'Der Fuhrer,' which addressed the topics of Germany, Hitler and the inactivity of America during the Holocaust."
Police also saw literature "referencing the Ku Klux Klan" and violent computer games.
Assistant Attorney General William Delker said authorities do not consider the materials they found in Tulloch's home to be neo-Nazi materials, saying they were more akin to historical document than racist advocacy.
"There were no neo-Nazi materials or Holocaust revisionist materials found in his bedroom, or anywhere, for that matter," he said today.
Motive Remains a Mystery
Authorities have refused to speculate on any possible motive.
The day the German-born professors were murdered is Holocaust Remembrance Day in Germany. Friends have said the Zantops were politically active and believed strongly that Germany should face up to its past.
Prosecutors had fought the release of the documents, saying it would harm their investigation. The state Supreme Court had been scheduled to hear the state's appeal April 18.
"The state no longer believes that the ongoing investigation will be materially compromised by the release of these materials," Attorney General Philip McLaughlin wrote.
The Vermont Supreme Court also was expected to release similar documents. Documents in Massachusetts — where the boys' getaway car was found Feb. 18 — also could be released this week. The teens abandoned the car in Sturbridge, Mass., as they headed to California. They were arrested Feb. 19 in Indiana.