The man accused in the double murder of two teenage girls in a cold case that captivated the nation said he and his wife were both forced to leave their jobs.
She also had to ditch her home as he languishes behind bars awaiting trial.
“We have both been forced to immediately abandon employment, myself due to incarceration and my wife for her personal safety,” Richard Allen wrote in a letter to the court obtained by FrontPageDetectives.
“She has had to abandon our house for her own safety.”
Allen made note of their financial situation in the letter requesting he be appointed a public defender. He initially said he would hire a lawyer, but now said he was going to “throw myself at the mercy of the court” to try and get court-appointed counsel.
He was charged with two counts of murder in connection to the 2017 murders of Abigail Williams and Liberty German in Delphi, Indiana.
The two girls were killed on Feb. 13, 2017, along a trail in a park. They went for a hike around 1 p.m. and met a man along the trail. The pair went missing and their bodies were found the following day.
Before her murder, German managed to record a short iPhone video of her and Williams' suspected killer as well as audio of his voice as he told the two: “Guys…down the hill.”
The case almost immediately became a significant one for True Crime fanatics. The killings became the subject of podcasts and books as people tried to solve the case. A grainy photo of the suspect helped spark many amateur investigations.
While police have announced the arrest, they have refused to release many details in the case. They haven’t said how the girls were killed or Anderson’s alleged ties to the case. Police say the investigation is ongoing.