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A Dead Cop Was The First Unsolved Murder. Then Came Four More.

Police officer Jason Ellis was gunned down in cold blood on a lonely stretch of highway. His murder would be the first of five unsolved killings to haunt one small American town.

Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast

Welcome to the second installment of 'Murder U.S.A.,' about five unsolved killings in one otherwise friendly little town—a Beast Files series for Beast Inside members only.

One bright Thursday in Bardstown, it was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. Shops downtown shuttered. Blue balloons and star-spangled banners fluttered in the breeze. And photographs of Jason Ellis smiled from store windows. On May 30, 2013, the Kentucky town fell silent and was somberly decorated for its fallen hero.

Hundreds of people lined the streets to say goodbye to Jason, a police officer who’d been murdered five days before. They’d left work and brought their kids, waiting hours to salute a sea of cop cars in the miles-long procession from Parkway Baptist Church to the rural cemetery in Chaplin that would be his final resting place.

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