The Mysterious Death of a Socialite and Subsequent Murder of Her Plastic Surgeon Husband

Houston socialite Joan Robinson Hill died under suspicious circumstances in 1969. Three years later, a man gunned down her husband in a possible murder-for-hire.

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Dr. John and Joan Hill. Photo added by Preston Headley to Find a Grave September 25, 2017
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The Hill family home. Photo credit: Zillow

Mysterious Illness

On Sunday, March 9, 1969, Joan’s two friends — Diane Settegast and Eunice Wollen — arrived at the Hill home for an extended visit. Joan was furious because her husband had not come home the night before.

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Joan Robinson Hill (center) with her mother, Rhea, and father, Ash. Added by: Terry C to Find a Grave on July 30, 2002
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Ann Kurth in 1971 waiting to testify for the prosecution against John Hill. Added by: Kelt to Find a Grave on February 26, 2015

A Deadly Night in September

On Sunday, September 24, 1972, John and Connie Hill returned to Houston from a national meeting for plastic surgeons in Las Vegas.

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Photo credit: Valley Morning Star, September 26, 1972

Aftermath

Connie Hill was awarded custody of Robert, who was eight years old when his mother died. John Hill’s family later filed a lawsuit against Ash, accusing him of hiring Bobby to murder John. However, a judge ruled that Ash had no part in the killing of his former son-in-law. He died in 1985.

References

Thompson, Thomas. Blood and Money. 1st ed. Doubleday, 1976.

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