The Unsolved Murder Of Blair Adams (1996) - Shreya Sachdev
DISCLAIMER: No disrespect is intended towards anyone that I talk about on this blog post. This blog post is for educational purposes and is being posted on this website in order to raise awareness about this case and to truly hope that the grieving families and friends of these victims find closure and finally find out what happened to their loved one(s). I have gathered all this information on the internet, but unfortunately I do not know how accurate or inaccurate it is. If I have made a mistake somewhere, then I apologize. It is not my intention to spread false information.
On the morning of July 11th in 1996, Blair Adams was found murdered in a parking lot in Knoxville Tennessee by a couple of strangers.
Blair was from British Columbia, Canada, and worked in a construction company. He was extremely well at his job and also was passionate about his job according to everyone around him. Everyone who knew him stated that Blair was always optimistic and extremely enthusiastic about his work as well as kind to everyone around him. However, in the month of July in 1996, this would all change.
In July of 1996, everyone who knew Blair stated that Blair became very anxious and paranoid. He had mentioned to a few of his friends that he was depressed and was often feeling stressed out. Nobody knew what caused this sudden change in Blair's behavior and why he was acting so strange. When Blair's mother asked Blair what was going on, he simply replied with "I shouldn't tell you about it." and simply would not tell his mother or any of his friends what was bothering him. He had struggled with drugs in the past but everyone around him said that drugs were all in the past and that Blair would have never taken drugs again. Everyone noticed that Blair was acting different in July because he went from being extremely optimistic to paranoid.
On Friday the 6th of July, everything seemed to be too much for Blair to handle and so he went and got all his savings out (which was around 6000 dollars) and emptied his safety deposit out which contained a lot of gold and platinum. Blair took out his 6000 dollars in American dollars, Canadian dollars, and German euros.
Two days later, Blair went to the American-Canadian border to try and gain access into the United States but was denied access due to the amount of money he had on him as well as gold. He was also a single man and so this gave authorities the impression that he was a drug mule. Blair soon headed again to the border a few days later, this time on foot, but was once again denied access into the United States.
The next day, Blair went to his office where he quit his job and asked for his last paycheck. He then spent 1600 dollars on a return fare flight to Frankfurt, Germany for the following day. However, he ended up not catching this flight because only a few hours later, Blair was desperate to get back inside the US so he went to his friend's house and asked her if she could smuggle him inside the US. Blair told his friend that there was somebody trying to kill him and that he needed to get to the US to escape them to get. His friend however denied his request mostly because she had a child and couldn't leave her child alone.
The next day, Blair turns in his tickets to Germany and again goes to the Canadian-American border to try and gain access. This time, he succeeds and Blair is allowed inside the US. When Blair first gets inside the US, he immediately goes to Seattle and buys a 770 dollar one way ticket to Washington DC. Interestingly enough, when Blair gets to Washington, he doesn't even stay and instead goes straight to Knoxville, Tennessee which is 500 whole miles away from Washington DC. It doesn't make sense as to why he bought the ticket in the first place.
When Blair was in DC, he hired a car to make the drive from DC to Knoxville and was seen at a gas station in Knoxville at around 5:30pm. When Blair is at the gas station, he tells the attendant that he cannot start his car and asks him if he can help him look at it and figure out the problem. When the attendant has a look at the car, he realizes that Blair cannot start the car due to the fact that Blair doesn't have the correct keys for that specific car. This is extremely strange since Blair had to have driven the car to get to Knoxville in the first place and so it doesn't make sense as to how Blair could end up with a different pair of keys all of a sudden after being able to drive it for so long.
Blair ends up having to stay in Knoxville for one night because the rental company is closed. He hitchhikes to a nearby hotel and the moment he reaches this hotel, he starts acting really strange and very suspicious. One of the workers even noticed this and said that he was acting as if he was waiting for someone to come for him just by the way he kept turning around and the way in which he was moving around so much. He was caught on security camera and footage shows him walking in and out of the hotel five times in the space of one hour before he eventually comes back inside and pays for a room.
Even when he pays for the room, he doesn't stay a single second in the room but instead leaves the hotel. Twelve hours later on July the 11th around half a mile away from the hotel, Blair's body was found. His body was found beaten and naked from the waste down. His shirt was ripped and his shoes off as well as his socks were inside out. Despite the fact that he was found naked from the waste down, there seems to be no evidence of sexual assault. However, he had been beaten since he had scrapes and cuts all over his body. Some of these were defensive wounds and so it was evident that Blair had tried to fight back and defend himself. His money and jewelry were found near the scene and strangely enough, his car keys (the right ones) were found near the scene too. There were no murder weapons at the scene. When Blair's family was contacted, his family told police that they had absolutely no idea why Blair was in Knoxville since he had no business there and didn't know anyone there.
1. Blair committed suicide.
2. Accidental hit and run
Which theory do I believe?
Out of all the theories, I definitely believe the third one the most. The first and second theory doesn't make sense as defensive wounds were found on Blair's body which indicated that Blair had tried to fight back at the attacker. The robbery theory also doesn't make sense as all of Blair's money and jewelry was found at the crime scene. I do believe that Blair wasn't hiding from someone and that this was going on inside his head. I believe that in 1996, with such little technology, it would be difficult for someone to track down Blair and figure out that he went from Seattle to Washington DC to Tennessee and follow him there so quickly. I truly believe that Blair got addicted to drugs again and somehow he started imagining that somebody was following him and was going to kill him. I believe that he became paranoid about staying at the hotel because he was convinced that the people who he imagined were going to kill him had finally found him. This is why he decided to not stay in the hotel and got away from there for a little while. Over there, he might have seen someone who was minding their own business and started screaming and shouting at them which is when the person who was minding their own business got offended and decided to fight Blair. He beat Blair and accidentally killed him. Due to how shocked this person was, they ran away quickly which is why they didn't take any of his money or gold. As far as the issue with the car keys goes, I believe that Blair did have the keys to the Toyota the entire time but simply forgot that he did when he was at the gas station (since he was in drugs) the keys that were in his hand were actually the keys from back home (the one he used to get from the Canadian border to the American border) In context though, a random strange accidentally murdered Blair and Blair was acting strange due to drugs. i will say though that there is little evidence to support my theory since drugs were not found in Blair's body. However, if it wasn't drugs, then it has to be some sort of disorder. A similar case to Elisa Lam.
Bibliography & Credit: Fiori, Bella, director. THE BIZARRE LAST DAYS OF BLAIR ADAMS. YouTube, YouTube, 25 Oct. 2017, www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3_ZTLKMt9M.