As investigators scoured the scene, they found a heartbreaking message that Nancy had left for Richard as she lay dying - in one last show of love, she wrote in her own blood near his body a heart and a letter “u”.
A task force was assembled to solve the murders, but as the days dragged on, few leads - including one into Nancy’s sister Jeanne’s involvement with the Irish Republican Army - never panned out. Within a couple of months, the task force was disassembled, leaving many to believe the case may never be solved.
But then, six months after the murders, a local high school student told police 17-year-old David Biro committed the murders and he had the gun. Biro was quickly arrested and charged with killing the Langerts. He lived down the road from the townhouse and had easy access through a nearby bike path, but nobody could understand why the Langerts had been targeted.
After Biro was arrested police searched his padlocked bedroom. Police found a scrapbook containing newspaper clippings about the slayings, handcuffs similar to those found on Richard as well as the murder weapon, which Biro had stolen weeks prior to the murders. Biro denied killing the Langerts.
Investigators described Biro as “very arrogant” and “smug.” At trial, he claimed he was holding the gun for a friend who had actually committed the murders, but the jury didn’t believe him, and found him guilty. He was given two mandatory life sentences for Richard and Nancy’s murders, and the judge also gave him a discretionary life sentence for the intentional homicide of their unborn child.
After Richard and Nancy’s death Jeanne Bishop became a public defender and became a supporter for victims’ rights. But through her Christian faith, she came to see David Biro in a different light. She forgave him, but in 2012 she took her path to healing one step further and reached out to him to open a conversation.
That launched Jeanne on a journey she describes as “an incredible adventure.” At one point in her life she would not say David Biro’s name. Now every few months she visits him in prison. Incredibly, Jeanne is in favor of him having a chance at a new sentence. In speaking with Biro, she now had the answers to questions she has been waiting over 20 years to know.