yeah. >> through all of this fred schockner maintained his innocence. in fact, even before his trial began fred did carry out a threat he added right after the murder. he launched a lawsuit against the long beach police department for not protecting his wife, lynn. >> he went to the city and filed a claim, which is a precursor to a lawsuit, against the city of long beach, blaming the long beach police department for not preventing the murder of his wife because they had not, you know, followed through -- followed proper procedure. >> wait a minute, it's their fault because they didn't prevent me from killing my wife? >> that's right. exactly. >> the claim was rejected. but now, on the day of his sentencing, he tried the same argument again. >> chutzpah. >> yes. that was the judge's response too. he called it soefistry. and he called him a disgusting human being. and he did not mince words. >> fred was sentenced to life without parole. they all were. >> in a few sentences what you think the motive in this murder was. >> money. >> in one word apparently.
schockner. >> fred schockner. >> reporter: fred schockner, lynn's husband of 25 years. on the surface it didn't make much sense. after all, fred had been cooperative with detectives from day one. and yes, he had moved out of the family house. but, he told them, the break was amicable. "she was my best friend," he said. >> reporter: and yet, not long after the murder, young charlie sought out detective birdsall and whispered an awful question. >> did my dad have something to do with this? >> reporter: charlie remembers what they told him. >> the detective was very quick to assure me that they have no suspicions of that. they don't think that would be something that was happening. and if they had thought that, that they would already have looked into it and not to worry about that. >> reporter: is that what detectives really believed? well, no. >> we had to sit there and look at him in the eye and say, "well, we'll catch everybody who was involved." >> reporter: but not say, "we suspect him." >> exactly. >> reporter: they believed, they simply couldn't tell charlie, or th
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