Hawaii -- After graduating from college in Virginia, Dana Ireland,
23, was staying with her older sister Sandra, and Sandra's
boyfriend, Jim Ingham in Kapoho, Hawaii.
On Christmas Eve, 1991,
Dana was riding her bicycle back
from her boyfriend, Mark Evans' home, after inviting him to a family
dinner. Her parents, John and Louise Ireland, of Virginia, were
visiting for Christmas. At about 4:10 p.m. she left Mark's house
on her bike for the nearly seven-mile ride to where her
parents were staying. She took the scenic Route 137, a
bouncy, twisting red cinder road on the shoreline. The route wound
past Isaac Hale Beach Park to the Shack, a surfing spot where Frank
Pauline Jr., Albert Ian Schweitzer, and Shawn Schweitzer arrived
in a purple 1957 Volkswagen Beetle. They men whistled at her and she
waved back without stopping. About 10 to 15 minutes later
the Schweitzer brothers and Pauline hopped in their VW and headed
in the same direction they had seen Dana going.
Dana never made
it back to her parent's holiday rental home.
At about 4:30 p.m, Dana was only a half-mile from her destination
when a car hit her. A local, Anna Sherrell, came across the
scene and found a crushed bicycle, a white tennis shoe, tire tracks,
a broken watch, fresh blood, and blond human hair. Sandra
and Jim were on the way to her parent's rental when they came
upon the accident scene and recognized Dana's bike. There was an
accident scene with no body. Tracks on the road showed a
car had ran her down and then apparently circled back to pick
Twenty minutes later,
five miles away in rural Waawaa, in
a grove of pandanus trees, Ida Smith heard a faint cry, "Help
me. Help me," coming from Dana who had been brutally
attacked and left to die near a remote fishing trail. She
was bleeding, she been hit by a car and raped. Her skull was
partially exposed and she was covered with bite marks and scratches.
Ida put a quilt over her and prayed with her while waiting
for a motorist to drive by. Because the area had no electricity or
telephones and due to confusion with the emergency response, it
took nearly two hours before the paramedics arrived. Shortly before
the paramedics arrived, an officer responded but he did not carry
a first aid kit.
Dana died on the operating table at Hilo Hospital about midnight.
Seven and a half years after the crime, the police were still
gathering evidence and had made no arrests.
In 1994, a prisoner, Frank
Pauline Jr., 24, claimed he was present when two brothers, attacked
Dana after smoking crack cocaine. (Pauline later denied he was
Only months before the
statute of limitations on kidnapping
and sexual assault charges were up, brothers, Shawn Schweitzer,
21, and Albert Ian Schweitzer, 26, were indicted for murder, kidnapping,
and sexual assault.
Shawn Schweitzer was16
when the crime occurred. He pleaded
guilty to reduced charges of manslaughter and kidnapping as part
of a plea agreement implicating his brother and Pauline, and walked
away a free man with five years probation and plans
to move to Nevada. He claimed he did not assault Dana but
did nothing to stop his older brother, and Pauline. Nor did
he report the crime. He claimed he was afraid to do anything
because he was younger and smaller than the others but
he told them to go get help, pushed his to brother leave,
and got Pauline to leave during his attack.
Pauline, 26, was sentenced to serve a minimum of 180 years in
prison. Albert Ian Schweitzer, 28, was sentenced to life in prison
with parole, to be followed by two consecutive 20-year terms.
in Paradise tracks
the long investigation culminating with the 1994 confession
of Frank Pauline. Despite recanting his confession on the
stand, Frank was sentenced to life. Two other men were also
sentenced for the crime, but forensic scientists could link
no physical evidence to any of the accused. AMERICAN JUSTICEŽ interviews
the two convicted killers who remain in prison and speaks
with a forensic scientist who vehemently believes that they
were wrongfully convicted. Could it be that Dana Ireland's
killer is still at large?