The Encino Murders, Part 1

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O n a warm summer night in August 2009, an intruder shot Camile Hamilton in the face inside a suburban Florida home.

Hours after the attacker fled, Camile woke up — barely alive and with a bullet still inside her.

Three others, including Camile’s teenage daughter, were dead. The crime scene was brutal and complicated, and neighbors didn't see anything.

The hunt was on for a killer.

Searching for Camile

After she was shot, Camile was able to reach a friend on her cellphone. That friend called 9-1-1 and was trying to relay directions to officers who were searching for a badly wounded Camile.

He didn’t know the address, so he described the location — on Encino Street in the River Run neighborhood of Miramar, off Fairmont Avenue.

Crime scene map (Google Maps)

He described the house as having a lot of flower pots in front.

Flower pots outside the Encino Street home

Eventually, a 9-1-1 operator was able to reach Camile on her cellphone. She was barely able to speak and difficult to understand. But the operator was able to coax her to find the front door and go outside.

That’s where police spotted her, lying on the ground against the door, her legs straight out in front of her. She was wearing a brown sundress.

The front of the Encino Street home

The bodies

As Camile was being treated by paramedics and then taken away in an ambulance, police officers moved into the house to clear it and search for other victims.

Inside the foyer, they found the first signs of a possible robbery. There were items strewn on the floor along with money — American and Jamaican bills.

Items found inside the Encino Street home by police

Police found a bullet, too. But the house was quiet.

Officers re-grouped, after seeing the bullet, and called for SWAT officers. Before long, they went back inside.

They cleared the first floor room by room before starting their climb up the carpet-covered stairs. Another bullet was on the floor near the top of the steps.

The first door on the left was the master bedroom, and that’s where they found the bloody scene.

The entrance to the master bedroom

On the floor next to the bed were three bodies. They were face down. Their ankles bound with duct tape. The wrists of two of them had also been taped.

Faith Bisasor, Davion Bishop and Nekitta Hamilton had been shot in their heads.

Faith Bisasor, Davion Bishop and Nekitta Hamilton. (Sun Sentinel file photo)

The news stunned the community. The South Florida Sun Sentinel carried the dramatic news.

(Sun Sentinel file photo)
(Sun Sentinel file photo)

Initial investigation

While a detective interviewed Camile Hamilton at a hospital, the home on Encino Street had become a major crime scene.

The search for evidence took days.

Police were going over every inch of the house. Bullets were found in various places in the house, including in the guest bedroom.

And there were signs of a robbery. In the master bedroom where the three bodies were found, purses had been emptied on the bed.

Police found blood and overturned purses on the bed in the master bedroom

Police were also looking for evidence outside the house.

Two cars were parked in the driveway. A Toyota Corolla was on the left and a Mercury Sable on the right — parked at an angle and partially on the sidewalk.

The car found in the driveway of the Encino Street home

The Corolla belonged to Faith Bisasor, one of the victims inside. The Mercury Sable was registered to an elderly woman who hired Camile as a live-in caretaker.

The Sable’s glove compartment had been opened and papers were strewn on the passenger seat and the floor.

Plastic baggies — the kind that could be used for drugs — were found on the strip of grass between the sidewalk and street in front of the house. It wasn’t known if they were connected to the murders.

The front of the Encino Street home

There was also a screen that was off a window in the back of the house, and found lying on the ground.

Screen found off a window at the back of the house

It’s a complicated, confusing crime scene, and police are videotaping, noting and photographing every inch looking for a significant clue.

As the search for evidence stretches into days, there are far more questions than answers.

The only person who could help piece it together is in intensive care with a bullet still in her neck.

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Who shot Camile Hamilton and killed Faith Bisasor, Davion Bishop and Nekitta Hamilton?

What police haven’t yet realized is that the key to identifying a suspect is hiding in plain sight. It’s sitting next to the bodies in the bedroom, though it will be many months before it reveals its secret.

It’s a roll of duct tape, and it contains what will become the most significant piece of evidence in the entire case.

About Felonious Florida

The Felonious Florida podcast is produced by the South Florida Sun Sentinel and presented in audio form in partnership with Wondery. Reporting is based on court documents, interviews, police reports and media coverage. The show was created by Lisa Arthur and Juan Ortega and is produced by David Schutz. Reporting by Stephen Hobbs, Juan Ortega, Marc Freeman and Tonya Alanez. Editing by Randy Roguski. The host of Felonious Florida is EmmaKate Austin. Sound direction by Sean Pitts with additional recordings by Carline Jean, Susan Stocker and John McCall. Web design by Yiran Zhu. The Felonious Florida team includes Dana Banker, Danny Sanchez, Cindy Choi and Kelly Frye.

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