Cold Case Quest: Lillie Smith


Lillie Smith, age 33, was a mother, daughter, wife and sister. On March 7, 1981, Smith died in a fire at a Columbus,Ohio boarding house. The fire was set on purpose.


There was a man, Calvin Fuller, at the boarding house that was a suspect. Other residents of the boarding house heard Smith and Fuller arguing that night. He was even arrested within a day or two of the fire. I wish that I could tell you that he was convicted.

However, there is nothing reported in the newspapers or online anywhere. There isn’t even a photograph of her in the newspaper or on the Ohio Attorney General’s website. It seems like there should be a photograph for everyone. The police probably have at least one photo for their case file.


After the main suspect was arrested, the police and reporters were not interested. It’s possible that Calvin Fuller was the one and only culprit.

I’m really interested in knowing what happened. Was there a trial? If anyone happens to know anything about this case, you can send a message to my Facebook page, Chasing Destino.

Who to contact if you know who the real criminal is:  
The Columbus Police Department


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