On May 2, 2017, the founder of the online support group Mothers Helping Mothers was found dead in the driver’s seat of her van. The 32-year-old’s death was initially believed to be a suicide despite suffering two gunshot wounds to the head.
Mr. Crawford was indicted a year later following an investigation by Alabama law enforcement agency SBI. On November 18, 2022, a Cullman County jury found Crawford guilty of murder and on March 10, 2023, he was sentenced to 99 years in prison.
He maintains his innocence and claims his wife committed suicide. Crawford will be interviewed exclusively on CBS’ 48 Hours coverage of “The Mysterious Death of Tiffany Crawford.” As part of the interview, a curious detail emerged about Crawford’s 911 call the night his wife died.
Reporter David Begnaud interviewed several people involved in the case. Lead investigator Joseph Parrish told him he first heard the recording of Crawford’s 911 calls.
He said the man’s tone was “very nonchalant” and “didn’t sound like someone worried about his wife”. Parrish explained that his main concern was Crawford’s refusal to answer one of the 911 operator’s questions. Begnor asked Crawford, “She asked you who shot her, and you didn’t answer. Why not?” Tiffany collapsed with a pink revolver in her left hand.
According to Crawford, his wife would keep it in the car door for protection. When a member of Congress asked what happened, he replied, “Uh, I—we had a fight. I didn’t let her in the house…the last thing I remember…I went in the house and listened There was a shot, a scream, and another shot.”
Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry told Begnor that he referred the case to the Alabama Department of State for investigation the day after the shooting. This led to Parrish taking over because of a conflict of interest with Jason’s mother, Ronda, who was his office manager at the time and worked for him. Parrish wanted to see the van, but discovered investigators had returned it to the family after investigators photographed it the night Tiffany died.
The car has been thoroughly cleaned by the family, which Parrish described as “weird”. He told Begnor: “It’s weird how quickly they cleaned up after something like this happened.”