James Rowe, 60, and his roommates, married couple John and Nancy Spivey, 33 and 37 respectively, spent their last night alive, January 9th, 1991, hosting friends for drinks and card games at their apartment in St. Petersburg, Florida. The three were found bludgeoned to death the following morning. After 31 years, their killer — or killers — continues to elude investigators, with just a handful of tips having come in over years.
If you think you know anything about the January 1991 murders of James Rowe and John and Nancy Spivey you can reach St. Pete Detective Wallace Pavelski directly at 727-893-4823. You can also submit a tip or information anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County, which is offering a cash reward up to $3,000, at 1-800-873-8477.
Episode Source Material
- “Will Billboard Solve Cold Case? John and Nancy Spivey, along with friend, James Rowe,” Patch, July 27, 2011. Accessed June 2nd, 2022.
- In-person interview with St. Petersburg Police Detective Wallace Pavelski, June 7th, 2022.
- Phone interview with St. Petersburg resident Jackie Gibson, June 8th, 2022.
- Zoom interview with Alana Lester, June 14th, 2022.