HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) - The man painted as the ringleader in the 1979 murder of Hope College student Janet Chandler has died.
Arthur Carl Paiva was 61.
Chandler's case went cold for decades and ended when prosecutors secured convictions in 2007 against six people connected to her rape and murder. Investigators said Paiva was the leader.
Paiva died March 13 -- also his birthday -- while serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections. The cause of death is not yet known.
Paiva was a supervisor for the Wackenhut Security, for which most of the defendants worked. They were staying at the old Blue Mill Inn where Chandler was employed. Investigators said the jealousy-fueled murder happened at a guest house at Paiva's home.
Also convicted in Chandler's murder were Robert Lynch, James Nelson, Anthony Parker, Laurie Swank and Anthony Williams.
Parker, Nelson and Williams are still serving life sentences. Lynch is serving 20 to 40 years. Swank is serving 10 to 20 years.
The arrests were made following the production of a documentary called "Who Killed Janet Chandler" by David Schock.
Schock also produced a film titled "Into the Dark" about the 1989 disappearance and death of Shannon Siders of Newaygo.
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