A Twin Cities murder case will be in the prime-time TV spotlight next week

The 18-year-old's disappearance shocked her family in 2013
Author:
Updated:
Original:

As many reality TV fans will tell you, murder mysteries can be more compelling when the stories are true. 

The folks behind the Discovery Channel have a whole network specializing in true crime stories. And one of the newest shows on Investigation Discovery is about to air a documentary on a notorious Twin Cities murder. 

Next Tuesday's show will be only the third episode of Grave Mysteriesandit will be devoted to the 2013 murder of a young St. Paul woman, Brittany Clardy.

Here's how the TV Guide blurb describes the episode, which is called "A Secret Life": 

"When 18-year old Brittany Clardy starts dating an older man, her life veers from model student to lost soul. And when the teenager disappears, her family panics. Now, investigators must unravel her complicated life filled with secrets and regret."

If you don't remember this case and want to see it unfold before you, then tune in to the Investigation Discovery network next Tuesday at 9 p.m. or watch it later here.

Spoiler alert: Here's what happened

If you were in Minnesota in 2013 the name Brittany Clardy might sound familiar because there was a search for her after she was reported missing on February 11. 

It was 10 days later when Clardy's frozen body was found hidden in her car, which had been towed to an impound lot after it was left in front of a Brooklyn Park apartment complex. 

The investigation revealed that – without her family knowing about it – Clardy had gotten involved in prostitution. 

Prosecutors charged a man who said he had contacted Clardy through backpage.com and drove to a home in Brooklyn Park to have sex with her. 

When Alberto Palmer eventually confessed to the murder he said he had argued with Clardy over his payment, then hit her in the head with a hammer several times, killing her.

Palmer, 25, also confessed to a similar killing involving a 24 year old woman whose body was also found in a car trunk a few months after Clardy's death. 

Under his guilty plea, he was sentenced to 40 years for Clardy's death and got a life sentence for killing the other woman, Klaressa Cook. 

The Star Tribune reported Palmer's plea deal included a chance that he could be released from prison at age 85. 

Next Up

USPS packages

Two Ramsey County men sentenced in mail theft scheme

Sonny Vang Xiong was sentenced to three years in prison, while Davis Her was sentenced to six and a half years in prison.

Jeff Gladney

Jeff Gladney's ex-girlfriend files $1 million civil lawsuit

The civil lawsuit accuses Gladney of assaulting the woman for over two hours.

vaccine, covid

St. Paul care home group will mandate COVID vaccines for staff

It comes amid reports of COVID outbreaks at homes where residents are all vaccinated, but staff are not.

Jail handcuffs arrest

Starbuck man charged with uploading, sharing child pornography

The 47-year-old was arrested after a tip from the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children.

ambulance

Boy, 11, seriously injured after 'fall' that police now suspect was abuse

It was initially reported that the boy slipped and fell.

police lights

Investigation underway after body found during welfare check in Plato

The identity of the deceased has not yet been revealed.

Mayor Brad Wiersum

'Please, please, please get vaccinated,' Minnetonka mayor pleads

This comes as the local state of emergency officially ends.

YouTube - Jeopardy screengrab minneapolis

Can you answer all the Minneapolis questions from this week's 'Jeopardy?'

KARE personalities including Randy Shaver and Rena Sarigianopoulos presented the clues.

Pexels - woman shop mask covid CROP

35 counties, including most of Twin Cities, now COVID hotspots

The CDC recommends everyone wear a mask in public, indoor places in these counties.

covid, coronavirus

CDC document: Delta variant as contagious as chickenpox

Vaccines remain very effective at preventing severe illness from the delta variant, however.

Flickr - smoke McGregor minnesota wildfire July 29 2021 - Lorie Shaull

'Unprecedented': The wildfire smoke isn't going anywhere this weekend

The air quality alert that was supposed to end Friday is now in effect into early next week.

Related

Ice Cold Killers TV show revisits the Kira Steger murder case

Kira Steger disappeared after leaving her job at the Mall of America in February of 2013.

An investigator in the Making a Murderer case will be on Dateline tonight

It's the first time the investigator is doing a TV interview since the series hit Netflix.

A big court victory for Brendan Dassey of Making a Murderer

Attorneys have been challenging his life sentence from the killing of Teresa Halbach.

You can catch a Twin Cities designer in the new series of Project Runway

The 36-year-old makes her national TV debut next month.

Prime-time anchor turned reporter leaves KSTP

Bill Lunn says he hopes to keep working in his native Minnesota.

There are more ins and outs at Twin Cities TV stations

KSTP is losing a reporter, while WCCO is bringing one in.