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“Hilo: Betrayal on the Big Island” Today on TV… Hawaii Police Officer Mathison Murder Case Against His Wife

When I first moved to Hilo, I was taking classes at Hawaii Community College.

I was stunned to learn that one of my classmates was a police officer that was accused of killing his wife.

Booking Picture of Officer Kenneth Mathison

Booking Picture of Officer Kenneth Mathison

Today on the Biography Channel: City Confidential at 8:00 am and 2:00 pm on Oceanic Channel 548

“When Hawaii police officer Kenneth Mathison is suspected of killing his wife, authorities let him off with only a slap on the wrist. But after outraged citizens demand a thorough investigation, Mathison ends up facing kidnapping and murder charges. Narrated by Paul Winfield.”

More Info Here

More on the actual case here

On Thanksgiving evening, November 27, 1992, Sergeant Kenneth Mathison and his wife Yvonne drive their 1988 tan Ford van along Route 131 in Hilo, Hawaii. The rain is pouring down and before he knows it, Kenneth Mathison is awaiting police assistance as he cradles his wife’s dead body in the back of their van. Mathison, a sergeant of 25 years with the Hilo Police Department was allegedly informing his wife, a maternity nursing professional at the Hilo Medical Center, that he was being investigated in his second paternity suit. According to Mathison, when Yvonne heard the news, she jumped from the passenger side of the van. While he was looking for her in the blinding rain, Mathison purportedly ran over his wife. He then carried the body into the van and secured it with yellow rope in the back before attempting to find help…

…Police Sergeant Kenneth Mathison is a Haole. Young-faced and small-framed, Mathison got his start in law enforcement working undercover, catching youngsters dealing in marijuana. Martins was attracted to Mathison’s youthful looks.

Though her relatives disapproved, Martins decided to bring the Haole into her family. At first, Yvonne’s marriage to Kenneth came together as beautifully as an orchid lei. However, it was not long before Yvonne found herself at the center of a domestic typhoon…

11 Responses

  1. to the Cochran family.

    If you evidence to the contrary of Mathison’s conviction, why don’t you publish it?

    • To R Chafer,

      The evidence lies in the hands of people who have been threatened with the death of family members if they come forward. One lawyer that was investigating the truth suddenly died at the ripe old age of 25. Also,V. Hafford, you think Ken had her cremated? She was cremated quickly by the prosecution to bury solid evidence. Perhaps instead of asking the family to provide evidence, you all should ask the prosecution, especially the revered H. Lee, how they sleep at night knowing they tampered with evidence (ask H. Lee about his illegal, unattended visits to the van which was the primary evidence that convicted Ken). Those are some questions worth asking.

      • Your response is full of innuendo, accusations and no facts. Again, if you have evidence to the contrary of Mathison’s conviction you need to lay it out. Who’s family members “lives have been threatened” and why?? Who has done the threatening? At the time of Yvonne’s cremation by Ken Mathison, he wasn’t even a suspect. So why would the prosecution, which wasn’t involved at that point, be involved with her cremation??

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