Arthur Shapiro was in trouble. The shy, secretive lawyer – a partner of the companies Columbus, Ohio of Schwartz, Shapiro, Kelm and Warren – was under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service for filing income tax returns for seven years and possible investments in shady shelters. In March 1985, Shapiro was due to testify before a grand jury about tax evasion – and whether anyone had helped him hide the money. No one knew what he might reveal, but he and his company had several high-profile clients and a long history in Columbus.
But Arthur Shapiro never got the position. The day before the scheduled testimony, when he escaped from a secret breakfast session in a red BMW at Columbus Cemetery, he was shot twice in the head.
Crowd-style killings have never been resolved.