Normally in a murder there is one low-life, the murderer. In the case of Cindy Albrecht, who was murdered on October 26, 1992, there are two low-lives, in my opinion.
First there is Michael Albrecht the man who would have been Cindy’s ex-husband the day after the murder. He was charged with her murder on June 4, 1997, and subsequently convicted.
The second-low life is a friend of Michael Albrecht by the name of William Filter.
Paula Zahn covered this case very well in her TV program “On the Case”. There were a couple of interesting facts in Michael Albrecht’s court appeal records which I will discuss later.
According to Paula Zahn, Michael Albrecht took William Filter over to Cindy’s apartment when she was not home, let the two of them in with a key, and showed him how he, Michael Albrecht, was going to murder Cindy.
Like William Filter, go to the police before it happens.
Oh, he couldn’t, he was messed up on alcohol and drugs.
William Filter provided Michael Albrecht with an alibi for five years, saying he and Michael Albrecht were out drinking the night Cindy was killed, and he could account for every minute of Michael Albrecht’s time, and Michael Albrecht could not have possibly murdered Cindy.
William Filter, Michael Albrecht showed you how he was going to kill Cindy, and he did it.
Like William Filter, go to the police and don’t provide Michael Albrecht with an alibi.
Oh, William Filter couldn’t do that. He was messed up on alcohol and drugs. And besides Filter did not think Michael Albrecht would actually kill Cindy.
When the police finally discovered Cindy’s body about a 100 miles from her apartment, and you found out what Michael Albrecht did to Cindy’s body, didn’t you feel anything, William Filter?
Like William Filter develop a conscience at this late stage, and go to the police.
Oh, he couldn’t do that, he was messed up on alcohol and drugs.
Both Cindy and Michael Albrecht worked for different CART racing teams, and the season had just ended on that weekend. That is why Cindy had come home. With those not familiar with CART racing, they are Indianapolis-type cars.
Cindy, according to Paula Zahn, was a chef for her team. I never really stopped to think exactly what the drivers and race crew do about eating, but it makes a great deal of sense to carry your own culinary crew to prepare meals for everyone. Cindy was well-regarded for her abilities, and much beloved in a professional way, it would seem, by all who knew her.
In 1997 the police decided to put the screws on William Filter.
He was on Paula Zahn’s show and looked to be clean of alcohol and drugs and clean cut. Looks can be deceiving. But the police pressure worked.
He changed his story about the night that Cindy was murdered, and no longer had Michael Albrecht’s back.
You count how many times William Filter had a chance to do the right thing, and one of those even before the murder was ever committed, and the other times to give Cindy’s family some closure, if indeed closure is possible. I’ve heard families say sometimes they get closure and sometimes they don’t.
A low-life finally coming forth from the grime, slime, and filth where he had immersed himself, now with nice attire, but what he did and did not do can never be forgotten by anyone who was related or knew Cindy.
There was an oddity that occurred probably in 1992, during the racing season, although the time was never made completely clear. Michael Albrecht asked the crew chief that he worked for, a person named Ferrari, who may or may not be related to the famous Ferraris, but being in racing I’d think there was a good chance, if he knew anybody in the Mafia who could do a job for him. Michael Albrecht did not reveal exactly what the job was. This Ferrari assumed it was some kind of bravado that Michael was putting forth, and didn’t take him seriously.
Again when Cindy was murdered Paula Zahn’s program didn’t clarify whether that Ferrari went to the police to say what he had heard Michael Albrecht say, but the Ferraris have always been such outstanding people, I would assume that he did, although that alone would not have been enough to arrest Michael Albrecht, only enough to arouse the suspicions of the police.
One peculiarity I found in the court documents was the fact that Michael’s children could visit him in prison. No mention was made of the number of children, but if they believe their father did not murder Cindy, then I suggest they get psychiatric help.
Michael Albrecht’s sentence of 60 years is not really 60 years. He’s eligible for parole in 2023. There is only one question I have for the Indiana Pardon and Paroles Board.
You see Michael decapitated Cindy, and never revealed where her head was. I wish there were some way not to be gruesome about this, but Cindy’s family had to bury Cindy without her head.
The question I have for the Indiana Pardon and Paroles Board when Michael Albrecht comes up for parole consideration, “Michael, where is Cindy’s head?” I hope that question alone would be enough for them to deny his parole, even if he revealed it at that time.
I have not seen Cindy’s grave marker. I hope the family used her maiden name when she was buried. The Albrecht name should not be there. Technically she was still married to Michael Albrecht.