When Jeff Shapiro interviewed Melody Stanton in 1997 she told him her husband Luther, told her he did not go back to sleep immediately after she had woken him and that some time after the scream he heard the sound of metal hitting concrete.
From Schiller PMPT
Unaware of how important her memory of that night was to the police, she told Shapiro what she’d told the police on December 26. Also buried in his Globe story was the fact that Stanton’s husband had heard a crashing sound—the sound of metal on concrete—sometime after the scream. This suggested that someone—possibly an intruder—had left the house. The story, which made headlines, was a scoop for Shapiro.