Suburban Madness Ended in Suburban Murder

Sometimes victims aren’t very nice people. They aren’t people it’s easy to pity, no matter what they’ve suffered. In fact, Clara Harris (32:28), a Columbian woman, was a “wonderful human being” who “lost it” only once and paid with her life behind bars. Pretty, educated, a dentist and married to a wealthy dentist named David Lynn Harris, Clara seemed to enjoy the American dream

clarain, of all places, Friendsville, Texas. The Harris’ dental practice was very successful. They had a ski chalet in Colorado. The couple was raising three children, twins, Brian and Bradley and David’s daughter from a previous marriage. It was Clara who had rekindled David’s relationship with Lindsay. David hadn’t spent much time with the little girl since his divorce and Clara helped him to forge a relationship with her. David doted on his pretty wife and became a good father to all of his children.

The Abuse
Of course, dreams are just that – dreams. When Clara was only six, her father died. Her mother had struggled to put her daughter through school. Clara became very perfectionist and placed great stress upon herself. It didn’t help that David was abusive. He was arrogant, self-indulgent and a cheat. His image was very important to him. He drove an expensive car and owned two a massive, beautiful houses, but that wasn’t enough for the dastardly dentist. Soon after the birth of his boys, he began an affair with his pretty receptionist, Gail Bridges. David didn’t bother covering his tracks. He didn’t care if Clara found out about the affair which she did after one of David’s employees simply told her about it.

The Affair
When Clara found out, she was utterly devastated. She was faithful and devoted to David. She couldn’t understand his betrayal. She couldn’t accept that her status in the community had been belittled. To be fair to her husband, Clara had often ignored David’s needs. She was exhausted with keeping up to the many professional and personal demands of being Clara Harris. David felt neglected and spent more hours at the office where a flirty, attractive Bridges was happy to keep him preoccupied. It had taken months for Bridges to break down David’s defenses and she finally succeeded. Bridges became determined to convince David to divorce Clara and marry her. Clara hadn’t realized how far the affair had gone.

She’d already lost her father years earlier. She was determined to keep her husband. Now obsessed with her husband’s love life, Clara couldn’t stop wondering about Bridges. She demanded information about her and David was happy to comply. He listed several attributes about davidBridges that he felt were superior to his wife: breast implants, petite, small feet, slim, all things David declared Clara wasn’t. Nice guy.  Poor Clara went on a crash diet and started running on the treadmill daily, losing 15 pounds in order to compete with the mysterious Bridges. She had sex with the loathsome David up to three times a day. She bleached her light brunette hair blonde and got liposuction in an effort to make herself more attractive than Bridges and replace her in David’s affections but to no avail. The affair continued anyway.

The Murder
Finally, Clara’s work seemed to pay off and David seemed to take notice of his wife. He told her he would break off the affair with Bridges. He promised Clara he would take Bridges out for dinner and tell her the affair was over. Suspicious about his plan, Clara hired a
private investigator who informed Clara that David had continued the affair with Bridges. He photographed David at a hotel with his mistress. In one sense, this was a smart business move. In Texas, all assets in a divorce are shared 50/50 unless a spouse can prove infidelity. Then, assets rise to 90% for the offended spouse. However, Clara preferred to keep David. One night, Clara herself tailed her husband and his mistress to the Nassau Bay Hilton Hotel.

Initially, Clara planned to confront her husband, but instead she lost control and viciously attacked Bridges. Hotel employees broke up the fight momentarily until Clara twisted away from their grasp and returned to bite Bridges. Well, she was a dentist. Finally she was escorted to her Mercemoviedes-Benz. In the parking lot, David held the enraged Clara’s head to the ground in an effort to stop his wife from attacking his mistress. Meanwhile his daughter looked on at the terrible spectacle. When David and Gail turned to leave, Clara got into her car and struck down her husband as her teenage stepdaughter, Lindsay, sat in the passenger seat, screaming vainly at Clara to stop. Then Clara reversed the car and ran over her dead husband again. Most of David’s ribs were fractured. The left side of his chest collapsed, puncturing his left lung and heart. It was a horrific moment Lindsay Harris would never forget. Worse, the entire, brutal attack had been captured on tape.

Clara Harris went on trial on January 22, 2003. Weeks later, she was found guilty of second degree murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison.  This wasn’t surprising, considering how brutal the video of Clara running down her husband must have looked. Clara went before a parole board in 2013. Her appeal for early release after serving 10 years was denied. She is eligible for parole again in April 2015. A made-for-tv movie about the Harris case called Suburban Madness was aired in 2004. Many women have advocated on Clara’s behalf, stating David Harris got what he deserved. I strongly disagree. Clara Harris did not have the right to enact vigilante justice. She should have divorced the louse and taken 90% of their mutual assets. That would have served as justice.

 

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Jealous, Jessica McCord was a Merciless Murderess

Revenge is the number one motivator for murder. It is a very powerful, instinctive drive in a disturbed psyche. In Morgan County, Maryland, Jessica McCord was a pretty brunette who knew how to lure boys with her charm and physical attributes. In spite of this, she was viewed as “goth” and, even in a group of kids known for their antisocial natures, not completely accepted. Jessica was weird. At a young age she roped in Alan Bates . It wasn’t long before Jessica got pregnant and the teenagers were married in a shotgun wedding. The Bates family didn’t like McCord from the start. She appeared to be very controlling, especially after the jessicaring slid on her slim finger. After McCord got whatever she wanted, she still demanded more. Jessica gave Bates another daughter, but she remained bitter in her marriage. Bates wanted to make the marriage work but McCord made it impossible. She suffered from Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissism. Usually these disorders are a result of severe childhood abuse, especially psychological and physical. Jessica’s father beat both Jessica and her mother. Eventually daddy dearest killed a Tennessee woman. Lovely. At the same time, McCord was well aware of her own controlling behaviour and to an extent, able to control it. She did however, exhibit pathological jealousy and paranoia, believing Bates was cheating on her when he wasn’t. Jessica also complained about being a housewife. She felt she was too educated for that and she wanted to “be someone.” On one occasion she tried to stab Bates with a butcher knife. He just made it into the bathroom and shut the door.

Bates finally divorced his pathological wife. It killed him (pun) to leave his daughters with her and he worked hard at gaining child custody. McCord used her teenage daughters to

BATEStorment Bates. In doing so, she also hurt her children but failed to see the damage she caused. Her intent was to antagonize Bates by refusing to allow him access to his daughters and telling the girls that it was Bates who didn’t want to see them. Nasty. Throughout her bitter vengeance, McCord enjoyed occupying the spotlight and being centre stage in her own family melodrama. She changed the girls’ names and placed them in a different school so Bates couldn’t find them. When Bates found his daughters, she home-schooled them. McCord was even jailed for contempt. While she rotted there, McCord plotted to kill her ex-husband and his new wife, Terra Klugh. At some point during the acrimonious divorce, Jessica became pregnant with another man’s child. She had another daughter and when the relationship with the child’s father soured, he simply left his child with Jessica, refusing to fight for custody. He knew instinctively that to cross Jessica was to play with fire. Ultimately he saved his own life. That wasn’t all the men in Jessica’s life however. She had yet another child by a third man who also opted out of a court battle for child custody. Jessica Bates had to be the most fertile psychopath in Alabama history.

Bates finally knew a happy marriage with Terra, a pretty, red-haired and kind-natured woman. This aggravated Jessica no end even though she had met someone. She couldn’t stand the thought of a happy Bates. By now she lived in Hoover, Alabama with her new husband, Jeff McCord, a policeman. She used her typical controlling nature to turn her new husband against Bates. She told to kill Bates and Terra. In this marriage, McCord had Jeff-Jessica-McCordfound her perfect match. McCord actually came up with a plan to do away with the two unfortunate victims. Perhaps he thought this would keep his nagging wife off his back. Completely understandable. The day of the murders, Jessica invited Terra and Bates into the house to wait for the girls. McCord entered the room, walked up to Terra and shot her in the back. He fired at Bates four times. Two corpses lay on the McCord’s floor. Jessica simply watched and enjoyed the show.

McCord and Jessica drove the bodies to a remote rural area in Georgia. There he set them on fire and left them in the trunk of a car Bates had rented. The idea was to make the murder look like a car-jacking gone horribly wrong. I never understood the concept of setting a body on fire. Clearly, dental records will inevitably reveal the victims’ identities. I suppose the McCords hoped burning the bodies would slow the eventual investigation into the murders. Or maybe they were just stupid enough to think that the car fire would completely cremate the corpses. Whatever. Jessica found the whole thing quite exciting. That made Jeff happy. The happy couple drove home for a night of raucous sex. Ick.

mccordInvestigators easily traced the car to the Birmingham, Alabama airport, where the Bates’ had rented the car to travel to the McCords’. Investigators attempted to interview the McCords at their home. When they refused to open the door, police forced their way inside. Someone had attempted to “remodel” the family room. Police observed the new floor tiles and new wallpaper, but the work had been done in a rush. The wallpaper wasn’t even close to being aligned. Investigators removed it and And when they removed it, they found a bullet hole in the drywall. Uh-oh. A minute amount of blood was found on the glass coffee table. How careless. Even under arrest, Jessica was cold as ice. She was determined to regain control over her life – something she’d unsuccessfully tried to do since her teens. The D.A. commented “I’ve prosecuted some very mean and bad people. Jessica McCord is at the top of the list because she is truly evil.”

Jessica and Jeff McCord were convicted in February of two counts of murder. Jessica will die in jail as she has no chance of parole. Now prison guards control Jessica’s every move, a complete reversal from her life as a free woman. Prosecutors had sought the death penalty, but alas, it wasn’t to be. The only crime a young Alan Bates committed was to fall in love with a sinister woman. The unfortunate man paid for his mistake with his life.

 

 

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Barbaric Bundy was a Bastard Butcher

I’m not especially interested in Theodore Robert Cowell Bundy’s crimes. He’s been called the poster boy for serial killers. Is there any such thing as a poster boy for that? Let’s hope not. I suppose this refers to his good looks, charm and intellect. It also refers to the fact that he was a sadistic killer of many women and a little 12-year-old girl. The latter is the one that really upsets me. I’m more interested in the psychology of Bundy. His childhood background in particular is of interest to me. Most information on his early life seems quite scant. It is repetitive and generally includes the following facts:

His paternity was undetermined. Bundy was born in 1946 at the Elizabeth Lund Home For Unwed Mothers (now the Lund Family Cente in Burlington, ann6Vermont), in 1946 to Eleanor Louise Cowell. His paternity was attributed to an air force veteran named Lloyd Marshall. However Louise claimed his father was a sailor named Jack Worthington. In the 1940s, army men were everywhere, considering the Second World War had just ended in 1945.  Years later, investigators would find no record of the name Worthington in Navy or Merchant Marine archives. Either Louise was lying or this “mysterious” man had lied to her. Some family members expressed suspicions that the father might actually have been Louise’s own violent, abusive father, Samuel Cowell. I’m inclined to believe the latter. That would explain a lot. Louise remained at the Home for 8 weeks before she returned to the Cowell house of horrors.

During the 1940s in American history  when a young, single woman got pregnant, she brought great shame upon her family. For the first three years, Bundy lived in louise1Philadelphia, with his maternal grandparents, Samuel and Eleanor Cowell. Strictly religious, they were disappointed in their 22-year-old daughter, a prim department store clerk, when she had their grandson out-of-wedlock so they raised him as their son to avoid the social stigma of illegitimate birth. Family, friends, and Bundy were told his grandparents were his parents, and Louise was his older sister. Now that’s weird. It’s not reported whether people actually believed this lie. Of  course, if Samuel Cowell had raped his daughter, then he was indeed Bundy’s father.

The discovery. From a young age, Bundy sensed he lived a lie. Somehow Bundy discovered that his sister was actually his mother. His cousin showed him a copy of his birth
certificate after calling him a “bastard”. Where the cousin got his birth certificate, I can’t say. Years later, he told biographers that he himself found the birth certificate. That seems more likely. Ann Rule, famed true crime author, worked with Bundy. He expressed anger toward Louise all of his life for having lied about their relationship. His sense of identity was shattered. He felt badly betrayed. This discovery may have occurred when he was in university and his first girlfriend had just broken off their relationship, leaving him devastated. His earliest suspicions in life had been confirmed and his world came crashing down around him.

Samuel Cowell. Bundy told Rule that he “identified with”, “respected”, and “clung to” his grandfather, not a good admission. Samuel Cowell was a tyrannical bully. He hated blacks, Italians, Catholics, and Jews. Cowell also beat his wife and the family dog. He threw Louise’s younger sister Julia down a flight of stairs for over sleeping. I’m certain he did other terrible things to his daughters. Only the Lord knows what he must have done to his grandson. Cowell may have been mentally ill, as he spoke aloud to unseen people. On at least one occasion he flew into a violent rage when someone questioned Bundy’s paternity.I think I can guess the reason foryoung1 that. One of the many dysfunctional behaviours in this family was a deep shame over Louise’s unwed motherhood, yet Louise’s own incestuous father may have been Bundy’s father, technically making Cowell his son’s grandfather. It’s no surprise that Bundy was confused about his identity from early childhood. The Cowell family worked hard at appearing “normal” to other people. Later in life, Louise talked about her Christian upbringing, yet she never alluded to the incest and violence she suffered at Cowell’s hands.

Eleanor Cowell. Bundy described his grandmother as a timid and obedient woman who periodically underwent ECT for depression. She became agoraphobic toward the end of her life. I’m surprised she wasn’t frightened of staying in the house with her husband. Clearly Eleanor was an inefficient mother and grandmother. She didn’t attempt to leave the role of abused wife. She ignored the incestuous relationships her husband had with her daughters.

Early signs of pathology. Bundy displayed disturbing behavior, even at the early age of three. Julia recalled waking up one day to find herself surrounded by knives. Bundy stood by the bed, smiling at his frightened aunt. Bundy roamed his neighborhood as an adolescent, picking through trash cans, looking for pictures of naked women. He read detective magazines, crime novels, and true crime stories of sexual violence. He especially liked pictures of dead or maimed female bodies. Sometimes he doodled pictures of raped and dead women in his schoolbooks. Bundy also tortured animals, an undisputed sign of a psychopath. Bundy consumed alcohol and “canvassed the community” at night, looking for windows with open drapes so he could watch women undress, or “whatever [else] could be seen.”

Ted_Bundy_HS_YearbookBundy told biographers that he “chose to be alone” as an adolescent because he was awkward at interpersonal relationships. Actually Bundy was uncomfortable around his stepfather after his mother married and preferred to be alone at home. He also had to babysit his younger siblings on many occasions. Bundy claimed he didn’t have friendships. “I didn’t know what made people want to be friends,” he said. “I didn’t know what underlay social interactions.” Tellingly, Bundy knew no personal need to bond with other people. He lacked the empathy and sincerity needed to build friendships. High school classmates claimed Bundy was”well-known and well liked”. They remember a popular, pleasant, if somewhat shy, boy.  Bundy didn’t have girlfriends however and didn’t ask girls to go out on dates with him. He was too awkward to risk rejection, something that might have filled him with rage even at that early age. Bundy insisted he was terribly shy, filled with self-doubt and was often teased by bullies in his junior high school. Clearly he didn’t remember his high school popularity. It was his unhappiness in his middle school years that resonated in his memory.

A budding psychopath. By high school, Bundy was arrested at least twice on suspicion of burglary and auto theft. Many people close to him suspected him of petty thievery. It’s quite likely this was true, considering his two arrests. Stealing without any sense of guilt is a common trait in a psychopath. He gets a thrill from the excitement and danger that stealing offers. Bundy’s dishonesty evolved from stealing small things at work to burglarizing homes for televisions and other items of value. There is no evidence as to whether Louise or Johnnie attempted to rein in Bundy’s behaviour. Probably they didn’t know how to discipline their increasingly wayward son and chose to ignore his troubled behaviour. Bundy’s behaviour has been analyzed by several forensic psychiatrists and one was of the opinion that Bundy was “not like other children, he looked and acted like them, but he was haunted by something else: a fear, a doubt — sometimes only a vague uneasiness — that inhabited his mind with the subtlety of a cat. He felt it for years, but he didn’t recognize it for what it was until much later.”

Johnny Culpepper Bundy. In 1950 Louise changed her surname from Cowell to young22Nelson. Extended family members told her to leave the  Cowell home with Bundy. She left for Philadelphia and lived with her cousins Alan and Jane Scott in Tacoma, Washington. In 1951 Louise married Johnny Culpepper Bundy, a hospital cook. Johnny Bundy formally adopted Ted. Johnny and Louise conceived four children of their own. Ted remained distant from his father. He complained that his stepfatherwasn’t very bright“, anddidn’t make much money.” Bundy was nasty and surly toward Johnny Bundy. His contempt for his stepfather and unhappiness about his paternity contributed to other psychological problems. Why it was that Bundy disdained the kindly Johnny and claimed respect for the violent Cowell is a mystery. Bundy’s name by then had changed from Cowell to Nelson to Bundy. His head must have been spinning. He was a confused and angry little boy.

Louise Bundy For her part Louise Bundy believed in Bundy’s innocence until the night before his execution when he finally told her the truth. Ted Bundy does not go around killing women and little children!’ she told the Tribune in 1980 after Bundy was convicted. ‘And I know this, too, that our never-ending faith in Ted – our faith that he is innocent – has never wavered. And it never will.’  She stopped defending her son after he made several of death-row confessions. During Bundy’s trial for several rape-murders, Louise stated “my Christian upbringing tells me that to take another’s life under any circumstances is wrong. And I don’t believe the state of Florida is above the beloved God.” Her pitiful response to Bundy was “You’ll always be my precious son.’ 

In 1999 Bundy was linked to the 1961 disappearance of eight-year-old Ann Marie Burr in Tacoma. Louise barked at the News Tribune:I resent the fact that everybody in Tacoma thinks just because he lived in Tacoma he did that one, too, way back when he was 14. I’m sure he didn’t.’ What a bizarre conversation to have with the press about one’s son. I doubt Louise was “sure” about anything at all to do with Bundy. Quite like the manner in which he’d discovered the identity of his real mother, Bundy shocked and devastated Louise with the truth about his crimes. He also waited until the last moment of his life to tell her. The sins of the Cowell family had been visited upon her son and returned full circle.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wicked Warmus Used a Warped Way to Wipe out Betty Jeanne

Carolyn Warmus
Carolyn Warmus
was a gorgeous, wealthy 25-year-old blonde, about 5’10″, with perfect measurements. In her late teens she modelled for money although she hardly needed it. She was a PhD. – Papa has Dough. Her father, Thomas Warmus, was a self-made millionaire in the insurance business. Wherever she went, men rubber-necked to look twice warwmusat the willowy blonde. For her part, Warmus was well aware of her charms and reveled in them. It was all about her. But her upbringing had been troubled. She was grew up in Birmingham Michigan, the privileged suburb of the incredibly ugly city of Detroit. When she was only 8 years old her parents divorced. Thomas left Warmus’ mother for another woman, an event that had a profound experience on the little girl’s psyche. Having been her daddy’s little princess, this devastated Warmus, especially when she was forced to live with her mother. Mommy Dearest wasn’t as attentive or warm towards her daughter as Thomas had been. She was a socialite and was seldom at home with her child. What’s more, animosity between Warmus’s parents continued for years. There were many court appearances and disputes over custodial issues. However Thomas became even more successful and in 1990, he was worth over $150 million. Not to show off of course, but Thomas acquired a fleet of jets, several homes and dozens of cars. For her part, Warmus lived with her mother until 18, then moved out and never looked back. But those involved with Carolyn were not kind when it came to describing her. Some of her past friends, said recently, “People remarked about her mental stability, called her “ditzy” and “schizo.” Some of Carolyn’s co-workers stated she had several personalities and “she was a nut!” Clearly, such a profile did not bode well for her future.

Paul Laven
Warmus attended the University of Michigan and entered into a series of disastrous romantic relationships. Perhaps it was due to her father’s infidelity with her mother, but Warmus was obsessed with her boyfriends even resorted to hiring private detectives to warmusdetermine their whereabouts. An ex-boyfriend named Paul Laven, obtained a restraining order against Warmus after she pursued him and his fiancée relentlessly. It was believed she attempted to run over his fiancée but the woman saw the approaching car just in time and avoided it.  That wasn’t the only thing Warmus did: she called Laven’s friends, and wrote Laven a note, falsely claiming he had gotten her pregnant.  That’s a little weird. Wouldn’t you just know Warmus obtained a degree in – wait for it – psychology?

Paul Solomon
Warmus’ life went on without Laven. She decked herself out in the finest clothes from Gucci and Prada. She dined in upscale restaurants. Warmus looked like a woman who “stepped out of Vogue.” It carolyn-warmus-4wasn’t long before Warmus was up to her old tricks. After an affair with a married bartender (I mean raise the bar, girl) she hired a private detective, Vincent Parco, to trail her after he broke it off with her. During this time, Warmus, an intellectually bright woman, earned her Masters Degree in Elementary Education. She wanted to teach children. Seriously. Her charm and credentials landed her a job at Greenwich Elementary, in Scarsdale, New York. Here she met Paul Solomon, a fifth grade teacher. Eventually, at school family gatherings, Warmus met his wife Betty Jeanne and daughter Kristan. A married man? With a kid? Oh hurrah. That’s just the type Warmus liked. Warmus practically forced herself into the family’s life, becoming a big sister to little Kristan. She took her on shopping sprees and bought her pricey gifts. Now, that’s definitely weird. Weirder still that Solomon and Betty Jeanne permitted it.

The Affair
The affair began not long after Warmus met Solomon’s wife. For whatever reason, Warmus wasn’t interested in single men. Perhaps they were too easy as targets. Warmus liked a challenge. Over time she was happy to let Betty Jeanne know about the affair, writing her
nasty notes that stated Betty Jeanne was no competition for her; Warmus waswarmus far superior in beauty and Betty Jeanne didn’t have a chance in keeping her husband. Nice. Although she wasn’t happy about the affair, for her own reasons, Betty Jeanne didn’t leave Solomon. Perhaps she was determined to work it out. That was her death knell. Warmus and Solomon met every week for dinner at a place called Treetops, Yonkers. On one occasion Solomon happily received oral sex from Warmus in the parking lot before they had dinner. If anyone had walked by and noticed they would have had dinner and a show that night.

The Murder
Early in the evening of January 15, 1989, Betty Jeanne Solomon called 9-1-1, screaming “he’s going to kill me!” That sentence – “he” became a significant detail in police
investigation, believing “he” referred to Paul Solomon. Later, it was revealed Warmus might have been disguised as a man when she murdered Betty Jeanne. When the call was abruptly disconnected but police but found nothing because the reverse dsolirectory had an incorrect address. Incorrect. Seriously. A misprint in the telephone book might have helped Warmus to kill Betty Jeanne. Then again, by the time Betty Jeanne made the call Warmus stood over her and fired several shots – 9, to be precise. At 11:42pm, the body of Betty Jeanne Solomon was found in the family’s living room. She was pistol-whipped about the head and had nine bullet wounds in her back and legs. Naturally Solomon fell under suspicion. His lukewarm alibi was that he’d been out bowling with friends. After police checked on the time he’d been bowling with the time he arrived home and found a discrepancy, Solomon spilled about the affair with Warmus and admitted that he’d been with Warmus after he went bowling. Naturally he hadn’t wanted to tell police he’d been having an affair. That didn’t look too promising.

The Stalker
Solomon however, remained a “person of interest“. Police tailed him and observed his comings and goings on a daily basis. Nothing suspicious alerted them in Solomon’s
behaviour. Instead, it was Warmus who alerted the radar. For one thing, she attea-murderous-affairnded Betty Jeanne’s funeral. That was weird. She made an appearance that made Solomon look, at the very least, awkward. Over the following weeks, Warmus ingratiated herself into Solomon’s family even more. She spent weekends with Solomon and Kristan, making them dinner and acting more like Solomon ‘s wife than his girlfriend. Over time, Solomon, who felt overwhelmed, broke off his relationship with Warmus. Weeks later he became involved with a new girlfriend, Barbara Ballor. Warmus of course was furious. Once again she began  her obsessive behaviour, stalking Ballor and Solomon, After dating for some months, Ballor and Solomon took a vacation together in Puerto Rico. Incensed, Warmus the Weird actually purchased a ticket and followed them to the same hotel. She left notes at the reception desk to be passed onto Solomon, insisting that he join her in her hotel room. Needless to say, Solomon began to fear for his safety. He and Ballor packed up and left PR early. When Warmus discovered Solomon had left, she took a different tack and contacted Ballor’s family, informing them that Solomon was suspected of shooting his wife 9 times.

The Trial
Back in the States, Warmus’ behaviour became even more unhinged. Meanwhile police continued their investigation into the Betty Jeanne murder. They discovered Warmus had detobtained a .25 caliber Beretta pistol with a silencer from the sleazy Parco before Betty Jeanne’s murder. Detective Richard Constantino checked calls made from Warmus’ home phone and he discovered one made at 3:02pm was to Ray’s Sport Shop in North Plainfield, New Jersey. The only female to purchase .25-caliber ammunition that day was Liisa Kattai from Long Island. When questioned, Kattai denied being in the shop or buying ammunition. It was determined that Kattai’s driver’s license had been stolen while she worked a summer job. One of her co-workers was
Warmus. Police made an arrest and Warmus paid her own bail at $250,000.00. A disbelieving daddy posted her bond on February 2, 1990.  Warmus’ initial trcarolyn-warmus-3ial was held at the Westchester County Courthouse. She arrived looking deadly (pun) in a very short pink mini-skirt, with matched tight pink jacket and a pink sunhat. Black stiletto heels and a black purse completed the ensemble. Warmus held her head high as reporters snapped photographs. She reveled in the spotlight. Solomon testified, “She said it was difficult finding good people to date. I said I would be so happy to dance at your wedding and see you happy. She said ‘What about your happiness, Paul? Don’t you deserve to be happy?” Twelve days later, the jury announced they were deadlocked at 8-4 in favor of conviction.  The judge was forced to declare a mistrial and Warmus strutted out the door in  her stiletto heels.

The Conviction
In January 1992, a second trial began. A new piece of evidence allowed the second jury web2new insight into Warmus’ behaviour . A bloody cashmere glove she owned had been recovered at the brutal crime scene. The fibres on the glove matched gloves the idiotic Warmus hadn’t thrown away. This time the jury took six days to decide Warmus was guilty. Judge John Carey stated Warmus was guilty of a “a hideous act, a most extreme, illegal and wanton murder.” Warmus received 25 years to life in prison. This time, even daddy’s money couldn’t save his little princess.

**Update** Today, the glamour and youth are gone. I suppose several years in prison will do that to even the prettiest woman. Warmus isn’t one to be idle. She probably would have carolyn-warmus-6stalked the jury from prison if she’d been able. Instead she’s waged a one-woman campaign to free herself from prison claiming, “Justice will come about only if the true facts of the case come to light.” If you are so inclined you may aid Warmus in her quest to bring true facts to light and contribute to theJustice for Carolyn Warmus Fund. Apparently, daddy doesn’t feel so inclined.

 

 

 

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The Lady in the Lake Languished Leagues Below the Surface for 21 years

Carol Price was a boomer baby, one among millions of brand new babies after her father returned home from the war. Carol was adopted and she grew up in the town of Barrow, carolin England. Pretty, brown-haired and brown-eyed, Carol was a sweet girl and lived a happy life with her adoptive family. Pretty and intelligent, Carol enrolled in teacher’s college after high school. Around that time she met Gordon Park, an attractive “man about town” who became smitten with Carol. The two however were very different. Carol was an extrovert, Park the introvert. No matter. Sometimes opposites attractive and it clearly did with Carol and Park. But there was a darker side to Park: he was controlling and aloof. He could turn a cold shoulder to Carol when she displeased him in some small way but Carol remained smitten by her strong, outdoorsy boyfriend and ignored these warning signals.

Park and Carol were married and moved to Leece, a posh village outside Barrow. Park had built a beautiful, modern bungalow for his new wife. Their first few years of marriage were carolreportedly happy although it didn’t last. Two years later, Carol’s sister, Christine, was murdered by her boyfriend, John Rapson. Gordon and Carol adopted Christine’s daughter, Vanessa, who was a year old when her mother died. After recovering from the tragedy, the marriage took a decidedly unpleasant twist. Park was no longer the charming prince Carol thought she’d married. Park demanded a lot of his wife and he refused to allow her to socialize without him. He took her salary and banked it without allowing her access to her own money. In spite of her intellect and former independence Carol was browbeaten and acquiesced to anything her husband demanded. Park forced his wife to partake in ‘wife-swapping’ parties and Carol slept with several men.

Finally in 1974 Carol took a lover. In December 1974, Carol moved out of the marital home and moved to Middlesbrough to live with policeman David Brearley. They met at an Open University summer school. She, her boyfriend and her children moved into a guest house in Littlesburg, at the Lakes. Park drove his family to the house to live, well aware that Carol had a lover. He remained in the car while his family turned and walked away. Over time, Carol told her mother “there is more than one way to be cruel and I’ve always had to obey him.”  Too frightened to meet with her husband alone to discuss custody of the children , Carol met with Park in public places. She refused to get into his car gordonwith him except once. Park brought her home in one piece. On two other occasions, Carol ran from her violent husband. During Christmas holiday, 1974 the custody battle between her and Park was ongoing. He controlled her access to the children; it was minimal. Carol’s children were her life. She would be distraught without them. During a custody hearing, Carol admitted to her affair. Park had also had an affair during the marriage but he lied in court and denied it. The judge awarded him full custody of the children. The only way Carol could be with her children was to return to Park and a bitter marriage. Just before doing so, Carol became enmeshed in two lesbian affairs. Hey, this was the 70′s. Carol left Bearley and reluctantly returned to the controlling, angry Park.

Carol lived a very unhappy life for a year after she returned to Park. She mentioned to the landlady that she had only returned to the house to be with her children. The summer of carol-park-2529592501976 arrived. The very first night of her summer holiday, Carol went missing. The landlady noticed her absence but assumed she had gone on holiday alone. As a rule, they didn’t see her often. One day the landlord knocked on the door and inquired politely as to Carol’s whereabouts. Park admitted Carol had been missing for six weeks and he hadn’t reported it to police. Instead, after the landlord checked on Carol, he reported it to his attorney. Park told police he believed she had “gone off with one of her boyfriends.” Police discovered Carol had left her purse, credit cards and wedding rings behind. A police detective asked Park if he could speak to the children. Park refused. Without a body, police couldn’t bring Park in for questioning.

carolEventually, Park divorced Carol on the grounds of “desertion” and twice remarried. Quite unlucky in love you might say. He was often seen sailing on the lake near the bungalow. Park lived a quiet life and kept a low profile. The children, who obviously missed their mother, appeared happy overall and seemed to be treated well. 21 years later, in 1997, two amateur scuba divers went out for a fun dip in Conestin Lake, never expecting to discover a large, suspicious bundle, wrapped in garbage bags and rope. They notified police. Police found Carol’s watery grave and brought her to the surface. Upon opening the bulky bag, police discovered the grisly remains of Carol Park. Carol was a dreadful, unrecognizable mess. Her head and face had been destroyed by an axe. Right away, Park was arrested and questioned for two days. Incredibly, Park had a smart-ass attitude with police, toying with them during the interrogation.

Detective: What was your first thought in your head when she went missing? What were you thinking?
Park: Here we go again.
Detective: Would you like to just explain that?
Park: Not really but I will. It’s when a wife walks out on you, you don’t know where she’s gone or why. It’s a very horrible feeling. It’s just awfully, totally disorientating. No doubt you’ve got experts who can tell you all about that. Happened before….and you wonder what’s going to happen this time and if there’s going to be another boyfriend.

gordonPark was charged with murder and incarcerated in Preston Prison. Within months charges were dropped and Park had once again gotten away with murder. Six years passed. Forensic investigation into the case revealed that Carol had been tied into the fetal position with the same type of rope Park kept in his home for his rock-climbing hobby. A detective compared the type of knot that had been used to tie Carol’s body and the bags around it. Rather than the typical “granny” knot or “reef” knot – a very simply, common knot people use, this was a complex type of knot that only someone familiar with boating or mountaineering would use. Most people are unable to tie this type of knot.

Seven more years passed. A rock found in the lake bed was also linked to Park. A green slate rock was found beneath the body, embedded into the bottom of the lake. This type of rock wasn’t found on or in Conestin Lake, meaning it was from a foreign location. Instead, this rock had been used to weight the body to keep it from rising to the surface. Similar slate was found at the bungalow Park had built for Carol. Interestingly, a type of rock was also found with Carol’s body that wasn’t a match for the rocks at the bottom of the lake. That too had come from the bungalow. And you never knew rocks were so fascinatingly unique, did you?

A cell mate with learning disabilities and a mental age of 9 came forward to tell police that while he was incarcerated with Park for a time, Park admitted to him he had indeed killed his wife. Although the man was mentally disabled, he was utterly certain about Park’s confession. The only time the man was able to lie, in fact, was when he tried to invent stories about himself. He provided an excellent witness for the defense. By January 2004, police had the ropes, rock, Carol’s clothing and the cell mate’s witness statement. They arrested Park again for Carol’s murder. Park had no reaction whatsoever. His main concern was he wished to shower and groom himself before he went to jail. Happily, Park pranced about nude in front of two male policemen before he got dressed. Weird or what?

Park spoke for hours about his knotting expertise, quite happy to brag about his ability. Eventually he realized his mistake and tried to back pedal, claiming sometimes he used ropemountaineering knots and sometimes he didn’t. Park was returned to his cell alone. He paced and talked to himself. He wept. He sat, stood, and paced. This time, 28 years had passed and finally Park was charged and he wouldn’t be released. Amazingly, a couple now contacted police and stated they’d seen Park dumping his wife’s body. John Young had proposed to his wife Joan on that particular day. The two happened to look out over Conestin Lake and Joan joked “I hoped that isn’t his wife he’s got in there.” Imagine that: One man is proposing marriage while another is dumping his dead wife’s body. Bit of a contrast, that.

The jury trial began. Park was a cool cucumber. Park’s composure began to slip over the weeks and he began to lie during questioning. One foolish lie was that Park claimed he hadn’t worn spectacles in 1973 when Carol was murdered, as the Youngs had claimed. But hundreds of photographs during that year showed that he did. More lies of that sort continued. It was determined that Park had smashed Carol in the face with a climber’s pick-ax. He kept her body in the freezer for some days until he disposed of it. When the defense and DA rested, it took the jury 10 hours to return a guilty verdict. Park had killed his wife when he was 32. A the age of 61 he finally paid for it with a prison sentence of life. The lady in the lake had lain languishing for 21 years. She languished for 7 more years until justice was served.

park_letterIn 2009, Park’s third wife Jenny sent him the Prison and Probation Ombudsman’s report. He read about serial killer GP Dr Harold Shipman’s suicide in Wakefield prison. Park assured Jenny he  ‘didn’t think it was necessary‘ to be on the [suicide] watch. In November 2008 Park’s appeal into his conviction failed. The following month, at the age of 66, Park committed suicide in his cell. Before his suicide,  Park  demonstrated behaviour typical of a suicide, by giving his possessions away to other inmates.

Park the Pathetic didn’t mind leaving Carol to languish in the lake for 21 years but he couldn’t live for 5 years in prison. Ironically, he hung himself by ligature and he placed a plastic bag over his head. I suppose there weren’t any rocks available in his cell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mother Manipulated Sophomore Boys into Murder

Diane Fister was born on August 3 1949. An adorable brown-haired, brown-eyed little girl, she was always an independent child. Fister wanted to join the military after high school but her father refused. Fister promptly eloped with a man for revenge. Soon afterward, Fister divorced her husband. With no roots to offer her stability, Fister moved around the country and eventually, 29-year-old Diane settled in Jefferson, Wisconsin, a picturesque little town. Fister took a job as an office clerk and in a lumber mill. It was here that Fister met carpenter Ruben Borchardt. Soon Fister wed husband

rubenborchardtnumber two, becoming Mrs. Diane Borchardt. For his part, Borchardt had also been married once before but he was tragically widowed when his wife was killed in a car accident in front of their home. He was left with two children. Strangely, Fister claimed Borchardt`s tragedy was the reason she wed her husband, not because she loved him. “I wanted to help. I wasn`t interested romantically in Ruben I was interested in the kids.“ What a Florence Nightingale kind of girl. Of course, her claim that she didn`t love her husband was meant to disprove the DA`s argument that she had been a jealous wife during her divorce from Ruben. Meh. Nobody bought it.

Diane and Ruben soon had their own daughter, named Regan. Diane now had no interest in her stepchildren. She treated them poorly, kind at one minute, cruel the next. Ruben went ahead and purchased a farm and Diane claimed she was “overwhelmed.`` She didn`t want to help run a farm and mother three children at once. Diane told her husband ``I don`t think this will work.`` In 1993 Diane discovered Ruben was having an affair. From her perspective, Ruben and his mistress simply wanted Diane to move out, so they could have “this fairytale life.“

Slightly before dawn on Easter Sunday,  April 3, 1994, 16-year-old Chuck Borchardt placed an emotionless 9-1-1 call to the Sheriff’s department, calmly telling the dispatcher diane-borchardtthere’s blood all over.” Yawn. Chuck brought police to the still-conscious victim, seated in his blood-soaked armchair. Chuck told police he’d heard a loud bang in the house then a sound like a “cow mooing.” Alas, Ruben passed away at the hospital. It was the town’s first homicide in 20 years. Police investigated the Borchardt household. They discovered the shooting had taken place in the basement. Somehow, Ruben had managed to pull himself upstairs to fall into a chair in the living room. Chuck was the only other person in the house that evening. He and his father were both hunters. Naturally Chuck fell under suspicion. The bullets used to kill Ruben matched bullets in Chuck’s bedroom. At the same time, police weren’t convinced the boy had murdered his father, especially after interviewing him.

Police went to speak to Diane and discovered she and Ruben had been involved in an acrimonious divorce. Diane had been in Tomahawk Wisconsin. However police grew suspicious when Diane`s lawyer contacted them, stating she wouldn`t be showing up for an interview. Soon Diane became the sole suspect in the crime. Chuck was again investigated and he stuck to his story that he heard a sound like a `cow mooing.`` borchardt childrenThen he added a crucial new detail: Ruben stated “I can`t believe she would do this to me.“ Was it a fabrication. Chuck agreed to be hypnotized but he reiterated the same story. He insisted he didn`t know who the `she“ might be, but then he admitted ``mom might have something to do with it because she`s began acting funny.“ People in the Jefferson community liked Diane. She was a loyal wife and actively involved in the community. Diane was a study hall monitor at her son`s school. She was a good and caring person. But having a conflict with Diane wasn`t a good idea. She could be vicious when she was angry.

Now police learned that when Diane found out about Ruben`s affair with a work colleague,
she stated `I`ll kill him if that`s what`s going on.“ Ruben`s family was delighted when Ruben asked for a divorce. He was not a happily married man and the family was tired of Diane`s moods. Over the following few months however Ruben became fearful, believing Diane might be preparing to hurt him. Ruben won access to Chuck and he was awarded the house. Instead of celebrating, Ruben decided he would give the house to Diane, believing she would indeed kill him. Two weeks later, Ruben was dead. Four months passed. There was no break in the case. Suddenly an joshua-yanke-1anonymous caller contacted police and stated there were three people involved in Ruben`s murder, three local teens to be precise. Douglas Vest, Michael Maldanado, his cousin, and Josh Yanke, all sophomores at the school where Diane volunteered as a study hall  monitor, were all suggested as being the killers. The boys made `weak denials“. Police told Vest he knew Vest had been promised $20,000 in cash and some rings if he killed Ruben. Foolishly, Vest replied, “how did you find out about the rings“ Diane was arrested with conspiracy to commit murder. It was Diane who had recruited the gullible teenagers into committing the murder. She was convicted due to the jury`s belief that she was angry about the results of the divorce and Ruben`s affair. Diane however, protested her innocence.

During the interrogation of the boys, police learned Vest was an easy mark. He believed Diane when she told him how unfairly she was being treated. He recruited his two friends borchardt conspiratorto kill Ruben. After entering the Borchardt household, Moldanado and Vest went downstairs to shoot Ruben. Yanke took the phone off the hook. On the stairway, Moldanado and Vest encountered Borchardt. Moldanado shot him twice. By striking deals with the boys, the DA gathered significant evidence against Diane. Faced with life in prison, the boys cooperated. Yanke testified against his friends, receiving an 18-year sentence, with the possibility of parole after 10 year. Vest refused to cut a deal in spite of the offer of 13 and a half years. Instead he went on trial. He was found guilty of first degree intentional homicide and received a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 25 years. Moldanado was the trigger. Even Moldanado didn`t take a plea. He claimed he was at home asleep when Borchardt was shot. Moldanado was also found guilty of first degree intentional homicide receiving a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 50 years.

During her trial, Diane vainly claimed Ì would never have thought of hiring kids.``Perhaps she would have hired Mafia thugs if she`d had the connections. She douglas-vest-1claimed she herself was the victim of a conspiracy between police and the DA. Sheesh. Did she really expect the jury to believe that. Diane was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder and received life in prison. She had manipulated three gullible, troubled teenagers into murdering a defenseless man. She`d been a bad mother to her stepchildren, then taken away their father. Diane should share a cell with Pamela Smart, the woman who had her real estate salesman husband shot by two teenagers, or Betty Broderick, the socialite who murdered her husband for marrying his mistress. I`m sure they`d all have a lot to talk about.   Ann-Margret starred in a movie about Ruben`s murder called Seduced by Murder: The Diane Borchardt Story.

 

 

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Thirty-four Agonizing Years Until a Killer is Brought to Justice

In Richmond Beach, WA, N.W. 192 Street , a close-knit community, in 1975, Dinah Peterson was a pretty, 16-year-old girl who met a dreadful end on, of all days, Valentine’s Day. Someone literally stabbed her in the heart in her own backyard and left her there to bleed to death. It was her father who found her on the side of the house, lying on her back, staring lifelessly at the sky above. Policemen arrived quickly to find a devastated family. Dinah’s mother, Leanne, had locked her out of the house the night she died. She was tired of Dinah sneaking out of the house to see Diner, her boyfriend. Dinah had even snuck out to see Diner when she was at home babysitting her younger siblings, leaving them alone. Like little Leslie Mahaffey, the murder victim of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka, it was a Tough Love-type approach to establishing discipline.

The coroner took his time arriving at the scene. The police didn’t pay much attention to the blood around Peterson’s body. Stupidly, the coroner thought Peterson had fallen off the balcony above her. Now does a fall from a balcony onto grass and autumn leaves end up in a bloody mess on the lawn (scratch head)? Already the investigation wasn’t shaping up to be very successful. Tim Diner lived next door to the Petersons. Two doors down Jim Groth lived. Diner and Groth were immediate suspects in the case.

Diner was the neighbourhood partier. His door was always open and people came and went, drinking and having a good time. Groth on the other hand, wasn’t well-liked. He was described as “quirky”. He was a “kid who showed up and you just couldn’t get rid of him.” On Valentine’s Day, in the evening, Groth simply showed up to see Dinah and her friend Tricia. The two girls quickly tired of his unwanted company and left the house without him to get a pizza. Leanne ventured downstairs to find Groth still seated on the couch, waiting for Dinah to return. Leanne told Groth to leave which he did  As Dinah and her friend walked home from the pidinahzza restaurant, a friend, Kathy Strunk, offered the girls a ride home. It was late in the evening when Dinah arrived home. As she lay in bed reading, Leanne heard what she thought were “playful screams,” coming from the yard. Looking out the window, she saw shadows and went outside to find her daughter. The door was open. Leanne called for Dinah but Dinah didn’t answer. Leanne let Dinah’s dog out then locked the sliding glass doors to the basement. Naturally, Dinah wasn’t able to walk around to the front door and ring the bell. She was dying in the backyard.

When police removed Peterson’s body they discovered a large hunting knife in her back. So much for falling off the balcony. They conducted an extensive investigation into Dinah’s death, taking casts of shoe prints near Dinah’s body, samples of skin beneath her fingernails, and several photographs of the crime scene. Police investigated Dinah’s father, who had a hunting knife in his workshop. Naturally he fell under suspicion but there was no further investigation involving Dinah’s father. That morning, Groth and Diner were interviewed about their whereabouts the night of the murder. Groth informed police that after Leanne told him to leave he went to a bowling alley, then went home to bed. Diner stated he had visited a friend, got home at 11 p.m. and heard a dog barking, but he hadn’t connected it with Dinah’s dog. Without a warrant, police searched Diner’s house and found a pair of pants with blood on them. Rumours had run around the neighbourhood that Diner liked to go out and “kill animals,” and that “he and his friends would beat people up when they would have parties [at Diner's house].” The knife used to kill Dinah belonged to Diner. Major break in the case, no?

After Diner’s arrest, he got a lawyer and stopped talking to police. Investigators didn’t have enough evidence to make an arrest and Diner was free to walk. Once when she saw Diner 090724_jim_grothoutside working on his car Leanne admitted “I wanted to go out and cut his heart out.” Groth and Diner took polygraph exams. Both failed. Groth changed his story about having been at the blowing alley when Dinah was murdered. He admitted on his way home, he crossed through the Peterson’s yard and saw Dinah lying face-down on the grass. Police had found the body lying face-up. Uh-oh. Bit of a Freudian slip. Investigators took a closer look at Groth. He’d always had a strong crush on Dinah, who didn’t return the interest. Police now had two potential suspects. Investigators spoke to friends of Dinah’s and Diner’s. One girl informed police that after Dinah’s murder, Groth had held a hunting knife at her, hitting her side with it and declaring “gotcha!Eric Hansen, a classmate of Groth’s claimed Groth assaulted him at his father’s business. On his way out of the store Groth commented, “If you tell anyone about this I’ve killed one girl, I can kill again.” Now if that doesn’t stir the pot on the stove.

Idiotically, the Juvenile Department at the police station handled the report and neglected to hand it onto the homicide division. Seriously. Nothing came of Hansen’s Ted_Bundy_headshotcomplaint. For whatever reason, police had Groth take another polygraph test and this time he passed. Groth was now excluded as a suspect based only on a polygraph test. Apparently, it didn’t occur to police to ask Groth why it was that he left a good friend on a lawn with a knife in her back, and simply strode home (scratch head). Then two weeks after Dinah’s murder the main investigator was removed from the case and re-assigned to a task force that was hunting for the notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. If that don’t beat all. The focus on the Bundy case meant Dinah’s murder fell off the radar. The murder wasn’t “newsworthy” and investigators turned their interest elsewhere. Within months of Dinah’s murder, the Petersons moved out of the neighbourhood, unable to bear the painful memories of their child’s gruesome death. Now and then police placed Diner under investigation, finally driving him out of the neighbourhood. Groth followed soon after. Months passed, until in 1985 the Petersons threw in the towel, believing police would never solve the case. When the Petersons contacted police to retrieve their daughter’s clothing and belongings, they were told a sergeant had thrown it away in a bid to clean out the murder case storage room. All of the evidence that could have been used for DNA testing was permanently lost.(grit teeth)

In 2006 King County detective Jim Allen stumbled across the Peterson case. Intrigued, he re-opened the case. The file was filled with inconsistencies. Returning to the crime scene, Allen began his investigation. Allen believed the investigators were going after the wrong suspect. Diner had been at a friend’s house when Dinah was murdered. He had never changed his story. It was an airtight alibi. Groth, on the other hand, had no witnesses to verify he had been at a bowling alley. He had changed his story on one occasion and especially the position in which the body had been found. A neighbourhood boy had also offered a statement, stating that Groth had run up to him and told the child Dinah had been stabbed. But it wasn’t until 2:30 pm that police knew Dinah had been stabbed. Clearly, Groth was the guilty party. The murder weapon was the clincher. It was the one original piece of evidence that hadn’t been thrown out. Groth could have taken the hunting knife from Diner’s house without telling him. Diner was informed he was no longer a suspect but Diner, who had been a suspect his entire life, wouldn’t cooperate with them. His life had been ruined.

Police found Groth who now lived in Alaska and worked as a fisherman. He was still a violent man, having assaulted many women in his life. Groth was questioned again and he jimstuck with his story that Dinah had been face-down when he found the body. This time, Groth failed a polygraph test.  Allen took another look at the photographs of shoe prints in the Peterson’s yard. Both Groth’s foot prints and Dinah’s interacted in such a manner that it was plausible he had killed her. 30 years after the murder, 59-year-old Jim Groth was arrested for Dinah Peterson’s murder. Groth’s comment was “what will I tell my girlfriend? It’s Chistmas.” At long last, Groth was put on trial for Dinah’s murder. The Petersons were forced to relive their daughter’s last moments alive. No DNA and no confession made the case a tough one. The footprint photographs however were significant and had not been discarded along with other evidence. Somehow, police hadn’t taken photographs or examined the footwear of any suspects or Dinah herself in 1975. That was another major blow to the trial.

The DA’s argument was that Groth’s affection toward Dinah was the catalyst that drove him to kill her. Frequently, he groped her and she would constantly fight him off. Finally the rejection was too much for Groth and in a fit of rage he planned her murder. Waiting for her to return home, Groth emerged from the bushes in the Peterson’s backyard and stabbed Dinah in the back. The first decision the jury reached was 8-4 for acquittal (sense of outrage). Seriously. Juries are a mystery. 3 days later, the jury returned a verdict of  first degree murder of “not guilty.” However, on the charge of second degree murder, Groth was found “guilty.” He received a prison sentence of 16 years to life. 34 years had passed. The Petersons could heal. Dinah could rest in peace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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