Sunday, 14 February 2016

Valentine's Day: Murder In The Park

The Valentine's Day Murders:

Statistically speaking, you're more likely to be murdered by your partner on Valentine's day if you've forgotten to get her a card, present, or taken her out for a romantic meal.

If you haven't even noticed she had her hair done, or bought a new dress, or nice thong, then your chances of survival dwindle to about 6 percent.

Below are just a few real life murders that happened on Valentine's Day since 2010.
Murder In The Park
On February 14th 2010, 38-year-old Stacey Schoeck asked her 46-year-old husband (it was her 5th husband), Richard Schoeck, to meet her at Belton Bridge Park. She told him it would be a romantic exchange of Valentine's Day cards.
It was sweet, and very romantic.
Just after 9:00pm, Stacey Schoeck called the police. She had found her husband dead, near his truck at the romantic spot where they had planned to meet. She informed the police he had been shot three times in the stomach. And twice in the face.
During the police investigation, they found Stacey Schoeck had a life insurance policy claim pending, worth over half a million dollars. Stacey was the sole beneficiary. Oh, and she was also having an affair.
It turns out, Stacey Schoeck had hired former employee Lynitra Ross, and her personal trainer, Reginald Coleman, who also happened to be a convicted felon, to help her kill her husband.
It was planned over a meal at a Mexican restaurant by Stacey Schoeck and Lynitra Ross, who was given a house owned by Stacey as a fee.
They then hired Reginald Coleman, for a modest sum, in comparison, of £10,000, to shoot dead Stacey's husband.
All three, Stacey Schoeck, Lynitra Ross, and Reginald Coleman, were tried, found guilty, and sentenced to Life in Prison.
If she's a psycho, whatever you do, don't start snoring
On February 14th 2015, 43-year-old Dawn Dixon-Bey stabbed her 49-year-old boyfriend, Gregory M. Stack twice in his chest as he was snoozing on their couch in the living room.
The couple had only just moved into the apartment and, no doubt exhausted from carrying lots of boxes, Gregory decided he needed to rest for five minutes.
Dawn Dixon-Bey maintained during her trial that she was innocent. She even told the police and the court it was self-defence.
However, the injuries were not consistent with self-defence. Plus, over 20 witnesses came forward to testify Dawn Dixon-Bey had threatened Gregory with a knife and their neighbours had overheard her shouting she would kill him.
Dawn Dixon-Bey was found guilty of second-degree murder and will serve between 35 and 70 years in prison.
Murder In The Missionary Position
On February 14th 2013, Nathan Leuthold shot his wife, Denise Leuthold, in the head. He then staged the crime scene to appear as if a violent struggle had taken place during a burglary.
Nathan Leuthold was a missionary and had taken a trip to Lithuania, where he had met an 18-year-old student. He had persuaded his wife to jointly sponsor her immigration visa to the United States of America.
He had apparently fallen in love with the Lithuanian student and decided he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. The only way he could do that, was to kill his wife.
The Police investigated the crime thoroughly, and he came unstuck when they discovered the search history on his computer.
He had googled "Hitting someone over the head to knock them out," "Lethal injection," and "How to muffle a gun."
He was tried, found guilty, and sentenced to 80 years in prison.
It has to be Murder: He doesn't have a leg to stand on
On February 14th 2013, Oscar Pistorius, the Olympic and Paralympic runner, shot dead his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria, South Africa.
Oscar Pistorius told his trial that he believed his girlfriend was a burglar and he hid in the bathroom as he was afraid.
Pistorius then said, fearing for his life, as he believed the intruder was trying to break into the bathroom, he fired several shots through the door, only to find out later, that it wasn't a burglar, or home invader, it was actually his girlfriend.
Pistorius stood trial and was originally convicted of manslaughter.
However, after a review of the evidence by a different judge, it was decided Pistorius didn't have a leg to stand on, and what he did couldn't be considered manslaughter.
The verdict was overturned and Pistorius was instantly slapped with a murder charge.
What happens when you forget to buy your wife a Valentine's Day present?
On February 14th 2014, Giovanni Iuliano died as a result of injuries caused by his wife, Andrea Consales.
Andrea Consales was a special needs school teacher and a daughter of respected municipal judge, Leon Consales. She told her trial that her husband had tripped and fallen, hence the injuries. However, the evidence said different.
Her husband's head and face were beaten quite severely and there was blood everywhere. Floor, walls, ceiling. The amount of blood, and blood patterns across the room, could not be consistent with falling over.
Andrea Consales was tried, found guilty, and sentence for murder in the first-degree.
Murder-Suicide: A life together, a death together
On February 14th 2015, two bodies were discovered by the Alabama Sheriff's department. They were of a 77-year-old man and his 76-year-old wife.
An investigation concluded the husband shot and killed his wife, and then turned the gun on himself, dying soon afterwards.
The police revealed the husband had no criminal record, or history of domestic violence. They added that the couple were dealing with long-term illness. Murder/suicide.

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