Marriage is hard work. But some people work even harder to end their marriage permanently. The following are not crimes of passion, but complex plans to rid a wife or husband of a thorn in their side.
10 Major Raymond Lisenba
Lisenba, also known as Robert "Rattlesnake" James, had the unlikely trick of taking out insurance policies for his dependents shortly before their deaths. His nephew was the first to die in a car accident just two weeks after his car accident. Someone had tampered with his steering wheel. Lisenba and his third wife, Winona Wallace, made it to their honeymoon before getting into a car accident. Winona's head injury, however, was more consistent with the bloody hammer in the back seat than with any car accident. Miraculously, Winona survived with no memory of the crash, but while she was recovering, she somehow drowned in the couple's bathtub.
Woman number four apparently saw a pattern that the police did not and refused to sign an insurance policy. Lisenba began the annulment process on the very day of her wedding. He soon married, this time to Mary Busch, and bought a policy for 10.000 dollars for her life.
In 1935, Mary became pregnant and Lisenba insisted she had an abortion. Because the procedure was illegal, Lisenba convinced Mary to close her eyes and mouth to protect the abortionist's identity. He gave her a glass of whiskey as a sedative, tied her to the kitchen table and put her feet in a box with two rattlesnakes named Lethal and Lightning. Mary was bitten three times and her legs swelled up, but she still didn't die fast enough for her husband, who took her upstairs and drowned her in the bathtub.
Initially, police ruled Mary's death accidental despite snake bites on her legs. However, when the insurance company discovered that two of Lisenba's wives had drowned, they finally became suspicious. He was arrested, convicted, and in 1942 he was the last to die in California.
Tracey Richter was as busy as a killer bee. Among her numerous warrants and convictions for fraud was a 1992 conviction for discharging a firearm during an argument with her husband, Dr. John Pitman. During her divorce in 1996, she accused Pitman of abusing her son. This charge was dismissed for lack of evidence. In 1997, Richter became involved with oral surgeon Dr. Joseph LaSpisa. According to LaSpisa, she suggested they get nitrous oxide and have sex before attempting 150.Extorting $ 000 for sexual assault. The charges against LaSpisa were again dismissed.
In 2001, Richter, now remarried, had a custody battle with Pitman. She stood there to watch both her son and 1.Losing US$ 000 per month in support for children. In December, Richter called police to report that she had shot an intruder. She claimed two men broke into her house and tried to strangle her with pantyhose. She managed to escape, opened the gun safe, pulled out two guns and shot one of her attackers nine times. The other man fled the scene and was never identified.
In Richter's bedroom, police found the body of 20-year-old Dustin Wehde, an anxious computer nerd who lived in his parents' basement. Oddly enough, Wehde had parked his car in Richter's driveway. A pink notebook was found in the car with a confession written in it. Wehde, we were told, was hired by Dr. Pitman had been hired to kill judge.
Police did not buy that Wehde was a murderer and refused to arrest Pitman, but could not refute Richter's story. In 2010, a medical examiner determined that Judge Wehde had been shot three times in the back while lying helpless on the ground. During the trial, the prosecution alleged that Judge lured Wehde to her apartment and forced him at gunpoint to write the confession. She was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
In 1995, Mark and Donnah Winger seemed like the perfect couple to focus on their newly adopted baby. Then Roger Harrington entered her life. When Donnah returned from a Florida trip, she was dropped off at her home in Springfield, Illinois, in a shuttle driven by Harrington, who had a history of mental illness and allegedly drove the shuttle at high speeds, chatting about demons and taking drugs. When Mark got home, he called the shuttle company and Harrington was suspended. Mark also had a verbal altercation with Harrington.
A few days later, on 29. August 1995, Mark said he was working on the treadmill in the basement when he heard the baby crying. He went upstairs and saw Harrington standing over Donnah with a hammer in his hand. His wife's skull had been bashed in. Mark said he got his gun and shot Harrington twice in the head. The case was deemed a justifiable homicide and Mark received 175.000 dollars from Donnah's life insurance policy.
Not satisfied, Mark sued the shuttle company. That turned out to be a mistake, as the company hired investigators who discovered that Mark had actually invited Harrington to the house that fateful day, ostensibly to settle their differences. They even found a note in Harrington's car with the Wingers' address and an appointment time. Then a woman named DeAnn Schultz came to tell police she had an affair with Mark before Donnah's murder. According to Schultz, Mark was already planning his wife's death when perverse luck brought a troubled Harrington into the picture. Schulta said Mark has touted that Harrington is the perfect Patsy. Mark was sentenced to life in prison.
Deeming was a petty thief whose criminal activities kept him on the run between England, Australia and South Africa.Wherever he moved, his wife Marie and their four children followed. In the late 1880s, Deeming and his family were living in his native England when he met Emily Mather and decided he no longer wanted to be a family man. In September 1891, Deeming strangled his wife and nine-year-old daughter and slit the throats of his three youngest children. He buried her in the fireplace under a thick layer of cement.
Am 22. September, Deeming married Emily and they traveled to Australia for their honeymoon. By the time they arrived in Melbourne, he was already planning their murder. On Christmas Day, Deeming killed Emily and buried her under the fireplace.
For the next three months, Deeming traveled around Australia under several aliases. Unfortunately, he was an attention-grabbing loudmouth, and people remembered him. When Emily was found in March 1892, it took police only eight days to find and arrest Deeming. Five days later and 10.000 kilometers away, Marie Deeming and the children were also discovered to be engaged in. After that, Deeming was so insulted that 12.000 spectators turned out to cheer when he was killed on 23. May 1892 was executed.
At the time of his trial, the press concluded that since Deeming was a serial killer in London at the time of the Whitechapel murders, he must have been Jack the Ripper. But records are so sparse, no one knows exactly where Deeming was in the fall of 1888.
6Joy Davis Aylor
On 4. October 1983 a stranger posed as a flower delivery man to get into Rozanne Gailiunas' home in Dallas. The assailant forced Rozanne into her bedroom at gunpoint and demanded that she take off her clothes. Then he tied her to the bed and strangled her with pantyhose. As she struggled, the attacker shot her twice in the head. The next morning, four-year-old Peter found his mother barely alive, still confined to bed. Rozanne died two days later.
Rozanne had been having an affair with wealthy builder Larry Aylor. Both had ended their respective marriages and planned to marry permanently after the divorce. Police suspected Rozanne's estranged husband and Larry's wife Joy, but the case remained unsolved for five years. Larry and Joy Aylor eventually reconciled, but remarried in 1986. At that moment, Larry was ambushed by two armed men at his ranch. Larry survived and the gunmen fled. Two years later, a woman named Carol Garland called Larry to tell him that his wife was responsible for the attack and murder of Rozanne.
Carol was Joy's sister and sought the reward of 25.000 dollars. She told police her sister was Carol's husband 5.000 dollars had given to get rid of Rozanne. William and another man hired a small-time crook named George Anderson Hooper, who agreed to pay Rozanne for 1.$500 to kill. Three years later, Joy hired the two men who tried to kill her husband.
Nearly a dozen people were jailed for the crimes, and Hooper was executed in 2005. Texan prosecutors also wanted the death penalty for Joy, but she fled the country and eventually ended up in France. French refused extradition until Texas promised not to seek death penalty for Joy. She was sentenced to life imprisonment.
5Ruth Brown Snyder
Ruth Snyder was the quintessential party girl. She loved to dance, drink and the new music that ruled the country in the 1920s: jazz. She liked everything her stoic, reserved husband Albert didn't. But in 1925 she found a lover who shared her interests. His name was Henry Judd Gray, and they carried out a lengthy affair, often meeting in hotels and having Ruth's daughter Lorraine play in the lobby.
Ruth decided that her husband had to go. She took out an insurance policy with a double indemnity clause (pays double if the insured dies under certain circumstances) and forged Albert's signature with the help of a representative. She then tried to kill her husband several times without success. That's when she enlisted Judd's help.
On 20. March 1927, the couple attacked Albert in his bed, and while Judd held him down, Ruth occupied her husband's. When that failed, she smashed his skull with a dumbbell. The conspirators carried out a robbery, leaving the nine-year-old Lorraine to realize that her mother had been worn down and her father brutally murdered.
When police arrived, Ruth said the perpetrator was an "Italian-looking man.", who had her jewelry stolen. But Lorraine ruined the plan when she found out that "Uncle Judd" was the man behind the kidnapping had been in the house the night before. Police soon learned who Judd was and brought him in for questioning. Then they found Ruth's jewelry in the mattress under Albert's body. Ruth and Judd quickly turned around and claimed that the other Albert had been murdered. In the end both were convicted and sentenced to death.
Among the audience for Ruth's 1928 execution was a reporter for the New York Daily News. The reporter had a camera strapped to his leg and took a famous photo of Ruth shortly before she died. Judd was executed a few minutes later. Ruth's case later became the inspiration for the novel and film Double Indemnity.
Pritchard was a prominent doctor in Glasgow, Scotland, who apparently had an eye for teenage girls. In 1863, a deadly fire broke out in the room of one of his servants, who died without trying to escape. Was she unconscious when the fire started?
Less than a year later, another teenager named Mary MacLeod had a miscarriage. There was talk among staff that MacLeod had a forced abortion and that Pritchard was the father. MacLeod was also heard to claim that MacLeod would become the mistress of the house if anything happened to the doctor's wife Mary Jane.
In November 1864, Mary Jane MacLeod, along with her husband, caught.Shortly after Mary Jane became terminally ill. When her mother, Jane Taylor, came to Glasgow to take care of her, she also became ill. Pritchard didn't let anyone take care of the women, and several colleagues found the illnesses suspicious. When the couple died within three weeks, Pritchard himself signed the death certificates and refused autopsies.
Then an anonymous letter, possibly from another Glasgow doctor, made police aware of the strange nature of the two deaths. The bodies of the two women were exhumed and it was discovered that they had died of antimony poisoning. The doctor was hanged for his crimes in July 1865. Dr. Pritchard's case was still very much in the public eye 27 years later, when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle paid tribute to Sherlock Holmes: "When a doctor makes a mistake, he is first among criminal. He has nerves and he has knowledge. Palmer and Pritchard were among the top minds in their profession. "
Jarrod Davidson met Kelee Jones in a chemistry class in 2000, and they soon began dating. In 2001, Kelee became pregnant and the couple married. Her daughter Malia was born six months later. Jarrod was still in school getting his doctorate in chemistry. Between study and work he was on the road 70 hours a week. Kelee felt abandoned and when Malia was eight months old, the couple filed for divorce. Kelee got custody of Malia.
Problems arose when Kelee did not allow Jarrod to see his daughter. After this happened several times, the presiding judge warned Kelee that she could lose custody of Malia if she continued to refuse visitation. For the 28. July 2004 was the date for a remand hearing.
Meanwhile, Kelee told her parents, Philip and Malinda Jones, that Jarrod was harassing Malia and that if he got custody, things would get worse.
Am 9. July, just 19 days before the custody hearing, Philip and Malinda drove to Jarrod's house while Kelee built a solid alibi. Malinda placed a potted plant outside Jarrod's door and rang the doorbell. When Jarrod showed up and went to the factory, Philip shot him with a hunting rifle from the nearby bushes.
The factory proved to be the downfall of the conspiracy after police bought a video of Malinda buying it. The planter's DNA also matched Malinda's, and police tracked her phone around Jarrod's apartment at the time of the murder. From there the dominoes fell. Philip pleaded guilty in exchange for lighter sentence for Kelee. Malinda was tried in court, where she was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Kelee was sentenced to four years in prison.
On 16. August 1999, police rushed to a Detroit suburb after receiving a call from Michael Fletcher claiming his wife had accidentally shot herself while loading a Colt 0.45. In the couple's bedroom, police found Leann Fletcher lying on the floor, shot in the head.
Police immediately found the scene strange. First, Leann was naked from the waist down and it was clear that she and Michael had just had sex. Why would anyone load a gun without putting on their pants? The coroner determined that Leann had been shot from a distance of 46 inches horizontally to her face. This would not only be an incredibly inconvenient way to load a gun, but physically nearly impossible. In a closet, police found love letters from a local judge named Susan Chrzanowski to Michael.
Michael had been Chrzanowski's clerk after he graduated from law school in 1997. When he passed the bar, they had an affair, and the judge appointed him public defender for most of their indigent cases.
Michael and Leann's marriage got rocky and they separated several times. In January 1999, Michael filed for divorce, but Leann surprised him by getting his own lawyer, who decided on an equitable settlement. Suddenly, he was no longer interested in the divorce and moved back with Leann. In mid-August, Leann found out she was pregnant with her second child. Michael knew that Judge Chrzanowski would not only lose his mistress, but also the business she was putting in his way.
Am 16. August, Michael sent their daughter to her grandparents and took Leann to the shooting range to practice with the pistol. On the way, he gave his wife a romantic card, ensuring that the police would later find it in Leann's purse. When they returned, Michael seduced his wife, perhaps to emphasize that they had a happy marriage. Then it popped into her head. Michael convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.
1 Carol Hargis
If it wasn't for the fact that they ultimately succeeded, Carol Hargis and Mary Depew could easily be considered the most inept murderers of all time. In the summer of 1977, Carol was unhappy in her marriage to San Diego-based Marine instructor David Hargis. She sought solace in the arms of a local bartender, but the couple's growing money problems wouldn't let him fall. These could have been, Carol believed, only from David's 20.000 $ life insurance policy to be wiped out.
Carol offered her friend Depew 1.000 dollars to run David over with their car, but Depew accepted no less than half the insurance premium. The conspirators filed the plot and turned to spiders. The Hargises owned a pet tarantula, and the two women put it to bed with David one night, only to discover that tarantulas are not poisonous. Undeterred, Depew researched venomous spiders, bought one, dissected it and cooked its venom sac into the center of a blackberry pie.She should have paid more attention to the other ingredients in the cake, as David took one bite and refused to eat more.
Next, Depew wanted to crawl under David's truck and interrupt something important, but her lack of mechanical knowledge let her down. She decided to turn to something she knew, drugs. Mixed LSD into David's French toast batter and hoped he would crash his truck on the way to work. But David, apparently a picky eater, wasn't hungry that morning.
Frustrated, Carol implemented her own plan, stripping the insulation off her toaster and planning to hurl it into the shower with David. She eventually came out, perhaps realizing that it might have seemed odd to the police that the toaster fell off a kitchen counter, unplugged itself, sailed all the way to the toilet, and plugged itself back into an outlet before landing in the tub.
The conspirators considered and rejected plans to shoot, stab and poison David with lye. They wanted to pour bullets into his carburetor-they believed the shells would explode-but couldn't figure out how to accomplish it. They tried to inject an air bubble into David's veins while he was sleeping, but were so nervous they broke the needle tip. On another night, they spiked David's beer, but apparently chose a drug that did not dissolve in beer and simply settled to the bottom of the can, giving David a slight headache. He did not know about the conspiracies against him.
At their 13. attempted murder, the two women eventually just waited until David was asleep and beat him to death with a curtain rod. Depew loaded the body into David's truck and drove him 56 kilometers to Ramona, California, where she dumped him over the railing of a bridge that spanned Santa Ysabel Creek. Depew believed that David's body would simply disappear into the depths of the stream. Unfortunately, it was the middle of a drought and there were no lows. Depew couldn't see this in the dark, but the next morning police had no trouble finding David's body in the creek dried by the bones.
By then, the conspirators had made their last incredible mistake. They called the police to report David missing and were held. While they waited, they discussed their cover story with the phone line open. Your entire conspiracy has been recorded. Both were sentenced to life.