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Psycho For Love: Melinda Harmon (Raisch) and Mark Mangelsdorf conspired and killed David Harmon


David Harmon

Cold Case Pinned on Soccer Mom
Pelham Man Pleads Guilty in a 1982 Killing in Kansas
Man Enters Plea in Nearly 24-year-old Killing
Raisch found guilty of killing husband 23 years ago
At Sentencing in ’82 Murder, Confrontation and Anguish
Odd murder case continues twists, turns as prosecutor argues for killer’s release
Parole denied in 1982 murder
Conspiracy to Kill

Books
A Cold-Blooded Business: Love, Adultery, and Murder in a Small Kansas Town

Movies/Documentaries
48 Hours Mystery: A Knock On The Door
Deadly Affairs: In Too Deep
I’d Kill For You: Deliver Us From Evil

Defendants
Melinda Harmon Raisch – convicted; sentenced to 10 – 20 years in prison; denied parole 2011, not eligible again until 2016
Mark Mangelsdorf – pled guilty; sentenced to 10 – 20 years in prison; denied parole 2011, not eligible again until 2016

INMATE INFORMATION

Name(s)
Name Type Name
Conviction RAISCH, MELINDA JEAN
True LAMBERT, MELINDA JEAN
Alias HARMON, MELINDA
Birthdate(s)
Birthdate Type Birthdate Age
True Jul 16, 1957 55
Demographics
Eye Color Hair Color Height Weight Gender Race
Blue Brown 5′-8″ 144 Female White

Current Status reported by Dept. of Corrections
Earliest Possible Release Date (1) Current Status Admission Date Current Location (2) Custody Level
Apr 01, 2013 Incarcerated May 23, 2006 Topeka CF-Central Minimum

County Case Number (I) Offense Date Sentencing Date ACS Criminal Conviction Description Counts Crime Severity Level Case Status (II)
Johnson 03CR3201 Feb 28, 1982 May 12, 2006 N/A Murder, 2nd degree 1 Class B Felony Active

KDOC Physical Location History
Location Movement Date Movement Reason
Topeka CF-Central May 23, 2006 New Court Commitment

INMATE INFORMATION

Name Type Name
Conviction MANGELSDORF, MARK
True MANGELSDORF, MARK STEVEN
Birthdate(s)
Birthdate Type Birthdate Age
True Mar 31, 1960 52
Demographics
Eye Color Hair Color Height Weight Gender Race
Hazel Brown 6′-4″ 220 Male White

Current Status reported by Dept. of Corrections
Earliest Possible Release Date (1) Current Status Admission Date Current Location (2) Custody Level
May 07, 2016 Incarcerated May 24, 2006 Lansing CF-East Minimum

Conviction(s)
County Case Number (I) Offense Date Sentencing Date ACS Criminal Conviction Description Counts Crime Severity Level Case Status (II)
Johnson 05CR1010 Feb 28, 1982 May 12, 2006 N/A Murder, 2nd degree 1 Class B Felony Active

KDOC Physical Location History
Location Movement Date Movement Reason
Lansing CF-East Jan 30, 2007 Inter-Facility Movement
Lansing CF-Central Jun 27, 2006 Inter-Facility Movement
El Dorado CF-RDU May 24, 2006 New Court Commitment

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9 Responses

  1. Okay, how stupid is Mangelsdorf?

  2. The horrific nature of this carefully planned and meticulously pre-meditated murder and cover-up by Mangelsdorf, Raisch and her family was compounded by Leftist Paul Morrison, the Johnson County District Attorney who thought that a few years for murder was a few years too many.

  3. I’ve read this case from Reader’s Digest.

  4. This was premeditated first degree murder but both killers were only convicted of second degree murder. They both should have received life sentences.

    • Problem is they only had circumstantial evidence. They were able to force Melinda to tell them the truth. There was no new evidence.

    • You really don’t understand the justice system. Too much time has passed. No way they would get a conviction. This was a plea deal. After all the time it’s as good as it gets.

  5. I agree with Jack; Life! I also know the justice system is so far off base it’s not funny; But this young lady was so entrenched with her Fathers beliefs, she thought killing him would be better than leaving him. Sadly! And when her lover mutilated him, she couldn’t stay with him after seeing it. Ok! They get 5 years? Well they need to keep denying them freedom, it’s actually worse than a release date. This Man lost his life and they lived theirs, and even if they never get out, they both got away with murder. So what-if…. Melinda lied to the DA to get the deal and Mark took the deal because it was a better deal than life; Maybe he was just there to clean up the crime, or not at all; Why did he whisper in her ear; “I got rid of the murder weapon? Was it hers? This Man was killed with a lot of rage; could she have felt so overwhelmed about her religion, that she went crazy. What was the noise heard next door, and why did it take over an hour for her to get next door. I think it’s because she called Mark, after she killed him.

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