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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, released from prison 4/29/2015, will have 10 years of probation
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
Current Status Post Incarceration
Date Apr 29, 2015
Current Location Ohio State

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

KDOC Physical Location History
Location Movement Date Movement Reason
Topeka CF-Central May 23, 2006 New Court Commitment
Ohio State Apr 29, 2015 Out-of-State Post Release

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) May 07, 2016
Current Status Incarcerated
Admission Date May 24, 2006
Current Location (2)
Custody Level Lansing CF-East Minimum

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

21 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.

      • Linda was convicted at trial it was on 20/20. Then she was able to plea for testifying against Mark, though I don’t understand how or why they did it

    • 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.

    • Very disaponted that the first investigation detectives did not find them gulties of this youg manmurder at the bigining of the investigation it passed many years after to find the tru eventhoug they should have receiived life in prision

  6. People wonder why some people think it’s two different justice systems in this country depending on superfluous things like social status, how much money you have, race, etc. If the first investigators did their job, these low lives would ahve been locked up back in 1983. Good to know his life was worth a plea deal that the proscecutor said, “tThey’ve led productive lives since, you know besides that murder.” Gimme a break.

  7. This is for Kristina – how do you sleep at night, girl, knowing the father of your children bashed a human being’s skull so badly his eyeball popped out? Do you have any human feeling or shame?

  8. Both of these two psychotic killers have been treated with kid gloves by the so called justice system – you can bet that if these two were blue collar they would be in prison for life – Manglesdorf has a place waiting for him in hell

  9. How sad for the Harmon family..so unjust! And both of these sociopaths married well and appear to have attractive and loyal spouses through this whole ordeal. Then again what does it say about the spouses who would continue to live with, trust, and support vicious killer?. They not only killed but killed someone they both professed to care deeply for and or loved!! The psychological aspect of these people is unbelievable. It is so far removed from my thinking….I can hardly kill a bug!

    • it says that the spouses are better people than you. people that have the capacity to see beyond huge mistakes made 20 something years ago. don’t put yourself in this “i can hardly kill a bug” position. the sad thing is, is that we build ourselves up to be these incredible people because we compare ourselves to murderers and think, “oh well at least we’re not that bad.” well the truth of the matter is that you’re just as bad for thinking that someone should be labeled “murderer,” deserving of shame and dehumanization, without knowing anything more than a news title and a few details. it’s sorta hilarious how we think that we can cast stones- i’d love to see your dirty laundry. maybe then we can write comments about you!

  10. The murderess walks free to kill again.

    Her dentist [second] husband is probably high on her kill list.

    Look for Mangelsdorf to be unleashed upon the unsuspecting next year.

    His first wife escaped due to divorce, but his current wife will once again be in the cross-hairs.

    (Remember that he bludgeoned the eyeball out of his ‘friend’s’ skull so he could maintain the adulterous affair with the murderess.)

    • how sad it is that you make it like a novel, creating the future and deciding everyone’s fate. here’s an outrageous thought: both “murder” and “murderess” (ok, how annoying that you even gave it that title) leave jail in full understanding of what they did, and hearts totally changed. scandalous, don’t you think?! maybe if there wasn’t so many people like you in the world setting people up for failure, discouraging them before they even get a chance, less of these cases would show up in the news. stop playing god and start hoping that these people, who are no worse than you, get to make a change in their lives.

  11. Wow “Nicole”, seriously delusional. Sad what people will do with their minds just to keep from accepting the truth. The guy is a MURDER. He beat his best friend so hard his eyes fell out of his skull. just so he could ‘get some’ from his dead friend’s wife, who ended up still not giving him anything because she was disgusted by him! He shamelessly lied about it for 25 decades INCLUDING lying to his beloved wife who supported him blindly through the whole thing until whooopsie at the end he decides to plead guilty, I’m sure that hit her like a ton of bricks. Must be great raising your children with a lying murder/adulterer to call “dad”. But you’re right, he is a “much better person” than we are, even though you know absolutely not one thing about a single person here. Did you guys know that writing about the proven fact that someone beat his friend’s skull in makes you a more horrible person than the guy that actually beat the skull. Welcome to the delusional world of “nicole” get a grip the truth sets everyone free it’s not just a saying

  12. On the show 20/20, they showed Linda being convicted at trial of 1st degree murder, but later said she agreed to testify against Mark for the lesser charge and sentence. Does anyone know how that’s possible. How can they do that if she was already convicted and sentenced?

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