Deadly Wives: Miriam Giles Hemlick killed her husband Alan, just before he was to discover she was forging checks; She blamed the murders on his son, but she was convicted and sentenced to life in prison


Alan Helmick

Find-A-Grave: Alan Clarke Helmick
One dead after robbery call near Whitewater
Homicide victim a well-known businessman
Coroner: Whitewater man was shot in homicide
Arson probe looks at murdered man’s car
Helmick Murder Mystery
Murdered Whitewater man had several businesses
Victim’s Wife Sheds Light on Husband’s Murder
Widow Left With Questions As Anniversary Approaches
Twice widowed, woman waits for break in husband’s murder probe
Wife arrested in Grand Junction man’s slaying
Colo. Wife Arrested In Jax, Charged With Murder
Two-time widow held in Colorado killing
Colorado woman accused of killing 2 husbands
Trial begins for wife accused of killing husband in Whitewater
Helmick Murder Trial : Day 6
Helmick Murder Trial : Day 7
Helmick Murder Trial : Day 11
Day 12 of the Helmick murder trial
Jury To Deliberate Fate Of Accused Black Widow
Whitewater Widow Claims Ineffective Assistance of Counsel
Murderpedia: Miriam Frances Helmick
Woman Inspired By ‘No Country For Old Men’ Kills Husband And Tries To Blame His Son

Books
And Then She Killed Him

Movies/Documentaries
Charmed to Death: A Ruthless Repertoire
Dateline: The Last Dance
Deadly Women: Dark Hearts
Forensic Files: Gone Ballistic
Deadly Sins: The Seductress

INMATE INFORMATION

Deadly Wives: Evelyn Christine Johnson killed her husband, Alan; Sentenced to 15 years in prison

Find-A-Grave: Alan Lavoy Johnson
Vernal Town Cemetery: Alan Lavoy Johnson
Vernal woman, 74, to stand trial on murder charge
Woman, 75, pleads guilty to killing husband in 2004
Vernal woman, 75, sentenced to prison in husband’s slaying
Vernal woman sent to prison for killing husband in 2004
Parole hearing set for elderly woman who killed husband
Utah parole board: Elderly inmate convicted of killing husband may be sent to nursing home
Prison recommends care center for 79-year-old inmate who killed husband
First parole hearing for elderly Utah killer set for 2017


Evelyn Christine Johnson

Deadly Wives: Clara Jassmin Ledward charged with the murder of her husband, Jacob, in their Odessa home


Jacob Dale Ledward

Jacob Dale Ledward obituary
Find-A-Grave: Jacob Dale Ledward
Facebook: Jacob Ledward
Odessa police searching for subject after man is found dead
Law Enforcement Officials Searching For Clara Jassmin Ledward, Now Wanted For Allegedly Killing Husband Jacob
Odessa police searching for woman suspected of killing her husband
Clara Ledward is wanted for murdering her husband, police say
OPD asking for public’s help in finding murder suspect
Clara Ledward back in Odessa, charged with murder
Woman accused of murdering her husband extradited to Odessa
Woman Allegedly Kills Husband, Flees To Mexico Where She Is Shot By Authorities
Texas Woman Murdered Husband, Fled to Mexico, Got Shot by Mexican Authorities, and Lived to Face Charges: Police

INMATE INFORMATION

Deadly Wives: Laurcene “Lori” Barnes Isenberg killed her husband, Larry; Sentenced to 30 years to life in prison


Larry Isenberg

Find-A-Grave: Larry Dean Isenberg
‘Everybody Loved My Dad,’ Says Son Whose Stepmom Allegedly Fatally Poisoned His Father
‘His life was cut short because of someone’s selfish actions’: Family of Lori Isenberg speak out against her
Idaho woman said her husband fell off boat, drowned. She was just charged with murder
Lori Isenberg stays silent during arraignment; not guilty plea entered
Report: Massive OD of Benadryl killed Coeur d’Alene man
Idaho woman indicted for murder in connection to the 2018 death of her husband
‘I am responsible for Larry’s death’: Lori Isenberg sentenced to life in prison for husband’s murder
Idaho woman pleads guilty to murdering her husband
‘Your truth doesn’t hold up’: Lori Isenberg sentenced to life in prison for murdering husband
‘I knew my life was over.’ Idaho woman gets life in prison for murdering husband with medicine

INMATE INFORMATION

Deadly Wives: Taylor Bryson Heiden charged with shooting and killing her husband, Jonathan Jay Heiden


Jonathan Jay Heiden

Jonathan Jay J.Jay “J.Jay” Heiden obituary
Woman charged with murdering husband in Florence
Woman charged with murdering husband in South Carolina
Florence man shot, killed Wednesday night on South Warley Street
Florence woman charged with murder released on bond
Man shot & killed in Florence, woman charged with murder
South Carolina woman charged with murdering husband released from jail on bond
Facebook: Taylor Bryson Heiden


Taylor Bryson Heiden

Cold Case: Mary Ann Hughes killed her husband, Larry Richard Hughes in 1990; In 2016 DNA gave her up; Sentenced to time served and 10 years probation


Larry Hughes

Find-A-Grave: Larry R. Hughes
Tennessee homeowner tears up carpet, finds crime scene in decades-old murder
Homeowner may have found crime scene in decades-old murder
Arrest made in the 26 year old Murder case of Larry Richard Hughes.
Murder victim’s body exhumed after new leads in cold case
Woman arrested 26 years after husband’s murder
Woman arrested for death of husband in 26 year old murder case
Giles County Sheriff’s Department announced breaking news regarding a 29 year old homicide case.
Plea agreement reached in 29-year homicide cold case
Where is Mary Ann Hughes Now?

Movies/Documentaries
Living a Nightmare: Trouble in Giles County

INMATE INFORMATION

Deadly Wives: Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus charged with beating her wife, Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus, to death


Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus

Facebook: Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus
Brick murder: Authorities search for woman accused of killing wife with wine container
NJ Cops Search for Alleged Wine Chiller Killer Who Slayed Wife, Prosecutors Say
NJ Woman Accused of Killing Wife With Wine Chiller Caught in Texas
Brick Township woman charged with murder apprehended in Houston, TX
Woman beat wife to death with wine chiller after she tried to end relationship, cops say
South Jersey Woman Accused Of Fatally Beating Wife With Wine Chiller Arrested In Texas
New Jersey Woman Beat Her Wife to Death With Wine Chiller: Police

INMATE INFORMATION

Deadly Wives: Pamela Gray Taylor killed her husband, Michael, and she is sentenced to 21 years in prison

Families of homicide victims gather to remember loved ones
The DV Murder of Michael Taylor
Woman says husband was attacking her before fatal shooting
Jury starts deliberating in Tayyolor case
Memphis jury convicts woman in husband’s death
State of tennessee v Pamela Taylor 2014 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Memphis, TN: Memphis nurse convicted of second-degree murder in husband’s death

Movies/Documentaries
Fatal Vows: Crazy Love

INMATE INFORMATION

Biographical Information
Name: PAMELA TAYLOR
Birth Date: 12/11/1971
TDOC ID: 00499151
State ID Number (SID):
Physical Characteristics
Sex: FEMALE Race: WHITE
Height: 05′ 06″ Complexion: FAIR
Weight: 174 lbs.
Eye Color: GREEN
Hair Color: BLONDE OR STRAWBERRY

Aliases
No Alias names on file for this offender.
Current Status
Dates may change as additional court documents are received.
Supervision Status: INCARCERATED
Assigned Location: WEST TENNESSEE STATE PENITENTIARY
Combined Sentence(s) Length: 21 YRS 0 MTHS 0 DAYS
Supervision/Custody Level: MINIMUM RESTRICTED
Sentence Begin Date: 12/04/2011
Sentence End Date: 10/10/2029
Release Eligibility Date:
Parole Hearing Date:
Parole Hearing Result:

Active Tennessee Sentences
Conviction County: 079 SHELBY, Case Year: 2012, Case No: 1006598, Count: 001
Offense: SECOND DEGREE MURDER
Offense Date: 12/23/2009
Sentence Imposed Date: 11/08/2012
Sentence Type: TDOC
Sentence Effective Date: 12/04/2011
Sentence Length: 21 YRS 0 MTHS 0 DAYS

Deadly Wives: Patricia Brown hired her sister and brother-in-law, Sheila and Leroy Wentzel, to kill her husband, Frederic Brown; All sentenced to prison

From Patricia Brown’s appeal: At trial, the evidence tended to show that in March or April of 1990, defendant contacted her sister and brother-in-law, Sheila and Leroy Wentzel, in New Hope, Alabama, and asked if they knew anyone who would shoot and kill her husband, Fred Brown, in High Point, North Carolina.   Leroy Wentzel volunteered.   Defendant met with the Wentzels in Alabama to discuss how her High Point house was arranged and to plan the murder.   Defendant paid the Wentzels $1,000 up front to kill her husband and offered to pay them an additional $30,000 upon completion of the killing.   After this initial meeting, Leroy Wentzel started driving to North Carolina.   On his way, Wentzel decided that he could not continue with the murder plans, and he called defendant and told her that he “couldn’t do it at that time.”

Several months later, Leroy and Sheila Wentzel visited defendant in her High Point home and met defendant’s husband, Fred Brown.   After this visit, on 23 April 1991, Leroy Wentzel again spoke with defendant, and they made arrangements for the murder of defendant’s husband.   Wentzel testified that they planned that he would call Fred Brown at his house on 24 April 1991, under the pretext that Wentzel’s car had broken down.   Defendant made arrangements to be at a real-estate meeting and to have her daughter out of the house so that her husband would be the only one home to receive Wentzel’s phone call.   At approximately noon on 24 April 1991, Wentzel called defendant and told her that he was on his way.

Wentzel drove to High Point.   He took a .22-caliber revolver and wore a yellow and black sweatshirt.   At approximately 9:30 p.m., Wentzel arrived in High Point and, from a dark area along Highway 68, called defendant’s home and told defendant’s husband that his car had broken down.   After learning Wentzel’s location, the victim said he would be out in a few minutes to assist him.   Wentzel opened the hood of his car and pulled the coil wire off so the vehicle would not start.   When the victim arrived, he turned the hazard lights of his vehicle on, and he and Wentzel looked under the hood of Wentzel’s vehicle and discussed what to do next.   Wentzel then suggested that they walk away from the car a distance.   While doing so, he told the victim that the victim’s wife wanted him dead and showed him the gun from under the sweatshirt.

The victim begged Wentzel not to kill him and started to run.   Nonetheless, Wentzel shot the victim once in the back, and he fell to the ground;  Wentzel then shot the victim twice more in the head from close range to make certain he was dead.   Wentzel returned to his car and proceeded to drive down the road.   However, upon remembering that defendant had told him to make the murder look like a robbery, Wentzel returned to the crime scene, removed the victim’s wallet from his back pocket, turned the hazard lights of the victim’s vehicle off and then started home to Alabama.   As he drove home, Wentzel threw the victim’s wallet away.   Several months later, he threw the gun into the Coosa River.   A passerby discovered the victim’s body lying facedown in a ditch beside Highway 68, with a sweatshirt wrapped around his right arm.   A pool of blood surrounded the victim’s head.   An autopsy indicated that the victim had sustained three gunshot wounds, one to the back and two to the left side of the head.   Over the course of the next few months, defendant paid Wentzel approximately $3,500.

Thereafter, in June 1994, when Leroy Wentzel was on the verge of suicide, he wrote two letters which he gave to his daughter, Janelle, with instructions to open only after his death.   In these letters, Wentzel stated that he “shot Fred Brown by his wife, Pat,” and that he was to be paid $30,000.   On 13 July 1994, Wentzel was arrested and jailed in Pennsylvania for failure to pay child support.   Also, on 13 July 1994, Janelle Wentzel gave her father’s letters to the police in Reading, Pennsylvania, and she confirmed that her father also had told her about the murder of Fred Brown and that he did it for his wife’s sister, the defendant.   The Reading Police Department contacted the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department with regard to the alleged homicide.   In November 1994, detectives from the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department talked with Wentzel regarding the killing of Fred Brown.   Wentzel gave statements to the detectives about the murder and his involvement.   Both of Wentzel’s sons confirmed that their father also had told them about the murder and that it was done for defendant, who was to receive insurance money as a result of her husband’s death.

State Man Arrested, Fighting Extradition
Brown/Wentzel [news story about the murder, that day or the next]
Trial begins in 4-year-old murder case
Son gives jurors new perspective of Fred Brown
Convicted murderer testifies against sister
Jurors get two portraits of Patricia Brown
Wife convicted in murder for hire
State of North Carolina v Patricia Brown 1999
Prison houses veterans block

Movies/Documentaries
Twisted Sisters: Wentzel/Brown Sisters

Defendants
Patricia Brown – convicted, sentenced to life, died in prison
Sheila Wentzel – convicted, sentenced to 50 years in prison
Leroy Wentzel – convicted, sentenced to life, still in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

PATRICIA G BROWN
Offender Number: 0485109
Inmate Status: INACTIVE
Gender: FEMALE
Race: WHITE
Ethnic Group: UNKNOWN
Birth Date: 01/21/1948
Age: 71

INMATE INFORMATION

SHELIA WENTZEL
Offender Number: 0474960
Inmate Status: INACTIVE
Probation/Parole/Post Release Status: INACTIVE
Gender: FEMALE
Race: WHITE
Ethnic Group: UNKNOWN
Birth Date: 10/06/1956
Age: 63

INMATE INFORMATION

LEROY W WENTZEL
Offender Number: 0473193
Inmate Status: ACTIVE
Gender: MALE
Race: WHITE
Ethnic Group: EUROPEAN/N.AM./AUSTR
Birth Date: 03/08/1943
Age: 76

 

Update: Lanny Horwitz murder *Ex-Wife, Donna, convicted for a second time, sentenced to 32 years in prison*

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Lanny Horwitz
Lanny Horwitz

News Archive: Lanny Horwitz murder
Trial of Donna Horwitz in murder of Jupiter ex-husband begins today
Radley Horwitz, son of Donna Horwitz, takes the stand in murder retrial
Donna Horwitz found guilty of killing ex husband
Horwitz jury foreman: ‘I caved’ in convicting 70-year-old Jupiter woman of ex-husband’s murder
Florida woman convicted for second time of killing ex-husband
Donna Horwitz gets 32 years for killing ex-husband as son looks on

Movies/Documentaries
Deadly Women: Wed to Murder
48 Hours: Love, Hate & Obsession
American Monster: A Mother’s Work

INMATE INFORMATION

DC Number: 156034
Name: HORWITZ, DONNA
Race: WHITE
Sex: FEMALE
Hair Color: GRAY OR PARTIALLY GRAY
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’05”
Weight: 99 lbs.
Birth Date: 08/21/1946
Initial Receipt Date: 01/29/2013
Current Facility: LOWELL ANNEX
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: 09/27/2043

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