Thanks everyone for trying your skills at Super Sleuthing! Sometimes the lengths one will go to in order to escape detection is incredible. They even make things up, feasible or not.
Let’s take a look at how this crime really went down.
The year is 1985. A couple was spending the evening together at home. They had been married for two years. The wife had been previously married seven times before. In the end it was discovered that she was even married to someone else during the time she was married to this current husband.
She decided to end their marriage with a bullet and avoid a messy divorce, but she couldn’t have authorities thinking that, so she invented the barefoot homeless man. She painted him as a rapist and a stalker. Her story was quite grandiose.
Police believed they had a suspect, but were unable to bring charges because there wasn’t enough evidence to convict them of murder. That suspect was the wife. There really was no solid proof that she killed her husband.
The family of the man who died knew all along that the wife was guilty. They couldn’t believe she just got of free and clear.
There was a substantial life insurance policy, but due to the suspicious nature of the man’s death it was never paid out.
It is tragic that it took 31 years for the crime to be solved. The wife confessed to killing her husband when she was 71 and facing a diagnosis of dementia. Due to her confession being the only thing that convicted her, since evidence could never have done it, she had a light sentence.
Carolyn Sue Krizan-Wilson received a sentence of 6 months in jail and 10 years probation for the murder of her husband Roy MacCaleb. Roy died in 1985 at the age of 51.
Roy’s family was outraged at the short sentence. What do you think?
Do you think the sentencing consequences were steep enough? Why or Why not?
Read more about this case here.