Super Sleuth Challenge Solved – A Cold Case Of Wifely Murder

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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.

About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

4 thoughts on “Super Sleuth Challenge Solved – A Cold Case Of Wifely Murder

  1. dtopliff says:

    These stories are very interesting. Of course, it wasn’t a long enough sentence. She was 71 so may have been nearing the end of her crime career, but–I’m curious about the rest of the story. More husbands? More murders? Wondering . . .

    • Michelle Lim says:

      Great question, Delores! There is an article link at the bottom of the blog post under the question where you can read more.

      I am always fascinated by cold cases too!

  2. I’m thinking about a series based on cold cases…Great post. Not sure if she received the right sentence or not. Would love to know a little more about her!

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