Colorado father Barry Morphew was arrested on homicide costs earlier this week in reference to the Mom’s Day disappearance of his spouse and the mom of their two daughters, Suzanne Morphew, roughly a 12 months in the past.
Investigators haven’t but launched a motive, and a trial date has not but been set, however what would encourage a married particular person to kill their partner?
In some instances – killer husbands have been courting different ladies, who ultimately helped investigators clear up the instances.
California man Scott Peterson was convicted of homicide in 2004 for killing his pregnant spouse, Laci, and their unborn son. Police rapidly closed in on him as a suspect after his girlfriend, Amber Frey, instructed them that she started courting him a month earlier than the murders. She mentioned he claimed after they met that his spouse was already lifeless.
He has maintained his innocence and is interesting his conviction, and a choose overturned his demise sentence final 12 months.
Christopher Watts, of Colorado, killed his spouse and their 3- and 4-year-old daughters whereas courting a lady named Nichol Kessinger, who instructed investigators that when she met him he’d instructed her he was already separated from Shanann Watts.
She was additionally pregnant on the time, in accordance with the Denver Publish. Kessinger wound up going to police and telling them Watts had lied to her about his marital standing and will possible have been mendacity to police about his household’s whereabouts. When investigators examined her gadgets, they discovered she’d Googled, “Did individuals hate Amber Frey?”
Then there was Drew Peterson – a former Illinois police officer who was convicted in 2012 of the 2003 homicide of his third spouse, Kathleen Savio, within the months earlier than their divorce.
Between her slaying and his conviction, his fourth spouse, Stacy Ann Cales Peterson, vanished in 2007 and has by no means been discovered. They’d married simply eight days after Peterson and Savio’s divorce was finalized. A 12 months and two months after his fourth spouse’s disappearance, he was engaged to Christina Raines, in accordance with ABC Information, and he or she reportedly left him after seeing an interview with him on “Nightline.”
And Gabriel Ferris, of Saginaw, Mich., strangled his ex-girlfriend Cheryl Miller shortly earlier than taking off for a honeymoon together with his new spouse, who instructed detectives 20 years later she’d seen him suspiciously re-entering their lodging the morning the sufferer’s physique had been found.
It’s unclear what led prosecutors to cost Barry Morphew this week in his spouse’s disappearance, and eleventh Judicial District Lawyer Linda Stanley mentioned court docket paperwork and sworn affidavits would stay sealed.
He was charged with first-degree homicide after deliberation, tampering with bodily proof and try to affect a public servant, in accordance with authorities.
Suzanne Morphew went lacking on Could 10, 2020 – Mom’s Day – after leaving her dwelling for a motorcycle journey. Her stays have nonetheless not been recovered.
The Related Press contributed to this report.