Dismembered body and a deadly love triangle: Six horror cases of fatal jealousy

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A new documentary series, Green Eyed Killers, is set to tell the stories of ordinary people who came to a fatal end because of jealousy.

The emotion is the leading cause of spousal murder worldwide, and for those with a jealous lover, family member or friend, simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time or innocently forming a relationship with another person can lead to horrific consequences.

Natasha Wynarczyk takes a close look at some of the most shocking US cases featured on the show.

Bludgeoned in her bed

In July 2013, Dana Mackay was asleep in her bed while recovering from surgery when she was beaten to death with a bar.

Her killing shocked police who arrived on the scene the next day after Dana failed to get in touch with her mother, and she was found naked and covered in a “tremendous amount of blood”.

Dana’s killing, which took place in Season’s Trace, Virginia, had been devised by her husband John Wayne Mackay and his mistress Nicole Houchin as part of a murder-for-hire scheme, and investigators found emails and text messages between the pair which showed them planning to get Dana “out of the picture”.

Dana was bludgeoned by Houchin’s estranged husband Nace Houchin, while his wife and another accomplice, Gregory Crawford, stayed downstairs and ransacked the living room to make it look like a robbery had taken place.

Houchin was jailed for 23 years, 11 months, while Nace is serving 40 years, Mackay is serving 28 years and Crawford is serving 17 years.

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Dismembered by her ex

After Ashley Mead broke up with her partner Adam Densmore and started seeing somebody else, her ex became incredibly jealous.

In February 2017, Densmore brutally killed Ashley in their Boulder, Colorado apartment before driving her body to his family’s home in Louisiana, where he proceeded to dismember her.

Densmore then drove to Oklahoma, where he scattered Ashley’s body parts and evidence in various places along the way.

Ashley’s torso was later found stuffed in a suitcase that had been left in a bin.

A couple of days after killing Ashley, Densmore was arrested. He was found guilty of first-degree murder and was also convicted of tampering with a corpse, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence, and he was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Missing for nine years

Kimberly Greene-Medina’s sudden disappearance in 1996 remained unanswered until 2005, when her husband Michael Medina was arrested for killing his toddler son Degan in an act of revenge against his second wife Becky.

Medina then confessed that he had beat Kimberley to death with a baseball bat, then buried her in a field in rural Colorado.

Days before her murder, Kimberley had asked Medina, who had stalked her and discovered that she was having an affair with a colleague, for a divorce.

Medina claimed that jealousy had driven him to the sickening act.

Medina was sentenced to a 48-year prison term for Degan’s murder, and he also received a consecutive life sentence for the murder of his first wife.

A deadly love triangle

Rachel Wade and Sarah Ludemann were romantic rivals who were competing for the affections of Wade’s ex-boyfriend, Joshua Camacho.

Wade was jealous of Ludemann because Camacho would ignore plans with Wade in order to spend time with Sarah instead, and in the first six months of Sarah’s relationship with Camacho, police officers spoke to Wade six times about her confronting him in public.

After Wade and Sarah tormented each other on the social networking site MySpace, as well as via a series of angry text messages and phone calls, their rivalry erupted into deadly consequences.

In April 2009, Wade, 19, stabbed Sarah, 17, several times during a physical confrontation.

Wade, from Clearwater, Florida, was found guilty of second-degree murder and was sentenced to 27 years in prison.

Beaten for inappropriate comments

In August 2014, Erin Robinson violently beat Raul Ortiz to death after he allegedly made inappropriate sexual comments to his girlfriend Kayla Bryant.

Bryant said that after she encountered Raul at a gas station in Tampa, Florida, he looked down her shirt and made unwanted comments.

Robinson, driven by jealousy over the incident, went to Raul’s house with two friends, where they confronted him outside.

Robinson violently hit Raul three times in the face, knocking him to the ground.

Raul never regained consciousness and died four days later.

Last year, Robinson was found guilty of first-degree murder and now faces life behind bars.

Suffocated by a garbage bag

On 15 February 2009, Joshua Fulgham and his lover Emilia Carr lured Heather Strong, Fulgham’s estranged wife, to a storage trailer on the Carr family’s property in Florida, where she was forced to sign a document granting full custody of her children to Fulgham.

Afterwards, Carr and Fulgham tied Heather to a chair, before suffocating her to death using a garbage bag.

Prosecutors said Fulgham and Carr were motivated to commit the crime by jealousy.

Fulgham was convicted of first-degree murder and kidnapping and was sentenced to life in prison, while Carr was initially sentenced to death by lethal injection – making her the first woman to be given the death penalty in Florida since serial killer Aileen Wuornos.

In 2017, Carr made an appeal and she was re-sentenced to life without parole.

*Green Eyed Killers is showing on Sundays from 18 April at 9pm on Crime+Investigation.

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