3/31/17

Two Weeks of Stabby Girlfriends

While searching the newswires for a new story for The Woman Condemned, I noticed that several women had stabbed their boyfriends to death within the last two weeks. March of 2017 was bad for boyfriends apparently.

27-year-old Liz Ayala, of Binghamton, NY, was arrested for stabbing 26-year-old Gerrard Davis to death last week. They couple had a long history of domestic disputes where both have been the aggressor. Two children were found in the home when police arrived and found David bleeding profusely. He died later in the hospital. Liz is in jail awaiting trial for second degree murder.



Meanwhile, in New Jersey, Briann Lindsay, a 25 year old mother of three stabbed her boyfriend,  Christopher Johnson, 35, to death in their home, in front of the children. Briann had just had a baby 6 months earlier. He sister told the court that Briann had been treated for mental health issues all of her life and had just recently went off her meds to breastfeed her baby. He lawyer is claiming she suffered from a bipolar moment when she killed her boyfriend. She is awaiting trial.


Marie Chamblis, a Racine Illinois resident, stabbed her boyfriend in late March but he lived. Police were called to their home where they found them both naked and bloody in bed. The boyfriend had found a picture of a naked man on Marie's phone and an argument ensured during which he was stabbed in the eye and chest. What may be the most interesting fact in this case is that Marie had previously spent five years in prison for an earlier stabbing death she was responsible for. She is still in jail awaiting trial.

3/29/17

Marlene Johnson North Carolina

Marlene Johnson is one of those women who are so obsessed with their men they go to unusual lengths to stay in his life, even when hes long gone. Marlene was married to Ervin Johnson but they had separated. Ervin worked at Tuscaro Yarns, as did another woman 62-year-old Shirley Goodnight Pierce. For reasons not yet discovered, Marlene Johnson decided the two were having an affair and took it upon herself to start a one-woman campaign of hate against Pierce. She stalked her, harassed her, attacked her and made her life a living hell for years. Restraining orders were filed over and over. Marlene was ordered to stay away from Shirley's home and place of employment. There is no evidence that suggests Shirley was having an affair with Ervin. Her own private investigators reported there was no reason to believe they were sleeping together but still she believed it.

Johnson is accused of beating and stabbing Shirley
Goodnight Pierce at her Kannapolis home on the morning of July 23, 2013. Investigators say she broke into her home and beat and stabbed her to death. Her fiance found her body in the bath t ub. She was riddled with stab wounds, the knife still stuck in her neck.

Marlene was immediately suspected and was found with incriminating evidence. She was arrested only 12 hours after Shirley's body was found.

When she learned the death penalty was on the table, she flung herself off her bunk in an attempt to break her neck but received only cuts and bruises. Her case was scheduled for court this year but documents were filed in February to postpone it due to lack of county resources.

3/23/17

Pamela Hupp Missouri

Not since the infamous case of Bonnie Heady in 1953 has Missouri killed a woman on death row. That may change with Ms. Pamela Hupp. She is charged with killing a disabled man to cover up her involvement in another murder in 2011 in Troy, MO. Prosecutors has said they intend to seek the death penalty.

Hupp lured Louis R. Gumpenberger, 33, a gullible, brain damaged man, into her car by saying that she was a producer for NBC’s “Dateline” program, and was willing to pay $900 to $1,000 for him to help her re-enact a 911 call. She took him to her home, called 911 and then shot him multiple times as the operator hung on the line.

Police arrived to Gumpenberger dead. Hupp told police he had jumped into her car in the driveway after being dropped off by a silver car and demanded she take him to the bank at knife point. She ran inside before he could get to her, grabbed her gun and shot him when he walked in.

During preliminary investigation of the scene, police found a note in the victims pocket that appeared to be instructions on how to kidnap Hupp and extricate money from her. He also had $900 in his pocket.

“The evidence seems to indicate she hatched a plot to find an innocent victim and murder this innocent victim in an apparent effort to frame someone else,” St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar said.

Hupp reported that the victim had said he wanted money for Russ. “Russ” is Russell Faria, convicted in 2013 of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his wife, Elizabeth “Betsy” Faria, at their home near Troy two years before. Hupp was a key witness in that trial. She was Betsy's best friend and the recipient of her $100,000 life insurance policy. But a Lincoln County judge’s refusal to allow the defense to make counter-accusations against Hupp helped win Russell Faria a new trial, in which he was acquitted.

Hupp's story quickly fell apart and she was arrested where she sliced her wrists and stabbed at her neck with a pen she'd hidden in the police station restroom.

Prosecutors plan to tell a judge and jury that they traced Hupp's cell phone records and found she was in the victims neighborhood for at least 4 minutes before the murder, despite her testimony that she had been at home.

Pamela was benefactor of the Faria insurance and was supposed to divvy up the cash among her children but never did. The prosecutors in the original case have been accused of falsifying evidence against Russ to get a conviction. Many people think had they done a better job in the investigation they would have ferreted out Pamela much sooner, saving Russ the nightmare of incarceration for killing his beloved wife.

Dateline did an episode on the murder of Betsy Faria. Her husband went to jail for a long time for it. It was Pamela all along. She set him up and let him go down and when she felt she might indeed be feeling the heat, killed another innocent person.








Natasha Cornett