16 YO Jennie Bunsom Killed her 7 YO Nephew Hid Him in Her room for a Day

In early August of 2018, in Montebello, Colorado, Jennie was at home with her nephew Jordan. She had a fight with her girlfriend on the phone and became agitated. Jordan came into the room and asked to play video games. Jennie refused and ordered him out of her room. He refused, climbing onto the bed with her. She pushed him off the bed where he hit his face and head on a piece of furniture and began to cry.

Jennie's Statement

Jennie pounced on Jordan, the day after her 16th birthday, and in an effort to subdue his wails she covered his mouth with one hand and pinched his nose closed with the other. She reports that he struggled for only a few seconds before stopping all movement.

According to Jennie, she called her girlfriend who told her to hide the body. Reporters tracked down the girlfriend who denies this allegation. At any rate, Jenni wrapped Jordan in a sheet and shoved him in a portable closet in her bedroom. Jordan was reported missing.

Police began an extensive search of the area. They searched the home several times as well as the neighborhood but finally requested a search warrant for a thorough search. They found Jordan and Jennie was arrested and charged as an adult. In December 2018, her trial was delayed as her attorneys attempted to get her back in juvenile court.

Her new court date was scheduled for this past May 20th but I've found no new info on if she was charged as an adult.

Thanks as always to Neva Kelley for being a supporter of this blog :)



Barbara Brewster, 56, Convicted of Murder After 30 Years

Kearney and Brewster

Thirty years have passed, but Barbara Brewster is finally going to prison for murdering Miriam Rice in 1988. She was sentenced to 60 years in mid-August 2019.

She was found guilty of murder after a three-day trial in June of 2019. The jury deliberated for an hour and a half before returning their guilty verdict.
Miriam Rice

Brewster was charged 30 years after Rice was found brutally beaten to death in South Bend., IN.  On the night of June 24, 1988, Rice left her house in South Bend to walk her dog and never returned. Her family reported her missing about an hour later. The next day her dog was found nearby hiding under a car.

Rice’s body was discovered at Pinhook Lagoon, only 2 miles from her home. She was found with multiple skull fractures and an autopsy showed she was 4 months pregnant when she died. She had a 3-year-old son as well.

George Kearney, 77 was also charged with murder. He pleaded guilty in March and died in the St. Joseph County Jail of an illness while awaiting sentencing.

Two of Brewster’s children testified against their her during the trial. Robert South was 6 in 1988 and testified that he watched his mom beat Rice to death while they were driving in a van late after leaving a makeshift campsite at Pinhook Park.

Kearney and Brewster were fighting. That’s when they saw Rice walking her dog. South testified that Kearney got out, grabbed Rice and slammed her head into the side of the van and threw her in the vehicle. He then allegedly told Brewster that she could either kill the woman or he would kill them all.

Paula Brooks, Brewster’s daughter, was nearby with her younger brother. She testified that she had heard screams. She said she heard a woman begging for her life. Later Kearney, Brewster, and South returned to the campsite. They were reportedly drenched in blood. Brooks reported that her mother forced her to clean up a puddle of blood from the van the next day.

The case went unsolved for three decades. It gained momentum in 2016 when Kearney agreed to speak with authorities. He was arrested in 1988 for an unrelated crime and had been in prison for 27 years.

He reported to police that he had been getting letters from Brewster’s daughter while in prison about his involvement in Rice’s death. To “clear his name,” he came forward to say it was Brewster who beat Rice to death.

Kearney’s decision to come forward led police to Brewster’s children. The son told investigators he had been traumatized by the murder his entire life. He'd never told anyone because Kearney threatened to kill him.

Brewster maintained her innocence in court, saying

“I’m so sorry about that woman, but I didn’t do it,”.

Judge John Marnocha didn’t believe her. He stated that the evidence was stacked against her in the brutal case.

“This is a case that shakes the core of any decent, moral person. This is the worst of the worst kind of murder.”

Rice’s family was present for the trial. They did not come to the sentencing. They thanked the prosecutor’s office and the investigators for their work in a statement saying they are forever grateful.

“No verdict will reverse these loses and a part of our lives remains gone forever,” 
As always, a breat big thank you to Patron Neva Kelly for her unwavering support.



Soprano's Actress, Amanda Hayes Fed Her Hubbys Ex to the Alligators

She was already convicted in the murder of her husband's ex-girlfriend when authorities also convicted Amanda Hayes, of Fort Bend County, North Carolina, of feeding the woman's body to alligators after trying to dissolve it in acid.

Amanda Hayes is an actress who has appeared on The Sopranos HBO series as well as the Nicole Kidman movie The Stepford Wives.

 Authorities found the torso and leg of Laura Ackerson in the Oyster Creek in Richmond on July 24, 2011. Dive teams found more of Ackerson's remains later. Ms. Ackerson was murdered by Grant and Amanda Hayes in the couple's Raleigh, North Carolina apartment in 2011, according to the DA's office.

The last anyone had heard, she was headed to Grant and Amanda's house to pick up the two small boys that she shared with Grant and discuss child support. The couple murdered Ackerson, dismembered her body with a power saw, and packed it into coolers. They drove to Richmond, to the home of Amanda Hayes' sister.

"Once in Richmond, the couple first attempted to use muriatic acid to destroy Ackerson's body," the press release states. "When that didn't work, they took a boat onto Oyster Creek and dumped Laura's body parts into the water with hopes that alligators would eat her remains."

Amanda Hayes had already been convicted of second-degree murder in N.C. and sentenced to 13-16 years in prison. Grant Hayes was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Amanda Hayes testified in the trial that she did not kill Ackerson. She claimed that her husband threatened to cut her throat if she did not help him dispose of the body.

A jury convicted her of tampering with evidence to impair its availability in an investigation, a second-degree felony. Judge Maggie Jaramillo sentenced her to 20 years in prison, consecutive to the North Carolina sentence.

"The jury verdict was swift and the Court's sentence was appropriately harsh," said lead prosecutor Amanda Bolin. "Laura Ackerson's family can be assured that Amanda Hayes will be punished for all of her barbaric behavior – whether it was in North Carolina or the great state of Texas."
Thank you to our patron, Neva Kelly for her continued support and great ideas.



Death in the Details

The Woman Condemned is offering an exciting new perk for the month of August. I will be interviewing a prominent professional in the true crime world. Or rather, you will.

Patrons of The Woman Condemned will be able to ask the interviewee questions and direct the interview. The final interview will be posted on the Patreon page first. In September the rest of Woman Condemned's readers will get access to it on the blog!

Stay tuned for details on the first guest so you can get your questions answered. This is a great opportunity to ask about things you have always wanted to know in the criminal justice world.

We will be interviewing a variety of professionals and criminals to get answers from every angle.
I hope you are as excited as I am about this new development. Put your investigator hats on. This is gonna be fun!

As always, a great big THANK YOU to Neva!