Michelle Boat Killed Her Husbands Lover

I’ve just begun watching Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story. I am one of those folks who are on the fence about Betty. I have been in her shoes. The gaslighting she endured was particularly familiar. I know what she felt but I know murder wasn’t the answer. At the same time, its been proven that those types of situations, love triangles, callous treatment of the jaded wife, can, and often do, end up with the other woman and the callous husband dead as hell.

 I can’t help but feel like it’s a rather harsh punishment for being a dick but punishment it is. Gaslighting is real. It works, but it can get the manipulator killed in the long run. It’s a dangerous manipulative mind game.

With last night’s bingeing of four episodes fresh in my mind, I found today's post subject.

Michelle Boat has been charged for the first-degree murder of Tracy Mondabough, a woman who had recently become involved with Michelle’s estranged husband, Nicholas Boat. The two had separated in March 2020 after 20 years of marriage. Nicholas started dating Tracy shortly afterward.

Michelle had already been in trouble with law enforcement for stalking Tracy and a no-contact order had been put into place in late March. She had followed Tracy and Nicholas all around their Iowa hometown of Pell and anywhere else they went. She even accosted Nicholas several times and always screaming threats at Tracy. On March 22nd, she was charged with domestic abuse, the first trouble she had ever been in in her life.

Michelle went on to be charged 6 more times for various offenses including harassing Nicholas on the job and verbally assaulting another family member. At 7:45 p.m., Monday, May 18th, Nicholas reported to police she was back at his job.

At 8:30 p.m. that same night, police were called to a disturbance at Tracy’s home. They found her stabbed to death in her car, still seat belted in. Witnesses told police a woman in a silver Cadillac had pulled up and began fighting with her, screaming “He doesn’t belong to you”!

It wasn’t hard to put two and two together.

Police went to Michelle Boat’s home where they found the car still warm with blood smeared on its exterior in her driveway. She opened the door to them fresh from the shower. Searching the house, they found bloody rubber gloves in the top tank of the toilet. A single outfit was found washing in the washing machine. She was arrested and charged with the murder. Here are the documents. 

During the immediate investigation, cameras show her tailing Tracy all over town that day.

So far, there is no information leading us to believe Nicholas was abusive or gaslighted Michelle. But after watching Betty’s story just before this, it’s the first thing that popped into my mind. Most women, even after 20 years of marriage, aren’t going to murder the other woman. They may do some mean stuff but murder? I think something else had to be going on.

I’m curious to see what comes out in court. Maybe she’s just mean and crazy and that’s why Nicholas left in the first place.  Or maybe Nicholas and Tracy drove her crazy with cruelty. It happenes. Time will tell. I'll keep you posted.





Bullied to Death: The Death of Sherokee Harriman

Have you read this book? Do you think someone can be bullied to death? Or is suicide always a matter of mental competence? Do you have questions for author, Judith A. Yates? 
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Rebecca O'Donnell Accused of Killing Her Boss, Senator Linda Collins

Rebecca O’Donnell was out for blood. 

Barely a single detail of the murder of former State Senator Linda Collins has been released. All documents have been sealed.

We do know that Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell, 48, was arrested and charged with the murder in 2019. 

Earlier this year, she was also accused of suspicion of two counts of solicitation to commit capital murder after trying to solicit fellow inmates at the Jackson County, Arkansas, jail to kill Collins’ former husband, Phil Smith, Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce and Circuit Judge Harold Erwin, as reported by KAIT 8. Reportedly, she hoped to have Smith killed and a suicide note left to clear her of all charges. 

She is also facing abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence charges.

And it’s all over money, and the long, drawn-out plot she had to drain Collins of every penny she had or could get. 

Linda Collins-Smith was found dead June 4, 2019, outside her home in Pocahontas, in an "advanced state of decomposition" approximately 130 miles northeast of Little Rock. It took authorities two days to identify her using dental records, according to a statement released by prosecuting attorney Henry Boyce.

Rebecca O'Donnell is scheduled to go to trial in the fall of 2020. Prosecutors planned to seek the death penalty.

Police report Collins-Smith was stabbed, and Rebecca O'Donnell was captured on video removing security cameras from inside the former senator’s home.

According to witnesses in the investigation, Collins-Smith and O’Donnell were close friends. O’Donnell had been a testifying witness in the former lawmaker’s divorce from Phil Smith. O’Donnell had worked on the campaign trail alongside Collins-Smith and worked on grassroots activities even after her lost reelection bid.

O'Donnell's fiance, Tim Loggains, was granted power of attorney for Collins after her divorce. He has not been charged with any crime and has steadfastly asserted O'Donnell's innocence. She also claims innocence in both cases.

If I had to guess, I would say Rebecca O'Donnell had a master plan in place to embezzle money and when evidence is unlocked we will probably see that she has already obtained considerable funds bilked from Collins. She was probably about to get caught. 

Of course, we all know how police in the country work and it is possible that she's caught up in some kind of melee of circumstantial evidence that looks worse than it is. Possible, but not probable. 
She will go to court in September or October and hopefully, we will find out more then.

Rebecca in the middle, Collins on the right