On a Valentine’s Day edition of After Hours AM/The Criminal Code — True Crime Wednesdays 9-11pE with hosts Joel Sturgis, Eric Olsen, and secret weapon, forensic psychologist Dr. Clarissa Cole — Dr. Cole takes us on a journey of modern love gone wrong from her True Crime site, The Criminal Code. We talk love and death at 10pE; at 9pE we delve into the week’s True Crime headlines and wonder what’s wrong with people.

You just finish putting away all the Christmas and winter decorations and Valentine’s Day rolls around, a time for the showy expression of love, especially romantic love, in the form of mushy cards, a box of chocolate, flowers, an intimate meal, maybe jewelry – you know what you have to do. But Valentine’s Day has also been a day of relationships ending… in murder.

 

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On Valentine’s Day in 2013 a groggy Oscar Pistorius had been awakened by noises coming from down the hall. As a double amputee, Oscar had to attach his “blades” to his legs to walk (and had done so successfully in the Olympics as a champion runner). But, this night, he didn’t feel he could do so safely, so he crawled down the hallway toward the noise he’d heard, certain that it was an intruder. When he reached the closed bathroom door, he used his gun and shot through the door four times.

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It resulted in the death of his South African model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp… (click for more)

Across the globe on the same Valentine’s Day in 2013, missionary Nathan Leuthold of Peoria County, Illinois hid in a closet and waited for his wife to come back to her parent’s home (where the couple were staying). After she arrived, he exited, argued with her briefly and then shot her in the head with a .40 caliber Glock.

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After he executed her, Leuthold staged a break-in and called the police. Unfortunately for him, he was apparently a better missionary than he was an actor…he was arrested within three hours because the cops surmised that he “wasn’t acting right.”… (click for more)

Dr. John Hamilton, a talented obstetrician-gynecologist, lived in Oklahoma City with his loving wife of 14 years, Susan. He was known for lavishing her with beautiful gifts and surprising her with luxury trips. It was thought that the two were blissfully happy with one another.

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However, on Valentine’s Day in 2001, Dr. Hamilton brutally strangled and bludgeoned his wife to death, leaving her in a vast pool of her own blood as he tearfully dialed 911 to report what he’d just “found” in the couple’s bathroom. And, given the amount of respect Hamilton garnered in the community, it appeared as though he might just get away with murder!

Unfortunately for him, investigators found an odd note in a Valentine’s Day card from his wife, and the tide began to turn against Hamilton…. (click for more)

On Valentine’s Day of 2007, Stephen Grant walked into the Macomb County Police Department to report his wife He claimed that 34-year-old Tara Lynn was speaking to someone on the phone and mentioned meeting this stranger at the end of their driveway. He claimed she walked outside and that was the last time he saw her.

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If Stephen Grant had just laid low for a time, this may have been just another missing person’s report. But Grant didn’t do that. Instead, he made numerous media/public appearances and accused police of harassment (for pulling him over for driving on a suspended license). Eventually all eyes turned toward Grant as the main suspect and a search warrant was executed on the Grant family home.

It was there that the police found the torso of a woman in the Grant garage. Then, they found more body parts in a wooded area near a park. After his arrest, Grant admitted to strangling his wife and dismembering her body. Grant was tried and sentenced to 50-80 years in prison.

But that’s not where this story ends… (click for more)

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