• Robin Lyons

Desperate Mother and Father


Losing a child tragically could push a loving mother to the edge of sanity and desperate for justice. That’s exactly what pushed the mother in this true-crime case to do the unthinkable.


After someone murdered their 31-year-old son and there hadn’t been an arrest, a mother began her own investigation and the young man’s father went along with the mother.


The mother’s findings convinced her she knew who had killed their son. She hatched a plan to revenge kill the woman she believed had murdered her son and her partner, the father of her son, didn't stop her.


The man drove them to the neighborhood where the suspected murderer lived. The mother dressed like a UPS delivery person, carried a box, knocked on the door and when the woman opened the door, the desperate mother shot the woman. Then the mother and father, with the father behind the wheel, sped away.


After they had some distance between them and the crime scene, the mother and father stopped to change the license plates on their vehicle. Shortly after they’d changed the plates, the local police spotted the vehicle and pulled them over. During the stop, the mother shot herself in the head with the same gun she had just used to shoot the woman. She later died at the hospital.


Local authorities arrested the father. He remained in custody until trial. Rather than go to trial, the father pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to assault with intent to kill. The woman shot lived.


A federal judge sentenced the 65-year-old father to 3.5 years in prison, and three years of supervised release.


One month after the shooting, a federal grand jury indicted a woman in the son’s murder—a different woman than the one the mother shot. The authorities determined the woman shot had nothing to do with the son’s murder. After this case concludes, I’ll share a summary. To be continued…


Source: U.S. Department of Justice, WTOP news, NBC Washington

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