Tourists Joshua Ford & Martha Crutchley Murdered in Maryland; Erika Sifrit Sentenced to Life, Benjamin Sifrit Sentenced to 38 Years in Prison (May 25, 2002)

Joshua Ford Martha Crutchley

Joshua Ford, U.S. Army Veteran and Martha Margene Crutchley

Benjamin and Erika Sifrit murdered tourists Joshua Ford, 32, and Martha Crutchley, 51, on May 25, 2002 in Ocean City, Maryland. In 2003, Benjamin Sifrit was sentenced to 38 years in prison for one homicide and the dismemberment of human bodies and his wife Erika was sentenced to life in prison plus twenty years for two homicides. Benjamin Sifrit was a Navy Seal who was dishonorably discharged shortly after marrying Erika.

In the News:

From the outside, Benjamin and Erika Sifrit looked like a typical young middle-class married couple. But behind closed doors, their marriage harbored dark secrets that included drugs and an obsession with stealing Hooters memorabilia. When their vices were no longer fulfilling their needs, they turned to something more sinister – thrill killing. (Part 1)

Ocean City’s ‘Thrill Kill’ Couple (Part 2)

Ocean City’s ‘Thrill Kill’ Couple (Part 3)

 Forensic Files:

Full Episode: The couple spent Memorial Day weekend at the beach, and then they simply vanished. Their clothes and personal items were still in the rented condo, their car was parked outside, and there were no signs of forced entry or foul play. A week later, police would get an unexpected lead from a robbery in progress, and the evidence they found helped them to solve a crime of unparalleled violence and brutality. -Dirty Little Seacret, Forensic Files (S13, E47)

Oxygen:

A young woman’s scrapbook offers insight into a shocking crime. -Erika Sifrit, Snapped (S8,E11)

A vacationing couple’s disappearance exposes the horrific crimes of a murderous husband and wife. -Erika and BJ Sifrit, Killer Couples (S11,E2)

Investigation Discovery:

In 2002, Erika and BJ Sifrit’s vacation in Ocean City, MD ended with them in the back of a squad car arrested for armed robbery. When two dismembered bodies were later unearthed, the connection between the two crimes would reveal a grisly murder. -Ocean City, Sins and Secrets (S2,E8)

A seemingly perfect young couple is concealing a sinful life of crime and sexual depravity. Then later, a threesome of lovers ends in a bizarre homicide and cover-up. -Killers on the Run, Deadly Sins (S3,E9)

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Man Guilty In 1 of 2 Slayings in Ocean City
Ex-Navy SEAL Sentenced in Dismemberment
Sifrit gets 38 years for tourist death
Judge calls Sifrit `butcher,’ gives him 38 years in prison
Woman gets life for killing tourists in O.C.
Sifrit gets life plus 20 years for murder
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Star Witness Recounts Evening With Suspects
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Erika Sifrit cites lawyer failure, seeks new trial
Fed Judge Denies Erika Sifrit Appeal; Decision Likely Exhausts Challenges
Sifrit’s latest bid for new trial rejected
Thrill-kill couple caught after Hooters break-in
Ocean City’s ‘Thrill Kill’ Couple – Pt. 1 – Crime Watch Daily
Ocean City’s ‘Thrill Kill’ Couple – Pt. 2 – Crime Watch Daily
Ocean City’s ‘Thrill Kill’ Couple – Pt. 3 – Crime Watch Daily
Killer Couple Caught After Hooters Burglary Attempt – Crime Watch Daily
The Story Behind Ocean City’s Thrill Kill Couple – Crime Watch Daily
Erika Sifrit and Ben Sifrit Sentenced for Killing Couple
Cruel Death by M. William Phelps (Amazon.com)
Killer Couples: Preview – Erica Sifrit Struggles With Her Identity
Killer Couples: Preview – Erika & Benjamin Sifrit’s Fiery Romance Led To Murder
Killer Couples: Bonus Clip – Ocean City Detective Explains The Sifrit Murder Trials
Killer Couples: Bonus Clip – Detectives Disappointed By Benjamin Sifrit’s Sentence
Killer Couples: Bonus Clip – Former Friend, Kristen Heinbaugh, On Erika Sifrit
Dirty Little Seacret | Forensic Files | FilmRise (S13, E47)
Dirty Little Seacret | Forensic Files | Full Episode (YouTube)
Dirty Little Seacret | Forensic Files | Netflix (Collection 1, E30)
Dirty Little Seacret | Forensic Files | Amazon Prime Video (S13,E13)
Killers on the Run | Deadly Sins | Investigation Discovery (S3, E9)
Killers on the Run | Deadly Sins | Investigation Discovery (website)
Killers on the Run | Deadly Sins | Investigation Discovery (Amazon)
Ocean City | Sins and Secrets | Investigation Discovery (S2, E8)
Ocean City | Sins and Secrets | Investigation Discovery (website)
Ocean City | Sins and Secrets | Investigation Discovery (Amazon)
Lethal Lovers | Deadly Women | Investigation Discovery (S3, E9)
Lethal Lovers | Deadly Women | Investigation Discovery (website)
Lethal Lovers | Deadly Women | Investigation Discovery (Amazon)
Lethal Lovers | Deadly Women | Investigation Discovery (Hulu)
Erika and BJ Sifrit | Killer Couples | Oxygen (S11,E2)
Erika Sifrit | Snapped | Oxygen (S8, E11)
Once Upon A Crime – Episode 112: Erika and Benjamin Sifrit – Killer Couple
Deadly Women Premiered ‘Lethal Lovers’ on ID: Erika and Benjamin Sifrit Murdered Maryland Tourists Joshua Ford and Martha Crutchley (October 15, 2009)
Forensic Files Premiered ‘Dirty Little Seacret’: Thrill Killers Erika and Benjamin Sifrit Murdered Two Tourists in Ocean City, Maryland (May 28, 2010)
Snapped Premiered ‘Erika Sifrit’ on Oxygen: Woman’s Arrest Leads to Shocking Homicides of Tourists in Ocean City, Maryland (June 16, 2011)
Sins and Secrets Premiered ‘Ocean City’ on ID: Tourists Joshua Ford & Martha Crutchley Reported Missing in Maryland (March 1, 2012)
Deadly Sins Premiered ‘Killers on the Run’ on Investigation Discovery: Erika and Benjamin Sifrit Murder Two Ocean City Tourists (March 8, 2014)
Killer Couples Premiered ‘Erika and BJ Sifrit’ on Oxygen: Lethal Lovers Murder Ocean City, Maryland Tourists for the Thrill (January 28, 2019)
Deadly Women: 30 Military and Veteran Homicide Cases Featured on Investigation Discovery

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