Notorious Fayetteville crimes — Theer and Shannon homicides — to be on national TV again

mzl.nxjteahoThe crime documentary TV genre gets a lot of mileage out of the murders of Marty Theer and David ShannonBoth of these notorious Fayetteville murder cases will again be presented on a national network in the next week.

It’s the third time these stories will be told on national television, following versions aired on the Oxygen channel’s “Snapped” show and on “Dateline: NBC.” The new shows interviewed me, prosecutors, law enforcement and others to help tell the stories. I’ve seen review copies.

The premiere episode of “Scorned: Love Kills” debuts at 10 p.m. Saturday on the Investigation Discovery channel with the Shannon murder of 2002, a case that brought to light a Fayetteville subculture of open marriage and sexual swing club partner-swapping.

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Shannon O’Roark Killed Estranged Air Force Husband’s Mistress Veterans Affairs Psychiatrist Dr. Irina Puscariu; Col. Roscoe Griffin Made Affair Official on Facebook (2012)

On January 13, 2012, Shannon O’Roark of Texas drove 250 miles to Missouri to kill her estranged husband’s mistress fourty-six year old Dr. Irina Puscariu. Shannon O’Roark Griffin was an aeronautical engineer who worked for NASA training astronauts until she experienced a seizure that put her on definite sick leave. Shannon’s husband was a Colonel in the Air Force who decided he wasn’t ready to retire. Shannon and Col. Roscoe Griffin had been living separately for quite some time and discussed divorce but it appeared Shannon did not want a divorce after twenty years of marriage. Meanwhile, Col. Griffin lost a fellow service member to suicide and it devastated him. He began seeing Dr. Irina Puscariu, a Veterans Affairs psychiatrist, for help. The professional relationship evolved into a romantic relationship, which is strictly forbidden in the world of psychiatry. Dr. Puscariu put her own career at risk when she chose to date Col. Griffin. Shannon found out thru social media that her husband was seeing Dr. Puscariu when he posted a picture with Irina on Facebook. Col. Griffin also changed his relationship status to “it’s complicated” which to Shannon was rejection, and rejection was the trigger. Col. Roscoe Griffin had no idea what was in store for him when someone is dumped and dangerous.

Shannon may have felt like the post meant the last twenty years were horrible and now I am going to replace you. Shannon asked Col. Griffin to go to a counseling appointment with her one last time in an effort to save the relationship. It would be here she would learn her husband of twenty years loved Dr. Puscariu and wanted to continue to see her. After this counseling session is when Shannon decided to go to Missouri and kill Dr. Puscariu. She wanted to protect what was hers at all costs. She wanted to obliterate Dr. Puscariu from her life so the problem would go away. She drove 250 miles to Irina’ home in Missouri and shot and killed her four times in front of her own mother, the last shot was to her face. Shannon then fled the scene back to Texas and was held in custody until she could be extradited back to Missouri for a murder charge. Shannon plead guilty to second degree murder to avoid a trial. She was sentenced to twenty years for second degree murder and twenty years for armed criminal action. Investigators noted that before this incident Shannon had zero criminal history or violent behavior, she didn’t even have a speeding ticket. But when she got rejected by her husband Col. Roscoe Griffin, it would be jealousy and revenge that would drive her to murder the woman who stole her life.

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Highlights of US Army Soldier Joshua Eisenhauer Case

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Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Eisenhauer was sentenced to 10 to 18 years in prison for shooting at police and firefighters from his apartment in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

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Army Soldier Brandy Fonteneaux Found Stabbed to Death in Fort Carson Barracks, Co-Worker Army Sgt. Vincinte Jackson Convicted & Sentenced to Life without Parole (2012)

Honoring Brandy Fonteneaux @USArmy (2012)

Brandy Fonteneaux, US Army

US Army soldier Brandy Fonteneaux was found stabbed to death in her barracks room at Fort Carson in Colorado on January 9, 2012. An autopsy revealed that she was stabbed 74 times and choked to death. After an investigation, co-worker and Army Sgt. Vincinte Jackson was charged with her murder. Both Sgt. Jackson and Brandy were assigned to the 4th Engineer Battalion at Fort Carson but they were not close. According to Brandy’s family, she knew him but they were not friends and didn’t hang out. Brandy had shared with family that he had talked to her about his crumbling marriage. Sgt. Jackson was accused of going to the barracks, looking for a door that was unlocked, entering, and killing Brandy. Prosecution argued that Jackson made a conscience decision to leave his home, go to the barracks, enter Brandy’s room, and murder her. The defense argued that Jackson was not aware of his actions due to a combination of heavy alcohol use and anti-depressants. Sgt. Jackson was sentenced to life without parole for the murder of Brandy Fonteneaux but he was acquitted on the charge of premeditated murder.

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US Army Sgt Vincinte Jackson Convicted of the Murder of Army Soldier Brandy Fonteneaux at Fort Carson, Sentenced to Life in Prison (2012)

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Sgt. Vincinte Jackson, US Army

Sgt. Vincinte Jackson, US Army, was convicted of the brutal murder of co-worker and fellow Army soldier Brandy Fonteneaux. Both Sgt. Vincinte and Brandy were assigned to the 4th Engineer Battalion at Fort Carson, Colorado. Brandy was found stabbed to death in her barracks room at Fort Carson on January 9, 2012. After an investigation, Sgt. Jackson was accused of finding the first unlocked door he could in the barracks, entering, and then stabbing and slashing Brandy Fonteneaux 74 times. Jackson was courts martialed by the Army and found guilty of murder by a jury of eight of his peers but they acquitted him on the charge of premeditated murder. Jackson’s defense lawyers blamed heavy drinking with the combination of anti-depressants leaving him unable to control his own actions. The prosecution scoffed at the defense and accused Jackson of trying doors in the Fort Carson Army barracks corridor until he found one that was unlocked. They deduced that Jackson made the conscience decision to leave his room and walk to Brandy’s room where he stabbed and slashed her to near death. An autopsy revealed Jackson choked her to death to take her out of the misery he put her in. Sgt. Vincinte Jackson was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Learn more: Violent Crime, Suicide & Non Combat Death at Fort Carson, Colorado (US Army)

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Benjamin Colton Barnes

Benjamin Colton Barnes, US Army Veteran

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