Marine Corps spouse Erin Corwin, 19, was reported missing on June 29, 2014 by her husband who was stationed at Camp Pendleton near Twentynine Palms in California. After an extensive investigation and search, Erin’s body was found in an abandoned mine shaft on August 16th, 2014. During the investigation, authorities learned that Erin was having an affair with another Marine. This Marine was identified as Christopher Lee, 29, who was arrested in Alaska after Erin’s body was recovered from the mine shaft. Christopher admitted that he killed Erin but said it was because he became angry after she confessed to molesting his daughter. The prosecution theorized he killed her to silence her and hide the pregnancy from his wife. He tricked her into believing that he was going to propose to her and instead he approached Erin from behind and strangled her for at least five minutes with a garrote made up of two pieces of rebar and a cord. After Lee was satisfied Erin was dead, he dragged her body to a mine shaft in the desert and pushed her in head first. Christopher Lee was found guilty of first-degree murder by civilian authorities and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
When the 19-year old wife of a Marine vanishes without a trace in the California desert, investigators launch a massive search. They soon uncover a secret love triangle and a mystery with multiple suspects. -Dateline
“Monroe County judge calls crime the most evil he’s seen.” -WATE.com
Robert ‘Bob’ McClancy was found dead in his home on May 15, 2006 by his friend Charles Kaczmarczyk in Coker Creek, Tennessee. It appeared that Bob had overdosed on his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder medications. The Monroe County coroner ruled Bob’s death a suicide. Bob was a Vietnam war veteran and retired detective; he met Kaczmarczyk at a six week Veterans Affairs treatment program for PTSD. Years later, it was revealed that Robert’s wife Martha Ann and her lover Charles Kaczmarczyk poisoned Bob with the medication he’d been prescribed for PTSD and staged it as a suicide. They married shortly after Bob died but waited long enough so Martha could continue to collect Bob’s veteran death benefits. Martha Kaczmarczyk was convicted of murder and sentenced to 50 years in prison. Chuck Kaczmarczyk pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.