Top 10 Posts on Military Justice for All in 2017

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  1. Army Soldiers at Fort Hood in Texas Are Dying at Alarming Rates Stateside
  2. Navy Veteran Richard Uffelman & Two Children Opened Fire and Killed Neighbors Michael and Florence Phillips in Maine, Richard Sentenced to Life in Prison (1989)
  3. Navy Spouse Susan Russo Hired Drug Addicted Hitmen for $100 to Murder Husband David for the Servicemen’s Group Life Insurance (1994)
  4. Navy Wife Dina Kichler Raped & Murdered in Mayport, Florida by John Brewer Shortly After her Husband Deployed for Six Months on USS Forestall (1990)
  5. Joseph Snodgrass, US Air Force, Hired Hitmen to Murder Wife Julie at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines for the $400,000 Life Insurance Payout (1991)
  6. Fort Bliss Army Commander Captain Lynn Reister Murdered by Enlisted Husband Roger and His Brother Rodney for the Servicemen’s Group Life Insurance (2001)
  7. A Complete List of the 35 Basic Military Training Instructors Court Martialed in the Lackland Air Force Base Sex Scandal
  8. Air Force Retiree Philip Inhofer Murdered by Nevada Escort for Money and 1975 Mercedes Convertible; Michelle Cummiskey Sentenced to 25 Years to Life (1991)
  9. Navy Petty Officer Elise Makdessi Double Crossed & Murdered by Husband Eddie who Came Up with a Better Plan Yielding him $700,000 in Life Insurance (1996)
  10. Air Force SSgt Michael Severance Poisoned with Animal Medications by Veterinarian Wife, Wendi Davidson Plead ‘No Contest’ to First Degree Murder, Sentenced to 25 Years (2005)

Navy Petty Officer Quincy Brown Murdered by Military Spouse Motivated to Kill by Wife’s $700,000 Life Insurance Policy (1996)

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Quincy Brown, US Navy

Honoring Navy Petty Officer Quincy Brown who died on May 14, 1996 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Petty Officer Brown and Petty Officer Elise Makdessi were murdered by Elise’s husband Eddie Makdessi in the Makdessi home. Quincy Brown was lured to the residence under false pretenses, not aware that he was part of a plot that ended with murder. Eddie shot Quincy Brown and then stabbed Elise Makdessi. He told the police that Quincy Brown broke into his home, knocked him out, raped and murdered Elise, and when he awoke he shot the intruder. Forensic science proved that Eddie’s version of events were not supported by the evidence. Investigators concluded that Eddie was most likely motivated to kill by his wife’s $700,000 life insurance policy he had purchased a month earlier. Eddie Makdessi was indicted in 2001 but wouldn’t go to trial for his crimes until 2006 as he fled the country with his life insurance money. Unfortunately, the United States didn’t have an extradition treaty with Russia. After Eddie Makdessi finally returned to the US, he was charged with two counts of first degree murder, found guilty, and sentenced to life in prison. He continues to deny that he committed the crimes.

Learn more: Navy Petty Officer Elise Makdessi Double Crossed & Murdered by Husband Eddie, The $700,000 Life Insurance Policy was the Motive (1996)

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Tailhook Plaintiff Wins Suit (1994)
Notes, Videotape Left Left by Woman Say She was Raped, the Oceana Worker was Slain by a Colleague, An Affidavit Says
DSS Returns Double Homicide Suspect to U.S.
Forensic Expert Uses Blood to Re-Create 1996 Slayings
Jury recommends life sentence for Makdessi
The word of a jailhouse snitch: Can it be trusted?
Man accused of killing wife, her lover a decade ago finally to go on trial
Officer, paramedic recall Elise Makdessi’s death
You’ll never believe what a convicted killer is requesting from a judge
State of Virginia: Adib Eddie Makdessi v. Harold Clarke (2016)
Female sailor’s false rape allegation, plot fails
Forensic Files Sex Crimes Double Cross 1
Forensic Files Sex Crimes Double Cross 2
Unusual Suspects: Deadly Accusations (Amazon Video)
Unusual Suspects: Deadly Accusations (ID YouTube)

When a Naval Officer is apparently raped and stabbed by a coworker, a mysterious VHS tape suggests the victim may have been silenced to prevent a scandal. Dogged investigation and cutting edge forensic science reveals a shocking murder plot. -Discovery ID

Navy Petty Officer Elise Makdessi Double Crossed & Murdered by Husband Eddie who Came Up with a Better Plan Yielding him $700,000 in Life Insurance (1996)

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Elise Makdessi, US Navy

Navy Petty Officer Elise Makdessi worked as an Air Traffic Controller at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia. Elise was married to Eddie Makdessi for five years and they lived off base in Virginia Beach. Elise unknowingly helped plan, organize, and carry out her own murder and it is unclear if she was a willing participant in the original plot with Eddie to scam the government out of money or if she was controlled by Eddie. Eddie Makdessi murdered Elise Makdessi and Navy Petty Officer Quincy Brown on May 14, 1996 as part of an elaborate scam. The whole thing was a set up. Elise thought she was part of an arrangement where she would invite Quincy Brown to the house, have sex with him, then accuse him of rape. She also manufactured evidence to make it look like she was documenting sexual abuse in an effort to sue the Navy and make millions. She had journals and created what looked like a rehearsed video outlining what four Navy men, including Quincy Brown, did to her on the job.

Five years earlier in 1991 the Navy Tailhook scandal in Nevada made national headlines. Navy Lieutenant Paula Coughlin was one of the alleged victims who went public with her story. Two years before Elise and Quincy were murdered, Paula Coughlin won 1.7 million after suing the Las Vegas Hilton hotel where the Tailhook Association convention was held. Eddie must have convinced Elise that they too could make millions if they alleged that Elise was sexually assaulted on the job. What they didn’t realize is that you can’t sue the Navy; Coughlin won a lawsuit against the Hilton hotel. The Feres Doctrine prevents any soldier or their family from suing the Department of Defense for compensatory damages. Investigators believe that knowledge of this information gave Eddie and Elise Makdessi the motive to come up with the false accusation scheme to sue the Navy. Eddie was a scammer and always looking for new ways to make quick money. Elise didn’t know she was double crossed until Eddie was plunging the knife. A month before the murders, Eddie purchased $700,000 worth of life insurance on Elise.

Eddie and Elise Makdessi invited Petty Officer Quincy Brown over to the house under the guise of having a threesome. DNA evidence revealed that Elise and Quincy Brown had sex. Investigators would learn that Eddie shot Quincy first, then stabbed Elise. He hurt himself to make it appear that Quincy invaded the house, knocked him out, raped and killed Elise, and then he awoke from unconsciousness and shot the intruder. Eddie staged the crime scene and he almost got away with it. But investigators figured out this was a ‘set up’ based on the crime scene evidence, interviews with Elise’s co-workers, the video tape, and the large insurance policy. They were also savvy enough to recognize that this was a copycat case. Elise’s sexual harassment and sexual assault claims were in fact fabricated. All the men she accused of sex crimes in the video passed a polygraph examination and her supervisors testified that Elise never reported sexual harassment or sexual assault like she claimed in her video testimony. Unfortunately Quincy Brown was the pawn they used in their game and he never got the chance to see that the allegations were proven false.

Eddie was indicted in 2001. But by the time investigators were ready to arrest Eddie Makdessi for the murder of Elise Makdessi and Quincy Brown, Eddie had fled the country. They eventually caught up with him in Russia. Unfortunately, Russia did not have an extradition treaty with the United States so police could not force Eddie to come back to the states. Mike Mather, an investigative reporter, went to Russia to interview Makdessi and learned that he was remarried with a child yet things weren’t going so well for Eddie financially in Russia. After that interview, Eddie decided to leave his wife and child in Russia and go back to America to face the charges. He was going to prove his innocence and clear his name. He was sure he would beat the charges. It would be ten years after he committed the first degree murders of Elise and Quincy Brown before he went to trial. In 2006, Eddie Makdessi was convicted of two counts of murder, sentenced to life in prison, and ordered to pay a $202,500 fine. The motive was the life insurance money. He used the $700,000 payout to travel the world before settling in Russia. Eddie continues to deny committing the crimes.

Elise Makdessi’s sister, Dawn Crosby, asked the jury to “show Eddie Makdessi that my sister’s life was worth more than $700,000.” -The Virginia-Pilot

Learn more: Servicemen’s Group Life Insurance is a Common Motive for Murder

Related Links:
Tailhook Plaintiff Wins Suit (1994)
Notes, Videotape Left Left by Woman Say She was Raped, the Oceana Worker was Slain by a Colleague, An Affidavit Says
DSS Returns Double Homicide Suspect to U.S.
Forensic Expert Uses Blood to Re-Create 1996 Slayings
Jury recommends life sentence for Makdessi
The word of a jailhouse snitch: Can it be trusted?
Man accused of killing wife, her lover a decade ago finally to go on trial
Officer, paramedic recall Elise Makdessi’s death
You’ll never believe what a convicted killer is requesting from a judge
State of Virginia: Adib Eddie Makdessi v. Harold Clarke (2016)
Female sailor’s false rape allegation, plot fails
Navy Petty Officer Quincy Brown Murdered by Military Spouse Motivated to Kill by Wife’s $700,000 Life Insurance Policy (1996)
Forensic Files Sex Crimes Double Cross 1
Forensic Files Sex Crimes Double Cross 2
Unusual Suspects: Deadly Accusations (Amazon Video)
Unusual Suspects: Deadly Accusations (ID YouTube)

When a Naval Officer is apparently raped and stabbed by a coworker, a mysterious VHS tape suggests the victim may have been silenced to prevent a scandal. Dogged investigation and cutting edge forensic science reveals a shocking murder plot. -Discovery ID

US Navy Tailhook Scandal (1991)

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The Tailhook scandal was a series of incidents where more than 100 U.S. Navy and United States Marine Corps aviation officers were alleged to have sexually assaulted 83 women and 7 men, or otherwise engaged in “improper and indecent” conduct at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, Nevada.[1] The events took place at the 35th Annual Tailhook Association Symposium from September 8 to 12, 1991. –Wikipedia

1992
Tailhook: Scandal Time
Navy Secretary orders disciplinary action in Tailhook scandal
70 to Run the Navy’s Gauntlet for Involvement in Tailhook Scandal
Sexual-Harassment Scandal Rocks US Navy Into Reform
Tailhook finally permeates presidential consciousness
Two Navy Admirals Removed in Tailhook Scandal
Navy Secretary Orders Anti-Sexual Abuse Training — Action Follows Tailhook Scandal, New Incident At California Base
Witch Hunt In the Navy
Running a Gauntlet of Sexual Abuse: Sexual Harassment of Female Naval Personnel in the United States Navy (Californian Western Law)
Sexual scandal has US Navy chiefs all at sea: Revelations of misconduct have forced the entire military to examine how women are treated, says David Usborne in Washington

1993
The Gauntlet
Up To 150 In Tailhook Scandal Face Penalties An Investigator Is Expected To Present His Findings Friday. An Official Said It “Won’t Be A Pretty Picture.”
What Really Happened at Tailhook Convention : Scandal: The Pentagon report graphically describes how fraternity-style hi-jinks turned into hall of horrors.
Navy Vice Admiral Addresses Issue Of Tailhook Scandal
Navy Secretary Seeks Top Admiral’s Resignation in the Tailhook Scandal
Another flier cleared of assault in Navy’s Tailhook sex scandal
Three Navy admirals punished in Tailhook scandal

1994
Light Punishment For Admiral’s Son
Tailhook Plaintiff Wins Suit

1995
She Stood Alone: The Tailhook Scandal
Review: ‘She Stood Alone: The Tailhook Scandal’

1996
Tailhook Storm Still Is Raging: Denied Promotion, A Pilot Sued The Navy
Admiral, in Suicide Note, Apologized to ‘My Sailors’
Letter revealed Boorda wanted to avoid shame
The Murder of Admiral Jeremy Boorda
Navy Petty Officer Elise Makdessi Double Crossed & Murdered by Husband Eddie who Came Up with a Better Plan Yielding him $700,000 in Life Insurance
Navy Petty Officer Quincy Brown Murdered by Military Spouse Motivated to Kill by Wife’s $700,000 Life Insurance Policy
`Frontline’ Leaves Tailhook Questions Unanswered
Hilton lawyer argues for overturn of Tailhook award

1998
Navy boots male, female sailors for group sexual incident

2000
Navy Probes Alleged ‘Tailhook 2’ Groping

2001
Tailhook: The Dream and the Reality

2002
New York Times Insults Memory of Retired Naval Officer Killed in September 11th Terrorist Attack
New Information Undermines Lawsuit Intended to Silence CMR

2003
Retired admiral’s reputation healed after ’93 scandal
A Tale of Two Paula’s

2008
McCain Picks Tailhook Sexual Harassment Scandal Vet To Oversee Transition

2009
Lt. Comm. Alberta Jones, US Navy
Lt. Comm. Alberta Jones discusses the coverup of her sexual harassment case

2010
Navy Man Claims Aviator Call Signs Get Too Personal
Retired Navy Officer Robert Klosterman Shot his Wife Rebecca Because She ‘Ruined’ his Military Career, Then He Shot Himself

2011
Navy is reliving the ‘Tailhook’ scandal
Navy women see slow-but-steady rise in ranks
Lewd Videos Cost Navy Capt. His Command
Navy officer at center of racy-videos case to be relieved of command
Salty Dogs No More: Navy Cans Officers for Personal Failings
Where are the now? (Paula Coughlin)

2012
Military’s tough stance on sex abuse hailed
‘Tailhook’ cleaned up, but top Marine sees more work to stop sex assaults
Sexual Assaults Plague Military After Decades of Reform
Jacksonville resident in historic ‘Tailhook’ military scandal keeps pressure on sex assault issue
Lackland fallout: Rape victim turned whistleblower calls for congressional hearings
Tailhook Whistleblower Demands Congress Investigate Lackland Sexual Assaults
Tailhook whistle-blower calls for Lackland sex scandal hearing
Tailhook whistle-blower wants congressional hearing on Lackland

2013
The Feminist Assault on the Military
Revisiting the Military’s Tailhook Scandal
Retro Report: The Legacy of Tailhook
Legacy of the Tailhook Scandal | The New York Times
Senior US navy officers under investigation as bribery scandal widens
Navy scandal spans globe, climbs ranks
Adm. Frank Kelso, 79, tied to Tailhook scandal
Frank Kelso, 79, former top admiral who was mired in Tailhook scandal
Revisiting the Tailhook Sexual Assault Scandal

2014
Accused Navy pilot Gregory McWherter resigns as Tailhook Association president
Blue Angels’ former commander under investigation quits Tailhook post
Navy Times: Blue Angels report calls out fighter pilot culture
Tailhook victim criticizes ‘ludicrous’ sentence in Tuesday’s Nellis court-martial

2015
Sexism Snarks Assembly of Female Navy Aviators
The man who seduced the 7th fleet: Fat Leonard’s trail of corruption
Tailhook Scandal

2016
Guest column: Tailhook started huge changes
She’s Got Grit: A Conversation with Pioneer Navigator Linda Maloney
The 10 Most Shocking Military Scandals

Books:
Inside the Tailhook Scandal: A Naval Aviator’s Story
The Mother of All Hooks: The Story of the U. S. Navy’s Tailhook Scandal
Fall From Glory: The Men Who Sank the U.S. Navy
Tailhook ’91 and the US Navy (Duke University)

Victims:
Victim 7: Lieutenant (0-3) United States Navy/Female
Victim 9: Civilian/Female
Victim 11: Civilian/Female
Victim 19: Lieutenant (0-3)United States Navy Reserve/Female
Victim 37: Civilian/Female
Victim 38: Civilian/Female
Victim 50: Lieutenant (0-3) United States Navy/Female (Paula Coughlin)
Tailhook Male Victims


Military sexual assault is not a new phenomenon. A second look at the Tailhook scandal in 1991 reveals what happened then. And what it all means now. -NY Times