Army Spouse Dana Mackay Found Murdered in Virginia Home; SSG John Mackay, Nicole Houchin, Nace Houchin, & Greg Crawford Confessed to Crime (July 27, 2013)

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Dana Mackay, Army Spouse, Virginia

Army spouse Dana Mackay, 42, was found murdered in her Williamsburg home in Virginia on July 27, 2013. The intruders entered Dana’s home and snuck into her bedroom in the middle of the night; she was bludgeoned to death by a blunt instrument in the midst of sleeping. She died from multiple blunt force trauma. A concerned neighbor found Dana nude on the floor next to her bed; there was blood everywhere. Initially investigators thought the homicide occurred after a sexual assault. But after further investigation, authorities would learn that Dana’s husband, John Mackay, 45, and his lover, Nicole Houchin, 37, planned the murder because Dana didn’t want a divorce. John admitted to investigators that he wanted a divorce from Dana but she refused and threatened to report his affair to his commanding officer if he didn’t stop. John was a Staff Sergeant (SSG) stationed at Fort Eustis in Virginia and adultery was a crime punishable by the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). John did not want to risk his long standing career and apparently wanted to be with Nicole Houchin, not Dana.

John and Nicole elicited the help of Nicole’s Army husband, Nace Houchin, 35, who was also stationed at Fort Eustis, and Gregory Crawford who worked with John and Nicole at an Auto-Zone store in Williamsburg, Virginia. John Mackay promised both Nace Houchin and Gregory Crawford twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) if they would kill Dana. Did John expect a hefty pay-out from a life insurance plan on his wife? Did John promise to pay the deadly duo as soon as the money hit his bank account? John wanted the easy way out so he could be with Nicole. Dana Mackay didn’t want a divorce from John; she wanted to save the four year marriage. And although Dana innocently threatened to report John’s adulterous affair to his commander, how was she to know that it would be a motive for murder? John Mackay wanted to save his career and be with his new girlfriend. John Mackay, Nicole Houchin, and Nace Houchin confessed to the crime and pleaded guilty to first degree murder. All three were sentenced to life in prison. Gregory Crawford confessed to the crime and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit capital murder; he was sentenced to 20 years in prison with three years suspended (17).

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John Mackay, Nicole Houchin (Top); Nace Houchin, Gregory Crawford (Bottom) Photo Courtesy of WAVY.com

Investigation Discovery:

Dana MacKay is found viciously beaten to death while her husband is out of town. One suspect comes to mind: a woman who’s been stalking Dana for the last month. But it will take a cellphone with X-rated text messages to unravel this mystery. -Sick and Twisted, Married with Secrets (S2,E8)

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August: U.S. Department of Defense Casualties Report (2009)

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08/31/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualties: Jason Dahlke, 29, and Eric Hario, 19, Afghanistan, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia

08/31/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Abraham Wheeler III, 22, Afghanistan, Fort Drum, New York

08/29/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualties: Earl Werner, 38, and Taylor Marks, 19, Iraq, Oregon Army National Guard

08/28/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Kurt Curtiss, 27, Afghanistan, Fort Richardson, Alaska

08/28/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Matthew Wildes, 18, Afghanistan, Fort Carson, Colorado

08/27/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualties: John Hallett III, 30, Cory Jenkins, 30, Ronald Sawyer, 38, and Dennis Williams, 24, Afghanistan, Fort Lewis, Washington

08/27/2009:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Donald Hogan, 20, Afghanistan, Camp Pendleton, California

08/26/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Darby Morin, 25, NCD, Afghanistan, Fort Drum, New York

08/25/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Joseph Fortin, 22, Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas

08/24/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Andrew Lobosco, 29, Afghanistan, Fort Bragg, North Carolina

08/23/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualties: Troy Tom, 21, and Jonathan Yanney, 20, Afghanistan, Fort Lewis, Washington

08/23/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Matthew Ingram, 25, Afghanistan, Fort Carson, Colorado

08/22/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Justin Pellerin, 21, Afghanistan, Fort Drum, New York

08/21/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Brian Wolverton, 21, Afghanistan, Fort Drum, New York

08/21/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Jose Crisostomo, 59, Afghanistan, International Security Assistance Force Kabul

08/20/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualties: Clayton Bowen, 29, and Morris Walker, 23, Afghanistan, Fort Richardson

08/20/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Paul Dumont, Jr, 23, NCD, Afghanistan, Fort Eustis, Virginia

08/20/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Matthew Hastings, 23, NCD, Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas

08/20/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: William Van Osdol, 23, Iraq, Schweinfurt, Germany

08/19/2009:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Adam Benjamin, 34, Afghanistan, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

08/19/2009:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Leopold Damas, 26, Afghanistan, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

08/19/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: William Woods Jr, 31, Afghanistan, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Glen Arm, Maryland

08/17/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Nicholas Roush, 22, Afghanistan, Fort Bragg, North Carolina

08/17/2009:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Joshua Bernard, 21, Afghanistan, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay

08/14/2009:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: William Cahir, 40, Afghanistan, Marine Forces Reserve, Washington D.C.

08/14/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: John Tinsley, 28, Afghanistan, Fort Bragg, North Carolina

08/12/2009:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Bruce Ferrell, 21, Afghanistan, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

08/11/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Richard Walters Jr, 41, NCD, Kuwait, Fort Benning, Georgia

08/10/2009:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Patrick Schimmel, 21, Afghanistan, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

08/10/2009:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Javier Olvera, 20, Afghanistan, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

08/10/2009:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Dennis Burrow, 23, Afghanistan, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

08/10/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Jerry Evans Jr, 23, Afghanistan, Fort Drum, New York

08/10/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Matthew Swanson, 20, NCD, Afghanistan, Fort Drum, New York

08/10/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Tara Smith, 33, NCD, Afghanistan, Fort Bragg, North Carolina

08/09/2009:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Matthew Freeman, 29, Afghanistan, Okinawa, Japan

08/07/2009:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualties: James Argentine, 22, Travis Babine, 20, and Jay Hoskins, 24, Afghanistan, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay

08/07/2009:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualties: Christian Guzman Rivera, 21, Afghanistan, Okinawa, Japan 

08/06/2009:  DoD Identifies Navy Casualty: Anthony Garcia, 21, Afghanistan, Marine Corps Base Hawaii

08/05/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Keiffer Wilhelm, 19, NCD, Iraq, Fort Bliss, Texas

08/04/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualties: Ronald Luce Jr, 27, Alejandro Granado, 42, and Severin Summers III, 43, Afghanistan, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Jackson, Mississippi

08/03/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualties: Jonathan Walls, 27, Richard Jones, 21, and Patrick Fitzgibbon, 19, Afghanistan, Fort Carson, Colorado

08/03/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Alexander Miller, 21, Afghanistan, Fort Drum, New York

08/03/2009:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Johnny Polk, 39, Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas

08/02/2009:  Remains Identified as Navy Captain Michael Scott Speicher

08/01/2009:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualties: Gregory Posey, 22, and Jonathan Stroud, 20, Afghanistan, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

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August: U.S. Department of Defense Casualties Report (2004)

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08/31/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Aaron Holleyman, 26, Iraq, Fort Campbell, Kentucky

08/31/2004:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Nicholas Skinner, 20, Iraq, Camp Pendleton, California

08/31/2004:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualtiy: Nickalous Aldrich, 21, NCD, Iraq, Camp Pendleton, California

08/31/2004:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Edgar Lopez, 27, Iraq, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

08/31/2004:  DoD Identifies Air Force Casualty: Carl Anderson Jr., 21, Iraq, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska

08/30/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Omead Razani, 19, NCD, Iraq, Camp Greaves, Korea

08/30/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Luis Perez, 19, NCD, Iraq, Pennyslvania Army Reserve

08/27/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Marco Ross, 20, Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas

08/27/2004:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Barton Humlhanz, 23, Iraq, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

08/26/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Charles Neeley, 19, Iraq, Ohio Army Reserve

08/26/2004:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Alexander Arredondo, 20, Iraq, Camp Pendleton, California

08/26/2004:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Jacob Lugo, 21, Iraq, Twentynine Palms, California

08/25/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Donald Davis, 42, NCD, Iraq, Ohio Army Reserve

08/25/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Robert Thornton Jr, 35, Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas

08/24/2004:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Richard Lord, 24, Iraq, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

08/24/2004:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Edward Reeder, 32, NCD, Iraq, Camp Pendleton, California

08/23/2004:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Christopher Belchik, 30, Iraq, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

08/23/2004:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualties: Nicanor Alvarez, 22, Jason Cook, 25, Seth Huston, 19, and Nachez Washalanta, 21, Iraq, Camp Pendleton, California

08/23/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Kevin Cuming, 22, Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas

08/23/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Matthew Stovall, 25, Iraq, Mississippi Army National Guard

08/23/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualties: Charles Wilkins III, 38, and Ryan Martin, 22, Iraq, Ohio Army National Guard

08/20/2004:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Brad McCormick, 23, Iraq, Marine Forces Reserve, Tennessee

08/20/2004:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualties: Caleb Powers, 21, and Harvey Parkerson III, 27, Iraq, Camp Pendleton, California

08/20/2004:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Dustin Fitzgerald, 22, Iraq, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

08/20/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Jacob Martir, 21, Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas

08/19/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Henry Risner, 26, Iraq, Fort Drum, New York

08/19/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Brandon Titus, 20, Iraq, Fort Drum, New York

08/18/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: David Heath, 30, Iraq, Fort Riley, Kansas

08/17/2004:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualties: Fernando Hannon, 19, and Geoffrey Perez, 24, Iraq, Camp Pendleton, California

08/17/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Mark Zapata, 27, Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas

08/17/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: James Goins, 23, Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas

08/16/2004:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: John Howard, 26, Iraq, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California

08/16/2004:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Tavon Hubbard, 24, Iraq, Camp Pendleton, California

08/16/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Brandon Sapp, 21, Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas

08/16/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Daniel Shepherd, 23, Iraq, Fort Riley, Kansas

08/15/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Anthony Santoriello, 24, Iraq, Fort Riley, Kansas

08/15/2004:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Nicholas Morrison, 23, Iraq, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

08/14/2004:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Kane Funke, 20, Iraq, Twentynine Palms, California

08/13/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Michael Tarlavsky, 30, Iraq, Fort Campbell, Kentucky

08/13/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Daniel Galvan, 30, Afghanistan, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

08/12/2004:  DoD Identifies Air Force Casualty: Rick Ulbright, 49, Iraq, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland

08/10/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Andrew Houghton, 25, Iraq, Schweinfurt, Germany

08/09/2004:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Jonathan Collins, 19, Iraq, Camp Pendleton, California

08/09/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualties: Craig Cherry, 39, and Bobby Beasley, 36, Iraq, Virginia Army National Guard

08/09/2004:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualties: Yadir Reynoso, 27, and Roberto Abad, 22, Iraq, Camp Pendleton, California

08/09/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: David Potter, 22, NCD, Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas

08/09/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Raymond Faulstich Jr, 24, Iraq, Fort Eustis, Virginia

08/09/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Joshua Bunch, 23, Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas

08/07/2004:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Moses Rocha, 33, Iraq, Camp Pendleton, California

08/07/2004:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Larry Wells, 22, Iraq, Camp Pendleton, California

08/06/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Donald McCune, 20, Iraq, Washington Army National Guard

08/05/2004:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Dean Pratt, 22, Iraq, Camp Pendleton, California

08/05/2004:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualties: Elia Fontecchio, 30, and Joseph Nice, 19, Iraq, Twentynine Palms, California

08/04/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualties: Justin Onwordi, 28, and Harry Shondee Jr, 19, Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas

08/04/2004:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Gregory Ratzlaff, 36, NCD, Iraq, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, California

08/04/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Tommy Gray, 34, NCD, Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas

08/04/2004:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Juan Calderon Jr, 26, Iraq, Camp Pendleton, California

08/03/2004:  Remains of American MIAs Found in North Korea

08/02/2004:  DoD Identifies Army Casualties: Anthony Dixon, 20, and Armando Hernandez, 22, Iraq, Schweinfurt, Germany

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