5 Murder cases solved in the strangest and most unexpected ways

Today, we’re taking a look at 5 murder cases solved in some of the strangest and most unexpected ways. Sometimes it really is the smallest clues that can break a case wide open. Let’s get right into it with a heartbreaking case that was solved in one of the most unusual ways.

Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman Case

Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman Case

In 2002, Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman were inseparable best friends, The 10-year-olds were out playing together in Soham, Cambridgeshire, England, on August 4th, when both went missing from a family barbecue.

They told their family that they were going upstairs to play together, but instead they snuck away to buy sweets from a vending machine at a nearby sports center. They never made it back home. Their disappearance shocked the small community who began a thorough search for the two girls.

The search included more than 400 police officers working around the clock with hundreds of volunteers. For days their pictures were plastered on newspapers, but there was no trace of what happened to either Holly or Jessica. That is until the worst was confirmed.

Tragically, two weeks after they went missing, a gamekeeper stumbled upon both girls’ partially burnt bodies, where they had been buried in a shallow grave in the woods.

The same day that they were uncovered, Maxine Carr, who was a teaching assistant at the school both girls attended, and her boyfriend, Ian Huntley, a caretaker at a different school, were both arrested.

In a disturbing twist, Huntley had actually been part of the volunteers who were searching for Holly and Jessica. Huntley even gave a TV interview where he shared his concern for Holly and Jessica’s safety. By helping the police search for the missing girls, Huntley gained several important things.

One, he eliminated himself from any suspicion. If someone was refusing to help, this would be odd and draw attention. Two, he was able to gain information by being on the inside.

If he had felt that the police were close to finding out the truth, he would’ve had the opportunity to plant false evidence to lead them in another direction.

And three, by remaining so close to the case, he likely got a thrill out of seeing everyone search for the girls when he knew the truth. He enjoyed playing his role of concerned school caretaker on the outside, but on the inside, he was probably excited that he was getting away with fooling everyone around him.

Giving a TV interview about his concern for Holly and Jessica’s safety was another way he got a secret thrill out of tricking everyone. But how had these two fallen under suspicion when the girls’ bodies were only just found? Well, Carr actually knew both Holly and Jessica through her work.

Before the girls’ bodies were found, Carr also spoke to the news about how Holly had made her a card on the last day of term as a way to say thank you for being a good teaching assistant.

But there was something very telling about the way Carr spoke about Holly to reporters. She said that was the kind of girl she was. She was just really lovely. She used past tense while there was still hope that the girls could be found alive.

It was this slip of the tongue which indicated that Carr knew far more than what she was admitting and brought suspicion on both her and Huntley.

As well, both of the girls’ distinctive Manchester United shirts were found dumped in the garbage bin at the school where Huntley worked. The shirts had been cut off them and burned in an effort to destroy any DNA evidence.

Since the shirts were hidden at the school, it seemed clear that someone who worked there or had access to the building was probably involved in their disappearance.

Soon after the girls’ bodies were found, a very specific specialist was brought in to see if there was any evidence that would crack the case. Patricia Wiltshire, a forensic botanist, was contacted. Never heard of a forensic botanist? Well, that’s because there aren’t many.

In fact, Wiltshire was the only forensic ecologist and botanist in the United Kingdom at the time who specialized in the location of human remains and the linking of offenders to the scene of the crime.

Wiltshire noticed an incredibly small detail that until that point had been overlooked. Though I think you’ll understand why no one else noticed it. Wiltshire noted that there was a section of nettles in the brush that were growing new side shoots.

This only happens when the nettles have been stepped on. Taking an even closer look at the pattern of nodes on the side branches, Wiltshire was able to work out that the nettles had been stepped on precisely 13 and half days before.

This key evidence was used to show that the girls must have been buried soon after they had gone missing. As well, Wiltshire used the trodden nettles to establish a possible path that the killer had likely used to bring the bodies into the woods.

Police then followed this trail and found one of Jessica’s hairs on a twig, proving that she was right about the path. Wiltshire then examined Huntley’s shoes and determined that they had pollen on them which matched the same kind found along the path.

Carr had lied to the police in order to give her boyfriend an alibi to cover up his crimes. Initially, Carr may have acted out fear. Perhaps she knew that Huntley had killed the girls, but she may have been afraid for her own life if she didn’t help him.

Huntley and Carr’s relationship prior to the murders was described as turbulent. Given his history, it is possible that Huntley was violent or verbally abusive to Carr. Her motive for lying about being with him the night of the murder may have been self-protective.

Confronted with this evidence, Huntley began to behave strangely in police interviews. Investigators noted that his body language changed when he was asked, “Was there any occasion, Ian when you had physical contact with the girls?” Huntley said, “physical contact, no.”

Huntley displays several symptoms of antisocial personality disorder, including disregarding the law, being deceitful, acting impulsively, being aggressive, and having a lack of remorse. Many people who commit great acts of violence, such as this, have a history of trauma from their own childhood.

Huntley was allegedly bullied so badly that he switched to a new school when he was 13. He likely felt very out of control when he was bullied at this young age, which may have triggered something in his personality to switch.

The girls he killed were a similar age to him when he was bullied. Perhaps in his mind, he finally felt like he was in control of what happened to him. When he was 18, he had a history of relationships with young girls before he ever met Holly and Jessica, including girls as young as 13.

Between 1995 and 2001 Huntley had inappropriate contact with 11 underage girls, ranging between 11 and 17 years old. And in 1998, he was charged for assaulting an 18-year-old girl. Huntley clearly had a history of grooming young girls and his violence quickly escalated from assault to murder.

Despite his history of inappropriate encounters with minors, Huntley managed to get his job as a caretaker at a school because the headteacher who employed him admitted that he didn’t check any of Huntley’s job references or his history.

So, what happened that day? Well, the girls had been returning home from the vending machine when they passed Huntley. He told him that his girlfriend, Carr, who they knew well from school, was at home. It was there that he killed them both. He then buried their bodies.

Investigators believed that Huntley had been planning to attack the girls for a long time before he actually did. Huntley used his relationship with Carr to lure the girls back to his house. It is likely that this is something he had fantasized about for a long time.

And he was ready whenever the right opportunity presented itself- The girls walking alone. It is possible that he groomed one or both girls in advance to increase their trust in him. He also used the relationship the girls had with Carr, their teaching assistant, as a way to manipulate the girls into coming over.

Maxine Carr was found guilty of perverting the course of justice and sentenced to jail for 42 months. When she was released, Carr was given a new identity. During Huntley’s trial, Carr completely turned against him, referring to him as “that thing in the box.”

It’s possible that once she realized what he did, she was shocked and disgusted, which naturally made her want to distance herself from her former partner. But it’s also possible that she only changed her tune in order to protect herself.

And if that’s the case, it worked, considering she received such a short sentence. Ian Huntley was sentenced to jail for life. With a minimum of 40 years. He won’t be eligible for parole until 2042.

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Raven Abaroa Case

Raven Abaroa Case

The resolution of this second case is far less clear-cut, but by the end, I think you’ll agree that only someone paying very careful attention to detail would’ve figured out this solution.

On April 26th, 2005, Raven Abaroa headed out around 8:30 to play soccer in Durham, North Carolina. He had no idea the horror that he would return home to find. When he got home around 10:00 PM, Raven found his wife dead in their bedroom.

Janet Abaroa was 25 when she was killed and had just given birth six months earlier to the couple’s son, Kaiden. Tragically, Janet was also pregnant with a second child when she died. Kaiden was found unharmed in the room next to the bedroom.

After realizing his wife was dead, Raven phoned the police. He told them, “She’s been shot or something. There’s blood everywhere.” The police found Janet in a kneeling position and pronounced her dead at the scene.

Though Raven thought Janet had been shot because of the amount of blood, she’d actually died from multiple stab wounds, including one at the base of her neck, which was deep enough to go through her artery and all the way into her lung.

She was also stabbed in the chest and one of her fingers was slashed. On the day that she died, Janet had picked up Kaiden from his daycare before she met up with Raven and another member of their church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Raven told investigators that before he left to play soccer, Janet had started to get ready to go to bed around 8:00 PM. The specifics of this story eventually revealed the small clue needed to understand what happened to Janet that night.

But for now, one thing was clear. Raven appeared to have an alibi for the time his wife died. The couple’s relationship apparently went through a rocky patch after they first moved to Durham. According to Janet’s sister, she confided in them that Raven had actually wanted to end their marriage altogether.

And that he’d been unfaithful with several different people, but the couple managed to work through their issues before their son, Kaiden, was born.

As the investigation into Janet’s death got underway, police discovered that Raven had a knife collection, though it had strangely gone missing sometime before investigators arrived. He eventually claimed that one of the knives was found packed away in a moving box of his belongings.

He blamed the police and said that they were the ones who overlooked it. However, the police were adamant that they didn’t miss anything. This strange incident brought suspicion onto Raven, but there was no evidence that connected him to his wife’s death, and his alibi was indisputable.

They decided to review the crime scene images. And that’s when they saw a tiny detail that had previously been overlooked, Janet’s contact lens case. The case was left on the counter, and an investigator noticed that the top was off, which to them was an indication that her lenses were probably not in the case at all.

Small detail, right? Well, this tiny distinction could mean that Raven’s entire story was wrong. You see, Raven had been adamant that his wife was getting ready for bed when he left for soccer on the night that she died.

But if she hadn’t taken out her contacts, then she probably wasn’t actually getting ready to go to sleep. Janet’s family also assured investigators that she had a habit of always taking out her contact lenses when getting ready for bed.

Even though this small difference doesn’t seem huge, it was enough that strong suspicion was suddenly cast onto Raven Abaroa.

He was arrested on February 1st, 2010, and charged with first-degree murder. But there was one big problem. The contact lens theory was just that. There wasn’t any evidence. They had to know if Janet was still wearing the contacts when she died.

The investigators called an ophthalmologist and asked if it was possible to still find contact lenses on a body that had been buried five years earlier. The doctor told them that there was a very good chance that the lenses would’ve disintegrated over that time.

Still, Janet’s body was exhumed. To everyone’s amazement, fragments were recovered from Janet’s body. Once they were cleaned, it was determined that she had still been wearing her contact lenses when she died and when she was buried.

Raven’s story didn’t add up. Janet wasn’t killed after getting ready for bed, meaning that there was a good chance she may have died before he left for soccer. The case went to trial in 2013.

The prosecution painted Raven as a controlling husband and pointed to the fact that the timeline he gave didn’t add up. Ultimately, the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict as they were stuck at 11 to one on a guilty verdict, the judge declared it a mistrial.

The case went back to court again, but this time Raven entered something called an Alford plea for voluntary manslaughter.

An Alford plea is a guilty plea in which a defendant can maintain their innocence of the crime but admits that the prosecution’s evidence would likely result in a guilty verdict if brought to trial. This meant that he acknowledged there was evidence, primarily the contact lenses, that could potentially convict him.

The plea didn’t admit guilt, though it’s an agreement to be treated as if he was guilty. Because of the plea, he received a reduced prison sentence. Raven Abaroa was sentenced to 95 to 123 months in jail.

Because he’d already spent a total of four years in prison before and after his trial, which he was given credit for, Raven was released on Christmas Day in 2017.

He has maintained that he’s innocent while Janet’s family has said they believe his plea deal was a form of admission.

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David Guy Case

David Guy Case

Today’s third case might be the most unconventional solve of all and goes to show you that no piece of evidence, no matter how insignificant, can be overlooked.

Southsea beach in Hampshire, England is usually a summer destination, but in July 2012, the area was more like something out of a horror movie.

A group of students came across a horrific discovery in a trash bag left on the beach- a human torso. Also hidden in two different places along the beach were the human remains of a man’s legs and pelvis. The body was revealed to be 30-year-old David Guy.

But the details of his death weren’t clear, likely because the rest of his body was never found. His cause of death wasn’t entirely clear, though the marks on his torso suggested that he’d been stabbed in the chest and killed.

It also wasn’t exactly clear when he died. Investigators managed to narrow down a window that he died between June 30th and July 3rd. Eyewitnesses were sure that they saw a man riding by on a bike near the spots where the pieces of Guy’s body were found.

A man who they recognized as a local to the area, David Hilder. Hilder was a scrap metal dealer and the neighbor and friend of Guy. Police turned to him as a person of interest. They discovered a strange story.

On July 5th, just after the window of time when Guy was killed, Hilder had shown up at the Shoreham Police Station. However, the station was closed at the time.

So Hilder called an operator where he told them, “I would like to speak to someone. I think I’ve done something serious… this morning I found a lot of empty Nurofen wrappers in my pocket.” Nurofen is a different brand name for ibuprofen.

Then he said the ominous words, “I think I’ve killed someone.” Hilder waited for two police officers to meet him and went willingly to answer their questions. They noted that Hilder looked dirty and disheveled and was acting extremely confused and rambling.

When the police asked him what he meant by, he thought he killed someone, he just kept repeating that he didn’t know. Hilder was having trouble remembering what exactly he was worried about. Police realized that something was very wrong with Hilder.

And he told them that he worried he’d taken an overdose. Though he didn’t specify on what. He was taken to the hospital soon after, to be checked out. While he was there, the police went and searched his flat, but to their surprise, they didn’t find anything that they thought was suspicious.

When they told Hilder this, he was visibly relieved. He told them that it must have been all in my head then. He was eventually discharged from the hospital and no one thought too much about it. That is until Guy’s body was found on the beach.

Suddenly they weren’t so sure whatever Hilder had come to the police to report was only in his head. But there was no physical evidence to connect Hilder to Guy’s death. Well, not obviously. Upon closer look, investigators found exactly eight cat hairs on a curtain that was wrapped around the torso.

Police knew that Hilder owned a cat, named Tinker, and believed that the cat hair found on Guy’s body matched, but they couldn’t be sure that it was an exact match. Luckily for them, the University of Leicester had just created a new DNA database.

The catalog was a collection of British cats’ DNA. The investigators took the cat hair from the torso and ran it through the cat DNA database. As the sample was run against a wider sample of other cats, it was determined three of the samples in the database matched.

This meant it wasn’t a perfect match, but still helped to narrow down the source. Fortunately for investigators, Tinkers had a relatively rare DNA makeup only shared by a third of cats. Police determined that there was only a 1 in 100 possibilities that the hairs were not from Tinker.

Hilder was charged with Guy’s murder. This case was the first time cat DNA was used as evidence in a criminal trial in the UK. As well, traces of Guy’s blood were also discovered at Hilder’s flat.

At trial, it was revealed that Hilder suffers from a mild learning disability and has an IQ of 63. As well, the jury was told that he also suffers from bouts of depression, which may have influenced the events which led to Guy’s death.

Hilder likely had very limited learning and reasoning skills. He also exhibited several other significant mental health problems, which could be symptoms of another psychological disorder, including disorganized speech.

Police said that Hilder was acting extremely confused and rambling. When he was questioned about what he meant when he said he killed someone, he kept repeating that he didn’t know. Impairment in major areas of functioning for a significant period of time, work, interpersonal relations, or self-care.

Police described Hilder as being dirty and disheveled. But the details of exactly what happened that night, how Guy died, and why might never be fully understood. It was theorized that the two had a fight and Hilder lost control and stabbed Guy through the chest with a sharp blade.

It was speculated that the reason Hilder may have grown angry was because Guy wasn’t taking good care of Tinker, though this wasn’t confirmed.

To cover up his friend’s death, he’d cut up the body and disposed of it by carrying the pieces in a large butcher’s box on the front of his bike to dispose of them at the beach. Despite this, Hilder denied he had intentionally murdered his friend.

This was probably not the work of a calculated psychopath. Psychopaths are known for being charming, highly intelligent, and possessing a grandiose sense of self, which does not seem to describe Hilder at all. And the jury agreed.

Hilder was cleared of the murder charge but was eventually convicted for the manslaughter of David Guy. He was sentenced to spend at least 12 years in prison. I’m sure you’re wondering about what ended up happening to Tinker. And I’m happy to say that the cat eventually found new owners.

Dawn Sanchez Case

Dawn Sanchez Case

In late August or early September 1991, 31-year-old Dawn Sanchez went missing after last being seen as she climbed into her boyfriend Bernardo Bass’s car at a Four Seasons Motor Lodge in Los Altos, California.

The Los Altos police said Dawn worked as a former prostitute before she went missing. Because of this, some sources say that Bass may not have been Dawn’s boyfriend, but was actually her client instead.

Because Bass was the last person to see Dawn alive, suspicion immediately fell onto him. As the search for Dawn got underway, a few witnesses came forward to report that they thought they had seen the couple in a vacant lot, where they were having an argument.

The witnesses even said that they were sure that Bass shot Dawn in this lot after their fight because they heard gunshots. With this information in mind, Bass was charged with her death. Despite these testimonies, police struggled to ever find any evidence that actually supported them.

The FBI became involved and helped in the search of a Santa Clara creek, looking for Dawn’s body. They never found the corpse, the gun allegedly used to kill her, or Bass’s 1979 Pontiac Grand Prix car.

Tragically Dawn’s case was dismissed in 1992 because of insufficient evidence. Bass simply walked away. It wasn’t until 2007, 16 years later, that Dawn’s cold case was suddenly reopened.

It’s believed that an informant contacted the police to say that the car they were looking for was probably disassembled and then buried below a large abandoned lot in Alviso, which is why they couldn’t find it.

Almost immediately, police hit a dead end, trying to figure it out. They were using a metal detector and the lot was filled with both buried and surface metal debris. The police then searched the property owned by Bass’s family.

His parents own two properties in Santa Clara where Bass lived for two decades in a small converted garage with boarded-up windows in the backyard. This meant he was living there When Dawn went missing.

Investigators found a large closet in Bass’s bedroom, which had something that they described as a kind of niche that was about 20 inches wide and four feet deep.

A family member told the police Bass mentioned the niche to them and made the creepy comment that “I have to seal this off in case the police ever search here.” Because Bass and Dawn were allegedly dating when she disappeared, her death was possibly a result of domestic violence.

Bass was described as a jealous, controlling boyfriend, and Sanchez was afraid of him. Despite Bass’s claims that he was just one of Dawn’s clients, police found evidence to the contrary- love letters written by Bass to Dawn. In the letters, Bass said he wanted to marry her and have children with her.

It’s possible that this was a very one-sided relationship, with Bass being obsessed with Dawn and Dawn rejecting him. He was deeply jealous and her way of making a living probably enraged him as she would frequently be entertaining other men.

Dawn being a prostitute may have been part of the reason that Bass decided to kill her. He may have felt that she was an easy target and that she wouldn’t be missed. She may have had limited family or other social support.

In fact, she was last seen on August 30th, 1991, but she wasn’t even reported missing until early October. Bass wasn’t charged until later in October, two months after she disappeared. That gave him plenty of time to get rid of the evidence.

Prostitutes are often a target of serial killers, such as the infamous Jack the Ripper or the Long Island serial killer. Shockingly 32% of U.S. serial murder female victims between 1970 and 2009 were known, prostitutes.

Though they didn’t find any human remains, the police brought in cadaver dogs, all of which indicated that they scented human remains in the closet. It takes a truly disturbed person to continue to live in a small converted garage apartment, where they have hidden a body.

Once again, Bass was charged with Dawn’s death. Investigators theorized that Bass must have shot her in his car then hid Dawn’s body in the niche after killing her until he figured out where to hide it. Because of the evidence in the vehicle he’d dismantled it and hidden the pieces under the lot.

But they still needed evidence. Excavating the entire lot would be far too expensive. And so the district attorney decided to reach out to an unlikely source for help- The United States Geological Survey.

They agreed to help and brought in the aid of investigators from NASA’s payload-directed flight research group. This group developed technologies that help earth science missions to gather data using magnetic and ground-penetrating radar sensors, which is what they brought in to map the lot.

A rover went over the lot and used magnetic rays to map the areas where investigators would most likely find the car. And it worked. These specific parts of the lot were excavated and revealed parts of a car that matched Bass’s missing Pontiac.

At first, Bass pleaded not guilty to the charges of voluntary manslaughter, but he later changed his plea to no contest. When presented with the evidence of the car, he also changed his plea in order to avoid the risk of receiving a 25-year life sentence.

Despite the fact that Dawn Sanchez’s body was never recovered, and the weapon also wasn’t found, Bernardo Bass was sentenced to six years in prison.

Christophe Borgye Case

Christophe Borgye Case

The final case I have for you is a tangled web of contradictory stories, but it shows how the truth can be uncovered by the smallest detail.

In May 2009, 35-year-old Christophe Borgye was reported missing by a Ryanair colleague and fellow air steward. What they didn’t know was that Christophe had actually been missing since April.

When police arrived to check on Christophe at the house where he was living in Ellesmere Port, they were met by Dominik Kocher, one of Christophe’s friends, who told them that it was all a misunderstanding, because he was gone on holiday.

Soon after family and friends of Christophe received emails from him telling them that he was safe and was traveling through China. However, there was also conflicting information as some people believed that Christophe had returned to his home in France.

Kocher, a married dad of three, didn’t actually live at the home with Christophe, but his cousin Manuel Wagner and friend Sebastian Bendou did. For more than three years, there was no trace of what happened to Christophe.

It was as though he had completely vanished. Then Kocher and his family, along with Wagner and Bendou, moved away together from Ellesmere Port, first to Warrington and then to live in Dumfries, Scotland.

Before they left the Hylton Close house in Ellesmere Port, the three men made sure to tell the new tenant that the garden shed behind the house was off-limits because the landlord kept their personal property inside. Little did anyone know, the outbuilding held something far more sinister.

After they moved to Scotland, everything started to unravel for the group. In May 2013, Bendou suddenly traveled the 200 miles from Dumfries back to Ellesmere Port. Once there, he used the phone box to call the police and tell them, “This is too much for my mind,” and he wanted some peace.

He told the police that he had killed Christophe four years earlier, in self-defense, but he added that he was only now coming to the police to confess out of fear that Kocher would eliminate him. He led police to the garden shed where he said Christophe’s body was buried below in a cement tomb.

Later, Bendou completely changed his confession saying that he hadn’t acted alone and that Kocher had also been involved in Christophe’s death. Kocher denied it.

According to Bendou’s new story. Christophe had been in his room when he was called into what was essentially a specially prepared kill room in their kitchen. There, he was met with Bendou and Kocher who were wearing blue plastic overshoes and standing on tarpaulin, a heavy waterproof cloth.

Kocher held a knife to Christophe’s throat. Then Bendou took a claw hammer and hit him in the head three times, cracking his skull. Kocher then stabbed Christophe in the neck with a paring knife before his body was wrapped up in the tarpaulin and a duvet cover.

Kocher mixed some cement and Christophe’s body was sealed inside a concrete tomb below the garden shed. However, once again, Bendou told a completely different story. This time he included Wagner.

Bendou claimed that he’d walked in on Kocher holding a knife to Christophe’s neck as Wagner hit him in the head with the hammer. He said that Wagner kept hitting Christophe another 10 times. Kocher then stabbed Christophe and Bendou himself joined in to deliver the fatal blow.

When he was arrested, Wagner denied all of it and said that he thought Christophe was off living happily ever after in China with a girlfriend.

Even though in his version of events, he had nothing to do with Christophe’s death, Wagner later admitted that he unknowingly helped to move Christophe’s body, when Bendou asked for him to help move a tarpaulin-wrapped package.

Wagner claimed he thought it was just some garbage. With everyone giving conflicting stories, it was hard for investigators to figure out what exactly was the truth and who played what role in Christophe’s death.

They excavated the concrete tomb below the shed and found it contained a low brick wall that was used to hide the gruesome evidence.

Christophe’s body was below, wrapped in tarpaulin, along with the claw hammer, the two knives used to kill him, the handle of another knife, and the SIM card for Christophe’s phone. But what was most telling was that Christophe had been buried with three separate layers of concrete over top.

Each layer showed a kind of timeline of when it was poured. It was an analysis of the concrete that helped to narrow down who was the ringleader in orchestrating Christophe’s death. You see, in the weeks before Kocher bought concrete, bricks, limestone chipping, and also three paring knives.

The composition of concrete used to make the chamber below the shed match the concrete Kocher bought. Finally, investigators had evidence to sort through the conflicting statements given by the men.

Regardless of who dealt which blow, it seemed that Kocher had been the one to plan Christophe’s death and concrete burial.

At first, Manuel Wagner was not charged with murder and cleared because of insufficient evidence, but when Bendou changed his story Wagner was later charged and a jury found him unanimously guilty. He was sentenced to life with a minimum of 16 years behind bars.

In 2014, Sebastian Bendou was diagnosed as having paranoid schizophrenia and in a separate trial was found guilty of murder and received a 14-year minimum life sentence. As the ringleader, Dominic Kocher was sentenced to jail for life with a minimum of 23 years.

Even with Christophe’s killers sentenced and behind bars, one thing was still missing, the motive. Because Kocher never admitted his guilt, he also never gave a reason for Christophe’s death, but there are some theories.

Kocher was unemployed, but he had come to an odd arrangement with Christophe, Bendou, and Wagner, where he cooked, cleaned, and did their laundry.

And in exchange, they put their wages directly into his bank account, But Christophe may have been planning to move to Belgium and leave Kocher without an income, which would’ve upset him. Bendou later, alleged that Christophe and Wagner had a relationship that Kocher could not stand.

It appears that the most likely motivation for the murder was money. Kocher, Wagner, Christophe, and Bendou had a very odd arrangement. It’s possible that Christophe brought in the most money, so losing that income would’ve caused a big problem for Kocher.

He may have felt he was losing control as well as money when Christophe decided to leave. So he made the plan to kill him out of revenge. Bendou also reported that Christophe and Wagner had a relationship, so jealousy could also be a motive.

Kocher was already in a position of power for the group by managing their affairs, so he was able to use that power to enlist help from Bendou and Wagner.

Notably, Bendou had mental health problems, paranoid schizophrenia, which may have explained why he gave his paycheck to Kocher and how he came to help with Kocher’s plan to kill Christophe.

This could also explain his inconsistent accounts of the murder as disorganized speech, is a symptom of schizophrenia. Bendou stated, “I was manipulated by Dominik. I was like a puppet.”

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