Murder is Cheaper and Quicker than Divorce

Rosa Hill had a plan to spend more time with her two year-old daughter Elizabeth. A handwritten note set out the steps: “Go to mass… Go to confession… Get tasers… Target practice…”

Her google searches in furtherance of her plan, dubbed “operation custody”, were similarly telling: “How to get away with murder…How to make a silencer….”

Rosa Hill, age 35 and her mother, Mei Li, 57, faced a California jury this week for the attempted murder of Rosa’s ex-husband Eric Hill and the murder of his 91 year-old mother, Selma Hill.

Despite her accusations that her ex-husband had molested Elizabeth, a court awarded custody of the child to Mr. Hill, who lived with his mother Selma Hill.

Rosa and her mother were aghast when the custody order was made in the face of their allegations of his history of mentally instability and psychiatric hospitalizations.

After months of planning, Rosa and her mother went to the Hill home and tasered Eric Hill and his mother. Eric’s mother did not survive the attack. Her battered body was discovered by police stuffed in a trash can. Both Rosa Hill and her mother were arrested at the scene. Rosa’s father was charged as an accessory to the crimes.

An unusual one-off event? Not at all. The number of murders and murder-sucides linked to divorce disputes is frightening.

This week alone the media highlighted several of these stories including the case of Allan Schonenborn who murdered his three young children in British Columbia in a vendetta against their mother. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity, and recently sought escorted passes to visit the mall and have coffee.

Cardiologist Dr. Guy Turcotte’s trial for the murder of his children, ages 5 and 3, began in Montreal this week. He and his wife, another doctor, had separated shortly before the murders and his failed suicide attempt.

And finally, a husband in Ft. Lauderdale this week was so incensed with the court’s orders that he began beating his estranged wife right in the courtroom before he was tasered by authorities.

The last word, however, goes to grandfather David White in New Zealand whose daughter was murdered by her millionaire husband, Greg Meads. This week Mr. Meads was sentenced to 11 years in prison and ordered to pay $65,000 in compensation to Mr. White, who would now raise his grandchildren. White bitterly remarked: “It’s cheaper to murder your wife than to divorce her.”

Lawdiva aka Georgialee Lang

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3 thoughts on “Murder is Cheaper and Quicker than Divorce

  1. To kill one’s children or partner is something universally accepted as unethical, immoral and crazy, or at least so it appears to be. Any society, any religion will condemn such crimes as the highest form of sin or misdeed.

    I have no report or study that tackles the issue in mind but I think that the more we modernize the more such crimes will occur. I think it is all because of the course modernization often takes: the liquefaction of family and family values. We live in the era of divorce and individualism. Family is not the nucleus which we must keep solid in order to build a healthy society. Family is not anymore the brick it used to be. Today the brick is the individual with his ambitions, desires and tastes. Thats what drives our society forward.

    I would like to know (1)if my perception that crime rate inside the family is constantly increasing is right and (2) whether you agree with me when I say that growing individualism and what I call “liquefaction” of the family are its main causes. Or do you see other social/economical causes?

  2. Ernest Thank you for your comments. You raise two interesting questions. Is interfamilial crime increasing? I don’t know the answer to that question. What I do know is that stories of murder within families around the globe are receiving more attention because of the internet. I also know that true crime TV shows are very popular including my favourite “48 Hours”and others like Dateline, 20/20, and American Greed.

    As for your second question, I agree that the breakdown of the family, the abandonment of family values and the proliferation of divorce because “I don’t love you anymore” is selfish and destructive to family life.

    Please drop by often. Best regards, Georgialee

  3. If someone were molesting your child, what lengths would you go to in order to protect them?

    My concern here is that there appears to be no accountability for a court system which spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep this child’s case unresolved. The courts recieve financial incentives from the Dept. of Health and Human Services and the Dept. of Services for high conflict cases which require excessive “intervention.” In other words, courts are encouraged to profitably give custody to the wrong parent so that lots of grant funded experts and hearings will be required to resolve the conflict they created. They drive parents to mental illnesses such as PTSD.

    This has got to stop. The funds in question are disbursed via TANF programs which serve no legitimate purpose because the funds are not provided to needy families, they are used to fuel litigation. This is illegal.

    The moral and ethical questions as to who was actually the better parent who should have recieved custody are irrellevant. In Oakland, there is no impartial juror to hear the case.

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