Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a celebration of love. It is a day when people spend their time with the most important persons in their life. There are tons of preparations made just to make the day special. Sadly, this was not how it turned out for the people on this list. This does not just involve a simple breakup or a heartache story that is worth publishing. Instead, it involves stories of weird deaths and murders that took place on Valentine’s Day.
Let us take a closer look at 10 of the most horrifying deaths that happened on Valentine’s.
10. San Jose Murder-Suicide
The names of those involved in this murder-suicide were not released right after the crime was committed. On Valentine’s Day 2013, the police department of San Jose received a call that the neighbors heard a gun short around 4 in the afternoon. Upon arrival at the scene, they rushed into the room to find two dead people. According to investigators, the man fired the shots. He murdered the woman first before he took his own life. The police wanted to rule out domestic violence though as they didn’t believe the two were living under the same roof. It could even be a case of a man obsessed with a woman who doesn’t reciprocate the feelings. The relationship between those who died was quite vague even upon further investigations.
9. ‘Till death do us part
This story is quite similar with that of the first story. The only difference is that these two must have loved each other so much. The elderly couple from Alabama was found dead in an apparent murder-suicide. After investigation, it was revealed that the husband, 77, killed his wife, 76, before he shot himself too. They were said to be dealing with terminal illness, so they decided to just take their own lives.
8. The murder involving an Olympics superstar
Oscar Pistorius was deemed as a hero in South Africa. Despite his disability, he was able to run really fast, both as an Olympic and Paralympic runner. On Valentine’s Day of 2013 though, shocking news broke when it was reported that Pistorius shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, who was a model, at their home. His defense was that he accidentally killed his girlfriend when he thought someone broke into his house. The initial charge was manslaughter, although it was eventually turned into a more serious case of murder. The trial became very public and the verdict was much awaited. People were crying for justice as the sentence seems to be very lenient on him.
7. Valentine’s date turned into an ugly murder scene
A wonderful relationship seemed to be blooming between Shaun Warrick and Tiffany Barnhill. They were going out for some time when Warrick suddenly appeared at Barnhill’s house and shot indiscriminately. He had two women accomplices at that time who implicated Warrick. The police who came to the scene were extremely surprised with what they have seen. The place was eerily quiet but it was pure horror.
6. An almost deadly Valentine’s at Halifax
This would have been a gory Valentine ’s Day murder spree had it not been for the massive social media presence of the woman involved in the murder attempt. Lindsay K. Souvannarath along with Randall Steven Shepherd planned to kill people in a Halifax shopping center. The good thing is that no one got hurt in the incident. Souvannarath took all her plans to social media and even posted pro-Nazi photos. She and everyone involved in the crime were eventually caught after the failed murder spree.
5. Love that was never given a chance
This was a tragic love story involving two high school sweethearts who were killed even if they have not done anything wrong. Nicholas Kunselman and Stephanie Hart-Grizzell were having lunch at a Subway shop where Nicolas was working. She was waiting for him to close shop so they could leave together. Just a few minutes after midnight, Nicolas’ co-worker passed by the shop and saw that the lovers had been shot dead. There were witnesses who reported that they saw a young man walking away from the scene at almost the same time the two were killed. After 8 years, the case went cold. There were leads here and there, but there was nothing conclusive. It is believed that somewhere near the shop was a place where illegal drug trade was thriving. They could have been killed for witnessing the trade as the shop was not robbed. There was nothing definitive though.
4. The judge’s daughter beat her husband to death on Valentine’s
A deceased municipal judge’s daughter named Andrea Consales was found guilty of killing her husband. It was said that the husband was bashed to death. There were fractures all over the body from the face down to the torso. Consales’ excuse was that her husband had fallen. Prosecutors were able to prove though that the death was caused by blunt force resulting to homicide and not just an accident.
3. Missionary killed his wife to marry his adopted daughter
Nathan Leuthold and wife Denise were on a missionary trip in Eastern Europe when they found a girl who has just turned 18. They were planning to sponsor her immigration to the US. Everything seemed to be doing well when one Valentine’s Day, Leuthold decided to kill his wife. The reason was that he wanted to be with their adopted daughter. His defense during the trial was that it could have been a case of home invasion. However, after searching his Google search history, it was revealed that he was searching for phrases like “how to muffle a gun or “hitting someone over the head to knock them out.” He had no excuse after this revelation.
2. Their last Valentine’s together
Young couples named Jesse McBane and Patricia Mann who were 19 and 20, respectively, died during Valentine’s Day. They were supposed to accompany each other to a dance in a local hospital. They were not found in the dance. They didn’t go home that night either. Days passed by and there was still no information about their whereabouts. It was believed that the two had eloped. A few more weeks, a local surveyor found their bodies tied on a tree. They were still lovingly leaning against each other. They had marks on their bodies. They seemed to have been tortured before they died. It was totally unfortunate that the said Valentine’s was their last. The worst part is that the murderer is still at large.
10. Husband tried getting away with Valentine’s murder by blaming the police
On February 14, 2007, Stephen Grant told the police that his wife was missing. After the investigation, it was revealed that there was a 5-day gap between his wife’s death and the time of report about the disappearance. It seems to be that the police were closing in on him. This was the time when he decided to report to the media and accused the police of harassment. In the following month, the police obtained a search warrant. In his house, they have found the remains of his wife on the garage floor. Her body was chopped and placed on a plastic bag. At first, the body was placed on a local park but he took it there when he knew a search was going to be conducted at the park. Eventually, he confessed to the murder, blaming his wife for belittling him. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison.
Not everyone had a happy ending during Valentine’s. Some love stories ended with a gory twist. You surely don’t want any of these events to happen to you. This is why you also have to be careful when falling in love. This is such a powerful emotion. If you can’t control it, you can do crazy things like those people on this list. You need to nurture the feeling, but don’t be drowned on passion or else, it could literally kill you and the people who mean a lot to you.