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15 Rich People Who Turned Out To Be Killers

21 April 2021

Killers Aren’t Always Poor Lonely People. Sometimes the Killer Is Someone You Could Have Never Imagined.

They say money can get you out of anything, well in the case of these 15 Rich People Who turned out to be KILLERS, all that money got them more publicity, oh, and sometimes a “get out of jail free” card!

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1

Oscar Pistorius

The day of love turned into the day of death, when famous South African Olympic sprinter and later a killer, murdered his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day, 2013.

Oscar Pistorius was the first amputee in history to compete in track at the Olympics. Oscar was born with birth defects in his feet, and both his feet were amputated when he was a baby.

Oscar shot Reeva through a bathroom door. They allegedly had an argument, causing Reeva to hide in the bathroom. Oscar fired 4 times through the door and blamed the murder on a robbery gone wrong.

Buzzsouthafrica.com claims his net worth is as high as $5 million. Oscar got 13 years and 5 months for killing Reeva. There was talk that March 2021, he would be up for parole but to date, there has been no update.

2

Robert Durst

As the trailer for the famous HBO series states, “A story of vast fortune and great misfortune,” that’s the premise for the documentary about this killer Robert Durst, the American real-estate heir.

 The series is called The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.

Durst is the prime suspect of 3 murders. His wife who disappeared in 1982. Then his former best friend, Susan Berman, in 2000. Berman allegedly knew details about the disappearance of Robert’s late wife and then he apparently shot his elderly neighbour in “self-defence” and while in a panic, dismembered the body and threw it out to sea in garbage bags.

Durst was acquitted in the murder of the neighbour, has not been charged with the disappearance of his late wife but will stand trial for the murder of Susan Berman. The new date has been set for the 17th of May 2021.

If you are interested in becoming a real state heir yourself, check out 15 Reasons Why Real Estate is the Best Investment

3

Harold Landry

Murder he wrote – Jessica Fletcher would have enjoyed solving this one. Or perhaps a little too easy for the crime busting female who solved crimes for over a decade!

It wasn’t the first time this Texan millionaire found himself behind a weapon, as reported by bbc.com, “After his conviction it was revealed he had been convicted previously of gunning down a love rival in the US.” Landry was also convicted of aggravated battery in October 1994 when he shot a man in Louisiana.

Landry received a life sentence for the murder of his wife Lucy.

Landry made his fortune by designing cranes for oil rigs and was allegedly determined that Lucy should get as little from the divorce settlement as possible. He claims she provoked him, which led to him stabbing her 23 times.

The judge, Mr Justice Foskett, told him “there is a trait within you that, if provoked and challenged, can lead to serious violence.” Landry was given a life sentence.

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4

Issei Sagawa

When you’re wealthy, getting away with murder is rather common. Getting away with cannibalism, well, in the case of Issei Sagawa, it seems par for the course too.

It was 1981 and Sagawa was studying at Sorbonne in Paris. He lured Dutch student, Renee Hartevelt, to his apartment under the premise of wanting to study German. He shot her, killed her and cannibalized her.

French authorities declared him mentally insane, and he was sent back to Japan. When back home, the killer became famous and found fame – which is certainly not par for the course. As reported by nypost.com, he got … “Books, movie roles, a comic book, countless talk-show appearances in his native Japan…”

It’s believed that his super wealthy father paid for the best lawyers which is why he’s lived the rest of his years as a free man.

5

John Brooks

Have you ever wondered what your life is worth in terms of dollars? Las Vegas millionaire, John Brooks, believes a life is worth $30,000 because that’s what he paid 3 men who he hired to kill Jack Reid.

Brooks believed that Reid stole from him during a moving job in 2003, so a solid plan in his mind, was to just kill him.  

The hired men lured Reid into a barn where he was beaten to death. His body was wrapped in plastic and abandoned in Reid’s own dump truck in a parking lot.

This is what the famous Reviewjournal.com said about the killer, “Brooks is the first person to be tried for capital murder in New Hampshire in 50 years and could become the first executed in the state since 1939.” The last update was that Brooks was serving life without parole after his conviction in 2008.  

6

Ashton Sachs

And the Oscar goes to Ashton Sachs, who played the part of a grieving son flawlessly. Sachs’ mother owned a successful real-estate company that was worth $80 million. Sachs was a depressed teenager, blamed his parents for his “awful” life, smoked weed and played video games.

The reason behind the murder was initially put down to money, because according to cnbcnews, “his mother Andra’s sisters, alleged that Ashton had been fascinated by the Menendez brothers’ murders — a high-profile 1989 Beverly Hills case where two brothers murdered their parents and went on a spending spree with their parents’ fortune.”

It turns out that it was the all too famous feelings of resentment and jealousy that were the driving force for this killer. Speaking of the Menendez brothers, we’ll be highlighting their story soon.  

Ashton Sachs shot and killed his parents and shot 2 of his siblings. They survived but one is permanently paralyzed. He pleaded guilty and is currently serving 4 consecutive life terms.

7

O.J. Simpson

A man that needs little introduction is O.J. Simpson. The former NFL football star, actor, broadcaster was acquitted of murdering Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman in the ’90s.

The trial was one of the most viewed and followed worldwide, with his defence team being dubbed the “dream team.”

It’s not clear why he murdered Nicole, but it’s speculated that OJ was a jealous husband with a history of domestic violence.

To date, OJ has never admitted to the murder, although there was an interview with Fox called O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession,” where he “hypothetically” described how he could have pulled the murders off.

The famous killer was found “not guilty” of the murders. In 2008 he was found guilty of a robbery gone wrong, where he was sentenced to 33 years in prison. He is now free, and as reported by abcnews.com, “Simpson’s attorney, Malcolm LaVergne, said his client, upon his release, “wants to enjoy the very simple pleasures that he hasn’t enjoyed in nine years.”

8

The Menendez Brothers

These are the brothers that are believed to have inspired the Sachs murders.

If your parents are murdered, it’s best not to celebrate with partying, drinking, shopping and gambling. The Menendez brothers, Lyle and Erik fatally shot their parents on 20 August 1989. They were 21 and 18 at the time, and after the killing, they changed clothes, dumped the weapons and pretended to walk in on the horrendous scene.

The brothers went on to spend roughly $700 million. They eventually did confess, and over time they brought forward the argument that their father molested them. The court didn’t buy it. The brothers are serving life in prison with no hope of parole.

They’ve recently come back into the limelight and got famous, according to a New York Times article claiming the killer brothers are gaining traction on Tik Tok with teens claiming they’re the hottest criminals and that their life sentences should be re-looked at. The brothers are currently incarcerated at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego.

9

Thomas Cullen Davis

It’s the 70s and this American oil heir from Fort Worth, Texas is on trial for murder. At the time of the trial, he was believed to be the wealthiest man to ever stand trial for murder in the USA. His net worth was $100 million, today’s value estimated at $450 million.

The allegations against this famous killer are long. To nutshell it, he was divorcing his second wife, Priscilla Davis. During the divorce, he was accused of having his 12-year-old stepdaughter murdered as well as his soon to be ex wife’s new partner. Of these murders, he was acquitted despite testimony from family friends who claim to have seen the murderer and confirm it was Davis.

2 years later, allegations arise that he hired a hitman to kill his ex-wife and the judge that oversaw the case. Acquitted again. 

The 87-year-old man lives in Fort Wroth and is said to be a born-again Christian.

10

Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb

Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb both came from wealthy families. The pair attended the University of Chicago and often committed small crimes, including arson.

The friends and lovers allegedly tried to burglarize Loeb’s former fraternity, Zeta Beta Tau. The venture didn’t yield much, and they were frustrated.

According to Smithsonianmag.com, “Loeb loved to play a dangerous game, and he sought always to raise the stakes. His vandalism was a source of intense exhilaration.” They needed something that was going to offer them more than a few dollars and a typewriter, so they spent months plotting to kidnap a child and demand $10,000 ransom money.

May 21, 1924, they drove past Loeb’s cousin Bobby. They lured him into the car and murdered him. They were quickly arrested, confessed to the crime and both sentenced to life in prison. Loeb was murdered in prison, and Leopold did 33-years and is now living a quiet life in Puerto Rico.

11

Harry K. Thaw

He was the son of a railroad and coal magnate, and he was a killer. This killer murdered famous architect, Stanford White, during a show at a rooftop theatre in Madison Square Gardens – which White had designed himself!

Backtrack a year… Thaw married model and chorus girl Evelyn Nesbit. Nesbit happened to be the former mistress of White.

The public relished the high-profile murder. White earned a reputation as a debauched womanizer and Thaw came across as a spoilt playboy.

Thaw tried to claim, “dementia Americana,” which is a phenomenon that claims American men become temporarily insane while seeking revenge for anyone they deemed to have tainted their wife’s virtue. Thaw was acquitted.

12

John Du Pont

This famous American philanthropist was heir to a massive family fortune and a killer. From a natural history boffin, with his own museum, Du Pont found passion in sport which overshadowed his love for nature.

He managed the U.S. pentathlon team at the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games. By the 80s, his focus was wrestling. At this stage he was a heavy drinker and cocaine user, with a temper. He also struggled with paranoia and illusions, causing his wife to leave him as she feared for her safety.

Despite his erratic behaviour, nobody felt threatened. Du Pont unexpectedly shot and killed wrestler, Dave Schultz, on his property, for no apparent reason.

Du Pont was found guilty, and he died in prison in 2010 at the age of 72.

13

H. H. Holmes

The story of HH Holmes seems so unrealistic that it’s hard to believe it’s legit. Born in 1861, Herman Webster Mudgett had a fascination with death from young. He studied medicine and changed his name to HH Holmes.

He bought a drug store from a recently widowed lady, who vanished shortly thereafter. Holmes built a castle on the empty lot across from the store and would never hire a contractor to finish the project. They were employed for short periods of time so that nobody knew what the castle was all about.

He would advertise for positions in his castle and would employ only women. All these women disappeared. This happened constantly. According to crimemuseum.org, Holmes was responsible for as many as 200 murders. He was hung in May 1896. The castle got a remodel and was renamed “Holmes Horror Castle,” intended as a tourist attraction. It burnt to the ground before it opened.

14

Allen Blackthorne

A brutal and ugly divorce between Allen Blackthorne and Sheila Bellush took place in 1997. The couple had 2 children together, and the millionaire businessman wanted full custody of the children.

Blackthorne made his fortune by developing a medical device that stimulates muscles. He hired hitman, Jose Luis Del Toro Jr, to kill his ex-wife.

Sheila Bellush was murdered in front of her 23-month-old quadruplets, and when Stevie, the one daughter of Allan and Sheila came home from school, she discovered the babies toddling around in their mother’s blood and her mother’s lifeless body on the floor.

Blackthorne died in prison at the age of 59. At the time he was serving 2 life sentences.

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15

Marguerite Alibert AKA Princess Fahmy

A step into history as we end our article in 1890. Marguerite Alibert grew up in poverty, but her parents were servants in an affluent area, so she knew how to blend in with the wealthy. She became a prostitute after falling pregnant at the age of 15 and was noted for her affair with Prince Edward of Wales.

The French socialite caught the attention of Ali Kamel Fahmy Bey, an Egyptian prince and agreed to marry him knowing of his riches. She moved to Egypt and wasn’t anticipating having to keep her face covered and be one of many wives.

After convincing him to take her to the opera, she shot him dead in their hotel room. Thanks to her affair with Prince Edward, she used that as collateral and they helped clear her name, claiming she shot the prince in self-defence.

She never served time for the murder of her husband.

Question:

Aluxers, what true crime story do you know that the murderer got his due course? We’d love to hear some more stories!