As a society, we have been plagued by all types of brutal crimes that leave many wondering, “why?” Of all these crimes, crimes of passion can be particularly shocking. When someone claims to be in love with his or her partner, the last thing anyone would expect is for it to all end in a pool of blood. Unfortunately for the cases listed below, that’s exactly what happened. These crimes are so notorious, that they still manage to shock us to our very core. They are the crimes that give a whole other meaning to the vows, “till death do us part.” Although not all of these incredulous crimes ended up in the death of a so-called loved one, they are all headline worthy. From cut off appendages to a love triangle gone wrong, these brutal cases are one-of-a-kind. Even more shockingly, some of the offenders were never brought to justice for their murderous tendencies, while others will spend the rest of their life behind bars. However these brutal love stories ended, one thing is for sure, they’re all truly hard to believe.
10 The Dismemberment of John Wayne Bobbitt
One of the most bizarre crimes of passion happed on June 23, 1993, when Lorena Bobbitt cut off 2.5cm of her husband’s penis. Lorena claimed that her husband had raped her and she responded in the only way she knew how, to take away his manhood. According to court testimony, after Lorena cut off John’s penis, she left the house and threw it on the side of the highway. Lorena eventually called 911 when she realized how serious her situation was and luckily, they were able to reattach John’s lost appendage. Lorena was found not guilty by a jury because of the sexual abuse she suffered at the hand of her husband. Lorena went on to live a quiet life, while John went on to do x-rated films and reality shows.
9 The Attempted Murder of Mary Jo Buttafuoco
One of the most infamous love triangles to date involves Mary Jo Buttafuoco, her husband Joey and his 17-year-old lover, Amy Fisher. When Fisher wrecked her car, she took it to Joey’s auto body shop and the two began having an affair. When Joey eventually decided to end the affair and to choose his wife over Fisher, Fisher was none to happy about it. On May 19, 1992, Fisher knocked on Mary Jo’s door and told her that her husband was having an affair with her 16-year-old sister. When Mary Jo told Fisher to leave, Fisher came inside the house and shot her in the face. Miraculously, Mary Jo survived the attack but suffered loss of hearing and paralysis to one side of her face. Fisher was sentenced to seven years for first-degree murder attempt and Joey was sentenced to six months in jail on statuary rape charges.
8 Lisa Nowak
Lisa Nowak is one jealous woman. In 2007, astronaut Nowak, was charged with the attempted kidnapping, burglary and battery of Colleen Shipman. Apparently, Shipman was involved with Nowak’s love interest and Nowak clearly didn't take it too well. To get her revenge, Nowak packed her very own kill kit, stocked with a drilling hammer, a disguise, latex gloves, plastic bags and a knife, and drove all the way to Orlando in order to stalk her victim. Nowak attacked Shipman in a parking lot but police quickly broke up the incident and Nowak was arrested. After two years of investigations and trials, Nowak pleaded guilty to reduced charges and received one year’s probation.
7 The Murder of Philip Barton Key
Philip Barton Key was shot and killed by U.S congressman and Union General, Daniel Sickles, after he was caught having an affair with Sickles’ wife. In 1859, Sickles shot Key in Lafayette Park, which lies across the street from the White House. Sickles became famous for being the first person to plea temporary insanity for a defense. Sickels’ defense team said that he was driven insane by his wife’s affair. The testimony proved to be convincing and Sickles was eventually acquitted from his crime.
6 The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman
One of the most infamous crimes of passion involves the brutal murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and waiter, Ron Goldman. On July 12, 1994, Brown and Goldman were found outside Brown’s Bundy Drive condo in Los Angeles, bloody and covered with multiple stab wounds. O.J Simpson, the ex-husband of Brown, was immediately suspected to be the murderer. The subsequent arrest and trial of Simpson were some of the most highly publicized events in American history. O.J was eventually acquitted of the double murder of Brown and Goldman but a wide majority of the population still believes him to be guilty. Especially after he wrote a book entitled, If I Did It, in which he hypothetically describes the way that he would have murdered Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
5 The Murder of Steve McNair
Steve McNair was a football star who was destined for NFL fame. That is before he was shot and killed by his 20-year-old jealous girlfriend, Sahel Kazemi. On July 4, 2009, Kazemi killed the football star before turning the gun on herself. Previously, Kazemi had talked about ending her life with co-workers, but nobody could have guessed that she would take somebody else out in the process. Kazemi’s woes came from her persistent financial troubles, but then she learned that McNair was having another affair on the side and things got ugly. Kazemi shot McNair while he was sleeping in the Nashville condo that McNair had bought for her, in an act of revenge.
4 The Murder of Jeffrey Freeman
In 2004, Jeffrey Freeman and his wife Martha got into a lovers spat. After the argument, Martha stormed out of the house to spend the night partying with young men. One of these men was Mexican Immigrant, Rafael DeJesus Rocha-Perez. The pair soon began an affair that ended rather badly for her husband, Jeffrey. The woman would sneak her lover into the bedroom that she shared with her husband and let him sleep in the closet. This went on for over a month. When Jeffrey finally discovered what was happening in his own home, he told Martha to get rid of her lover, but Martha didn't take it too well. Instead of leaving the house, the deadly duo bludgeoned poor Jeffrey to death. Martha was sentenced to life in prison on April 11, 2005 for her crime.
3 The Murder of David Lynn Harris
When Clara Harris hired a private detective to find out if her husband was having an affair, things turned out rather bloody. After Harris found out that her husband was indeed having an affair with his former receptionist, she drove over to the Nassau Bay Hilton to confront him with her stepdaughter in the passenger seat. But when Harris saw her husband with his lover, it was all too much to handle. Instead of confronting him, she ran him over three times while her stepdaughter watched horrified in the passenger’s seat. Harris was eventually convicted to 20 years in jail for her brutal crime.
2 The Murder of Phil Hartman
On May 28, 1998, Phil Hartman was shot and killed by his wife, Brynn, who later turned the gun on herself. The murder-suicide shocked the family and friends of the couple who had been married for ten years and had two kids together. However, the couple’s ten-year marriage was deeply troubled. Brynn had a bad habit of using drugs. On May 28th, Brynn came home intoxicated and got into an argument with her husband over her drug use. Hartman warned her that if she started using drugs again he would leave her and Brynn didn't take it too well. When Hartman fell asleep, Brynn shot him three times. After the shooting, Brynn went to her friends house where she confessed to the murder but her friends didn't believe her. Eventually, they returned to Brynn’s home where they called the police. But before the police arrived, Brynn went up to her bedroom and committed suicide.
1 The Murder of Arturo Gatti
On July 11, 2009, boxer Arturo Gatti was found dead in a Brazilian hotel room that he was sharing with his wife, Amanda, and their infant son. Apparently, Amanda had spent a grand total of ten hours in the hotel room before she finally realized that her husband was dead. This was the first clue that made police suspect the grieving wife. The second was her bloodstained purse strap. Amanda claimed that Gatti had committed suicide and that she had nothing to do with the death of her late husband. Eventually, the Brazilian police ruled Gatti’s murder a suicide and let Amanda go. However, in 2011, private investigators re-opened the case and ruled Gatti’s premature death a homicide. An arrest for the murder of Gatti has yet to be made.