Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Something grisly for Halloween:

Read this. It's short, to the point, and really wierd.


You'd think a murder this nasty would hit the national news, but I can't recall hearing about it. I know it was awhile ago, but can anyone else?

So, as the blog marches on, I'm still thinking about motive. I'd almost like to think this woman was influenced some way--her husband was cheating or abusing her or something. That's not to say I have a problem finding women culpable of crimes (look! sexism all over again!), but the idea of a spouse-killing dismembering nut job giving me shots is a lot scarier.

Okay, so this is going to be less an intelligent post and more an examination of obvious facts. It tells us in the first part of the CNN.com article that the additional charges have to do with McGuire falsifying letters and planting evidence to frame her sister-in-law (while she was out on bail, no less!). If so, she must be crazy, because I'm a 20 year old college student with no criminal record and I could have told her she would have gotten found out.

So far, there's been no argument that someone else killed her husband. The closest we've seen is that she had help. See this quote from a long-ago article of People magazine on the crime: Says State Attorney General Peter Harvey: "This somebody who was cutting the body knew how to cut without making too much of a mess." After doing farther research, I learned McGuire'd been having an affair with Dr. Bradley Miller, with whom she worked at a fertility clinic. My bio major suitemate says that the process of disarticulating a corpse isn't naturally clean, whether you're in the morgue or dissecting a goldfish. However, according to this slightly longer article (only the first half or so is actually interesting):


"With the help of someone else, she cut through his body first with a scalpel then with a reciprocating saw or an electric carving knife or both, an investigator said. She wrapped his severed head and other body parts in plastic, placed them in the luggage then drove to Virginia and hurled the luggage in the water again, with the help of someone else, authorities said."

One would think a someone who went through medical school would know a fairly efficient way to deconstruct a course given tools like that. Also, given that the average American man weighs 175 lbs., divided by three is 58.333... Three loads of sixty lbs. each? That's a lot of weight for one petite nurse to chuck off the Virginia shoreline by herself.

Bottom line is, I think she did it, but she must have had help. What really interests me is the behavior that her friends and neighbors describe, both on the part of McGuire and her late husband. Apparently they both had a bit of the compulsive behavior in them (see second article). I just wonder if McGuire was a slightly bumbling murderess before she married, or it developed during the course of the marriage.

How do people miss things like this? How do you ignore something like your wife going crazy? I mean, I have this image of crazy people tearing their hair or writing on the walls in meaningless symbols, but either her husband was totally oblivious to her mental decay or she lost it silently, inside her own mind. Does that happen?

I'm planning to write my final story with a lot of help from the National Institute for Mental Health website, so I guess I'll find out.

1 comment:

Megan Skorupa said...

This nurse-doctor crime is really unsettling. I feel as though the whole doctor involved with serial killing thing or any kind of killing thing is a weirdly pervasive theme- they do have knowledge on how to deal with corpses and how to dissect things etc. etc. It has definitely cropped up in movies, like Copycat. Is there something about the medical student that lays the foundation for crime? Med Students tend to be more driven, more meticulous, more compulsive, better able to control emotions to get a grisly job done(think a rhinoplasty-the hammering...well there you go). I am not saying all pre-meds are whack-jobs ready to snap and go on a killing spree (I mean I'm a pre-med and I would hate to have that notion of myself!)what I am saying however, is that certain characteristics of psychopaths and pre-meds intersect. What separates those two groups is a conscience and a degree of control. Afterall, a doctor's job is one of power, they deal with life and death situations. Taken out of control and without a conscience to reign in "id" impulses, is it really that far a leap from surgery to butchery?