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Got to be one of the weirder news stories I've seen recently.

 

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/b716fc5797064e1d9bfcf4dbfce484f9/police-woman-2-teens-charged-love-triangle-slaying

Police: Mom, daughter charged in love triangle slaying

 

A woman and her 13-year-old daughter recruited the girl's boyfriend in a plot to help kill her husband and their 25-year-old lover, who lived in the family's basement, police and a relative said Friday.

 

The mother and her husband had both been involved with the woman, Jacqueline Riggs, but the couple's 18-year marriage, which was "fraught with conflict and domestic abuse," became more strained as the wife fell out of the love triangle, according to charging documents.

 

The mother and daughter decided to kill Riggs and the girl's 40-year-old father and recruited the girl's boyfriend, 18-year-old Gabriel Struss, to help, police said. The woman initially told police her husband committed suicide, but authorities said the cover-up unraveled as investigators learned the evidence didn't match her story.

 

Now the 42-year-old mother, her daughter and the boyfriend face first-degree murder charges. The girl is charged as a juvenile. The Associated Press generally does not identify juveniles charged with crimes and is not naming her parents to avoid identifying the girl.

 

The 13-year-old's grandfather says she is one of the couple's five children.

 

Authorities learned about the deaths when the wife called police Oct. 5 and said her husband had killed himself at their home in Lothian, about 20 miles east of Washington, D.C., according to charging documents. Officers found him in the master bedroom with a gunshot wound to the upper body, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The wife told police that she, Riggs and her husband had been drinking in their bedroom the night before, and later, her husband and Riggs went to the basement and argued. When he returned, he told her to get out and not to bother Riggs.

 

She told police that she slept elsewhere. She said she tried to wake him, noticed a handgun next to him and called police.

 

After learning of Riggs, officers checked the basement. An autopsy showed she had multiple cuts and stab wounds.

 

Forensic analysis of several pieces of evidence "did not coincide with what the crime scene depicted," police said. For instance, investigators found a .45-caliber handgun next to the husband's body, but a .38 shell casing nearby. Analysis of the bullet that killed the husband showed it was not fired from the handgun found next to him, and investigators also could not find a weapon that they believed could have been used to kill Riggs, the charging documents said. There was also no sign of an intruder.

 

A review of phone records showed the wife, her daughter and Struss discussed the slayings over text message, according to charging documents. In one text, Struss told the girl that she shouldn't talk to police or he would go to jail for life. In another exchange, the teens discuss the girl taking the fall for Struss.

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The only thing missing was the relationship between the Mom and the 18yo boyfriend of her 13yo daughter.

 

Were they involved too?

Right. What kind of parent let's an 18 year old man date their 13 year old daughter (or let's her date at all.,, with anybody) ?

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i'm 4 sentences into that article and i am completely confused

 

i think i need more coffee before trying to figure this out

 

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Ok i think I get it now.

 

so the mother and father had a 25 year old lover they shared that lived in the basement.

 

and the mother had her 13 year old daughter get an 18 year old boyfriend, so that they could murder the father and the lover because... it doesn't even matter.

 

well, here's a bunch of winners. they're planning to murder people, i'm sure they had a fool proof plan there. it's unbelievable they were caught.

 

if i had to guess i would have assumed florida.

 

 

 

The worst part of this was how ****ty they planned it. Shoot the guy with a .38 and put a .45 next to him? What the hell...

 

LOL

this story is an onion. one layer of dumb after another

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why would there be a .38 casing at the scene?  That means he would have had to open the revolver, take the case out, and drop it.

 

Then, put a .45 automatic in the victim's hand.  Just lock these people up for stupidity

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why would there be a .38 casing at the scene?  That means he would have had to open the revolver, take the case out, and drop it.

 

Then, put a .45 automatic in the victim's hand.  Just lock these people up for stupidity

 

The article mentions a ".38 caliber shell casing". It could be referring to a .380 ACP, which can be fired from a semi-auto pistol.

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