Originally published March 8, 2013
Sex. Religion. Divorce. These are the sorts of topics that lead folks to murder. What about eggs and laundry? Just read on:
Killed over Truck-Bragging
June 16, 2012: Whose truck was better? That question would ultimately leave Kevin Sweet dead and Jacob Kost charged with murder. The two men argued about their trucks in a Cornelius, North Carolina, nightclub before Kost left the club. Sweet followed until Kost pulled over and then allegedly challenged him to a fight. Kost said he was pulling away to avoid the confrontation when Sweet jumped in front of the truck. Sweet was killed when Kost’s truck ran him over, and Kost was charged with first-degree murder, hit and run, DWI and driving without a license.
Killed over the Koran
July 2010: Sara Ege wanted her seven-year-old son Yaseen to memorize the Koran if it was the last thing he did. Unfortunately, Yaseen couldn’t do it to his mother’s satisfaction so he died trying. As her son struggled to learn the Koran, his mother’s beatings intensified – she would lock him in his room or tie him to a door, gradually working up to punching him in the head and thrashing him with a hammer and a rolling pin. When Sara finally went too far and killed her son, she set his body on fire to hide evidence of the abuse in their Cardiff home. But U.K. coroners uncovered evidence of the beatings and Sara Ege was ultimately tried, convicted and jailed for life.
Killed over Cold Eggs
September 11, 2010: Neighbors in the trailer park community in Jackson, Kentucky knew that Stanley Neace, 47, had a terrible temper. They just didn’t know how far he’d go over something so small. On an otherwise peaceful Saturday in the late morning, a pajama-clad Neace took out his 12-gauge shotgun and started firing – killing his wife, his stepdaughter, and three neighbors before turning the gun on himself. A local resident related to two of the victims said the gunman was set off by his wife’s egg breakfast. Sherri Anne Robinson told reporters, “I thought that was crazy. Really. I mean just because his eggs weren’t hot?”
Killed over Porn Stash
September 9, 2010: When Shelleyann Henry, 32, found a pornographic movie in the family’s DVD player, she immediately turned on her husband Rudolph, 44. The couple had fought before, but this would be the last time. As the yelling escalated, Rudolph allegedly slapped his wife a couple times and then armed himself with a kitchen knife, while Shellyann picked up a pair of scissors. When police arrived at the Henrys’ Brooklyn apartment, it was Rudolph who was found bloodied: he had been stabbed in the chest with Shellyann’s scissors. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital, and Shellyann was charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon. The Henrys’ 4-year-old son was in the apartment at the time of the incident. Thankfully, their two other children were elsewhere when mom found dad’s porno DVD.
Killed over Violating Divorce Agreement
Belinda Jo Bates wanted out of her marriage to Brian Bates, so much so that she conceded to an unusual request: that she never date anyone ever again. With that agreement in place, Brian Bates signed the divorce papers and moved out of Florida, where the Bates lived, back to his home state of Maine. A while later, Belinda rekindled a relationship with an old high school sweetheart Michael Kemp. Kemp wound up proposing to Belinda – and she accepted, believing the distance between Florida and Maine would keep the news from her ex-husband. Sadly, Brian Bates learned about the relationship and drove down from Maine to Rainbow Lakes Estates, Florida, where his confrontation with Belinda ended in a hail of gunfire. She was found dead with several gunshot wounds. A few hours after her body was discovered, authorities found Brian Bates dead in his truck with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the skull. Belinda’s mother Donna Rollins would not identify the person who tipped off Brian Bates in the first place: “It is something [they're] obviously regretting now,” she told reporters.
Set on Fire Over Laundry
January 6, 2013: Okay, strictly speaking this case doesn’t involve a murder – but not for lack of trying. Dexter Oliver, 22, and his girlfriend Starr Lamare, 25 argued over laundry: specifically who would carry the dirty laundry to the laundromat. Lamare asked Oliver to do it, he refused and Lamare went on her own. San Francisco, California, prosecutors allege that Oliver then filled two empty Pedia-Sure bottles with gasoline and followed her. Upon finding her at the Laundromat, Oliver doused Lamare with the gasoline and set her on fire. Despite horrific burns that left her hospitalized and unrecognizable, Lamare survived the attack. Oliver has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated mayhem and torture. If convicted of any of those charges, Oliver faces life imprisonment.