Why did Michael Blagg murder his wife Jennifer in Colorado
Jennifer Blagg’s dream was to marry a good Christian. Tragically, her husband was not exactly who he claimed to be.
Jennifer’s friends described her as a “very gentle woman”, whose faith was very important to her. After traveling to San Diego to study business at National University, she went to a party and met someone who seemed to value faith as much as she did: Michael Blagg, 25, helicopter pilot in the US Navy. parked in town.
“Jennifer was always looking for a great family man, a great Christian, and for him to be the provider and have children,” Jennifer’s friend Teresa Wiedenmann told “Killer Relationship With Faith. Jenkins”, aired Sundays at 7/6c to Oxygen.
In 1991, the two got married. Michael soon retired from the Navy and became an engineer, and the two moved to Simpsonville, South Carolina, where they had a baby girl named Abby.
Jennifer loved Simpsonville, and the couple found community through their church and made many friends. Jennifer taught a women’s Bible study and Michael also held a co-teaching position at a Bible school. It seemed like everything was going as planned.
“I think Jennifer loved that Michael was strong, that he was the type to take charge. He looked after her, he protected her,” Jennifer’s friend Edie Melson said. to producers.
But there have been times when Michael’s protection has seemed odd to his friends. Melson recalled a time when she and another friend were at the Blaggs’ house when Jennifer noticed it was past 4 a.m. – and that Michael would be home from work soon.
“You could just see the absolute panic on her face. All she could think about was getting us out of the house and setting things up so Michael could have a good environment. [when he came home]“, said Melson.
Then Michael found a new job in Grand Junction, Colorado. She broke the news to Melson in tears, revealing she didn’t want to budge. But, believing she was to be a devoted wife, she moved in with her husband. She seemed unhappy there, however, Melson noted, even as she tried to make the best of the situation.
On November 13, 2001, Michael left for work early in the morning, as always. He would usually call Jennifer several times throughout the day to check in, but that day Jennifer did not pick up.
“Dude, where are you guys? Hope you’re alright, love you guys,” he was heard saying in a voicemail, obtained by “Killer Relationship.”
Finally, Michael returned home early to assess the situation. That’s when he called 911 to report that his wife and daughter were gone and there was blood all over the master bedroom.
Authorities rushed to the scene, where they discovered a massive amount of blood in the bedroom. Strangely, however, there was blood on the bed, but no blood on the walls or in the hallway, and no streak marks. And when investigators used Luminol on the family van, they also found blood there.
“My initial thought was that we had a kidnapping…but what didn’t fit the fact is that we had this large amount of blood in the bedroom and that was unusual for a kidnapping,” Detective Wayne said. Weyler, a sergeant with the Mesa County Sheriff‘s Office. told the producers.
Detectives questioned Michael, who insisted he had no idea what had happened.
“I have no idea who would have wickedness in their hearts for anyone in our family,” he hears investigators tell in audio obtained by “Killer Relationship.” “…Abby is a wonderful little girl.”
A massive search has been carried out for Jennifer, 34, and Abby, 6, but there is no sign of them. Eventually, however, investigators found something else: Jennifer’s diary. She mentioned that just before her disappearance, she had argued with Michael.
“She didn’t say what it was about…she talked about it more biblically, more religiously than factually,” said Mesa County District Attorney’s Office prosecutor Trish Mahre.
So they turned to Michael for answers. He claimed he didn’t remember a fight, but investigators soon found a note addressed to Jennifer by Michael, in which he apologized “for letting the devil gain a foothold” in their lives. And then they discovered something even stranger when they served a search warrant for the family computer: thousands of images of hardcore pornography.
Michael insisted that he and Jennifer were very protected due to their religious upbringing, and that pornography was uploaded by Jennifer for educational purposes only because she wanted to serve her husband.
Melson quickly contacted investigators with another strange piece of information: Jennifer had contacted her just before she disappeared, asking if she and Abby could come visit. She specifically said Michael wouldn’t be joining, which was odd for a family that always traveled together.
Investigators focused their attention on Michael, trying to crack him under questioning. At one point when they showed up at the house, no one answered. They heard the sound of running water and made the decision to break down the door. They found Michael in the tub with his wrists cut. He had a picture of Abby and Jennifer with him, a Bible, and a note denying he killed them. He was rushed to hospital, where he recovered from his injuries.
A co-worker quickly called with a crucial piece of advice: Michael had taken out the trash at work the day Jennifer disappeared – a strange task for a man who worked there as an engineer. Authorities located the landfill where the trash from her work would end up, and after a thorough search, in June 2002 they discovered Jennifer’s body. She had been shot.
“She wasn’t trash. She didn’t deserve to be trashed,” Melson said.
Michael was arrested for the murder of his wife. Because Abby’s body was never found, he was not charged with her death.
In March 2004, Michael Blagg was tried. Prosecutors argued he killed Jennifer because of her need for control. He was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.
But 11 years after his conviction, the verdict was overturned due to a problem with one of the original jurors: They had lied about their domestic violence history in their juror questionnaire, CBS News reported in 2014.
In February 2018, he was tried – and found guilty again. He will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
For more on this case and others like it, watch “Killer Relationship With Faith Jenkins,” airing Sundays at 7/6c to Oxygen