There’s been a murder in my house…no kidding: PART 2

Here is PART 1 if you have not read that yet…

ABC’s 20/20 ran the story of the murder that happened in my house. Imagine seeing your house with your kitchen, the front of your house and more juxtaposed with crime scene photos and police video of a bloody murder. It was a bit unnerving and proof that allowing the film crew to “reenact” the scene in our home would have been a terrible choice.

Murrieta police and the District Attorney’s office I am sure enjoy the publicity of their success, but as the newer home owner its a bit gruesome and disappointing see how our community allowed the media to exploit the situation. One of ABC’s camera angles showed a document with our full address on it, for instance. My wife had repeated requests for our home to be filmed.

With the man behind bars with a life sentence my house has a story but not the full story told. This neighborhood is a great neighborhood and our city an incredible place to live. We love the house and will live well in it.

The sad news here is how a family and neighborhood were assaulted and how evil destroys. The house is just a house but my prayer is that our family would redeem this house and bless our neighborhood and city. God has my family living here for a purpose.

Here are some bizarre factoids:

  • The killer was a devout Jehovah’s Witness and elder in the church (I am a pastor.)
  • The public defenders last name is Kirkpatrick
  • The day of the filming, we saw the crew filming in a similar house and the crews awkwardness at our glaring at them
  • Our house was shown on national TV and my lawn had a brown spot (At least they could have warned me so I could have painted it green!)
  • ABC showed very gruesome pictures of the crime scene…flashing the victim’s body into every single cut to and away from commercials and in the footage as a motif. Seriously! (ABC, you SUCK by the way).
  • The circumstantial evidence was so huge, the jury took only 3 hours after a full three week trial but all the evidence was circumstantial. (I guess buying life $1M in life insurance, googling ways to kill and not telling 911 about your dead wife first before talking about the supposed break in swayed the vote.)
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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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  5. I dont see a problem with them airing the crime, or using your house, other than the fact you requested not to have them do so.
    But think of how this could help stop crime… maybe draw revenues to Murrieta to better fund the PD… any number of good thigns could come from this. So it is a possible way for, as you said, the house to be redeemed

    1. NO problem with the airing just that publicity is intoxicating and that ABC was gratuitous. I have a problem with the reporting and with the exploitation of real people–such as the victim being shown multiple times covered in blood. You would think ABC would have attempted to directly contact us. Nope.
      Nothing good so far has come from ABC News and am not holding my breath. ABC get ratings. Murrieta gets?

      1. Murrieta gets more recognition… perchance tourism?I definitely agree they should have contacted you first, and didnt see the special myself so im afraid i dont know what picture of the victim was shown… I’m just trying to think of possible bright sides

  6. I dont see a problem with them airing the crime, or using your house, other than the fact you requested not to have them do so.
    But think of how this could help stop crime… maybe draw revenues to Murrieta to better fund the PD… any number of good thigns could come from this. So it is a possible way for, as you said, the house to be redeemed

    1. NO problem with the airing just that publicity is intoxicating and that ABC was gratuitous. I have a problem with the reporting and with the exploitation of real people–such as the victim being shown multiple times covered in blood. You would think ABC would have attempted to directly contact us. Nope.
      Nothing good so far has come from ABC News and am not holding my breath. ABC get ratings. Murrieta gets?

      1. Murrieta gets more recognition… perchance tourism?I definitely agree they should have contacted you first, and didnt see the special myself so im afraid i dont know what picture of the victim was shown… I’m just trying to think of possible bright sides

  7. I dont see a problem with them airing the crime, or using your house, other than the fact you requested not to have them do so.
    But think of how this could help stop crime… maybe draw revenues to Murrieta to better fund the PD… any number of good thigns could come from this. So it is a possible way for, as you said, the house to be redeemed

    1. NO problem with the airing just that publicity is intoxicating and that ABC was gratuitous. I have a problem with the reporting and with the exploitation of real people–such as the victim being shown multiple times covered in blood. You would think ABC would have attempted to directly contact us. Nope.
      Nothing good so far has come from ABC News and am not holding my breath. ABC get ratings. Murrieta gets?

      1. Murrieta gets more recognition… perchance tourism?I definitely agree they should have contacted you first, and didnt see the special myself so im afraid i dont know what picture of the victim was shown… I’m just trying to think of possible bright sides

  8. I dont see a problem with them airing the crime, or using your house, other than the fact you requested not to have them do so.
    But think of how this could help stop crime… maybe draw revenues to Murrieta to better fund the PD… any number of good thigns could come from this. So it is a possible way for, as you said, the house to be redeemed

    1. NO problem with the airing just that publicity is intoxicating and that ABC was gratuitous. I have a problem with the reporting and with the exploitation of real people–such as the victim being shown multiple times covered in blood. You would think ABC would have attempted to directly contact us. Nope.
      Nothing good so far has come from ABC News and am not holding my breath. ABC get ratings. Murrieta gets?

      1. Murrieta gets more recognition… perchance tourism?I definitely agree they should have contacted you first, and didnt see the special myself so im afraid i dont know what picture of the victim was shown… I’m just trying to think of possible bright sides

  9. Kind of rules out hosting one of those “Murder Mystery” parties at your house.
    I remember the story…had no idea it was your house. I understand where you are coming from. Look no further than all the CSI style shows to reveal our appetite for murder so the news is just trying to keep up with entertainment television.

  10. Kind of rules out hosting one of those “Murder Mystery” parties at your house.
    I remember the story…had no idea it was your house. I understand where you are coming from. Look no further than all the CSI style shows to reveal our appetite for murder so the news is just trying to keep up with entertainment television.

  11. Kind of rules out hosting one of those “Murder Mystery” parties at your house.
    I remember the story…had no idea it was your house. I understand where you are coming from. Look no further than all the CSI style shows to reveal our appetite for murder so the news is just trying to keep up with entertainment television.

  12. Kind of rules out hosting one of those “Murder Mystery” parties at your house.
    I remember the story…had no idea it was your house. I understand where you are coming from. Look no further than all the CSI style shows to reveal our appetite for murder so the news is just trying to keep up with entertainment television.

  13. I found it quite interesting that you mention the 911 call and the glaring fact that his wife is dead, brutally murdered and the first thing on his mind is “there’s been a robbery”.
    I did not hear that mentioned anywhere in the media but that was the first thing I thought when I heard the call. There is no way, unless you are mentally handicapped, that you are not going to recognize that the most important thing here is the brutal murder of the one you love NOT burglary.

    I am sure if you listened to other 911 calls where someone discovers a dead loved one they will sound quite different than this one. I am sure in a legitimate call like this the caller would be completely focused on the beaten, bloody body and probably begging for an ambulance, screaming for help not talking about a burglary.

    It is simply completely illogical that he would have responded the way he did after coming upon his wifes beaten, bloody dead body.

  14. I found it quite interesting that you mention the 911 call and the glaring fact that his wife is dead, brutally murdered and the first thing on his mind is “there’s been a robbery”.
    I did not hear that mentioned anywhere in the media but that was the first thing I thought when I heard the call. There is no way, unless you are mentally handicapped, that you are not going to recognize that the most important thing here is the brutal murder of the one you love NOT burglary.

    I am sure if you listened to other 911 calls where someone discovers a dead loved one they will sound quite different than this one. I am sure in a legitimate call like this the caller would be completely focused on the beaten, bloody body and probably begging for an ambulance, screaming for help not talking about a burglary.

    It is simply completely illogical that he would have responded the way he did after coming upon his wifes beaten, bloody dead body.

  15. I found it quite interesting that you mention the 911 call and the glaring fact that his wife is dead, brutally murdered and the first thing on his mind is “there’s been a robbery”.
    I did not hear that mentioned anywhere in the media but that was the first thing I thought when I heard the call. There is no way, unless you are mentally handicapped, that you are not going to recognize that the most important thing here is the brutal murder of the one you love NOT burglary.

    I am sure if you listened to other 911 calls where someone discovers a dead loved one they will sound quite different than this one. I am sure in a legitimate call like this the caller would be completely focused on the beaten, bloody body and probably begging for an ambulance, screaming for help not talking about a burglary.

    It is simply completely illogical that he would have responded the way he did after coming upon his wifes beaten, bloody dead body.

  16. I found it quite interesting that you mention the 911 call and the glaring fact that his wife is dead, brutally murdered and the first thing on his mind is “there’s been a robbery”.
    I did not hear that mentioned anywhere in the media but that was the first thing I thought when I heard the call. There is no way, unless you are mentally handicapped, that you are not going to recognize that the most important thing here is the brutal murder of the one you love NOT burglary.

    I am sure if you listened to other 911 calls where someone discovers a dead loved one they will sound quite different than this one. I am sure in a legitimate call like this the caller would be completely focused on the beaten, bloody body and probably begging for an ambulance, screaming for help not talking about a burglary.

    It is simply completely illogical that he would have responded the way he did after coming upon his wifes beaten, bloody dead body.

  17. You would think that ABC would pay you a royalty for showing your house on TV. I mean, now every time someone drives by it they will recognize it and stare at it. They could have not shown your address at least.

  18. You would think that ABC would pay you a royalty for showing your house on TV. I mean, now every time someone drives by it they will recognize it and stare at it. They could have not shown your address at least.

  19. You would think that ABC would pay you a royalty for showing your house on TV. I mean, now every time someone drives by it they will recognize it and stare at it. They could have not shown your address at least.

  20. You would think that ABC would pay you a royalty for showing your house on TV. I mean, now every time someone drives by it they will recognize it and stare at it. They could have not shown your address at least.

  21. I remember you telling us of the murder when you guys bought the place, but I guess when you actually see it, it must make it “more real”. Most TV Networks have no shame in showing gruesome images, it brings ratings, peoples curiosity of morbidity. Although they showed your address, hopefully most people watching had no concern of who’s house it actually was and were just drawn into the details of the crime. We felt very much at peace in your home when we where there and I think you guys are doing a great job giving the house a new history :).

  22. I remember you telling us of the murder when you guys bought the place, but I guess when you actually see it, it must make it “more real”. Most TV Networks have no shame in showing gruesome images, it brings ratings, peoples curiosity of morbidity. Although they showed your address, hopefully most people watching had no concern of who’s house it actually was and were just drawn into the details of the crime. We felt very much at peace in your home when we where there and I think you guys are doing a great job giving the house a new history :).

  23. I remember you telling us of the murder when you guys bought the place, but I guess when you actually see it, it must make it “more real”. Most TV Networks have no shame in showing gruesome images, it brings ratings, peoples curiosity of morbidity. Although they showed your address, hopefully most people watching had no concern of who’s house it actually was and were just drawn into the details of the crime. We felt very much at peace in your home when we where there and I think you guys are doing a great job giving the house a new history :).

  24. I remember you telling us of the murder when you guys bought the place, but I guess when you actually see it, it must make it “more real”. Most TV Networks have no shame in showing gruesome images, it brings ratings, peoples curiosity of morbidity. Although they showed your address, hopefully most people watching had no concern of who’s house it actually was and were just drawn into the details of the crime. We felt very much at peace in your home when we where there and I think you guys are doing a great job giving the house a new history :).

  25. Mr. Kirkpatrick do you have an e-mail addy to contact you at?

  26. Mr. Kirkpatrick do you have an e-mail addy to contact you at?

  27. Mr. Kirkpatrick do you have an e-mail addy to contact you at?

  28. Mr. Kirkpatrick do you have an e-mail addy to contact you at?

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