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10 Shocking Times Love Led to Murder

Love is a beautiful thing. It is the feeling that makes us want to do anything for our partner and gives meaning to our lives. But sometimes love can be more than we can handle, and that’s when things get dangerous.

In this list, we will look at 10 cases in which love made someone kill.

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10 The case of Kawas Manekshaw Nanavati, 1960

The story of Kawas Manekshaw Nanavati is one of the most famous cases in Indian history. In 1959, an Indian naval commander named Kawas Manekshaw Nanavati shot and killed his wife’s lover. The case went to trial and the Supreme Court found that Nanavati had committed premeditated murder.

This is what happened:

Kawas Manekshaw Nanavati and Sylvia Nanavati were married with two children. As the commander of the Indian navy, Nanavati was often away from home to carry out his duties. On April 27, 1959, Nanavati returned home after work. His wife was acting weird and distant. When Nanavati asked what was bothering her, Sylvia confessed that she was having an affair with another man named Ahuja.

Later that night, Nanavati dropped her family off at a cinema before returning to her ship to retrieve a pistol. She then departed so she could face Ahuja. She first went to Ahuja’s office. Not finding him there, she continued her search at Ahuja’s house, where an altercation occurred.

Nanavati fired several shots and Ahuja fell dead. Nanavati became the Provost of the Western Naval Command, then the Deputy Commissioner of Police. The jury did not find him guilty of murder, but the Bombay High Court overturned that decision and found him guilty of the murder of Prem Ahuja.

Nanavati filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of India. The question, in this case, is whether it was a premeditated murder. The Supreme Court decided that this was a pre-planned murder and sentenced Nanavati to life imprisonment.[1]

9 The murder of Shradha Walkar, 2022

We must always be careful who we trust. Shraddha Walkar’s associate Aaftab Poonawala murdered her. He allegedly dismembered her body and scattered the 35 pieces of her in the forests of Delhi.

From the beginning of their relationship, Walkar’s family was strongly opposed. Poonawala, 28, and Walkar, 26, moved in together during the early stages of their relationship after initially meeting on a dating app. One day, at their shared home in South Delhi, the two got into a heated argument about marriage. Days after that argument, Poonawala killed Walkar.

The case has become a media sensation, with gruesome details of the murder and dismemberment, interviews with police and family members, and reporters flooding the news.[2]

8 The murder of Kanpur Jyoti, 2014


In 2014, Piyush Shyamadasani called the police to inform them that his wife, Kanpur Jyoti, had been taken away by unknown assailants on motorcycles. Later, the police found a car with Jyoti at 2 am. She lay there lifeless with 17 stab wounds.

Soon after, Shyamadasani admitted to the crime. He was arrested right after his confession. He had planned to do it earlier but was delayed due to bad weather. Shyamadasani himself hired the “unknown assailants”. Awadesh, Renu, Sonu and Ashish left with Jyoti and killed her in a secluded area. This was done to “release” Shyamadasani from his marriage so that he could be with Makhija, his girlfriend.

On October 21, 2022, approximately eight years later, the Kanpur district court sentenced the four laborers, Shyamadasani and Makhija, to life imprisonment for murder, conspiracy and tampering with evidence. This was another case in India that shocked the public, with much media coverage about the callousness of the husband and the elaborate scheme she concocted.[3]

7 The Nikki Entzel case, 2020

Nikki Entzel was charged with murder. The crime? Killing her husband, Chad Entzel, so he could be with her lover, Earl Howard. And to collect the insurance payment, of course. It’s a story as old as time: boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, but girl is married, so girl and boy commit murder for love.

On January 2, 2020, Chad Entzel was found in his burning home. His body was found next to a propane heater. Nikki Entzel gave an alibi, claiming that she was in a hotel when she called 911 to report the fire. Later, it was discovered that she was staying at the hotel with her lover, Earl Howard.

The autopsy revealed that Chad Entzel had already died when the house caught fire. He received two fatal gunshot wounds. With the help of surveillance footage and phone records, police determined that Nikki and Earl were involved in the crime. However, Nikki claimed that Howard was the only murderer, as she was not in the room when the crime occurred.

Howard was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Nikki was convicted in October 2022 and sentenced to life in prison in February 2023. [4]

6 Ex-spouse crashes Thanksgiving dinner, 2022

It’s the most beautiful time of the year… usually. Thanksgiving. Families came together to eat their favorite foods and give thanks for the blessings in their lives. But for a family in Houston, Thanksgiving turned into a nightmare when an ex-spouse fatally shot two people and wounded two others at a holiday dinner.

According to Houston Police Chief Patricia Cantu, a man and a woman were pronounced dead at the scene. Another man was found in critical condition and a 15-year-old boy was injured but thankfully he was quickly hospitalized in stable condition.

According to Cantú, the family was attacked just after they finished eating. Families were celebrating. The suspect was identified as the ex-husband of one of the victims. She had entered the house through the back door and opened fire. Police did not identify the suspect or make an immediate arrest. Still, according to Cantú, they believe the perpetrator was previously married to the woman who died, and possibly in a dispute with her.

Four other people were inside the house during the shooting, but luckily they were spared and no one was injured. The shooter fired several rounds and even reloaded his gun during the horrific crime.[5]

5 Lexington man arrested after killing his wife, 2022

In this world, love is indeed a double-edged sword. It can make you feel like you are walking on air and give you the strength to face any challenge that comes your way. But sometimes, love can be so powerful that it makes people do things they never thought they would do, things that could even cost them their lives.

On Wednesday, November 23, the police received a call from a man named Stephon Henderson. He said that he had shot his wife.

Once the police arrived at the scene, they found the body of a woman with multiple gunshot wounds. Henderson has been charged with murder, domestic violence and unlawful possession of a firearm. It was later revealed that Talina Henderson, 47, had sought an emergency protection order just days before her murder. However, she had not yet granted herself.

Stephon Henderson pleaded not guilty to the charges in February 2023; his trial is still pending.[6]

4 An author who wrote about a murder Committed murder, 2018

A true story of love and murder, told by an author who killed her husband.

Nancy Crampton Brophy, an author of romance novels, was sentenced to life in prison in Oregon after being found guilty of killing her husband. She had written an essay titled “How to Murder Your Husband,” which described her exact crime. Her late husband, Daniel Brophy, was shot twice in the kitchen in June 2018.

The reason? An insurance payout of $1.5 million. The jury argued that Nancy Crampton Brophy had the motive and means to murder her partner, as they showed that the couple was in financial trouble. She benefited financially from her death, with a large insurance payout. Although the murder weapon was never found, it was seen that she had purchased a gun that matched the cartridges at the crime scene.

Nancy Crampton Brophy was a self-published author whose novels include the wrong husband and the wrong lover. Her passionate romance and suspense books were published online before she shot her husband.[7]

3 The assassination of John T. Conlin, 1931

One of the most effective ways to get away with murder is to convince someone else to do it. Sometimes, though, those conspiracy theories aren’t so far off the mark, like when a woman conspires with her lover to kill her husband so they can be together.

John T. Conlin, 45, was shot in the spine and crippled, a short distance from his apartment. After being discovered, the doctors offered him at best 30 days to live, but he fell into a coma.

As soon as his wife, Amy, 40, heard about his shooting, she cried hysterically. However, it would soon be revealed that it was all an act. The discovery of letters written by another man and addressed to Amy by investigators resulted in the capture of a suspect. James De Pew, 22, admitted to having an extramarital affair with Amy to police.
A few months later, Conlin awoke from his coma and was able to identify De Pew as the man who shot him. However, he did not fully recover and died from his wounds about seven months after the shooting.

Armed with the victim’s identification and the letters, De Pew finally admitted to shooting Conlin during a staged robbery to finance his and Amy’s eventual escape. Although John De Pew and Amy Conlin were charged with shooting her husband, Amy walked out of court scot-free. De Pew was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison.[8]

2 Woman murdered after exposing her husband’s affair, 2022

A 38-year-old mechanic was arrested Monday after he allegedly murdered his wife for exposing an affair he had been having.

Police said the woman, who was 28 when she died, had been carried unconscious by her husband to Kajang Hospital the day before Raya. She passed away later that night. The medical officer filed a police report after finding the death suspicious. Kajang District Police Chief Zaid Hassan said the woman had bruises all over her body. She also suffered blunt force trauma to the head.

He said the husband was angry at his wife for exposing their affair on social media and that police discovered evidence of this during their investigation. The case is still pending in a Malaysian court.[9]

1 Singaporean man beats his wife to death, 2020

Cui Bingtao, a Singaporean man, was convicted of the murder of his wife, Liang Hsiao-ying. His case is just one example of how love can make people do the unthinkable.

Twenty-five-year-old Cui Huan was sentenced to seven years in prison and nine lashes. He knocked her wife to the ground and then hit her as she huddled on the concrete; he was furious that she was having an affair with a coworker.

He gave Liang three or four kicks to the back of the head and neck, causing him to fall over and hit his head on the ground. During his beating of her, he threatened to divorce her once he returned to China. The woman suddenly stopped breathing and doctors pronounced her dead when she arrived.[1]

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