Murder accused ‘Bonnie’ denies she was obsessed with ‘bad boy’ co-accused ‘Clyde’s’ infidelity

Murder accused ‘Bonnie’ denies she was obsessed with ‘bad boy’ co-accused ‘Clyde’s’ infidelity

by James Mohr, CNN

(CNN) – The woman arrested and charged in the brutal killings of three women in Washington state in 1998 has told authorities she believed her neighbor and one of her suspected killers was cheating on his wife, her trial documents state.

At a detention hearing Friday, Jennifer Mae Hardin told a sheriff’s deputy that she felt Clyde Barrow and her neighbor, Craig Stottlemyer, were having an affair, documents released Friday show. Hardin told investigators she believed Stottlemyer, who was known as Clyde Barrow, had “told a little white lie and hurt her.”

“Clyde stabbed one of my neighbors three times (and) it had been a lie,” Hardin said, according to a statement her defense attorney made in court.

Hardin, 48, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of using a weapon in a felony for her alleged involvement in the deaths of Tammy Thomas, Teresa Halbach and Diane DiPietro.

No trial date has been set, as the pretrial motions phase is under way.

In other excerpts from the hearing, Hardin told the deputy she received a call from Clyde Barrow, aka Craig Stottlemyer, about 18 months after the three women were found dead. The caller identified himself as an attorney and informed Hardin that Craig Stottlemyer had been arrested for cheating on his wife, the statement said.

“Clyde told me Craig had told a little white lie and hurt her,” Hardin said, according to the document. “Craig told me it was a pretty good lie and he was sorry it had hurt her.”

In an interview on Friday with CNN affiliate KOMO, Hardin’s brother said she had been disturbed by Barrow’s demeanor and behavior.

“The way that Clyde acted, the way that he walked, it was like Clyde had a sadistic personality,” David Rice said. “If he had been drunk, she knew she should just let him stay because this guy has probably killed before.”

Rice said he thought Hardin may have had had a crush on the suspect.

“She was much more interested in the guy than the girls,” he said.

The two sides will get the chance to make arguments on the initial charges before a judge, but it’s not clear when.

Thomas was last seen at a doughnut shop near her home in Seattle on July 11, 1998.

Three days later, Thomas’ black Jeep Cherokee was found near Lake Sammamish. The Jeep had been driven about 15 miles away by Barrow and seized by police after DNA results indicated the DNA of Barrow and Thomas was in the vehicle.

Shortly thereafter, the bodies of 35-year-old Teresa Halbach, who was working at a BMW dealership in Bremerton, and 22-year-old Diane DiPietro, a financial analyst, were found inside Barrow’s home.

The case was featured on the 1996 season of the popular TV series “America’s Most Wanted,” which led to tip lines and hundreds of leads.

The publication of a book by “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh about the case in 2005 rekindled the search for answers. Then, in November 2016, DNA results linking Hardin to the slayings came back.

In December, a judge unsealed hundreds of pages of arrest warrants, affidavits and arrest reports in the case. At a hearing Friday, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg renewed a request to unseal several documents in Hardin’s case.

Hardin, who was arrested in June 2018, is due back in court in May.

CNN’s Kathy Clarke contributed to this report.


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