A white supremacist who was sentenced last week in a 2009 kidnapping was recently engaged to a woman who killed her boyfriend, dismembered his body, and hid his remains in flowerpots she gave as a gift.
Thomas Joseph Murphy was convicted of kidnapping and other charges after going to a house in Crestline, California, looking for his girlfriend.
He doused four people with lighter fluid, believing they were hiding his girlfriend, and threatened to set them all on fire if anyone tried to escape, reported The Alpenhorn News.
Murphy beat one of the women with the claw end of a hammer, and he fled into the mountains after one victim managed to escape after several hours.
He was arrested the following day after leading police on a high-speed chase.
Murphy was charged with five counts of assault with a deadly weapon, four counts each of false imprisonment and threatening a crime, three counts of preventing or dissuading a witness by threats or force, and one count each of battery and cruelty to another’s animal.
Guards also found a “shank” hidden in Murphy’s cell in 2011, and he was charged with possession of a weapon by a prisoner and convicted on that count last week.
He’s scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 27, the newspaper reported.
Murphy testified during a set of motions asking for a new trial that he had gotten engaged to 54-year-old Carmen Montenegro, who was convicted in August of first-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.
Police found her in May 2011 pushing a wheeled trash bin filled with the body part of 62-year-old Samuel Wiggins Jr., who had been stabbed 24 times in the chest and back.
Investigators said Montenegro had dismembered his body parts and buried his head and arms inside large flowerpots that she gave to a cousin for Mother’s Day.
Murphy, who is facing a possible life term, apparently met Montenegro on a jail transportation bus on their way to court hearings, prosecutors said.
The couple has not announced a wedding date, the newspaper reported.