Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Mother-In-Law From Hell In The Dan Markel Murder Case

Adelson (Donna)Toronto Sun, Mother-in-Law From Hell:

Donna Adelson did not like her son-in-law.

Not in the least.

For 15 months she unleashed a tidal wave of invective via email to her daughter, Wendi Adelson.

Dan Markel was a preeminent legal scholar, with degrees from Harvard and the University of Toronto. He was also embroiled in a bitter child custody fight with his ex.

In the words of Donna, he was “an idiot” and a “bastard.”

“You suffered under his ‘reign,’” Donna wrote in one email. “Narcissistic personality disorder causes major problems in a marriage.” ...

Cops believe this monster of a mother-in-law was pulling the strings in a twisted murder plot that would leave Markel bleeding out on the driveway of his Tallahassee home. ...

Two people — Sigfredo Garcia, 37, and Kathy Magbanua, 34, the mother of his two children — will soon go on trial in the Panhandle for first-degree murder.

But detectives are under no illusions who really pulled the trigger that sweaty day five years ago. ...

Detectives believe Donna Adelson and Wendi’s older brother Charlie shelled out $100,000 to have the professor taken off the board.

And Charlie had a new girlfriend to boot: Kathy Magbanua.

According to cops, the motive was so Wendi could move back to south Florida with the couple’s two pre-school aged boys.

But bizarrely, neither has been charged.

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Have the emails between Donna and Wendi been released? Where can they be read?

Posted by: Pen Sill | Jul 1, 2019 9:30:13 AM

There is a podcast about the Dan Markel murder called "Over My Dead Body" .

They interview the other Adelson son, who is estranged from his family for marrying a non-jew.

Donna Adelson must be a real piece of work.

Scroll down to the first episode aired on Jan 29, 2019

Posted by: Sooke | Jun 20, 2019 2:55:22 PM

Wow, $100,000! I'd have expected to get away with it for that much.

Posted by: Colin Fraizer | Jun 20, 2019 7:43:38 AM

Quote: But bizarrely, neither has been charged.

I see this more often than I like. Prosecutors fear to go after the rich and well-connected like they do the poor or middle-class. At the extreme, the Kennedys and Clintons are examples of that.

Posted by: Michael W. Perry | Jun 20, 2019 4:07:56 AM

But is there any evidence of intent, tho? If not, everyone should walk free.

Posted by: Jim Comey (Eff Bee Aye) | Jun 19, 2019 6:45:47 AM