Lena Chapin, often known as Liehnia Might Chapin, disappeared in 2006 in Dent County, Missouri, three years after making the stunning confession that she helped her mom, Sandra Klemp, kill her stepfather, Gary McCullough in 1999, Bustle reported.
Klemp has maintained that she didn’t have something to do with McCullough and Chapin’s disappearance and in keeping with Bustle, “by no means cooperated with authorities.”
Klemp is being highlighted within the episode “Lacking Witness” of the Netflix collection “Unsolved Mysteries.”
Right here’s what you have to know:
1. Chapin’s Stepfather Disappeared When She Was 13
After Chapin’s mom, Sandra Klemp, divorced Albert McCullough in November of 1994, she married his brother Gary in 1996, in keeping with MEAWW.
Nonetheless, in keeping with MEAWW, Klemp started seeing Kristopher ‘Kris’ Klemp when she was nonetheless with Gary McCullough; Klemp would ultimately marry him. MEAWW additionally reported that Gary’s pal, Jeff Allen, mentioned Sandy tried to shoot Gary with a gun and that he had allegedly change into conscious of his spouse’s affair and needed a divorce.
McCullough went lacking on Might 11, 1999.
Bustle reported that Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly mentioned Klemp refused to permit her property to be searched or to undergo a polygraph check and would solely take one if police discovered a physique.
Klemp, who has remarried and now goes by the final title Wink, has by no means been charged in reference to the crime and says she is harmless.
2. Chapin Mentioned She Helped Her Mom Kill Her Stepdad
MEAWW reported that Chapin confessed to Albert in 2003, three years after McCullough went lacking. In response to an account that she gave Albert, “He was sitting on the sofa, consuming scrambled eggs. She walked out and shot him thrice within the head. Two, perhaps thrice… and he or she couldn’t hack it till we acquired residence. And he or she wrapped him up with plastic stuff and hay strings… she dragged him to the bed room. She locked the door and we acquired residence. Mother made me keep within the bed room. She didn’t need me to see him. However I’d already seen him. ‘Trigger I seemed by the door. I didn’t consider it and I needed to see.”
Chapin, then went on to explain how they pulled up carpets and bleached the flooring in an effort to do away with any proof.
Albert recorded the then-17-year-old’s confession, and the Salem Information reprinted it in an article:
She (Sandy) was crying and all she needed to say was ‘I can’t consider this occurred, I can’t consider this occurred. And that’s all she’d say, the entire time when she was freaking out and telling me she was bawling and saying, ‘I can’t consider this occurred.’ And I requested her, I’m like, ‘I wish to see.’ I didn’t consider it. You recognize if you suppose to your self, okay there’s a lifeless individual in your own home, you understand, you’re not considering, okay, come on now, no matter, it’s similar to, I wish to see. She wouldn’t let me see. She had her door locked. I mentioned ‘I wanna see. I wanna see it proper now.’ I do know if I had’a seen the entire thing, I woulda flipped out. I woulda flipped out. However there was a crack within the door and I seemed and I noticed it and I utterly went loopy. I began spazzing out on her and I went ‘What the hell occurred, what occurred,’ you understand.
In order for you one thing of Gary’s to stay within the floor there may be nothing left. He was burned, utterly burned and all the pieces. The whole lot that was, you understand, left on the burn pile was put in buckets and unfold throughout. So I don’t bear in mind the place they’re at… I used to be there, I’m the one one which is aware of. I’m the one one which is aware of precisely what occurred, however there may be nothing left… there may be nothing left. I burned my fingers… I burned a couple of of my fingers choosing up ashes and bones.
The entire thing might make me sound like a nasty individual, however what was I purported to do? I woulda by no means achieved it, however then I used to be considering, you understand, I acquired these sisters and if I’m gonna get caught, I higher assist mother with it. Now, I wouldn’t need something unhealthy to occur to my mother as a result of she’s acquired these youngsters, and he or she takes excellent care of them. However I do have slightly bit towards her, as a result of she doesn’t, I don’t have a mother anymore. You recognize?
In that recording, Chapin additionally mentioned that she was traumatized and suffered insomnia after the occasion. In response to Salem Information, there are college information documenting that Chapin missed college Might 12 and left college early on Might 13, Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly mentioned.
3. Two of Chapin’s Sisters Have Been Vocal In Supporting Her Story
Klemp’s two daughters, Brandi Petersen and Robin Shoemake, each consider their mom is responsible of killing McCullough and sued her and the person she ultimately married in a $7 million wrongful demise swimsuit, MEAWW reported. The household mentioned they by no means obtain any cash, Bustle reported.
In response to Petersen, Klemp was a great mom in the course of the documentary:
My mother was a great mother rising up. she was very straightlaced. By no means achieved a drug, smoked a cigarette, alcohol, nothing. My entire life. She simply wasn’t like that. She would at all times inform us, each single evening, ‘God bless you and love you.’ Each evening. That’s the mother I bear in mind and I miss that mother a lot. However… what are you able to do?
She used her intercourse enchantment rather a lot and that’s quite a lot of the explanation why males gravitate towards her. And he or she by no means did stick with one specific man for greater than two years. And he or she at all times went after the married ones or one which had brothers.
Shoemake additionally mentioned she recalled her Klemp and Kris carrying her father’s physique out of the home, MEAWW reported.
That evening mother informed Lena to be sure that none of us got here out of the bed room. Lena had fallen asleep in entrance of the door. And whilst younger as I used to be, I nonetheless bear in mind one thing wasn’t proper. And in our room, there was a window and I see mother and Kris struggling, attempting to drag one thing huge. I imply it was Gary little doubt however he was wrapped up in one thing. I imply you possibly can see the boots that he had on. It scared me.
4. Chapin Has A Son Named Colter
Though Chapin had Colter when she was very younger, her sister Petersen mentioned that Chapin “liked Colter greater than something,” in keeping with Salem Information.
In response to what The Cinemaholic reported, Chapin’s sisters believed that Klemp — who had six daughters in whole — at all times needed a son and “grew to become extraordinarily possessive and controlling, going so far as to creating Colter name her “mother.”
Peters mentioned that Chapin and Klemp would always combat over Colter, in keeping with Salem Information.
Mother would go to Nation Mart (in Salem) and present him off and say he was hers, and Lena can be like, cease saying that mother, he’s mine. One time Lena and I had been going to take Colter to see his father in Arkansas, and mother referred to as us flipping out saying ‘You carry him residence, you carry him residence proper now or I’m going to kill myself.’
After Chapin disappeared, Klemp adopted Colter, Bustle reported.
5. Chapin Disappeared In 2006
Chapin was 20 years previous and planning to maneuver to Arkansas with a brand new man in her life when on Valentine’s Day, she disappeared, Salem Information reported.
MEAWW reported that Klemp informed authorities Chapin left and went to Florida with a person. Klemp by no means reported her lacking and her disappearance solely grew to become public in the course of the wrongful demise swimsuit that Chapin’s sisters filed towards Klemp, in keeping with Salem Information.
A former neighbor informed Salem Information, “I first heard Lena was lacking once I ran into one in all her sisters on the town, and he or she informed me Lena left a month prior and by no means got here residence to get all of her issues. The final time I talked with Lena was just one month earlier than she disappeared. It was 10 years in the past, so I don’t bear in mind it that effectively, however we talked for a pair hours, and he or she mentioned she was saving up cash and hoping to maneuver to St. Louis.”
Nonetheless, her sisters say that regardless of the place Chapin would have gone, she would have taken Colter together with her: “There’s no method Lena would have left Colter behind,” Petersen informed Salem Information.
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