She was in the closet

Scott Patrick Cochran, 35, was residing with a woman who has been described as both his wife and his ex-wife.

On Sun. a woman called police asking them to check on the woman as she had not been heard from in several days and she suspected something was wrong. When police arrived at the apt Cochran told them he hadn't heard from the woman in several days. Police asked to look around the apt. and they located the female.

They found her in a closet, wrapped in blankets, deceased.

A neighbor was interviewed by one of the papers, and the neighbors indicated that   "He was pretty abusive in reference to language, telling her what he was going to do to her, in so many words. And we could hear it, everybody in the building could hear him on a constant basis."

The woman is not being named until relatives can be notified of her death. Cause of death will be determined by autopsy.

One MSM has announced that a woman named Kimberly Cochran is a female who was located through a reverse directory search of the address.

Cochran has been arrested and is facing a murder charge.

http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2006/May-01-Mon-2006/news/7137093.html

http://www.klastv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4840008

I haven't seen anything which indicates a criminal history of domestic violence in the relationship. But the possibility of the couple being divorced certainly indicates some past problems in the relationship. And when you couple that with the neighbors statement, that certainly raises the question that there was at least some problems of controlling and/or abusive behaviors.

Many times the victim doesn't report the problem. Sometimes it will come out in the divorce, but not always. And if the abuser seems sincerely sorry, seems sincerely devoted to changing their behavior (see honeymoon cycle of abuse) often the couple will reconcile.

While it is one thing for us to sit here and talk about the honeymoon cycle, it is quite another to live it. The loved one seems very sincere and very sorry. Very committed to change. Once they are sure of the relationship however, then often the previous behavior will resume. It is a vicious cycle.

I can't help but wonder what this guy was thinking. His wife is in the closet, wrapped in blankets. Does life just go on as normal for him? Maybe a little more inconvenient as there is no one to cook for him. Did he think of her in the closet when he laid down to sleep? I wonder how long he planned to leave her there?

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2 Comments

  1. Dave said,

    May 12, 2006 at 5:32 pm

    Having just heard the news of this incident yesterday, and being unfortunate enough to be blood related to the perpetrator of this heinous act (brother though happily estranged for 15+ years, hence the long delay in the news travelling to me). I felt compelled to bring to light a few things missing from your post, “I haven’t seen anything which indicates a criminal history of domestic violence in the relationship” though while technically accurate from your perspective… don’t kid yourself… he has a VERY long violent history, in fact in 2001 he served a 12 month term for striking his wife Kimberly and her then 15 year old son in the face (Clark County, NV Court records indicate this), drug/alcohol abuse, physical/mental abuse (previous marriages), assault, robbery, hell you name it and he’s been there, done that…. He and Kimberly were married in 1998, and have a 5 year old son between them (though the news stories quoted a daughter, not sure why), she also has two other children ages 15 and 18 who are currently in the custody of her ex-husband/boyfriend, not sure.

    The 5yo was apparently present in the residence, while Kimberly’s body was hidden in the closet. How could any human being commit such an act and then subject a child to the outcome is totally beyond me.

    Dude is really whacked, though none of this behavior is new to him, he learned it from his father who was no better, also an occasional resident of various states’ custody for similar acts. This is in no means to provide an excuse for his actions!!! I survived the same hell growing up, and promptly distanced myself from all of it at the age of 15, and moved into law enforcement at 18 and started moving all over the country to keep the distance and help keep people like this off the streets and locked up.

    My loving wife and daughter never quite understood why I claimed my in-laws to be my only real family, I’d guess they have a better grip on it now.

    Sorry to take up so much space on your comments, but I felt the need to clarify some facts and bring to light *some* of the background information, there is plenty more criminal history in the states of Oklahoma and Oregon. As an avid lifetime supporter of stopping domestic violence I could not resist the urge to speak up.

    If the DA handling this case in Nevada doesn’t have this information already, he will courtesy of one character witness his public defender will NOT try to subpoena. Last I heard NV still has the death penalty to throw on the table for premeditated murder. Would it be wrong of me to say I feel it quite fitting for this case?

  2. May 12, 2006 at 9:01 pm

    Dave, thank you for speaking up. At the time that I wrote this, I couldn’t find any references to any abuse or past violence…..but suspected it.
    I am glad you were able to move on from your past. It can sometimes be hard to move away from all you knew, even if what you knew was violence. I am glad you survived and made the break.
    It does sound like this guy was a murder waiting to happen. And I am glad you are going to speak out truthfully in court. I am sure this has brought up a lot of bad memories for you, and I hope that you are able to cope with those.
    Do you know how the children are doing? Esp. your nephew? Someday he will realize that he was there, if he didn’t know before. That’s going to be tough for him. I hope wherever he ends up, that he finally lands in a stable and loving home. Somewhere that will teach him that a home does not have to be violent.
    As a child survivor, you have a unique opportunity to speak out against domestic violence. Have you ever considered working with your local domestic violence shelter? They often need volunteers and I think that it might be good for the women there to hear your story. So many of them seem to think they are staying there for the children. As a survivor you could speak to them from the children’s point of view.
    Congratulations on your job as a police officer. There is a lot to be proud of in that. And I am glad you are doing well now.
    I hope you are able to go forward in peace and happiness.


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