“48 Hrs. Mystery”

Periodically bloggers get ‘tips’ or notice of an interesting article or crime situation and when I can I like to write on stories that others have found interesting. Every once in a while we get notice from a TV station or a print publisher. If they are appropriate to this blog, I do sometimes write those up also. Today I got an email from “48 Hrs. Mystery” about their show tomorrow night. They cover a crime from the crime to the trial and frequently the crimes they cover are related to domestic situations. Tomorrow’s broadcast is just such a situation. I didn’t cover this one and I haven’t followed it so it will be especially interesting to me.

Here is the press release for the show that gives the details for Tues. Jan. 28. Check your local listings for the time.

                                                                       48-hrs.jpg Photo courtesy of “48 Hrs. Mystery”

Caption: Jenny Eisenman (R) claims she killed her husband Drew (L) in self defense.

A SWEET, SOFT-SPOKEN WIFE AND TEACHER KILLS HER HUSBAND –

WAS IT SELF DEFENSE OR MURDER?

“48 HOURS MYSTERY” ON TUESDAY, JAN. 29, 2008

In May 2004, Jenny Eisenman shot her husband Drew six times, killing him instantly, an act she claimed was self-defense. Drew was handsome, athletic and fun, while Jenny was slender, pretty and sweet. Living in Houston , both shared an interest in children and education – Jenny was an elementary school teacher, while Drew was a high school basketball coach. But behind the scenes, their fairytale relationship was quickly deteriorating. Jenny discovered that Drew was having an affair while she was pregnant with their first child. Worse, when their son was born, Drew brought his mistress to Jenny’s hospital room to hold the baby. Jenny and Drew separated a few months later.

Both Drew and Jenny attempted to maintain a civil relationship for the sake of their son, but all that changed one night in May 2004 when police were summoned to Jenny’s apartment after a frantic 911 call in which she admitted to shooting Drew. Expecting to find a homicide scene, police were in for two surprises – a pristine apartment with no sign of struggle or blood and the discovery of Drew’s body outside on the curb stuffed into a storage tub, the same one used to store the family Christmas tree.

Jenny claimed the shooting was an act of self defense against a brutal beating, and told police that Drew had abused her repeatedly in the past. Despite numerous bruises on her legs, police were convinced otherwise. They discovered there was something Jenny didn’t tell them: about an hour after the shooting she had gone to Wal-Mart to pick up spackle and paint to hide the bullet holes. But it was a series of provocative and sexual emails that Jenny sent Drew during the time that he was allegedly abusing her that helped convince a jury that this was not an act of self defense.

Although it would seem that this would be the end of the story, it is far from it. Did Jenny kill Drew in self defense or was it a calculated murder? Jenny Eisenman speaks on camera for the first time and tells her story to 48 HOURS MYSTERY.

Richard Schlesinger reports 48 HOURS MYSTERY: “Trigger Point,” on Tuesday, Jan. 29 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. This broadcast is produced by Marcelena Spencer and Jenna Jackson. Judy Tygard is the senior producer and Al Briganti is the executive editor. Susan Zirinsky is the executive producer.

Editors’ Note: Click here for a preview of the broadcast. CBS News 48 HOURS MYSTERY broadcasts are now available on iTunes.com.

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In the Eisenman show one thing really stood out for me. It isn’t uncommon for persons who have been abused to try to hide that abuse. Whether it is not talking to anyone about it,  outright denial that abuse is occurring or making excuses for the bruises. Allegedly this happened in the Eisenman marriage, abuse occurred and she didn’t tell anyone. She didn’t make a report and did not in any way document any abuse. Allegedly abuse happened that night and her claim in court was that she was defending herself. Very little was said in the trial about any abuse because there was reportedly no documentation.

Now it only stands to reason that if you are in an abusive relationship and planning to remain in that relationship that you may not want to make an official report or file charges (I don’t agree with it, but can understand it if you are remaining in the relationship.) But there are ways to document the abuse. Keep a diary. Make sure to record your thoughts and fears as well as any abuse. Take pictures of any bruises. And if possible talk to a friend or relative and tell them what is happening. This may be a safety problem so you want to make sure it is well hidden or try to keep the documentation at a trusted friend or relative’s home. Make sure that one trusted friend or relative knows where to find that documentation. Also if you use a computer to save the documentation remember that most computer activities can be tracked. Hopefully you will never need the documentation. But if you do need it, you will regret it if you don’t have it.

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3 Comments

  1. cassee01 said,

    February 6, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    I was with an abusive man for 11 years, married for 4. My family never knew I was being abused physically. I never talked about it. I hardly ever had visible injuries – two black eyes in that time and one severe injury to my calf which my family never saw or anyone else, of if they did, I lied. A few of his friends had seen him hit me once or twice. However, I was hit often and often had bruises people never saw. Pushed and thrown around and threatened with knives. I did stay at shelters – four times to be exact and one documented my injuries. If someone had asked my family if they had ever seen him be hit me, they would have had to say no. Although my friends had seen him push or shove, they also have never seen him hit me. In truth, his family and friends were the only ones and if it came down to it – would they tell the truth? I don’t know. He is a dangerous man and there were many times I would have been justified in defending myself and if something had happened I might be in her position. No one really knows what goes on behind closed doors. Sometimes, I can’t believe I lived how I did, in such fear and danger. It was like living with a time bomb which could go off anytime. I am amazed that I finally made it out alive.

  2. February 6, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    cassee01, I am so glad you made it out. I hope that you are safe now. You have graduated from victim to survivor.

    What you have described is true for so many who are in abusive relationships. Many women think the spouse cannot control their anger. But they can control it well enough to choose who they will allow to see it happen. So it isn’t due to a loss of control.

    I can’t stress enough that it is important to document any injuries even if they aren’t severe enough to go to the hospital. Even if you aren’t ready to leave. You never know if they will be needed in the future for custody cases, for restraining orders, for criminal cases (hopefully not, but if he eventually does murder or maim) or (hopefully not) for a self defense case.

  3. susannah joy said,

    February 9, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    cassee01 is one of the fortunate ones –as am I –Yes, you need to “document” but the reality is, what few close friends you USED to have, are often driven away (by the abuser) which accentuates the fact that you are on your own! Creating total ISOLATION is key to creating a realm of control –that, and making suer that the victim HAS NO SAFE PLACES — NOTHING is sacred to the abuser — NOTHING YOU DO is safe from him seeing, reading, violating, tracking or discovering –The reality is that ANY ONE who abuses the one they “love”. has NO LIMITS to the extent that they will stoop to to accomplish their end goals — and murder is merely the grand finale to the overall plan — My ex-husband’s “promise” to me was that if I lived long enough to leave him, he would make sure that I wished I had died! Kidnapping my children and destroying THEIR lives and MY relationship with them, has basically accomplished his mission–I live, I breathe, but I will never be the same…


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