Joyce Aparo Murder: Where Are Dennis Coleman and Karin Aparo Now? – On August 5, 1987, Joyce Aparo’s dead body was found under a highway underpass, shocking the locals of Bernardston, Massachusetts. The victim was a resident of Glastonbury, Connecticut, a city located almost 65 miles away, which led the authorities to quickly dismiss their first kidnapping suspicions. The gruesome murder is detailed in “The Perfect Murder: Mother Dear” on Investigation Discovery, which also demonstrates how the police investigation quickly took them very close to home. Let’s investigate the case’s specifics to learn more, shall we?
What Caused Joyce Aparo’s Death?
Social worker Joyce Aparo was divorced from her husband, Martin Aparo, and lives with her teenage daughter, Karin, in a condominium in Glastonbury, Connecticut. For Joyce, everything in life was wonderful, and everyone who knew her praised her for being kind and helpful. In addition, her daughter had high aspirations and was a talented violinist in addition to being a good student. Joyce was murdered at the startlingly young age of 47, and the news of her tragic passing is still very difficult for people to absorb.
First responders sped to the scene as soon as law enforcement officials were alerted to the presence of a body under a highway overpass in Bernardston, Massachusetts. They quickly recognised the body as Joyce’s, but they were shocked to discover that the deceased was roughly 65 miles from her Glastonbury home. The 47-year-old appeared to have asphyxiated at first, but an autopsy quickly revealed that Joyce had actually been strangled with a pair of pantyhose. She was still wearing a nightgown, which suggests that she had already been dead before being abandoned in Bernardston.
Who Killed Joyce Aparo and Why?
Karin Aparo, Joyce’s daughter, appeared absolutely saddened when she learned of her mother’s passing. However, neither the victim’s daughter nor any acquaintances had any understanding of why someone would wish to harm Joyce in such a dreadful manner. Due to a lack of leads and witnesses, the initial inquiry unfortunately proved to be rather difficult. Detectives made every effort to search the area where the body was located and conducted numerous interviews, but they were unable to zero in on a suspect and were forced to start over.
Intriguingly, when Karin sent the police a letter from her boyfriend, Dennis Coleman, in which he referred to her as his “dream girl” and said he would “perform the deed,” the police appeared to make progress. Detectives quickly started investigating into him as a potential suspect after this letter appeared to be suspicious enough. Dennis was captured by the authorities on August 13, 1987, and when they questioned him, he surprisingly broke down and admitted to his part in the murder. He also confessed, but he also said that Karin forced him to kill her mother.
Dennis Coleman, who is 19 years old, claims that Karin said she was psychologically mistreated by her mother, who allegedly claimed the teen’s birth father to be a Roman Catholic archbishop. In addition, she said that her mother wanted her to date a different violinist and sought to keep her away from Dennis, according to the show. Karin evidently requested her partner to handle the situation because she could see no other way out.
Dennis took the blame on himself and strangled Joyce to death at her Glastonbury house after becoming love-obsessed. Investigators also obtained another letter from Karin, in which she is said to have stated that even if their actions would land them in jail, they would never forget one another. Thus, the authorities detained Dennis and Karin before accusing them of murder after receiving a full confession and circumstantial evidence. Additionally, Kira Lintner and Christopher E. Wheatley, friends of Karin and Dennis, were detained for hindering the investigation when detectives suspected them of making false statements to the police.
Where Are Karin Aparo and Dennis Coleman Now?
Dennis Coleman was presented in court and entered a plea of guilty to murder and conspiracy to commit murder, earning him a 34-year sentence in November 1989. Karin, on the other hand, entered a not-guilty plea in court despite being accused of conspiring to commit murder and being an accessory to the crime. Dennis testified against Karin during her trial, but in the end, in 1990, the victim’s daughter was cleared of the accessory accusation. Unexpectedly, the jury was deadlocked on the conspiracy allegation, and the judge ruled that a mistrial had occurred.
According to reports, Dennis was released from prison in 2012, but he and Karin currently wish to maintain a low profile. It needs to be clarified where the former is right now given how infrequently he posts on social media. Nevertheless, according to sources, Karin left the state after being found not guilty and started a job as the social services director of a nursing facility in South Carolina. Additionally, it was reported in 2009 that she was married and working in Missouri as a nursing facility administrator.