Mary Stetson Murder [Update]- When Mary Stetson, a single mother, travels to her favourite haunt, she finds herself in a house of horrors. Her terrible murder has stunned the residents of Manchester, New Hampshire. Mary’s killer has only discovered thanks to a tip from a mysterious woman.
Mary Stetson, a devoted mother, vanished unexpectedly after what was intended to be a nice night out in July 1999. After another missing person complaint brought the offender to the authorities’ attention, the case was solved.
‘Swamp Murders: River Monster,’ a documentary on Investigation Discovery, chronicles Mary’s gruesome murder and the substantial evidence linking her killer to the case. So if you’re interested in learning more, we’ve got you covered.
What Caused Mary Stetson’s Death?
Mary Stetson, a single mother of five, was 40 years old and lived in Manchester, New Hampshire. She was described as someone who was always on the move, putting in long hours to support her children. Mary supplemented her income by cleaning houses on the side while working the night shift at a local factory. She had arranged a night out with a date for July 18, 1999.
When Mary’s date failed to appear, she took a cab home at 5:30 p.m. Mary’s family did not see her again after that. On July 20, 1999, her oldest daughter reported her missing. On the same day, swimmers in the Piscataquog River in New Hampshire discovered a body in a duffel bag that was missing the head and limbs. The remains were later recognised as Mary’s, with a dozen stab wounds in the front and back causing her death.
Who Killed ‘Mary Stetson’ and Why?
According to the show, the authorities first looked at Mary Stetson’s nighttime date, Jeffrey. He told the cops that he didn’t see her that night since he had been out drinking with a friend at a pub. According to the cab records, Mary went to a neighbourhood bar that night, and witnesses reported seeing her with a male. However, with no additional information about the man, the case came to a halt.
On August 5, 1999, things took a turn for the worst when Donna Plch phoned the cops. She intended to file a missing person report for her ex-husband, Vaclav Plch. Donna said she hadn’t seen Vaclav in almost a month when she called the cops. According to the show, she suspected him of being involved in Mary’s murder.
As a result, the authorities went to Vaclav’s home. They discovered a huge section of the carpet on the bedroom floor had been ripped away. More evidence was discovered during the subsequent search of the bedroom. Donna reported that Vaclav’s fishing gear was missing from his bag.
The cops also discovered blood stains on the wooden panelling and carpet fibres. Knives, a handsaw, and bloody sheets and towels were among the other items discovered. Vaclav’s bedroom was clearly the scene of a violent conflict. The blood was verified to be Mary’s through analysis, and the evidence contained both Mary and Vaclav’s DNA.
With Donna’s help, Vaclav was tracked down and jailed in Austin, Texas. The cops discovered bloodstained clothes in the trunk and a bloodstain on the backseat that was proven to be Mary’s. He maintained at first that he had nothing to do with the murder. Vaclav, on the other hand, made a number of incriminating admissions later on.
While he never admitted to killing Mary, he claimed to have discovered her body and mutilated it. Vaclav later told the cops where he stashed the other body pieces, putting an end to the investigation.
What Happened to Vaclav Plch and Where Is He Now?
Vaclav Plch was convicted guilty of murdering and dismembering Mary in November 2000. According to the authorities, Mary came to Vaclav’s flat but resisted his attempts for some time, causing Vaclav to become enraged and attack her.
For the offence, he was sentenced to life in jail without the possibility of parole. Vaclav, aged 62, is still detained at the New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord, Merrimack County, according to records.