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Her Burning Desire

When Anne Semenovich, 74, of Spruce Grove, B.C., Canada, told scrap metals yard owner Vic Small why she wanted to purchase an incinerator from him, he didn’t believe it. “She said she wanted to burn her husband there,” he said later. Thinking she wasn’t “all there,” he instead dealt with her daughter, Laurie. Later, Laurie called for him to check the machine because it wasn’t working. When he arrived and looked inside, Small found Alex Semenovich, 77, Anne’s husband of 50 years, stuffed inside. Prosecutors say Anne shot her husband in the head, and then recruited her grandson and Laurie to help move the body. But after dragging the 240-pound man to the incinerator, it apparently wouldn’t start, so they called Small, who called police. Semenovich was charged with first-degree murder, and surprised the court by pleading guilty to manslaughter. She was sentenced to the minimum, 4 years in prison. (MS/Vancouver Sun) ...For sale: one incinerator, only used once. Recommended for disposal of objects less than 240 pounds.
Original Publication Date: 28 November 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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