John Schellpfeffer, 50, admitted that he still cares about Jessica Strom, his ex-fiancée who tried to hire someone to kill him.
Schellpfeffer, a divorcee, met Strom in 2007 at a bar where she worked. When they first met, they were both happy, and Schellpfeffer described Strom as a beautiful and vibrant woman.
In an interview with ABC News, Strom said that their relationship had its bad times, and that Schellpfeffer became jealous and abusive.
“When it was good, it was really good, and when it was bad, it was bad. There was some jealousy and some control issues… He was jealous for whatever reason.”
Their relationship turned for the worse, and it even came to a point when Strom filed a restraining order against Schellpfeffer. She also admitted to stabbing the sofa in Schellpfeffer’s house because he wouldn’t give her his car keys. Despite their troubles, they still went through with their relationship, and Strom even moved in with Schellpfeffer together with her children.
According to the New York Daily News, Strom hired a hitman in February to have Schellpfeffer killed. However, Strom didn’t know that she was meeting with a man who works for the police department as an informant. Their meeting was taped, and Strom was arrested the same day. In the video, Strom was seen offering $1,000 and sex in exchange for Schellpfeffer’s killing. She even went as far as to tell the hitman to blow Schellpfeffer’s brains out and use a potato as a silencer.
When she was arrested, Strom insisted that her statement about killing Schellpfeffer was meant as a joke. After learning of Strom’s plot, Schellpfeffer blamed mental illness, and says that he still loves her.
“I do love [her] to this day. It was a mental drama in her mind, all put together from that mental illness.”
In August, Strom was sentenced to serve at least three and a half years in prison for solicitation to commit first degree intentional homicide. Schellpfeffer said that instead of spending three years in prison, Strom should have been housed in a mental facility where she can have proper treatment.
While serving time in prison, Strom also said that she still loved Schellpfeffer.
“As much as it looked like it… I loved that man, and I still do. And I would not kill him.”
Although Schellpfeffer admits to still have feelings for Strom, it looks like they won’t be getting back together after she gets out of prison.
[Image via Daily Mail UK]