The Christie Neely, Shawn Southerland, Henry Hudson body in a bag murder case will premiere on the new season of Fatal Attraction. TV One‘s hit crime show comes on just before their newest show, For My Man. In tonight’s Fatal Attraction, the sad case of Christie Neely, a missing single mother whose body was found in a bag eight years ago, will be the feature story. Viewers will listen to commentary from crime experts, journalists, and law enforcement officials who are familiar with the case. Christie Neely’s case made headlines in 2007, when a state worker found a bag containing human remains. After an exhaustive investigation, the body was identified as the woman who disappeared from her New Jersey home. It took investigators a few years to find the man who killed Christie. The man turned out to be her boyfriend, golf caddie and expert law wannabe Shawn Southerland. Southerland was eventually found guilty of her murder and sent to prison, according to NJ.com.
Once they began dating, it seemed that Shawn Southerland was a good father figure to Jordan. Not only that, but it appeared as though he had made a real connection with the young man. With their relationship thriving, it seemed that this couple was destined to have a wonderful life together in their suburban New Jersey home. What Christie Neely didn’t know was that Shawn Southerland had a violent streak, one that ended up costing her her very life.
Anyone who knew Christie will tell you that the woman adored her son, Jordan. That is why it was odd when she disappeared from the home in April, 2007. According to court testimony from Jordan, he awakened to find his mother gone, and when he went to check on her, Shawn stopped him from entering the bedroom. Believing that he would see his mother later that day, he hurried off to school. When Jordan returned home, still, there was no Christie. Eventually, Shawn returned home to leave him some money for food, then took off. Jordan wouldn’t see Shawn Southerland again for years.
By the end of the fourth day, Jordan was out of money and out of food, and his mother was nowhere to be found. It was then that he decided to contact his grandparents, who were frantic with worry to know Christie had disappeared days ago. When the body was found in the bag, detectives later connected it to the report of the missing woman in New Jersey. A positive identification was made that the body in the bag was indeed 36-year-old Christie Neely. When police learned Jordan’s story, they tried their best to locate Shawn, but by then he had disappeared. It was a couple of years later that police received a phone call with a tip that Shawn was working as a caddie at a gold club in Philadelphia. Detectives went to the location to confront him and were able to identify him as Shawn Southerland. He was eventually arrested and charged with Christie’s death.
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