If one were to twist a story to make it more compelling, a tale around the Christmas Eve holiday would certainly earn the writer a lot of interest, regardless of the details.
But a truly sadistic story that takes place around Christmas Eve, especially one that’s true, is a shock to the system.
In fact, sources are currently reporting on a case of Francisco Munoz-Quintero, who is accused of shooting and killing his girlfriend on Christmas Eve in Kennewick, Washington, last year.
Munoz, 20, was found guilty this week after a jury deliberated for only three hours.
According to KVEW-TV, Francisco and his girlfriend, Luisa Garcia, 21, were arguing in the car when he shot her, then pushed her out into the street and drove off, leaving her there to die.
Apparently, their 22-month-old daughter was in the back seat when it happened.
“The prosecution asked jurors to make sure justice was served, stating Quintero’s previous history of domestic violence, his action after Garcia was shot and his confession should be enough to return a guilty verdict.”
Francisco reportedly dropped off the toddler with family and turned himself in the next Christmas Day.
Obviously, the Christmas Eve holiday makes the crime even more tragic, as it’s the time of the year when most people get together.
And that there was a child involved certainly adds a more traumatic element to the case.
The Inquisitr reported on another case where heinous crimes were committed on Christmas Eve, with a massacre by Michele Anderson and her boyfriend, James McEnroe, of her entire family.
The article provides the chilling details where they went to her parents home on Christmas Eve in 2007, then shot and killed them, then dragged their bodies to the shed and cleaned up before her brother and his family arrived.
“Scott Anderson, 32, brought his family with him: his high school sweetheart and wife, Erica Anderson, 32, and their two children, Nathan Anderson, 3, and Olivia Anderson, 5.”
The article details the killing of the rest of the family as well.
No need for wintry weather to make these stories chilling, as it’s bad enough to know that they planned the massacre, making sure that everyone was off their guard on Christmas Eve.
These two stories can easily sum up the horror of humanity, because in both cases there is no doubt — especially in the case of the Andersons — that they took advantage of the holiday to put a more sadistic spin on their crimes.
In the case of Francisco Munoz-Quintero, according to the KVEW-TV article, he showed no emotion when the guilty verdict was read, likely because there’s little information on what actually took place in the vehicle, and he’s only apparently as of the verdict, going to serve up to 20-plus years, as adding more years is currently pending.
But much like his response, Michele Anderson’s defense was apparently having difficulty in trying to do their job, as she was reportedly being uncooperative, for them to go for an insanity plea.
The family was looking for a death sentence, and they were disappointed that they didn’t get one but may still try to work on one, saying that they would like for the killers to experience the same fear for their lives as those they killed.
Even with a direct answer to the question of why they would commit such a terrible act on Christmas Eve, it’s hard to comprehend how they could follow through and not be shaken by their own crimes.
In the case of Munoz, there is still some reason for his defense to believe, apparently, that his shooting on Christmas Eve could have been an accident. But since he’s already had a history of domestic violence, it was likely bound to happen anyway.