Susan McFarland, a 43-year-old woman, was reported lacking on Nov. 29, 2002. She was residing in San Antonio, TX on the time of her disappearance. The mom of three kids, all boys beneath the age of 10, Susan labored as an accounting govt. Her automobile, a Ford Explorer, had been discovered within the storage of an deserted home by police earlier that week.
Police had discovered the Explorer roughly by random likelihood, however they instantly thought-about it suspicious automobile could be left within the storage of an deserted home. The automobile was discovered on Nov. 28, 2002. The officer who discovered the automobile ran the plate and found that it belonged to a girl named Susan McFarland. The officer additionally famous small brown stain existed on the automobile’s console, which he believed is likely to be from blood splatter.
The police division quickly contacted her husband, Richard McFarland, and instructed him that they’d discovered his spouse’s automobile in a suspicious location. He appeared remarkably unconcerned, which is related as a result of Richard had an obsession with italian ice popsicles; one in all his many unusual behaviors. As police tried to ask Richard about the place his spouse is likely to be, Richard merely continued sucking down popsicles, solely pausing typically to present obscure or unrelated solutions.
Police began asking Richard’s neighbors about him, and found that he had a really unhealthy repute within the neighborhood. Earlier that yr, one other couple residing close to San Antonio, TX determined to go on a brief trip. However once they returned, they discovered that one in all their bushes had been reduce down. This actually spooked them, as a result of who would try this? Who would simply go and reduce down a tree in any individual else’s yard?
The husband ultimately determined to go over and ask his new neighbor, Richard McFarland, if he’d seen something suspicious. He went over and instructed Richard that any individual had reduce down his tree, and requested Richard if he’d seen bizarre occurring. The neighbor was surprised when Richard admitted that he, Richard, had reduce down the tree himself. Richard calmly defined that leaves from the tree had been falling onto Richard’s garden, and so he determined to simply go over and reduce down the tree. The neighbor was flabbergasted.
For Susan, this weird incident with the tree was apparently the final straw. She began having critical discussions along with her sister about presumably divorcing Richard and leaving him for good. She was additionally involved that Richard is likely to be abusing her kids, as one of many boy’s swim coach had truly contacted her and instructed her that the child had unusual bruises which in his opinion have been indicative of abuse.
Susan McFarland lived in Terrill Hills, an upper-class neighborhood close to San Antonio, TX.
Susan instructed her boss that she’d filed for divorce however the papers wouldn’t be served till a number of days after Thanksgiving (Nov. 25), which was arising very quickly. Till then, she wished the divorce to remain a secret till the final attainable second, since she was afraid of how Richard would react. In the meantime, Richard’s weird conduct continued to escalate. Neighbors instructed Susan that they noticed Richard driving across the neighborhood aimlessly for hours through the day.
One other neighbor instructed her that Richard had parked in entrance of his home after which simply stared on the home for almost an hour earlier than lastly leaving, solely to return with a weedwacker and begin de-weeding the neighbor’s garden. Richard additionally shaved his whole head, for causes identified solely to him.
The disappearance of Susan McFarland would ultimately be solved by a tip from an unlikely supply. Round Nov. 26, 2002, in a distant a part of Texas, a farmer seen a automobile drive previous his home. This struck him as odd, as a result of he lived out in the course of nowhere, and mainly no one used that filth highway besides him. He seen that the driving force was bald, however didn’t acknowledge him. This additionally struck him as odd, as a result of the few different individuals who would possibly use that filth highway have been individuals he’d acknowledge simply. Quickly afterward, he noticed smoke coming from an deserted farmhouse.
Susan was lacking for over a month earlier than being discovered.
It wasn’t till over a month after Susan was reported lacking that the farmer acknowledged the importance of what he’d seen. He lastly made the connection after seeing a information program overlaying Susan’s disappearance. The farmer remembered that he’d seen a automobile being pushed out in the course of nowhere, and that he’d seen smoke coming from the place it went. He submitted a tip, and investigators discovered the tip attention-grabbing sufficient that they ultimately got here out to go to him.
The farmer drove investigators out to the place he’d seen the smoke. There, they discovered wrappers for italian ice popsicles. The investigators have been intrigued sufficient that they later returned to the placement with cadaver canine. The charred remains of Susan McFarland have been found quickly afterwards, 53 days after she was initially reported lacking.
Police theorized that Richard had realized about his spouse’s plan for divorce and killed her in a match of rage. He then used a round noticed to dismember her physique. She was then transported out to the deserted farmhouse, the place her stays have been burned after which buried.
Investigators imagine Susan’s dismembered physique was burned, close to an deserted farmhouse in Texas.
The idea concerning the round noticed was based mostly on statements from Richard’s neighbors that they’d seen him use the noticed to chop a line throughout his driveway, which even for him was a fairly bizarre factor to do. Investigators believed this was an try by Richard to take away DNA proof from the noticed blade.
Richard accepted a plea deal for 40 years (eligible for parole after 20 years) on February four, 2004 after spending virtually a yr in jail awaiting trial.
The homicide of Susan McFarland was lined by the podcast: Going West, which is underrated IMO. It is a simplified model of occasions, some issues have been omitted for sake of retaining this beneath 1000 phrases. For instance, Richard was NOT the one suspect; there was a person who’d been convicted by a jury that Susan was a part of who police thought would possibly’ve kidnapped Susan.