Women who Kill - Friday September 21

women who kill
missy vanover (3/6)
karen newell (4/6)
23.00–00.00

Continuing on Five tonight is the documentary series that delves into the case files of female murderers. This evening’s double bill focuses on a stripper who shot her wealthy boyfriend, and a seductive housewife who manipulated her teenage lover into killing her husband.

The first part of tonight’s intriguing two-header recounts the story of Melissa ‘Missy’ Vanover, a 26-year-old stripper who shot her boyfriend in bed and then called upon her lover and his family to make the killing look like a burglary.

Missy Vanover’s slide into murderous notoriety began when 48-year-old Michael Nieman saw her dancing on stage at a sleazy Kentucky nightclub. The besotted Nieman wooed Missy with money and jewellery until the pair became an item – but Missy soon realised that there was more to Nieman than first appeared. Despite claiming to have an income of only $8,000, Nieman was never short of money, cars or guns. He was, in reality, a highly successful drug dealer – a fact that Missy was happy to ignore while he continued to pander to her every whim.

However, the fatal rupture in their relationship came when Missy learnt that Nieman was building a mammoth mansion for himself – and she was not invited to share it. Soon after, Nieman was shot dead while asleep during what appeared to be a botched robbery. Yet detective work by the police eventually revealed the truth of Nieman’s death: Missy had crawled into bed with her boyfriend and shot him three times, as the dying man cried out, “I thought you loved me!”

In the aftermath of her vengeful crime, Missy enlisted her 18-year-old toy-boy lover, Kevin, and his family to ransack Nieman’s home and make the slaying look like a robbery gone wrong. The conspirators made off with over $1 million in cash and jewellery – only for Kevin’s family to break down and confess to the police. Missy Vanover was rewarded with a 28-year sentence in an Ohio jail for her dreadful deed.

Tonight’s second instalment looks at the bloody exploits of Karen Newell, who used her feminine wiles to convince her teenage lover to murder her husband. The story began with a frantic 911 call from Karen Newell telling police that her husband, Jon, had just been shot dead by strangers on a lonely Florida highway. But when police investigated the incident, they soon discovered that elements of Karen’s story did not add up. Further digging also revealed some intriguing facts about the widow, including the revelation that she stood to collect $500,000 from insurance policies that she had taken out on Jon’s life.

The case took a further twist when police learned that Karen and Jon had a rather unusual housemate in the form of 18-year-old PJ Giffen, with whom Karen appeared to have an especially close relationship. It seemed to be common knowledge that Karen and PJ were having an affair, and that Karen’s feelings for her husband were non-existent. Then a flood of stories began to pour in about Karen’s alleged rampant sexual appetite, and the picture formed of a woman who would use sex to get anything she wanted.

The case against Karen Newell was sealed when two ex-lovers came forward to report that she had tried to persuade them to kill Jon for money. PJ eventually broke down under questioning and told police than Karen had convinced him to murder Jon for the insurance payout. The black widow was sent to prison on a sentence of 25 to life, where, to this day, she still receives offers of marriage from men on the outside, in thrall to this lethal seductress.

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  • Anonymous

    Who does the supercilious sneering narration? It’s brilliant.

  • Anonymous

    I’m the daughter of Melissa Vanover and this story is all wrong. If you read the transcripts from the trial you would know that. Michael Nieman was a dirty man. He was never building a mansion. He lived in a trailor home filled with guns, money and jewelry. He had a dirty past that was never brought up. Think about it, he was a drug dealer. How could he possibly be a “good man”. If you know anything, you know the way drug dealers are. It’s your life before their life, they kill, they manipulate. He’s done it all.

    • guyfromjaxx.

      They should of added that Michael Nieman. A wealthy drug dealer was shot by his girlfriend. this guy would of been killed anway. all she did was doing the cops a favor. just another drug dealer off the streets lmao. I remember back in the day when my ex was a stripper. I seen it all. drugs, and drug dealers, tricks. liars. pimps. people getting shot or shot at. and then Melissa takes a fall for this big liar who pulled her in his flea trap.and now she is in the joint cause the state prosecutor wanted a few brownie points. how stupid can that be? way to go state prosecutor . really smart. and Melissa, sorry the kid ratted you out.

    • Niemanadvocate

      You know nothing about Michael Nieman! Or his past! All you know is what ur mother has told you! There is always two sides to every story and it’s sad that my grandpa can’t tell his! Ur mother is a liar and a murderer. He gave your father money to provide an apartment for you children because ur mother couldn’t. When she realized she wasn’t apart of the mansion plans she killed and robbed a man. And then to top it all off she goes on shows and lies some more!!!

      • Anonymous

        Michael Nieman reported an annual income below the poverty line. So did Melissa kill her wealthy boyfriend for his money, meaning he was lying to the government every year, or was he being honest, meaning your theory that she did it for money makes no sense? Pick a story, love.

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to get me some of that Karen Newell. I saw her picture on the Deartment of Corrections website and she’s hot. The article said she had a rampant sexual appetite…yummy !! I wonder how’s she’s getting it in prison? From the guards ?

  • Misty rusk

    I was in prison with Karen newell. She is still a vile creature. Karen thinks she can bat her eyes at anyone and get her way.. Only she is too old to pull that off now.. Pathetic she is. She is still a manipulative sociopath with extreme self centered tendencies.. And the only reason she gets marriage proposals is because she lies to pen pals about her past in order to get them to send her money. No one cares about Karen.. Not even her own family.

  • Misty rusk

    I left prison recently and Karen is all grey and not attractive. And trust me the guards aren’t doing her they are looking for good looking young chicks.. Karen is washed up

  • Misty rusk

    I was in prison with Karen newell. She is still a vile creature. Karen thinks she can bat her eyes at anyone and get her way.. Only she is too old to pull that off now.. Pathetic she is. She is still a manipulative sociopath with extreme self centered tendencies.. And the only reason she gets marriage proposals is because she lies to pen pals about her past in order to get them to send her money. No one cares about Karen.. Not even her own family.

  • LivingLearningLife

    Misty,
    I have been trying to find out where I can get the documentary “Women Who Kill” because it featured the story of Karen Newell. I had even gone as far as to track down the producer of the documentary to attempt to get a copy on DVD with no luck!

    I knew Karen years ago. She lived in the Orlando area. I had been to her house 2 times before the incident occured that is featured in the story. I met her in Lakeland, Florida at the time that she was married. I would be interested in talking to you if possible.

  • misty

    you can email me, just make sure u put her name in the email. she is one of the most manipulative people i had ever met. please contact me, i would like to know more about john. mistified1106@hotmail.com

  • Anonymous

    Yes there are two sides to every story. The death of Michael Nieman is a terrible tragedy that has affected both families. People have to find it in their hearts to forgive and try to move on. Hate and revenge is not the answer.

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