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Court documents reveal chilling details of Betsy Faria's murder

7:42 PM, Jan 6, 2012   |    comments
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By Mike Rush

Lincoln County, MO (KSDK) - A troubled relationship, money on the line, and evidence of a cover-up. That's some of the new information court documents are telling us about the murder of a Troy woman and the arrest of her husband.

When Russell Faria called 911, the court documents indicate he said his wife had committed suicide, even though she was stabbed more than 25 times in her stomach, neck, head and face.

As for the couple's relationship, their Facebook photos seem to show a happy pair, taking cruises and spending time together.

But the court documents reveal a much darker side.

Russell Faria was tight lipped as he left the jail last week before he was charged, but a friend of Betsy's, who was with her just hours before her murder, told detectives Betsy was thinking of leaving Russell.

The friend says Betsy told her about an incident that happened the week before her death "where Russell put a pillow over her face and told Elizabeth that was what it would feel like to die."

As far as a motive, the Lincoln County Prosecutor isn't saying.

"I don't have any room at this point to speculate as to whether there was an argument or if there were any marital difficulties," said Lincoln County Prosecutor Leah Askey the night of Faria's arrest.

But the documents reveal Betsy, who was battling cancer, had a life insurance policy worth as much as $400,000.

The friend told authorities Betsy was planning to remove Russell as the beneficiary, but never got the chance, saying "this was because she believed Russell was monitoring her emails."

This week investigators searched the Faria home a second time, the same day as Betsy's funeral. The next day they charged Russell.

The court records tell us investigators used illuminating equipment to prove blood had been cleaned from the floor, the kitchen sink, and the handle of a kitchen drawer that held towels.

And we now know, the day after Betsy's murder, Russell agreed to a polygraph test.

Authorities say the results showed he was lying when asked if he killed his wife.



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