5 Dastardly Dads Who Didn't Do The Right Thing
From the outside, Colorado's Christopher Watts appeared to be the perfect father — which is why the world was shocked when he was found guilty of murdering his pregnant wife and their two daughters.
But Watts is far from the only dad whose sweet facade is hiding shocking secrets. Here are five more fathers who have committed horrific crimes against their own children.
Photo By: Mug shots of Samantha Kershner; Travis Fieldglove [Hall County Jail]
Photo By: Timothy Jones [Smith County Sheriff's Department]
Photo By: Mug shot of Abdool Zaman [Henrico County Virginia Sheriff's Office]
Photo By: Mug shot of Bryce McIntosh [Corona Police Department]
Photo By: Mug shot of Austin Smith [Maricopa County Jail]
Dad Marries His Adult Daughter, Both Are Charged With Incest
HASTINGS, NE — A dad and his daughter were arrested and charged with incest in Nebraska after prosecutors alleged that they were in a sexual relationship.
Samantha Kershner, 21, was driven in part by a "jealous competition" for her father with her half-sister, according to the Omaha World Herald.
Kershner and her father, Travis Fieldgrove, allegedly admitted that they engaged in a consensual sexual relationship — despite being well aware that they were closely related.
Kershner’s mother told authorities about the situation.
Investigators say that Kershner met her father for the first time in 2015. They reportedly began a sexual relationship in 2018, and then got married at the Adams County Courthouse.
Kershner allegedly claimed she initially slept with her father partly as a result of a “jealous competition with her half-sister regarding who could have sex with their father.” [CrimeFeed]
Dad Kills All Five Of His Kids In South Carolina; Keeps Bodies In Car For A Week
LEXINGTON, SC — On August 28, 2014, father of five Timothy Jones, Jr., killed his entire family in their Lexington home.
Jones was once a computer programmer making $80,000 per year. But his mental state had reportedly deteriorated in recent years, and appeared to get worse following his divorce from ex-wife Amber Kyzer. Jones was awarded custody of the children after the split.
Jones told police that on the night of the murders, he forced six-year-old Nahtahn to exercise until he collapsed and died, then he decided to kill the other four children.
He then strangled Merah, 8; and Elias, 7; with his bare hands — but then choked Gabriel, 2; and Abigail, 1, with a belt "because his hands were too big."
He reportedly stuffed all of their bodies into garbage bags, put them into his black Cadillac Escalade, and drove them to Alabama before dumping them, according to prosecutors. He allegedly had the childrens' bodies in his vehicle for a week.
A psychiatrist who has treated Jones in prison said in court that he suffers from schizophrenia, and that his condition is affecting his emotions and intelligence.
During the trial, Kyzer claimed that Jones had hit her, spit in her face, and threatened to chop her up and feed her to pigs during their marriage. However she plead for his life, telling the jury that the children loved their father and would not want him to be executed.
Jones entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, but the jury found him guilty of the five murders. He was sentenced to death.
Teen Reconnects With Her Estranged Father, Then He Allegedly Kills Her
HIGHLAND SPRINGS, VA — In 2018, 18-year-old Vanessa Zaman and her cousin were brutally murdered in Virginia.
Shockingly, the alleged killer turned out to be her own father — who she had recently moved to Florida to be near after years apart, according to her mother.
Abdool Z. Zaman, 39, was charged with murder in connection with the deaths of Vanessa and Leona Samlall, who were fatally shot while walking near the Oakmeade Apartments in Highland Springs in broad daylight.
Police say that Zaman got out of his car and confronted the girls before shooting them in what appeared to be a fit of rage, sources said.
Vanessa's mother, Saveeda Barnes, told reporters that Vanessa had just reconnected with her father the year before her death.
“Vanessa grew up under my love and care, until she was 18. Not too long ago, she researched and somehow found her dad. The two connected and were in contact for a while," Barnes told WTVR.
Vanessa moved into her dad's home in Florida, and Samlall, a cousin, also moved in soon after that. Police said that Samlall and Zaman had a relationship, and that Samlall had a baby that was allegedly fathered by Zaman. But their relationship was reportedly rocky, and Vanessa and her cousin then fled to Florida, allegedly to get away from Zaman.
Zaman was arrested in New York and charged with second-degree murder. In March 2019, he was extradited back to Virginia, where he is currently awaiting trial. [WTVR]
Dad Charged In Shocking Torture & Murder Of 8-Year-Old Son
CORONA, CA — A California father was charged with the torture and murder of his missing eight-year-old son in Corona, California.
Bryce McIntosh, 32, was charged with first-degree murder with a special circumstance of torture in the death of his son, Noah McIntosh. Noah has been missing since March 2019. His body has not been found.
But Corona police Chief George Johnston told the press that the trace evidence leaves "no doubt that Noah is the victim of a homicide," and said that authorities believe McIntosh killed Noah between March 3 and 4.
Noah's mother, Jillian Godfrey, told police she last saw her son on March 2 when she dropped him off at McIntosh’s home.
On March 12, police went to his house to do a welfare check — but allegedly McIntosh refused to let them in.
Police spoke to Noah's 10-year-old sister, who reportedly claimed that McIntosh had abused Noah by handcuffing him, tying his feet together, and making him sit in a tub full of cold water.
Authorities also found evidence, including video footage from Home Depot, that reportedly showed McIntosh purchasing two-inch bolt cutters, four gallons of muriatic acid, a 128-ounce bottle of drain opener, and two pairs of long-cuffed gloves on March 4, according to court documents cited by KTLA.
McIntosh is currently in custody and awaiting trial in California. [CrimeFeed]
Phoenix Man Allegedly Kills His Wife, A Friend & 2 Children Because He Suspected An Affair
PHOENIX, AZ — A Phoenix man is charged with four murders and multiple assaults after allegedly killing his wife, two of their children, and a friend over apparent suspicions that his wife was having an affair with his brother, according to CNN.
Officials said that Smith had returned home from a local bar and allegedly confronted his wife, Dasia Peterson, about his suspicions of an affair. Smith then allegedly fatally shot Dasia, 29, and their daughter Nasha Smith, 5, according to court records.
Police said that the couple's other daughter, Mayan Smith, died from apparent blunt-force trauma from a baseball bat.
Reportedly, the couple's three-year-old daughter was still in the home, hiding under a bed, when authorities arrived. She was unharmed.
After allegedly murdering the children, Smith drove to a second location, his brother's apartment, where Smith allegedly shot and killed Ron Freeman, 46, who Smith believed was a co-conspirator in the alleged affair between his wife and brother.
Austin Smith told police that "in God's eyes, it was all right for him to deal with someone in this manner who been involved in adultery or an extramarital affair," Phoenix Police Sergeant Tommy Thompson stated at a press conference.
"Under his religious beliefs, he believes that it was okay."