The Disturbing Past of Brooke Crews, Who Killed Savanna Lafontaine-Greywind for Her Unborn Baby
FARGO, ND — New and shocking details have emerged about the bizarre life of fetal abductor killer Brooke Lynn Crews, 38 (above), who was sentenced to life in prison last week for murdering her neighbor Savanna Lafontaine-Greywind in Fargo, North Dakota.
Lafontaine-Greywind, 22, was eight months pregnant at the time.
Crews was obsessed with serial killers and had a fixation on babies that she detailed in a secret journal, according to News.co.au. In old journals uncovered since her arrest, Crews reportedly wrote about her various lovers, home births, and abortions and kept meticulous notes on how to compile a “childbirth kit” that included scissors, blades, clamps, gloves, and the hormone Oxytocin — which can cause contractions or induce abortion.
Prosecutors said that Crews lured Lafontaine-Greywind to her apartment by telling her that she needed help sewing a dress — then knocked her out. Lafontaine-Greywind was still conscious, however, when Crews began cutting the baby out of her womb. She eventually bled to death.
Her newborn daughter, later named Haisley Jo, which was the name the couple had picked together, survived, and was later reunited with her father, Ashton Matheny.
Lafontaine-Greywind’s body was wrapped in plastic and dumped in the Red River.
At the time of the brutal attack, Crews was living with her partner, William Hoehn, 32. Hoehn, who is being tried separately for the murder, also has a criminal past. In 2011, he was found guilty of fracturing his baby son’s skull.
Hoehn told police that he did not kill Lafontaine-Greywind and was unaware of Crews’ evil plan. He claimed that he came home to the apartment he shared with Crews to find a bathroom full of blood, and Crews holding a baby. According to Hoehn, she then told him, “This is our baby. This is our family.”
Hoehn admitted removing garbage bags containing bloody towels and his own bloody shoes from the apartment and throwing them in a dumpster.
Crews was born Brooke Doolin, and grew up in Florida. In 1995, she gave birth to a daughter with a man named Aaron Edwards. She later moved away from Florida and had no contact with her daughter until she briefly reconnected with her years later on social media.
She has spent time behind bars in Missouri for charges related to bad checks, and in Texas for a parole violation.
By 2006, she was married to Minnesota carpenter Carl Crews. The couple had two children, but the marriage fell apart after three years. In 2012, she was arrested for assaulting Carl with a knife.
After that incident, she then traveled to Australia and married Katoomba chef Andrew Murray, whom she met online on the dating site Tagged. But the marriage ended in just over six months, after Murray learned that she had lied about her past. “It was all lies, it was all based on lies. I didn’t know she was married in America, didn’t know she had children,” he told News.co.au.
Murray also revealed that she “studied psychology and nursing and did her thesis on serial killers.” He said Crews told him she lost a baby in 2011 and was unable to have children as a result of the miscarriage.
In October 2012, she moved back to the U.S and started dating William Hoehn. Also around this time, Murray, concerned about the violent and erratic behavior Crews had been exhibiting toward the end of their relationship, actually phoned the Fargo police to alert them about Crews. “They just didn’t care,” Murray claims.
In a chilling recollection, a young mother, Roxane Cartwright, has shared a story of an encounter with a woman she is sure was Crews in an IHOP restaurant. “Her eyes were huge, she was fixated on my daughter,” Cartwright said. It happened in 2016, about a year before Lafontaine-Greywind’s murder. Cartwright says that the woman approached her, wanting to hold her baby, saying, “she’s exactly what I want.” When she saw Crews’ mug shot on TV after her arrest, she recognized her, and knew right away that she was the same woman she had the “bizarre” encounter with.
In court, Crews apologized to Lafontaine-Greywind’s family, saying, “There is no rationalization. There is nothing. I know it doesn’t help, but I am sorry.” She will spend the rest of her life behind bars in North Dakota prison, with no chance for parole.
William Hoehn has pleaded not guilty in connection with Lafontaine-Greywind’s murder. His trial is due to start in March.