A Digital Trail Leads To A Conviction

In June 2015, Dr Teresa Sievers, her husband Mark Sievers and their two daughters aged 8 and 11 years old were in upstate New York visiting Teresa’s family. However, Teresa ended up leaving the family holiday a couple of days early to fly back home to Florida for work.

Teresa was a holistic doctor with her own medical practice, she combined western and eastern medicine to give her patients the best care and treatment possible. She was extremely dedicated to her work and patients so when she failed to turn up to work on June 29th, her colleagues were concerned.

Her colleagues tried to call Teresa and Mark but got no response so they decided to go over to her home to make sure she was okay. Upon their arrival at her home, they found Teresa dead on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood with a hammer laying next to her, she had been violently attacked and hit 17 times with a hammer causing her skull to be crushed.

Detectives found signs of forced entry into the home but no valuables or cash had been stolen. Police then started to come up with a list of people who would have a motive to kill Teresa. They started with her husband Mark but he was in a different state so they didn’t look into him any further. They then looked into her patients but came up empty-handed. Strangely enough, there was a theory circulating since numerous holistic doctors had been dying in suspicious circumstances in the United States, so they were wondering if they were all connected but they weren’t.

Teresa’s husband Mark was reportedly acting very strange by inviting people back to his house for a pool party the day before his wife’s funeral, this was concerning behaviour with some believing his grief was making him act out of character.

Then police finally caught the break they needed, a tip came in about a guy named Curtis Wayne Wright and this is where the story gets odd. Wright was Mark’s best friend, they grew up together and they both had an uncanny resemblance to each other.

Police looked into Wright and soon realised that he had rented a car and driven over 1,600kms from his home in Missouri to the Sievers home in Florida, police also learnt that he didn’t travel alone, during a stint in prison Wright met Jimmy Ray Rodgers and he went with him to the Sievers home. The pair were arrested for Teresa Sievers murder but this isn’t where the story ends.

The pieces of what had happened to Teresa had finally been put together. Wright hired a car in Missouri then picked up Rodgers, they drove all day and all night to Florida where they arrived at the Sievers home, they then left the home and went to a local supermarket where they were seen on CCTV buying garbage bags, wet wipes, a lock picking set and black coloured towels. The men then returned to the Sievers home and hid in the garage until Teresa arrived home, Wright then attacked Teresa hitting her with the hammer 3 times and then Rodgers grabbed the hammer and continued to hit her with the hammer 14 times, then the men left the home in the early hours of the morning and drove 17 hours straight back to Missouri.

Police were still trying to understand what the motive was for both men to kill an innocent woman and then Wright admitted that Mark and Teresa were having marital and financial problems, with Mark taking out life insurance on Teresa for up to 4 million dollars and that’s when Mark asked Wright to murder his wife for $10,000. Mark Sievers was arrested for the murder-for-hire plot against his wife.

Wright told police everything they wanted to know and agreed to testify against Mark and Rodgers, as long as he could plead guilty to a lesser sentence than what they were all facing. Police agreed and Wright ended up pleading guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 25 years, Rodgers was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison and Mark Sievers was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to death.

Rest In Peace Dr Teresa Sievers.

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