Crime Wire featured the case of Christie Thorne. Two weeks before her divorce was finalized she was found dead.
Christie Thorne was a victim of domestic violence and stalking according to numerous police reports . Because the divorce was not finalized her parents had no say in how her remains were handled. It is disturbing that evidence was destroyed, and no autopsy was performed; no medical examiner or coroner in charge of the crime scene, instead a rush to judgement by a justice of the peace, in the town of Longview, located in the State of Texas, ruling her death a suicide.
Immediately, the husband, who still maintained legal rights because they were technically still married, was able to authorize the body cremated. The evidence was destroyed.
This is why when a person begins a divorce action, separates or ends a relationship, having the Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit and video prepared and copies given to trusted friends and relatives removes the burden by surviving families members to have cases of intimate partner homicide investigated and those responsible arrested.Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit by Susan Murphy Milano from the Book "Time's Up" from Courage Network on Vimeo.
Christie was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head on the bedroom floor of her home in Longview, Texas on June 21, 2007. After an inadequate investigation and no autopsy, a 19-minute inquest by a Justice of the Peace resulted in the determination that the then 35-year-old had taken her own life. Over the objections of Christie's family, her body was released to her estranged husband and cremated.
Jeanie Cummings, Christie's mother, doesn't believe her daughter killed herself. She is convinced that Bob Thorne, Christie's husband, murdered Christie. She cites a history of domestic violence and contends that the investigators, including the Justice of the Peace, botched the investigation due to incompetence or corruption.
Steps taken by the family: