The literal murderer that I personally know
By Faye Hazel
September 13, 2017 11:59am CST
As I was writing about the kidnapping that happened close to home - it occurred to me that I know a murderer. I was new in this area and had become friends with a woman who went to a Bible study group and waitressed at a restaurant I liked. I didn't know a lot of people in the area but kindly enough she did include me in her life for awhile , inviting me to her house for potlucks and parties, and going out dancing at bars. Come February - she invited me to her birthday party. A big bash at a country bar in the area. And that is where I met Angelina O'Mara - at our mutual friends' birthday party. It was 2010. I got along well with Angelina, actually. She was one of those people who - you could just tell - had a hard lifestyle at times. I don't mean that in a derogatory way, either. She had admitted to me in a round about way that she had a rough lifestyle in the past, but she had left that behind, wanting to be an example for her pre-teen daughter. She was world wise and street wise. I was naïve and shy. I thought she was cool. She gave me useful tips like - never leave your drink unattended at a bar. Carry your drink with your hand over the top so no one can put anything in it. She got rid of a drunk guy who kept pestering me. She was married but it was common knowledge that her and the husband were separated. We only hung out once or twice. We were never particularly close. We had tried to organize a shopping outing, however it never materialized. Part of that could have been because Angelina and her boyfriend - Michael Pies, had a baby together early in 2011. The last time I saw her was early in 2011 - after the baby was born. I saw her, Michael, and the baby in the deli area at our local grocery store. We spoke only briefly. I was introduced to Michael. They couldn't stay to chat - they were getting hot food from the deli to take home. In Oct.of 2011 - I picked up a local newspaper. The entire front page was taken up with a picture of Angelina. A mug shot. I was shocked. I thought to myself "I know that woman". And I read the story. The following is a paraphrase of the many, many news articles I read at the time along with info from talking to our mutual friend and is to the best of my understanding - what happened. Late in October of 2011 - Angelina was staying with her husband, whom she had been separated from. He was laying on the couch when she put a pillow over his head and shot him in the face with a rifle. For a few days, Angelina, Michael, the baby and the pre-teen daughter went on the run - days later Michael was killed in the same fashion, pillow over his face - gun shot to the head. I forget the details of her capture. For awhile she maintained innocence, later however she admitted to killing both men - murdering the husband , and killing the boyfriend - she maintains that she shot the boyfriend as an act of self defense - that they had been fighting over the rifle and that he was abusive. Even though it's been many years - sometimes I am tempted to look her up and visit in prison. Ask her what went wrong. It is very sobering. somber to know. I wouldn't be surprised if she had a troubled childhood - (though I don't know that to be true) and I wouldn't be surprised if either or both of the men were abusive -- however it doesn't warrant murder. Something must have just snapped in her one day. Have you known anyone who has done a terrible act? Link to a news article featuring Angelina
Angelina O'Mara admits to killing ex-husband days before she allegedly killed boyfriend | City Pages
On Tuesday, Angelina O'Mara admitted to killing her ex-husband, 43-year-old James O'Mara, by shooting him in the head in his Sauk Rapids apartment on October…
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I feel bad for her children. Now they have to go through life without either parent. It makes you wonder what causes a person to take another life or how they can. I have never known anybody who has murdered anybody or any other terrible act.
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• French Polynesia
That is a shocking story. Maybe she was abused and finally couldn't take anymore. She was tired of being hit and beaten and she finally did something about it. Who know what makes a person do this. Sure is sad and I am sorry to hear this.
• Oxford, England
Sadly sometimes people do snap especially if they've had a very difficult marriage and things have just got be on them. As a minister you do occasionally meet murderers or people who are paedophiles or all sorts and you just have to minister to them like anybody else because they're all people with and usually you find that they have a very sad background to go with the story.
• United States
Oh wow. Are you a minister? I have often thought that prison ministry would be fascinating. It's true - we are all just people, though sometimes there must be a "perfect storm" alignment of temperament , personality, past and present situation that enable them to do these things.
• Jacksonville, Florida
It's crazy to me how someone can be so "normal" and so kind to people-but kill people shortly after. She came to your defense and was nice to you. It boggles my mind how she could be capable of murdering people! I have never personally known a murderer.
• Palisade, Colorado
It is sad that things like this happen and no one really knows why. I have known some cases where people snap and do things like that to protect themselves or whatever. If it is in your heart and God feels that it is right than maybe start a contact with her through letters first. See where things goes from there.
• United States
I guess she never said why she shot the husband. - Letters is a good idea first. For some reason I do feel strongly compelled to reach out to her. I wonder if it is God's desire, if I could provide her some form of comfort, or something
• United States
wow and like wow. Amazing how you met a person and have no idea that something like that is in them. It's always sad when children are involved. Whatever messed the person up to commit and act of murder is going to effect these kids through the rest of their lives.
It remind me one incidence, when i was in college. at the queue for submitting assignment I met a person who was very friendly and good in nature, I asked his study center. He named the Jail where our university has one center for prisoners. He has complete jail term for three years in case of unintentional unintentional murder. But he was nice guy. the crime happened just because some one teased his girl friend which resulted in quarrel
• United States
If I had money, I'd pay you to go! I'm a weirdo, I know. It's hard to imagine where people turned. What was that choice, that moment, that set their dark path in motion? It's puzzling. I don't think I know anyone who has done anything violent.