Some couples spend months planning their big day; the flowers, the food, the band – there’s a never-ending list of things that need to be organized and decided upon.
The planning for their wedding day was no different for Geroge and Kelly. The couple had been dating for a while and despite some tensions before the reception, everything was on time, albeit a tad over budget…
Geroge and Kelly were no spring chickens and had in fact been dating other people randomly for quite a while before they met. When George finally popped the long-awaited question, Kelly felt that all her dreams had come true. He was a doctor, well-to-do, and had a lovely way about him, usually.
For whatever reasons, the planning and execution of the wedding was 100 percent down to the bride and groom, as they received little help or even advice from their friends and family. Neither of them was majorly close with any of their family members, although some close family members came to celebrate together with them…
George, who was actually a well-renowned anesthesiologist, was known for being a little short tempered at times. In fact, he was considered downright moody by some people and especially by Kelly’s folks. Everyone hoped George would be on his best behavior on his wedding day.
Regardless of his standing as a doctor, George was encountering some serious financial problems as he was working less and less these days. It was embarrassing for him, but his credit card seemed to be refused more and more…
While everything was in place for the big day, someone needed to pay for it. That task fell squarely at the feet of Dr. George who was left to pay for his own wedding reception with no assistance from Kelly’s family who were struggling financially at the time.
In A Mood
George and Kelly looked like a picture of happiness together. The guests had been greeted, photographs taken and the music was playing in the background while finger food was served along with pink champagne. But George was behaving like his usual ratty self, and people were noticing…
The last time you want your credit card to max out is when you’re paying for your wedding reception. When George Samson handed his card to the cashier at the Ohio Building in downtown Terre Haute, he was worried it would be refused and refused it was. George was beside himself and simply couldn’t hold it together.
The incident annoyed George so much that he ended up storming out of his own wedding in front of his new bride and all the guests. Well, it was better than him having one of his outbursts in front of them all so Kelly was at least relieved about that. However…
As if that wasn’t bad enough, guests had already noticed that there were some serious tensions between the new couple, who looked frustrated with each other and had clearly been arguing. By the time the wedding party came around, the new couple wasn’t even talking to each other, but things were about to get a whole lot worse.
The after-party of the wedding had been a good one by all accounts, however, the arguments between the new couple went from bad to worse. Things got so bad that Kelly even called 911 at 1:20 a.m., claiming that George was beating her. She called a second time, then a third and then a fourth…
The Fourth Call
By the time the fourth call to the dispatcher came around, the person on the other end of the line was horrified to hear gunshots in the background. Police rushed to the address, although the noise and commotion had already woken George’s dad and Kelly’s son: They were lucky to be alive.
Everyone was utterly shocked that George had shot his new bride, just 3 minutes after the party celebrating their new life together was over. The famous Indiana doctor was now a murderer and had shot his wife, after beating her, in cold blood. George clearly felt he had no other option now…
Having shot his wife to death, George calmly walked down the hallway to the garage where he kept his bullets. He then slowly walked down to his basement where he took his own life with a single gunshot to the head. The happiest day of this couple’s life had now become the most tragic.
Sending The Robot
As police at the scene weren’t sure what they’d find inside the house after reports of gunshots, they sent in a special police robot which found George dead in his basement. The toxicology report would be interesting as no one could believe that a man of George’s stature could do this…
Alcohol To Blame
While this newly-wedded couple clearly had some anger issues between them, the toxicology report confirmed that the arguments on the night, as well as the ensuing fight, was fuelled by alcohol. Both George and Kelly had been extremely intoxicated at the time they both died.
It’s not that George was poor by any standards; he lived in a grand mansion where a huge marquee had been set up for the wedding reception. Due to a last minute change of plan, it ended up being at the Ohio Building, and George had clearly spent some serious cash for the big day. According to the police report, the last minute venue change had been the straw that broke the camel’s back…
The fact remains that no matter what was going on between this couple, the groom clearly harbored some serious hatred for his wife. He had shot Kelly numerous times in the torso and head, leaving her with no chance of survival and bringing a brutal end to her life.
The worrying thing for police was the fact that Dr. George Samson owned a huge arsenal of weapons including assault rifles and numerous handguns, as well as literally hundreds of rounds of ammunition…
Meanwhile, Vigo County Coroner, Dr. Susan Amos, told reporters, “They had just gotten married and something went terribly wrong,” adding, “He shot her and then shot himself. We are still in a second autopsy to confirm that.”
As is always the case in homicide/suicides such as these, it’s the family who is left to pick up the pieces of the disaster and to move on with their lives. That may be easy enough to say, but for Kelly’s ten-year-old son, being alone without a mother or stepfather is not going to be easy for the foreseeable future.