Michael Robert Turpin
22 Years Old

October 3, 1963 to February 3, 1986

Michael was very outgoing with a terrific sense of humor. He always saw the best in everyone and treated them with respect.

Michael had a degree from the University of Kentucky in Accounting. He was a runner and competed in the 10K. He played baseball from Little League to Connie Mack. Michael learned to play the saxophone in the 4th grade and continued to play in high school where he was in the marching band. His senior year, he was the drum major. Michael was in the University of Kentucky Marching Band all four years of college.

Michael was instrumental in starting a chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at the University and was the president his senior year.

Michael had one younger brother and several cousins. He was always involved with his family.

CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE MURDER

Elizabeth Zhender Turpin was Michael’s wife of five months. She had him murdered for his insurance money. She offered Karen Brown and Keith Bouchard a part of the money if they would kill him. They knocked on Michael’s apartment door about 3AM with the excuse they could not find Elizabeth and convinced him to open the door. Then Keith stabbed him 19 times while Karen held him down. They wrapped his body in a blanket and put him in a pond by the golf course.

The case was solved within two weeks and three were arrested, tried and convicted.

Elizabeth Zehnder Turpin was sentenced to Life in prison with no parole for 25 years. She is serving her time at the Women’s Correctional Facility at Pee Wee Valley, Kentucky. She married a man she met through the Internet. They were married at the prison in October 1998. Her first parole date is February 2011.

Karen Brown was sentenced to Life in prison with no parole for 25 years. She is currently serving time at the Women’s Correctional Facility at Pee Wee Valley, Kentucky. She will be eligible for parole February 2011.

Keith Bouchard accepted a plea-bargain from the prosecution and was sentenced to Life in prison. He came-up for parole in January 1994. Parole was denied and he was given a Server-Out to equal the parole date of the females in February 2011. He is serving his sentence at KCPC in Kentucky.

Turpin and Brown have both made numerous appeals. All have been denied.

The full story of the murder was written by Rena Vicini. It is titled Fatal Seduction published by Pinnacle Books.

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Michael Turpin