Murderer Leads Police To Wife's Remains In Exchange For An Xbox

People have fessed up to their crimes or given over more information for various reasons - perhaps they just want out of a harsher sentence? Who knows.

But not this guy. In exchange for telling police where he buried the body he only wanted an Xbox.

Venus Stewart went missing in April 2010. Eventually her estranged husband Doug, was convicted for her murder in 2011. His conviction went through despite police never finding Venus' body.

Credit: Michigan Department of Correction
Credit: Michigan Department of Correction

Every year authorities would visit Doug in hope he would release some information about where he buried the body. They had so far been unsuccessful, as Doug maintained he had nothing to do with Venus' disappearance, until now.

This week he took detectives to the burial site - which he could easily find because of the two tree stumps he'd left as landmarks.

Doug told WWMT-TV: "I let them know I didn't want this burden on the family or even selfishly myself. I didn't want it anymore. It's a horrible pain knowing you're hurting people. Even beyond the crime you committed."

However selfless this may seem, Doug didn't tell authorities just to clear his conscience. In return for revealing the location, Doug asked for an Xbox and to be allowed to participate in certain prison programs.

Credit: Kalamazoo Gazette/MLive
Credit: Kalamazoo Gazette/MLive

He took detectives to a wooded area in Kalamazoo County where police found the remains of a body. Though tests are still being done Michigan State Police are confident the body is that of Venus.

Even though Doug has revealed the location of the body and finally confessed wholly to the crimes he was convicted of, his sentence of life in prison remains the same.

Now Venus' family can finally have the closure they desire, which is why police persisted on with asking Doug where he buried her.

Michigan State Police Detective Sgt. Todd Peterson told WWMT-TV: "The criminal portion has been closed. We just kept at it to help find closure for Venus' family.

Credit: Michigan State Police
Credit: Michigan State Police

"It was purely for them that we kept going in the hopes that someday we'd locate her remains and give her some closure."

Doug has also disclosed how he killed Venus, saying he choked her until she was unconscious, then took her to the woods, waited until she had regained consciousness and proceeded to kill her then bury her.

His conviction was based largely on the testimony of a man named Ricky Spencer who told police he'd been persuaded to impersonate Doug while he drove to Michigan.

During the trial Ricky testified: "He mentioned he was going to bury her where they wouldn't be able to dig there for over 100 years, like a national park. He said that in his will, like when he gets older, he'd have a location where she was."

Featured Image Credit: Michigan State Police

Rachael Grealish

Rachael is a NCTJ qualified journalist from West Cumbria, with a passion for news, features and journalism. Outside of work Rachael loves plenty of coffee, running and reading.

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