'Til Death

Why did this gay-rights activist stab her wife with a screwdriver 222 times?

Carol drove Jessica's car, with Jessica stuffed in the back, to the parking lot where it was found — at some point leaving a broken cigarette on the back seat to throw off the police. (Though Jessica relished the occasional expensive cigar, she detested cigarettes.) Then Carol walked home two miles in the rain and began cleaning. She wiped the weapon clean and put it away. She mopped up all the blood in the garage (except for the drop Martinez saw). She stripped down, ran around back to the cabana bathroom (so as not to track blood through the house), washed herself, then washed that bathroom. She got dressed and drove a mile in the opposite direction of the car and dropped Jessica's keys and wallet in a rough neighborhood near the corner of Gateway and Seacrest Boulevard. Later, she moved carpets over the spots in the garage where the most blood had been and put furniture over the carpets.

Then Carol made herself a snack, worked on her résumé a bit, and waited.

After she got the call that Jessica's wallet had been found, she called 911 with a panicked voice. She paced through the house while on the phone, her heels clicking down the seconds before her life unraveled. She spent most of that evening talking with police and, later, going on about how worried she was to a neighbor. "Where could she be?" she said again and again, still pacing. "I don't know where she is."

Burger was a scuba diving instructor and freelance writer.  She had a fiery temper.
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Burger was a scuba diving instructor and freelance writer. She had a fiery temper.
A software executive, Jessica Kalish is remembered as gregarious and successful.
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A software executive, Jessica Kalish is remembered as gregarious and successful.

The morning of October 24 — after police had discovered Jessica's body but before the information was made public — Danielle Dubetz, a reporter with WPTV-TV Channel 5 at the time, went to the house with her cameraman and spoke with Carol, seeking an update on the previous night's missing-persons story. Carol answered the door in her bathrobe and looked like she hadn't slept in three days. She agreed to email photos of Jessica but asked not to appear on camera. As they left, Dubetz noticed something especially odd: As Carol had repeated over and over I don't know where she is. Where could she be? — the supposedly grieving woman wasn't making eye contact.

"Normally people are in such distress," Dubetz remembers, "they stare at you in your eyes and it just cuts you to your core. We're the first people there, and they're pleading for help. She was asking for help, but she wasn't looking at me at all. It was so strange."

At some point between 11:30 a.m., when the reporter left her house, and 2:30 p.m., when police arrived, Carol brought her .38-caliber pistol to the dining room table in its case. She loaded the gun and walked out back by the pool, shaded by the screened enclosure extending from the house. She removed her flip-flops and reading glasses and placed them gently on the glass patio table. Wearing only a bathrobe and panties, she looked at herself in the mirrored sliding door and placed the gun under her chin.

Nobody heard the shot. The bullet left a hole in the top of the screen.


When police found Carol's body, they noticed an odd, deep, L-shaped abrasion on her knee. It looked fresh, but they couldn't think of what might have caused such a wound. But when they examined the garage, they noticed that a large, metal Coleman toolbox had one drawer sticking out slightly. The shape of the drawer matched the wound exactly. Detectives concluded that Carol must have been running at the car when it pulled in, and she knocked her leg on the drawer's metal lip. Perhaps that was what pushed her over the edge. That drawer contained three Phillips-head screwdrivers.

After the sad incident, some observers suggested that the story of Jess and Carol highlighted the need for across-the-board legal recognition of civil unions and same-sex marriages. "It's very messy for us to get disentangled," says Elizabeth F. Schwartz, a Miami-based family attorney specializing in same-sex issues. "This is one example of many of a couple that entered into a marriage and then couldn't get themselves out of it. When the kind people of Massachusetts grant you the right to marry but Florida won't recognize those marriages, it can make getting a divorce very difficult. Certainly the answer is not to kill your ex, but it does remind us that the consequences can be grave when we don't have a legal and appropriate way out."

As details of the murder-suicide trickled out, the crime captivated the public. Not only was it remarkable in its brutality — the number 222 served as an inescapable representation of one woman's immense pain and anger — but perhaps more shocking were the demographics involved: two married, post-menopausal, educated lesbians.

Still, what happened with Carol and Jessica echoed so many other cases of domestic violence: Tension built and built until the relationship, and the lives of the participants, came to a horrible, climactic end. Beyond the luxury cars, the beautiful house, and the high-profile careers, they were not impervious to the stresses of a sour relationship, worries over money, or the desperate pains of mental illness.

And in that way, Carol and Jessica were just like everyone else.

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mia30
mia30

just because its to ladys means nothing , it was a guy and girl no one would care. as u can see one of the woman did not want to be in the relationship, and the other could not accept being left .so really it come to " if I cant have u no one will" and that's pretty normal isn't it!! you hear about it all the time. so really no difference. and all u people who think its wronge, y is love so wronge? u cant help who u love, man or woman married or not and don't say that it doent happen cause it does


kfrasu
kfrasu

Are you all crazy? You actually think that because they were lesbians, that the lifestyle is the reason for the murder suicide?  I hear about heterosexual murder suicides every other day so I don't know what you're talking about.  Get with it idiots. 

Caniggia
Caniggia

What a load of bullshinkle this story is trying to portray crazy obsessive behaviour as normal.. lesbians are evil thats what I can tell.

Trying to push the gay marriage agenda makes me sick and even with this glaring evidence of how wrong it would be they turn it like having a marriage would've made it better? haha!

totallycommon
totallycommon

Can't say I am surprised...a couple of degenerates and the one snaps....nothing normal about two women marrying one another.....sad and sick story of two people that were obviously very sick!

Ewwww
Ewwww

Typical lesbian behaviour, I dont see anything weird or even a little strange here. People really need to understand how screwed up these people are, they are dangerous, obviously.

RhodeIslandRedhead
RhodeIslandRedhead

Really, really sad and tragic.  But how could same sex marriage save this couple?  Just because they got married in one state and couldn't get divorced-what's that got to do with the price of tomatoes?  They were fully aware that same sex marriages weren't legal in their state.  How could legalized divorce save this couple?  It doesn't save lots of other heterosexual marriages in which there is abuse or one of the spouses won't let it go and move, and so they kill the other partner.  That comment holds no water and is ridiculous.  It doesn't matter if you are straight or gay/lesbian.  If the other person is crazy and is hell bent on killing you, sexual orientation and whether perhaps they could legally get a divorce probably wouldn't of changed the outcome.  It is a really sad and horrible thing to happen.  I've heard of horrible murders, but this takes the cake.  May everyone involved rest in peace.

Nancy
Nancy

Just another example that people are people, regardless of sexual orientation. However, I'm still uncertain whether leftists can be regarded as human.

Megan Lynn Kautz
Megan Lynn Kautz

No wonder people kill each other in this world. People like you make other people feel its ok to kill no matter who it is its a life and no one should get a right to take it away 

Lynb362002
Lynb362002

She wrote for the huffingtonpost .com????LMAO! I knew those people were all nuts!

Alan
Alan

 the number 222 served as an inescapable representation of one woman's immense pain and anger"

It it were a man I guess we'd call it the inescapable representation of men's claim to dominance and voilence against women...

In truth lesbian relationships are well documented to have higher rates of violence than heterosexual ones.

Sue
Sue

I find it so humorous that the most ignorant people on here seem to be unable to read since they think Carol Burger should be sentenced to life in prison.    Since she is DEAD as well, it is apparent they didn't read the article to the end, or that they but still jumped in with their comments.  

It is always those with the least to say... that say it the loudest. 

While this story is certainly universal... and happens to both hetero and gay couples... it IS an example of why we need to insure that all American's are afforded the SAME rights.  Perhaps if they had been able to divorce more easily... they would be living happy lives today.

Julia
Julia

I think they should give her two consecutive life sentences, hey people this was a viscous ruthless murder involving a mentally deranged control freak of a woman, It almost sounds like most of you are sympathizing with this monster that killed someones daughter that they loved and cherished very much, and condone what she did, MURDER!!!. What a double standard people have, and a bias, and stereotyping, and prejudice against select others in similar circumstances. I wonder how it would have been written for man that did that to a woman and how the readers would have responded to that ? :(

Lwilt13
Lwilt13

Typical of a relationship gone bad where one can accept the rejection. Nothing to do with sexual orientation.

The Watcher
The Watcher

Wow...222 times with a screw driver, well I was always told if you were going to do something put in the effort and do it right .. just another example of.two sick deviates, love the part about going up to the new Neighbors and declaring they are gay in front of the children and hanging the Flag upside down ..Burger just took out the trash and the police will take care of the other half of this loving relationship..lol At least berger will have all the carpet she can munch in prison...lol But it is florida so maybe the needle will apply...

reb
reb

lovey - "thats why you dont mess with girls if your a girl, women are very controlling and possesive (RUN)"

Yeah and men aren't.

pfffttt

LOVEUYH
LOVEUYH

thats why you dont mess with girls if your a girl, women are very controlling and possesive (RUN)

M. Johanneson
M. Johanneson

This story is the wet dream of every intellectual everywhere. Both the fundamental premise as well as the gory details of the story are so riddled with cliche that it could be studied as a microcosm of modern social dysfunction - cause AND effect. And that's not even getting started on the irony. Mmmm - sweet, DELICIOUS irony. In a world where demanding freedom from responsibility for one's psychoses is the new "black," I say we eagerly grant equal rights to stab one's domiciliary companion to death - just like any other dysfunctional human being possessed by the passionate throes of extreme denial might do at any given time. I wish this murder had occurred and been published before I had finished my dissertation...

clarissa
clarissa

Carol was clearly unstable and had violent tendencies. Sexuality has absolutely nothing to do with this story.

Caniggia
Caniggia

@Nancy No. Lesbianism leads into too much evil in this world it's just not reported or investigated as it would destroy the whole Feminist house of cards. They're really screwed up people in their heads.. possessive obsessive and playing mind games with others heads .. nasty nasty.

hicusdicus
hicusdicus

People killing  people is mans oldest tradition. I don't make anybody do anything except maybe you. In any bad situation you would the first victim. All homosexuals are emotionally unbalance people. A lot of them will admit it. Apparently you are of that emotionally distraught  group. Don't try to justify it just go with the flow. I don't really care what you do or think..The only rights you have are the ones you take for your self. Oh yes! I would never have a queer as a loved one I make better choices than that. A dog would make a more reliable companion.

hicusdicus
hicusdicus

 Rights have nothing to do with murder. People kill when they feel it is necessary or it just floats their boat. You seem rather naive.

guest
guest

How sad that the loss of life seems like something to celebrate to you.  

Piperlee
Piperlee

Very sad story. Like any murder-suicide anywhere, a tragedy. Especially so in this case where these women and gays in general are subjected to the sick and sickening hatred of people like Queers.

Caniggia
Caniggia

@Alan And the Feminazis would never want that truth to be told as they are exactly the same - hatred filled lesbian screw ups.

Caniggia
Caniggia

@Sue Idiot they were not married since lesbos cannot marry they could've just separated and be done with it but they were too deranged and playing mind games over each other, not trusting (who would trust a crazy lesbo) having that typical possessive obsessive sickness dictating their actions.. better they both ended up dead so in the end good riddance.

hicusdicus
hicusdicus

The sheriffs assoc. says the most horrendous crimes are usually homosexual based. Gays just naturally start out more emotionally frayed than the average person.

Lynb362002
Lynb362002

Give two life sentences to a dead woman??? Why not finish reading the article, then pop off...idiot.

Caniggia
Caniggia

@Lwilt13 Bollocks it had everything to do with the "orientation" aka "lifestyle" choice - yes I said it _choice_

Idiot131
Idiot131

@The Watcher   Clearly, you're lacking reading comprehension skills...both women are dead.  Try reading the entire story before commenting next time.

hicusdicus
hicusdicus

The blood flows when the dyke breaks. She should have kept her finger in the hole.

Julia Wissert
Julia Wissert

Maybe you should have considered a dissertation on extreme narcissism and looked closer towards home. Wishing a murder had occurred earlier to benefit your own selfish needs, is despicable, It indicates some serious concerns regarding mental wellness, PhD, Dr, or whatever  label you prefer to let the world know you have achieved, is also disturbing in that it indicates very low self esteem and self worth.  Good luck in your issues with self esteem deficits, and your attempts at helping others. Sometimes working through others problems, provides guidance and resolution in ones self.  

hicusdicus
hicusdicus

Queers are sick, sounds close to perfect to me.

hicusdicus
hicusdicus

It helped clean up the gene pool.

Idiot131
Idiot131

@Caniggia  You clearly didn't read the article.  They got married in Massachusetts in 2005, as soon as Mass made it legal.   Read before commenting and proving yourself to be the real idiot.  

Caniggia
Caniggia

@Lynb362002 I had to force myself to read it to the end as it was obviously written by someone who wanted to push the (gay) lesbian agenda and it was too obviously trying to portray crazy behaviour as "acceptable", explaining everything thru "emotions" rather than calling an obvious crazy murderer what she was, a murderer.. Furthermore trying to make a possessive obsessive murderer a "victim" .. just distasteful bollocks. But you're probably a lesbo so you liked it.

NotBrainWashed
NotBrainWashed

@Julia Wissert Julia, Julia, Julia.  That's not what he said.  

You are showing yourself up to be a nutcase.

Caniggia
Caniggia

@Avarielle Yes you're correct - homosexuality is a choice - a choice of degenerates, screw ups and mind gamers.

NotBrainWashed
NotBrainWashed

@Avarielle You need to practice what you preach.

Homosexuality is a serious mental illness.  They are 40 TIMES more likely to kill each other (note the overkill).  The females are 60 TIMES more likely. These people (and Magnotta ad Berkowitz and Dahmer and Nielsen) are seriously deranged, just look at their evidenced actions.  They are a serious danger to society.

The problem is not them (or any other mental patient).  The problem is those who control society, making homosexuality "normal", taking it of the manual of mental diseases by political, not scientific, means. So now there is an explosion of homosexuality and paedophilia in society. We need to make society safe for our children.

Don't you dare bring God into it.  He has pronounced against homosexulity (and all their perverse activity) very clearly.  God does not ask us to love the devil.

Ewwww
Ewwww

Let me tell you something, during over three decades I have never met a lesbian who wasn`t completly insane and full of hate. Not one. Two of them tried to kill me and the rest just treated me like trash. So you tell me, why should I give a shit about a couple of filthy, insane lesbians? Huh? Can you answer that? When they respect me I`ll start to respect them, I tried but got nothing but hate and shit in return, most of them hate men more then you can imagine. So until they pull their heads out of their girlfriends asses and start to behave and respect people they can all go to hell for all I care.

Ewwww
Ewwww

I agree. I have never met a lesbian who didn`t treat me like trash. And let me just point out that I never did anything to disrespect them, nothing, I was polite. But still just my presence seem to bring out the demon in them, two of them tried to kill me, ok?  If thats not a  good point then nothing is. I`ll never trust a lesbian, never, they are full of hate and they are dangerous, if I meet one now I just walk away, fast. 

hicusdicus
hicusdicus

I have met plenty of homosexuals and the female ones are the worst. They seem more full of hate than the males. As far as people judging me that's in your frame of reference not mine. Not all heterosexuals are emotionally unbalanced but ALL Homosexuals are. That is one of the reasons they are the way they are. As far as Jesus goes, just another human delusion that helps people pass the time until they die.

Avarielle
Avarielle

You're STILL adding your inane comments to this article/commenters? It's now almost three years old.

We get it, you didn't like homosexuals.You still lack general human compassion/decency three years later.

These women are dead but you kept obsessing over their sexuality.  Almost three years later and you still can't stop obsessing over what they did when they were alive.

Your comments had the brilliance of a prepubescent boy engaged in school yard taunting. Almost three years later, your intelligence is still as stagnant.

So much hatred and so many vile words for women you never even met.So much wasted time and energy over the past three years.

You're wasting your life being so judgemental and close-minded.Imagine the things you might have accomplished if you hadn't wasted THREE YEARS of your life blaming your bigotry on God.

"Love one another, as I have loved you." and "Judge not, lest ye be judged."After three years, do you still really not get that Jesus was speaking to all Christians (yes, even you)?

People judge you by your actions and words.Three years later, the same standard applies.

You can harden your heart and spread hate or have some compassion and speak with love. And no, you don't have to agree with homosexuality. You can still act like a decent person. You don't have to agree with gay marriage. You can still be sad for the loss of human life. You don't have even care about gay rights. You can still think of how you'd want someone to treat/speak of your loved ones if one of them had been one of these women.

Your life - look at your choices.

Idiot131
Idiot131

@Caniggia  It must be absolutely ruining your very futile existence right now that gay people are getting rights and making headway in being accepted.  You are pitiful.  I feel sorry for you.  Those of us who are thinking individuals know that our straight relationships and marriages are not at all affected by two gay strangers gaining the right to marry.  Pull your head out, many more important things exist to worry your little tiny brain.

 
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