A 24 year old widow and mother of two,Amanda Taylor shocked friends to the core when they read her graphic Instagram post following the tragic death of her estranged husband Rex,.She wrote
“Everything I did was for the right reasons. I stabbed my father-in-law to death because he destroyed my husband…””I wasn’t the perfect wife but this was one last good thing I could do.”
She followed it up with a post on her Facebook page saying, I proudly did this for Rex. I love my children but Charlie killed my husband.”
When police discovered Amanda’s father-in-law Charles Taylor, 59, stabbed to death, a massive manhunt began. Amanda was on the run and threatening to end her life to be with Rex. Through social media, Amanda was about to show the world just how dark she really was.
Amanda, from Virginia, met Rex at school. She dropped out when she fell pregnant, the couple married and had a son, followed by a daughter. But their relationship was far from conventional. Both had a fascination with violence and wrote to serial killers behind bars.
As Rex’s addictions got worse, Amanda told him she didn’t want drugs around her children and the pair separated in April 2014. Rex moved back in with his dad – by the August he was dead. He’d hanged himself in a shed on his son’s seventh birthday.
Amanda was devastated. She’d had a tough upbringing; both her parents had spent time in prison, but the suicide pushed her to the edge and she decided Charles was to blame for Rex’s suicide.
Amanda and Rex were born on the same day, March 27, and on their joint birthday in 2015, Amanda went to Rex’s graveside and tried to take her life. She survived and checked herself into hospital to get help – but despite her own protests, and objection from her mum, Amanda was released on April 1.
Three days later, Amanda went to the home of Charles with her friend Sean Ball. Charles was due to give her money for the kids for Easter but instead, Amanda stabbed her former father-in-law to death as he sat on the sofa. She made sure it happened at exactly 3.27pm to symbolise the birthday she’d shared with Rex – 3/27.
Amanda and Sean fled the scene with money from Charles’ wallet. Charles was a carer for his elderly father who was left vulnerable upstairs in bed. After the killing, Amanda posted a status on Instagram under her username brunette_bomber alongside a picture of a news report alerting members of the public that she was on the run with Sean, 32.
It was clear Amanda intended to take her own life and she wrote that Sean was now dead.
She posted a goodbye message on Instagram next to a picture of a silver revolver on her lap. “Alright… it’s about that time. I’m going to go find my husband in Hell & finally be at peace,” she wrote. “I love you mom & my beautiful crazies, I know you’ll give them the life I just couldn’t after everything… I can’t apologise ’cause I’m finally going to be free.”
Sean was found by the side of a road with life-threatening injuries. It’s alleged Amanda turned on her partner in crime, shot him and left him for dead. As he was rushed to hospital, police were able to throw spikes across the road in front of Amanda’s moving car. It punctured her tyres and she was arrested in North Carolina.
As Sean recovered in hospital, he was charged with second-degree murder. Amanda told investigators she’d used a knife because she wanted Charles to see who had killed him. She was charged with first-degree murder. Despite multiple confessions, Amanda chose to plead not guilty.
Amanda was emotionless as she received life in prison. Sean Ball awaits his own trial for murder.
Culled from Daily Record