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Dark plan: Ohio woman pleads guilty to killing boyfriend before shooting herself in fake robbery

Although a formal sentence has not yet been announced for Frazier, she is expected to face life in prison for her horrendous acts

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Frazier | Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office

March 20, 2024 2:39pm

Updated: March 21, 2024 9:58am

In Ohio, a 36-year-old woman identified as Deborah L. Frazier pleaded guilty to murder, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse in connection with the death of her boyfriend, Thomas Waddell.

The drama unfolded on August 10, 2023, when authorities received an emergency call from Frazier, who claimed that two thieves had entered her boyfriend's apartment and shot her in the leg before escaping. However, upon arriving at the scene, the agents discovered a macabre scene. Waddell's body was wrapped in a blanket and garbage bag in the back room of the apartment with obvious signs of having been murdered hours before the 911 call to the police.

An exhaustive investigation revealed a number of inconsistencies in Frazier's account. Contrary to what he claimed, the apartment was tidy and there was no evidence of a robbery. The autopsy also determined that Waddell had been murdered around 9:00 p.m. from the previous day, which refuted the defendant’s version about the alleged thieves.

But the plot becomes even more twisted: Frazier was in a relationship with another man, whom she manipulated into participating in her Machiavellian plan. Using false identities and fraudulent emails, Frazier orchestrated a ruse to get close to Waddell and ultimately carry out his crime. Financial records revealed that Frazier shared a joint account with the victim and that his balance had been significantly reduced, so there appears to be a financial motive behind the crime.

The forensic search of Frazier's phone shed even more light on his intentions, revealing inquiries about firearms and murder techniques. The woman's DNA found at the crime scene corroborated her guilt, and in the statement of facts she described in chilling detail how she executed her boyfriend in cold blood in her own living room.

Although a formal sentence has not yet been announced for Frazier, he is expected to face life in prison for his horrendous acts. Muskingum County Deputy Prosecutor John Litle assured that justice will be sought for the victim and that everything possible will be done to make Frazier pay for her crime.