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    Patrick Selepak murder

    I remember them chasing him and his girlfriend for this, it was a local crime here, but still infamous (least here)

    http://www.accessmylibrary.com/article-1G1-145520929/selepak-details-string-slayings.html



    Byline: Joe Swickard

    May 9--Fred Johnson offered Patrick Selepak an easier way out -- a chance to end his bloody run with only two killings on his hands -- by surrendering to a traffic cop parked just down the road from his home.

    "What are you thinking?" Selepak said he asked the man who had befriended him, giving him a place to stay while on the lam. "With killing, there's no going easier. There's only one sentence -- the rest of your life in prison."

    And then, when Johnson tried to flee, Selepak shot him twice and choked him to death.

    On Monday, the day before he planned to plead guilty in Genesee County Circuit Court to first-degree murder in Johnson's Feb. 21 slaying, Selepak spoke to the Free Press in his first media interview about the deadly spree that took the lives of Johnson and a New Baltimore couple.

    "I want to apologize to everybody whose life I contacted," he said by phone from the Genesee County Jail. "There's no excuse for the things I did. I want to own up and plead guilty."

    Law enforcement officials said Selepak's story, told by an ex-con described as a skillful manipulator and smooth liar, is a slick mix of fabrications and self-serving justifications, held together with a minimum of fact.

    "There is nothing he can say…

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    Re: Patrick Selepak murder

    They sound like a lovely couple.

    http://rickyhollandvanished.facesofthemissing.org/category/murdering-couples/patrick-selepak/

    The picture to the left contains three pairs of accused murderers currently facing trials in the state of Michigan.

    The first pair, 19-year-old Samantha Bachynski and 20-year-old Patrick Selepak stand accused of the brutal murder of three people, one a pregnant woman.

    Below is a quote from a story written by Detroit Free Press Staff Writer Steve Neavling:

        “…According to police, in her confession, Bachynski said she helped torture Scott Berels and strangle his pregnant wife Melissa on Feb. 15 in the victims’ New Baltimore home

        The 19-year-old woman, who had no history of violence, played an equal role in the killings, police said. “He was the one who made the plans, and she went along with what he wanted her to do,” Stevens said. “And if it was to participate in the killings, then she would. She was in love with him. She believed that he was going to provide for her.”

        Bachynski’s role in the murders is the latest detail to emerge from last week’s confessions, which police say were made with little emotion and no bargains.

        “They were not distraught,” Stevens said. “Their concern was that they were going to spend the rest of their lives in jail, and she was concerned about what her family thought about her.”

        Police say Selepak was the first to confess.[...]”

    Samantha met Patrick on the internet last summer. They became engaged in January of this year; it did not take too long after the engagement for their crime spree to begin. Police believe they stole a gun the day of their engagement from Gibraltar Trade Center in Mt. Clemens. They then went on to rob an individual at gunpoint and a sporting goods store.

    According to the article people have said that prior to meeting Patrick, Samantha was a shy girl who slept with teddy bears. She had no history of violence.

    Samantha and Patrick face life in prison for the charges relating to the confession and additional charges are pending for the murder of a man in Genesee County. It is believed that man was shot to death because he realized the two were wanted for the murder of the married couple. That man’s body was found frozen in the bed of his pickup truck.
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    Re: Patrick Selepak murder

    http://detnews.com/article/20061122/METRO/611220354/Bachynski-gets-4-life-terms

    Bachynski gets 4 life terms
    Relatives berate her for her part in murders of Melissa and Scott Berels of New Baltimore.
    George Hunter / The Detroit News

    MOUNT CLEMENS -- Sara Katsavrias glared at the woman who helped kill her son and daughter-in-law.

    "You are a cold-blooded murderer," she said to Samantha Bachynski, who sobbed loudly and did not turn to face her accuser.

    "I thank God you will be spending the rest of your very long and miserable life in prison."

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    After emotional statements from her victims' families, Bachynski was sentenced Tuesday to four life sentences for the Feb. 15 murders of Scott and Melissa Berels of New Baltimore. But family members said they will spend the rest of their lives in anguish.

    Macomb Circuit Judge Richard Caretti sentenced Bachynski to two life terms for premeditated murder and to life terms for kidnapping and assault on a pregnant woman with intent to cause stillbirth or miscarriage.

    Melissa Berels was 10 weeks pregnant when she died.

    Before the sentencing, members of the Berels family angrily addressed Bachynski, who wailed loudly throughout the proceeding.

    "I'm sure even to this day you cannot even begin to understand what you took away from us that night in February," Katsavrias said.

    Before Caretti handed down his sentence, he also had harsh words for the sobbing Bachynski.

    "The English language is devoid of words to adequately describe your evil actions," he said.

    A jury last month found Bachynski guilty of murdering the couple inside their New Baltimore home. Bachynski's fiance, Patrick Selepak, previously pleaded guilty to the murders and is serving several life sentences.

    Bachynski, 20, and her attorneys maintained that Selepak killed the couple and that she only assisted out of fear for her life.

    "I don't know what to say anymore," Bachynski wept, never turning away from the judge's bench to face her victims' relatives.

    "Patrick (Selepak) is a horrible person," she said. "I didn't want those people to die. It's not fair I should have to do prison time." When Bachynski made the last statement, family members shook their heads in disbelief.

    Katsavrias said she was thankful Bachynski will never have an opportunity to have children.

    "How could you have thought your so-called fiance really cared about you? He didn't; he was only using you," she said.

    "What a miserable fool you were -- and still are. You have no idea what love really and truly is, and you probably never have," Katsavrias said. "Otherwise, you might have thought about your actions before committing them.

    "There is no love in the place you'll be going. Life in prison is exactly what you deserve."

    Authorities also accuse Bachynski of helping Selepak kill Winfield "Fred" Johnson on Feb. 21 in his Vienna Township home. The couple met Johnson in a Flint bar.

    Bachynski's trial in the Johnson murder case is expected to begin Dec. 5 in Genesee County Circuit Court. Selepak already has pleaded guilty to that murder.

    Steven Katsavrias, Scott Berels' stepfather, said Bachynski and Selepak were trying to emulate the notorious 1930s criminal couple Bonnie and Clyde.

    "You decided to go down in history as the Bonnie of this deadly duo," he said. "Sadly, for all concerned, that was a decision with life-and-death consequences."

    From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20061122/METRO/611220354/Bachynski-gets-4-life-terms#ixzz0fcnFvK9Z
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    Re: Patrick Selepak murder

    Wow DS you're right they are a fabulous couple.  Something about his 'apology' sounds so phoney and self serving. She sounds only sad because she has been caught and is taking no responsibility. Neither sound a damn bit remorseful.

    Glad to know they will be rotting in prison.

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    Re: Patrick Selepak murder

    they were featured on Wicked Attraction on discovery ID channel this week, so I had to add em to this.

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