Now serving a life sentence for murder, 41-year-old Susan Wright has been named the “blue-eyed butcher” for killing her husband. In this Susan Wright wiki, we will outline the details of her crime, motive, sentence, and her expected release date.
Susan Lucille Wright was born on April 24, 1976, in Houston, Texas. She met her husband in 1997 and they married the following year. At the time, she was eight and a half months pregnant with their first child, son Bradley. A few years later, they had their second child, daughter Kailey. According to Mrs. Wright, her husband abused her and used illegal substances during the first few years of their marriage. In 2003, she made headlines in the newspapers for killing her husband.
How Did She Commit the Crime?
On Monday, January 13, 2003, according to evidence, Mrs. Wright, age 26 at the time, strapped her husband, 34, to their bed and stabbed him a minimum of 193 times using two knives. Afterwards, she dragged his body to their backyard and buried him. She attempted to paint the walls of her bedroom to clean up the scene.
She also went to the local police station the next day and reported an incident of domestic abuse, and obtained a restraining order against her husband as a means of explaining his disappearance. On January 18, Mrs. Wright called her attorney, Neal Davis, to meet her at her home. During this meeting, she admitted to stabbing her husband and burying him.
Davis passed on the information to the Harris County district attorney’s office about the location of the body, and Mrs. Wright’s confession. She turned herself in at the Harris County Courthouse and was brought to trial for murder a few days afterward.
How Did the Trial Go?
On February 24, 2004, the murder trial began. During this time, Mrs. Wright pleaded not guilty to killing her husband, using self-defense as her reasoning. Kelly Siegler, the prosecutor, portrayed her as a seductress who lured her husband, tied him to the bed, stabbed him, and buried him to get his life insurance money.
Her defense attorney depicted her as someone who suffered years of abuse at the hands of her husband, and asserted that she only killed him to protect herself and their children. Mrs. Wright also testified in an emotional defense, explaining that on the night of the incident, her husband was on a cocaine binge and beat her that day. Her mother, among others, also testified in her defense. Siegler persisted, accusing Mrs. Wright of faking her emotional testimony to gain the jury’s sympathy.
To further drive the point home, Siegler brought forth the bed from the murder scene, and used her co-counsel to demonstrate how she believed the night went. In closing, Siegler presented that Mrs. Wright was a topless dancer, and re-emphasized that she faked her testimony to gain the sympathy of the jury. The deliberations went on for five and a half hours.
What Is Her Sentence?
On March 3, 2004, Mrs. Wright was convicted of murder and sentenced to prison for 25 years. In 2005, her conviction was upheld by the Fourteenth Court of Appeals of Texas. In 2008, there was a re-appeal, and a new witness came forward with her story of abuse by ex-fiancé Jeff Wright.
A year later, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals allowed Mrs. Wright a new sentencing, and on November 20, 2010, her original sentence was reduced to 20, allowing her to be eligible for parole in 2014. She was denied parole on June 12, 2014, and again on July 24, 2017. Her next review date for parole is in July 2020.
She Was a Subject in Recent Pop Culture
Blue-Eyed Butcher, a film directed by Stephen Kay, was released on Lifetime in 2012. It depicted the life of Wright, what led her to commit her crime, and her lengthy and aggressive court hearing.
In 2014, the Susan Wright case was explored again, and compared to the true story of murderer Guy Turcotte, in a film entitled Will of Fortune. The film, by Canadian director Chloë Bellande, implied that both Turcotte’s and Wright’s actions were “crimes of passion and not a crime against humanity.” Bellande wanted to explore the reasons why Wright did what she did, and why she believes she is not a threat to society.
She was in contact with one of Wright’s family members, who gave their blessing for her to move forward with her movie. “But if you ask me, the best solution to Susan’s problems with her husband would have been to report him and leave him, but, she was too scared of his reaction and probably dangerous consequences if she did so,” she said in a 2015 interview. “Susan needed help, and she didn’t get any of it before it got too late,” she added.