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Larry was drafted into the U. Army during the Vietnam War and was treated as a hero upon his return. Marjorie later described him as a pervert who would wear her and her daughters' underwear and makeup, was incapable of staying monogamous , and had a mixture of jealousy and fascination with seeing her have sex with other men and women. They lived in or near New Albany throughout Melinda's childhood. Larry worked irregularly for the Southern Railway after his military service; his profession allowed him to work whenever most convenient for him.
In , Larry became a probationary officer with the New Albany Police Department, but was fired after eight months when he and his partner assaulted an African-American man whom Larry accused of sleeping with his wife. Marjorie had worked intermittently since When both parents were working, the family was financially well off, living in the upper-middle-class suburb of Floyds Knobs, Indiana.
Larry did not usually share his income with the family and impulsively spent any money he earned on himself, especially firearms, motorcycles and cars. He filed for bankruptcy in Extended family members often described the Loveless daughters as visiting their homes hungry, apparently not getting food at home. Through most of their relationship, the Loveless parents often had an open marriage. They would often visit bars in Louisville where Larry would pretend to be a doctor or a dentist and introduce Marjorie as his girlfriend.
He would also "share" her with some of his friends from work, which she found disgusting. During an orgy with another couple at their house, Marjorie tried to commit suicide , an act she would repeat several times throughout her daughters' childhoods.
After that incident, she refused him sex for a month, until he violently raped her as their daughters overheard the event through a closed door. In the summer of , after she would not let him go home with two women he met at a bar, Larry beat Marjorie so severely that she was hospitalized; he was convicted of battery.
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The extent of Larry's abuse of his daughters and other children is unclear. Various court testimonies claimed he fondled Melinda as an infant, molested Marjorie's year-old sister early in the marriage, and molested the girls' cousin Teddy from age 10 to Both older girls said he molested them, though Melinda did not admit this ever happened to her. She slept in bed with him until he abandoned his family when she was In court, Teddy described an incident in which Larry tied all three sisters in a garage and raped them in succession; however, the sisters did not confirm this account.
Larry was verbally abusive to his daughters and fired a handgun in Michelle's direction when she was seven, intentionally missing her. He would also embarrass his children by finding their underwear and smelling it in front of other family members. For two years, beginning when Melinda was five, the family was deeply involved in the Graceland Baptist Church. Larry and Marjorie gave full confession and renounced drinking and swinging while they were members.
Larry became a Baptist lay preacher and Marjorie became the school nurse. The church later arranged for Melinda to be taken to a motel room with a year-old man for a five-hour exorcism. Larry became a marriage counselor with the church and acquired a reputation for being too forward with women, eventually attempting to rape one of them. After that incident, the Loveless parents left the church and returned to their former professions, drinking, and open marriage.
In November , after Larry was caught spying on Melinda and a friend, Marjorie attacked him with a knife; he was sent to the hospital after he attempted to grab it.
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She then attempted suicide again, and her daughters called authorities. After this incident, Larry filed for divorce and moved to Avon Park , Florida.
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Melinda felt crushed, especially when Larry remarried. He sent letters to her for a while, playing on her emotions, but eventually severed all contact with her. Her mother was a fundamentalist Pentecostal Christian and her father was a factory worker with two felony convictions in the s. Tackett claimed that she was molested at least twice as a child at ages 5 and In May , her mother discovered that Tackett was changing into jeans at school, and, after a confrontation that night, attempted to strangle her. Social workers became involved, and Tackett's parents agreed to unannounced visits to ensure that child abuse was not occurring.
She demanded that the board would be burnt and that the Rippey house would be exorcised. Tackett became increasingly rebellious after her fifteenth birthday and also became fascinated with the occult.
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She would often attempt to impress her friends by pretending to be possessed by the spirit of "Deanna the Vampire". Her parents discovered the self-mutilation and checked her into a hospital on March 19, She was prescribed an anti-depressant and released. Two days later, with her girlfriend and Toni Lawrence, Tackett cut her wrists deeply and was returned to the hospital. After treatment of her wound, she was admitted to the hospital's psychiatric ward.
She was discharged on April She dropped out of high school in September Tackett stayed in Louisville in October to live with various friends. There she met Loveless; the two became friends in late November. She still spent most of her time in Louisville and New Albany, and, by December, spent most of it with Loveless.
Hope Anna Rippey was born in Madison on June 9, Her parents divorced in February , and she moved with her mother and siblings to Quincy , Michigan , for three years. She claimed that living with her family in Michigan was somewhat turbulent. Her parents resumed their relationship in Madison in She was reunited with friends Tackett and Toni Lawrence, whom she had known since childhood, although her parents saw Tackett as a bad influence. Toni Lawrence was born in Madison in February Her father was a boilermaker. She was close friends with Rippey from childhood.
She was abused by a relative at age 9 and was raped by a teenage boy at age 14, although the police were only able to issue an order for the boy to keep away from Lawrence. She went into counseling after the incident but did not follow through. She became promiscuous, began to self-harm, and attempted suicide in eighth grade. In , year-old Loveless began dating another young girl named Amanda Heavrin. After Loveless' father left the family and her mother remarried, Loveless behaved erratically. She got into fights at school and complained of depression, resulting in her receiving professional counseling.
In March , Loveless disclosed her lesbian orientation to her mother, who was initially furious but eventually accepted it. As the year progressed, Loveless' relationship with Heavrin deteriorated. Heavrin and Sharer met early in the fall semester at Hazelwood Junior High when they got into a fight; however, they became friends while in detention for the altercation, and later exchanged romantic letters.
Loveless immediately grew jealous of Heavrin and Sharer's relationship. In early October , Heavrin and Sharer attended a school dance, where Loveless found and confronted them. Although Heavrin and Loveless had never formally ended their relationship, Loveless started to date an older girl. After Heavrin and Sharer attended a festival together in late October, Loveless began to discuss killing Sharer and threatened her in public. Concerned about the effects of their daughter's relationship with Heavrin, Sharer's parents arranged for her to transfer to a Catholic school in late November.
Lawrence, while a friend of Tackett, had not previously met Loveless 16 , though Rippey had met her once before and had gotten along with her. Upon arrival, they borrowed some clothes from Loveless, and she showed them a knife, telling them she was going to scare Sharer with it. While Tackett and Lawrence had never met Sharer prior to that night, Tackett had already known of the plan to intimidate the year-old girl.
Loveless explained to the two other girls that she disliked Sharer for being a copycat and for stealing her girlfriend. Tackett let Rippey drive the four girls to Jeffersonville , where Sharer stayed with her father on the weekends, stopping at a McDonald's restaurant en route to ask for directions. They arrived at Sharer's house shortly before dark. Loveless instructed Rippey and Lawrence to go to the door and introduce themselves as friends of Heavrin Loveless' former and Sharer's current girlfriend , then invite Sharer to come with them to see Heavrin, who was waiting for them at "the Witch's Castle", or Mistletoe Falls, a ruined stone house located on an isolated hill overlooking the Ohio River.
Sharer said that she could not go because her parents were awake, and she told the girls to come back around midnight, a few hours later. The four girls crossed the river to Louisville and attended a punk rock show by the band Sunspring  at the Audubon Skate Park near Interstate Lawrence and Rippey quickly lost interest in the music and went to the parking lot outside, where they engaged in sexual activities with two boys in Tackett's car.
Eventually, the four girls left for Sharer's house. During the ride, Loveless said that she could not wait to kill Sharer; however, Loveless also said she just intended to use the knife to frighten her. Loveless hid under a blanket in the back seat of the car with the knife. Two years after her initial arrest, Arias took back her account of the "home invasion. She wanted everyone to believe that he was as amazing as they thought he was My sister is innocent of the crime they are accusing her of She did kill Travis but it was not in cold blood, it was not for revenge, it was because she was afraid for her life.
In August , Arias was granted a request by a judge to represent herself, as long as her public defenders stayed on as advisory counsel. But the judge reinstated her defense counsel after it turned out letters from Alexander, which Arias requested be admitted, were forgeries. Another surprising move in the trial, in February , Arias took the witness stand in her own defense, sticking to her third story of self-defense. And in April, juror Meliha Omanovic was dismissed after the defense claimed she'd made prejudicial comments, according to Arizona Republic.
Two other jurors were later dismissed. In May , Arias was found guilty of first-degree murder, but the jury could not reach a unanimous decision on whether to sentence her to death. On October 21, , a retrial began, with jurors hearing the same evidence. A judge declared a mistrial on March 5, , saying jurors could, again, not reach a consensus. Arias is currently at Arizona State Prison Complex and will spend the rest of her life in prison.
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In a phone call with rapper "Lefty" Williams who made a music video about her, above , Arias detailed how much "love" she receives behind bars. In October , Arias alleged in a civil suit that the head of her legal team, L. Kirk Nurmi, broke attorney-client privilege and disclosed "confidential and privileged information" for the "expressed purpose of financial gain and his own public 'redemption" in a tell-all book about her case.
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