Monster Killed His wife And Children…
What led cold-blooded killer Gregory Green to slaughter his pregnant wife, then his two daughters and two stepchildren?
In the early hours of 21 September last year, police were called to a home in Detroit. The man ringing said he’d murdered his family.
That man, Gregory Green, was waiting on the front porch when officers arrived.
He was arrested, and police discovered the most unthinkable scene.
Green’s daughters, Koi, 5, and Kaleigh, 4, were dead – killed by carbon monoxide poisoning inside a running car in a closed garage.
Gregory’s two stepchildren, Chadney, 19 and Kara, 17, had been shot in the basement.
Their mother – Green’s wife, Faith Green – was found bound with duct tape and zip ties.
Green had slashed her face and shot her in the foot before killing the older children in front of her.
This February, Gregory Green, 50, admitted killing the four children plus torturing his wife. He was later sentenced to at least 47 years in prison.
Shockingly, it wasn’t the first time Green had killed. In fact, history was repeating itself...
Twenty-five years earlier, Green had killed his wife at the time, Tonya, when she was six months pregnant.
He’d stabbed her 10 times with a steak knife, killing her and her unborn baby.
So who was Gregory Green, and what turned him into a monster capable of killing?
Green was the youngest of seven children, but little is known about his childhood.
After his first wife Tonya fell pregnant, their relationship began to fall apart.
And, in 1991, when Tonya told Green she was leaving, he stabbed her to death then calmly phoned the police.
‘I stabbed her,’ he said. ‘She’s in the kitchen.’
He claimed insanity but was actually found competent to stand trial for second-degree murder.
After stabbing Tonya, Green called his mum Tommie, saying that he wanted to die. She wrote a letter to a judge in 1992, before Green was sentenced, saying,
I said not to do it because it wouldn’t bring Tonya back and two wrongs will not make it right. He tried to kill himself anyway in jail.
Tommie even claimed her son wasn’t a violent person, pleading for him to get another chance at a new life. Her letter was one of many. Supporters asked for leniency, saying Green was remorseful, displayed ‘good moral qualities’, was a ‘very good Christian’, and not a threat to society.
One letter was from pastor Fred Harris, whose church Green had belonged to.
In 1992, Green pleaded no contest to second-degree murder, and was
He stabbed her, then calmly phoned the police
jailed for 15 to 25 years. He was paroled in 2008.
Out of prison
On release, he got together with pastor Fred Harris’ daughter Faith.
Already a single mum to Kara and Chadney, she wasn’t deterred by Green’s past.
The pair married in December 2010, and had two girls, Koi and Kaleigh.
Neighbours described the couple as quiet and hardworking. But, behind closed doors, things weren’t as cosy as it appeared.
Faith soon discovered Green had a temper – and, in 2013, she filed for a restraining order against him.
The application was denied.
She filed for divorce that same year. But neighbours said that although she and the kids moved out, they later returned.
However, Faith filed for divorce again in 2014.
Then, last year, Green killed his own children and his stepchildren.
Shooting two of them dead in front of their own mother.
Still, no-one living close by had detected any problems. So what had motivated Green?
It transpired that just days before the killings, he was served divorce papers by Faith, yet again.
The same thing that had prompted him to kill the first time.
Some wondered if he was mentally ill.
However, in October last year, Green was given a mental evaluation, which indicated he was competent to stand trial.
During sentencing in March this year, Faith Harris-green told her killer ex, ‘You are a con artist. You are a monster. You are a devil in disguise. You are now forever exposed.’
She also said, ‘Your justice will come when you burn in Hell for all eternity for murdering four innocent children, all because you were insecure.’
Green told the court, ‘…I feel bad for how this has deeply impacted everyone, and may God help them, help me, and help us all.’
Sadly, feeling bad will not bring back his victims.
Days before, he was served divorce papers...
Stepchildren Chadney and Kara Daughters Koi and Kaleigh
Faith, left, with her children Gregory Green: Ôgod help me...õ