Savage by name PLUS ‘I share my wife with her lover’
A FORMER military serviceman faces life behind bars after two gruesome murders.
THE human mind is an enigma. Yes, it’s responsible for all of humanity’s greatness and is possibly the single most complex thing in existence, but with that distiction comes a capacity for great evil. Thirty-five-year-old Craig Savage may have had the makings of a murderer long before he killed two people and a dog with an M-4 rifle, and his time in the military very possibly set the gears in motion. The two people he killed were in fact close to him, albeit estranged. On March 16, 2018 Craig gunned down his wife Michelle, 32, and his motherin-law, Heather Whitbread, 53. The family dog, Zeus, was also lost to the slaughter. The circumstances leading up to the murders paint a picture of a controlling man who slowly started losing his grip on reality. Craig reportedly longed for a reconciliation, but Michelle was uninterested, something that incensed him, and the measures he took to vent his rage only increased in their sinisterness. He slashed her tires, poured paint over her vehicle, menaced her with threats of revenge porn, and promised to take his own life.
But the signs of his disturbed mind had presented themselves long before. Michelle, who had spent nine years with Savage, had told others she had become fed up with what she called her partner’s ‘attitude of a teenager’, which saw him bombard her with texts daily, wanting to know where she was and with whom. An online report from February written by Mrs Savage made clear her growing fear.
“I’m concerned for my and my family’s safety as he’s becoming more and more aggressive. He is a nasty, spiteful, bitter person and I know if I stay quiet and do nothing then things can only get worse. I believe he will hurt me in any way he can, mentally or physically. I believe he wanted to either kill or hurt me, I genuinely don’t know which.”
Craig, who had served in the military force, had also displayed an horrifically cruel streak, and Michelle had stated that the ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’ with regard to her relationship with Craig had been his treatment of her dog, when she had
‘HE slashed her tires, poured paint over her vehicle, menaced her with threats of revenge porn, and promised to take his own life.’
Craig Savage being held for questioning for the murder of his ex-wife and
former mother-in-law come upon him pinning it to the ground.
On the day Michelle and her mother were murdered Craig reportedly stole the M-4 rifle from a firing range close to his home.
CCTV footage captured him that evening approaching the home of his wife and motherin-law. An emergency call to the Sussex Police Department was made by Mrs Savage’s audibly panicked sister, Raven. But it was far too late for the two women.
Mrs Savage and Whitbread were shot six and seven times respectively. Some of the wounds indicate that Savage managed to fire from a fairly close distance if not at point-blank range.
For his crimes Craig was charged with two counts of murder and one count of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
“He carried out the shooting because he had been rejected by his wife. They had separated about a month before the shooting and he was desperate for reconciliation,” Benjamin Aina, the prosecutor at Craig’s trial, said. “One of the entry wounds on each woman was accompanied by a muzzle mark. This indicates that the firearm was pressed fairly close to each woman and discharged in an execution-type manner.”
Aina also said that Savage had tried to shoot a police officer who attempted to apprehend him afterward, but the firing mechanism jammed.
“Mr Savage claimed he had planned to kidnap her and have police shoot him in front of her in a ‘cop-assisted suicide’,” Aina added.
Oddly enough, despite the evidence Savage has put in a plea of not guilty. It seems the defence intends to present to the jury that the killings were only the result of an accident after a struggle with his wife ensued during which the firearm discharged.
For all the charges, if found guilty Craig Savage could face a life-term of at least 38 years. The verdict was still pending at the time of going to print.
Michelle, 32, and her mother Heather Whitbread, 53
The murder weapon was stolen from a firing range on theday of the murders
CCTV footage captured Craig that evening approaching the home