Yikes! Anna Benson Was Once Charged With Murder? (w/ America's Most Wanted VIDEO)
Anna Benson, I'm sorry. I take it all back.
All the insensitive remarks about your mental stability, my repeatedly calling you not just "bat shit crazy," but the "bat shit craziest" ex-wife/girlfriend in the free world (well, actually, with you I'm including the incarcerated portion of the free world, which I realize is a bit of an oxymoron).
All the scoffing at your ill fated plan to somehow march into your soon to be ex-husband Kris' home, armed to the teeth with every weapon short of a nuclear warhead trying to procure $30,000 from him.
All the comments about just how trashy you really are, which as it turns out, is even trashier than we had thought at the apex of your finest climbs aboard the stripper pole as a teenage "performer."
All of it, I take back. I am sorry.
For truth be told, I had no idea you were capable of murder, or at the very least, issuing a cryptic order to "get rid of" someone that may have sounded like a murder order.
Last week, Anna Benson stormed into Kris Benson's Smyrna, GA home demanding money, armed to the gills, and donning a bulletproof vest. Thankfully, the only fallout from this was a darkly comical 9-1-1 call from Kris (seeking shelter in the woods nearby his home) and Anna's only phone call apparently being to the New York Post for an interview in which she predictably and psychotically said she was still in love with Kris.
It certainly could have been a whole lot worse.
And back in 1996, for Michael Evans, it was.
According to a story in the New York Daily News, Benson, under her previous name "Anna Warren," was the target of a nationwide manhunt back in 1996 in connection with the murder of the 18 year old Evans in Knoxville.
According to the story, in 1996, Warren was living in a filthy Knoxville, TN apartment with her boyfriend at the time, a 19 year old redneck piece of white trash (I'm assuming he was trashy, I mean, as you'll see, the circumstantial evidence is overwhelming) named Paul Dejongh. Like many couples, Warren and Dejongh had many hobbies, including (according to the graffiti on their apartment walls) fantasizing about cop killing ("The only good pig is a dead pig") and Satan ("666").
One night, according to witnesses, apparently fed up with Evans for some reason, Warren told Dejongh to "get rid of him," which Dejongh interpreted as "blow his brains out." Next thing we knew, the graffiti on the Knoxville apartment walls was joined by a new coat of Evans' spattered blood.
The Knoxville police obtained warrants for the arrests of Warren and Dejongh, who had hightailed it quickly out of Knoxville in a stolen 1992 red Lexus. Eventually, after five months, the police would track down Warren, and after an episode of America's Most Wanted aired to aid in the pursuit of him, they would locate and arrest Dejongh, who eventually died in prison while serving a 21 year sentence for second degree murder.
Warren was exonerated of all charges before Dejongh went to prison based in large part to the ambiguity of the statement "Get rid of him," which could have meant everything from "Ask him to leave the apartment" to "Turn him into Swiss cheese."
The authorities chose the former.
Thanks to the YouTube investigative work of Deadspin, we can relive the magic of the Anna Benson murder saga with classic video of America's Most Wanted!
Here you go:
Can we Zapruder this video? I think we can...