2329 users online (578 members and 1751 guests)  


Websleuths News


Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 27
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    2,056

    MO - William Van Note, 67, & Sharon Dickson, 59, slain, Sunrise Beach, 2 Oct 2010

    I was surprised not to see a thread about this on here. This is a REALLY strange case.

    The golden years were shaping up nicely for accountant William Van Note.

    The 67-year-old retiree had several boats and a waterfront vacation home at central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks. He could jet off to a winter getaway on Florida's Gulf coast, and had plenty of money in the bank after a career preparing taxes and renting out downtown office space in Liberty, a country town 15 miles north of Kansas City.

    And soon, after 20 years together, he and longtime companion Sharon Dickson were going to wed, hoping that the union would be a new start after previous failed marriages.

    They never got the chance. In October 2010, an intruder shot the couple in their lake home, killing Dickson and leaving Van Note critically wounded with a gunshot wound to the head. He died four days later, after his daughter told doctors that he would prefer to die rather than be kept alive by medical intervention.

    What happened next set the stage for a unique legal case: Van Note's daughter, Susan, was accused by prosecutors of pulling the trigger and forging her father's signature on the document doctors relied on to end his medical treatment. The case, which essentially accuses her of "death by forgery," has captivated the small Missouri community since her September arrest. Legal experts say it's a case with little, if any, precedent.

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/m...death-17356073

    Her bond was set at 1 million dollars cash and she is now out of jail.

    http://www.kctv5.com/story/19750184/...e-free-on-bail

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Eugene, Oregon, United States
    Posts
    777
    I had to see WHAT "death by forgery" was. At first I was thinking maybe she did it to ease him out of his pain; that perhaps they had talked about this and he just never got around to doing the paperwork, but after reading this, and finding the neighbors said they weren't surprised, I've changed my mind. How sad.

  3. #3
    LadyL's Avatar
    LadyL is offline Sleuthing for Lonzie Barton & All Victims.
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    8,618
    is her name Susan or Liz? the linked article above calls her Liz throughout but her mugshot says Susan

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    2,056
    Quote Originally Posted by LadyL View Post
    is her name Susan or Liz? the linked article above calls her Liz throughout but her mugshot says Susan
    I was super confused when I first read the article too. Her name is Susan Elizabeth Van Note and she goes by Liz.

    Here's an article with some pictures and video--

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...6M-estate.html

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    3,121
    It seems rather strange that they're not focusing on finding the intruder who shot her father. That crime almost seems to be forgotten.

    Another issue not discussed is her father's condition after the shooting. Was he in a coma, did he have irreversible brain damage? Would he have died anyway without having life support removed?

    I'm not defending the daughter's actions, but it seems they're not focusing on the real crime.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    3,524
    Quote Originally Posted by Betty P View Post
    It seems rather strange that they're not focusing on finding the intruder who shot her father. That crime almost seems to be forgotten.
    Another issue not discussed is her father's condition after the shooting. Was he in a coma, did he have irreversible brain damage? Would he have died anyway without having life support removed?

    I'm not defending the daughter's actions, but it seems they're not focusing on the real crime.
    BBM

    It says they're accusing her of pulling the trigger, and then forging the document to stop life support. Why not just charge wher with murder?
    Van Note's daughter, Susan, was accused by prosecutors of pulling the trigger and forging her father's signature on the document doctors relied on to end his medical treatment.<SNIP>
    Every murderer is someone's old friend ... Agatha Christie

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    San Diego
    Posts
    32,579
    Photos of victims and accused daughter.

    Daughter Murdered Dad with Fake Document to Remove Life Support: Authorities

    http://www.people.com/people/article...636342,00.html

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    7,020
    I was wondering why they hadn't charged her for the murder of the GF but saw this in the OP article:

    She has pleaded not guilty, and if convicted could face a lengthy jail sentence or the death penalty. She has not been charged in the death of her father's girlfriend; prosecutors say they are pursuing the cases separately.

    Friends of both victims and the suspect describe a troubled father-daughter relationship weakened by the divorce of Susan Van Note's parents three decades ago. The couple had two children, but William Van Note's only son and namesake died as a teenager. They are now buried next to each other.
    I imagine his upcoming marriage had a lot to do with this also...she wouldn't inherit as much....

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    2,056
    Quote Originally Posted by Confusion View Post
    BBM

    It says they're accusing her of pulling the trigger, and then forging the document to stop life support. Why not just charge her with murder?
    She is being charged with murder, first-degree. From the article in the OP--

    Susan Elizabeth Van Note, who goes by Liz, is a 44-year-old attorney who specializes in end-of-life issues, and advertised herself for offering "compassionate representation of clients." She's jailed on a $1 million cash bond, facing charges of felony forgery and first-degree murder.
    Also, two other people are being charged with second degree murder in the case. They're accused of acting as witnesses to the forgery.

    http://www.kansascity.com/2012/09/10...ers-death.html

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    63° 22'N 32° 17'W (It's In The Abyss.)
    Posts
    3,455
    That is a really bizarre crime. It almost looks like something out of a movie.




    HMS Hood
    Mighty Hood
    Pennant Number: 51
    Motto: Ventis Secundis ("With Favourable Winds")
    May 15, 1920-May 24, 1941


  11. #11
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Posts
    20,744
    http://www.kansascity.com/news/state...le2228512.html

    A Missouri lawyer accused of killing her father and his girlfriend and later forging documents to become personal representative of her father’s estate has been ordered to remain in jail until she repays part of money from the estate that she spent on herself...

    The estate had an estimated value of $1.6 million, according to court records. Van Note’s powers as personal representative were suspended on Sept. 17, 2012, after she was charged with her father’s murder...

    Van Note’s criminal trial is scheduled to begin February 17 in Laclede County.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Posts
    20,744
    http://www.lakeexpo.com/news/lake_ne...db4d40452.html

    A Lee’s Summit woman charged with murdering her father and his girlfriend is scheduled for trial next month, after the judge declared a mistrial last summer.

    Susan Elizabeth (Liz) Van Note, charged in 2012 with the 2010 deaths of her father William Van Note and his long-time companion, Sharon Dickson, is scheduled to stand for trial on Feb. 6, 2017, in Laclede County Circuit Court in front of Judge Kenneth Hayden.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Location
    East Tennessee
    Posts
    3,876
    Wow, what an unbelievable story! How could she? Her parents had been divorced for 30 years! I guess she was good until he decided to get remarried. Blows my mind, an attorney forging living will documents.
    "If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it."
    - John Irving in A Prayer for Owen Meany

    Unless I provide a link or refer to a specific link, all my ramblings are theories, speculation, scenarios based on what info is available and my own unique life experiences.

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    3,516
    Van Note trial starts today with jury selection

    http://www.lakenewsonline.com/news/2...jury-selection

    The double-murder trial of Susan Elizabeth Van Note is set to get underway Monday morning with jury selection beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Laclede County Circuit Court.

    Two weeks of trial have been scheduled for the weeks of Feb. 6 and 13 after both sides agreed to proceed during a pre-trial conference last month via telephone under Judge Kenneth Hayden.

    Van Note, who was a Lee's Summit lawyer, is accused of killing her father William Van Note, 67, and his girlfriend Sharon Dickson, 59, on Oct. 2, 2010 at her father's lakefront Sunrise Beach home.

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Posts
    20,744
    http://www.lakenewsonline.com/news/2...-other-suspect

    The disputed relationship, or lack thereof, between Susan Van Note and her father William Van Note was the subject of opening statements by the prosecution and defense team Tuesday morning in the second day of the double-homicide trial...

    Gilley described William Van Note as a wealthy businessman and someone Susan did not get along with. He described their relationship as "volatile" and said the jury would hear conversations between Susan and investigators where she referred to her father as an "*******, jerk, and obnoxious" and that she "actively avoided" him...

    Defense attorney Tom Bath described the relationship much differently and said investigators failed to track down additional leads, while focusing their investigation on Susan.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast


Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 686
    Last Post: Today, 01:41 PM
  2. GUILTY FL - Felicia Brown, 25, & her two kids slain, Palm Beach County, 2010 & 2011
    By Cubby in forum Recently Sentenced and Beyond
    Replies: 230
    Last Post: 01-10-2016, 07:48 PM
  3. GUILTY MO - Donnie, 64, Sharon, 61, & Taron Luetjen, 15, slain, Camp Cole, 7 June 2009
    By Kathee in forum Recently Sentenced and Beyond
    Replies: 128
    Last Post: 05-18-2015, 12:10 PM

Tags for this Thread