Edward Richardson met his wife, Sarah, in 2003. Edward was a 36 year old carpenter. Sarah was a 21 year old hairdresser. The couple married in 2005 and settled in Biddulph, Staffordshire.
In 2008, the couple separated and Sarah moved in with her parents. Edward continued to contact her. Sarah ignored him.
In May, Sarah changed her Facebook status to “single.” Edward couldn’t deal with the fact that his wife was moving on.
Shortly after, a girl delivering the newspaper to Sarah’s parent’s house noticed a broken window and saw blood. She called the police.
Sarah was found murdered in her bed with more than 10 stab wounds.
Less than one hour after finding Sarah’s body, the police received a call from Edward. He claimed to have been attacked with a knife and left in the woods.
It was eventually discovered that Edward had broken into Sarah’s home while high on cocaine and killed her in her sleep. Then he tried to kill himself by cutting his own neck. When he didn’t die, but the pain was too much, he flagged down a passing motorist and asked him to call police.
Edward admitted to stabbing Sarah, but claimed amnesia of the actual attack. Police said that he seemed upset to learn that Sarah was dead.
Edward admitted that Sarah changing her relationship status on Facebook had pushed him over the edge.
Edward was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison.
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