Roy McCaleb was a 51-year-old foreman for Brown & Root, a construction company in Houston, Texas. He lived with his wife, Carolyn Sue Krizan-Wilson, 43, and her younger son and his significant other.
McCaleb met his new wife following his divorce from a 22-year marriage that only ended after the death of one of his daughters. Eager to find love, Roy, also a Korean War Veteran, met Carolyn.
They were married for two years until he was shot to death while he slept in their North Shore home.
WHAT POLICE, FAMILY, AND REPORTERS WERE TOLD
Krizan-Wilson was in the home with her husband, younger son, and his significant other when Roy was shot to death. According to Krizan-Wilson, a man who had assaulted her only 10 days earlier was responsible for her husband's murder.
Reports also state that McCaleb had also recently suffered a heart attack and he was recovering from that, also. She said she didn't want to disrupt his healing to cause any further problems.
According to Krizan-Wilson, this barefoot man had found where she lived and came in through the unlocked door where he again held her at knife point and assaulted her. He then found that Krizan-Wilson had a .38 caliber revolver under her pillow. He grabbed that gun, went to where Roy was sleeping, and shot him to death.
After hearing the shot, Krizan-Wilson came toward where the barefoot man was, bumping in to him and causing him to drop the gun. She then says that she picked up the gun and fired two shots at him as he fled.
Police say her nightgown had Roy's blood on it as well. Days without a lead turned into months and then years. Pam Nalley, Roy's daughter, called the DA assigned to the case at least once a year for updates. In 2008, a new perspective lead to the arrest of Carolyn Sue Krizan.
SUSPICIONS THAT LEAD TO HER ARREST
She was charged with bigamy because of this. She divorced the husband she married after Roy in 1990.
The suspicious regarding the life insurance money being her motive for murder was further feud by a former husband who said she was money hungry.
"The first night I talked to her in that bar, she was so sweet and innocent and lovable," said Melvin Laxon, who married Krizan-Wilson in 1976. "But after me and her and the boys got together, she was a living hell."
However, after more than two years in court proceedings, the insurance company paid out $48,000 of the policy splitting it between Krizan-Wilson ($19,000) and Roy's children ($21,000). Some money was also sent to pay the cemetery and funeral home. In the end, Krizan-Wilson did get some money following her husband's death.
The last red flag was that Krizan-Wilson's son was in the home when she was allegedly assaulted by the barefoot man and when Roy was killed, but he claimed that he didn't hear anything. Sure, he could be covering for his mom, but it seems as though his partner didn't react to help her during this altercation. Police also found no evidence of forced entry, so this became suspect as well.
"I don't understand the system. I'll never have faith in it again. I would never hurt Roy. I would never hurt my children like this," she said from the Harris County Jail.
According to James Stafford, Krizan-Wilson's attorney, she confessed to put the case behind her. She apparently suffered from a host of health issues including dementia and was just getting tired.
Krizan-Wilson has the support of her friend of 30 years, Mary LeBlanc. She said "I just can't visualize Carolyn doing that. I don't think she would hurt anybody, much less kill her husband...I think they must have made a mistake, or something somewhere is not showing up."
Krizan-Wilson didn't have to start serving her sentence until Dec. 26, giving her time to celebrate Christmas, something Roy's daughter Pam took issue with, asking "how many holidays has she taken from us?"
However, most family members were just happy to have the confession. So, at the age of 71, Krizan-Wilson headed to jail after admitting to the murder of her husband, Roy, more almost 30 years later.
3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE CASE
- Krizan-Wilson served as a civilian employee at the Houston Police Department, where two of her sons were officers.
- District Judge Kevin Fine dismissed the case against Krizan-Wilson in 2008 after her attorneys argued it had been too long to indict her on the charge. The dismissal, of course, was reversed and re-tried in 2013 when she admitted to killing him.
- No motive was actually revealed, since Krizan-Wilson continues to maintain her innocence.
If you just came to read about the case, great! That's all for today's post. If you want to know some of my theories, keep reading!
I. KRIZAN-WILSON MURDERED ROY
My No. 1 theory is that Krizan-Wilson did murder her husband Roy for the insurance money. Not to seem harsh, but something has to be wrong when you've been married more than two or three times, no matter if you are a man or a woman.
Krizan-Wilson had been married seven times by the time she admitted to the murder. She had only been with Roy for two years at this point. I do think it is possible that the life insurance money could have been taken out following Roy's heart attack and back surgery because Krizan-Wilson was worried he may die from his many health problems. However, her stories don't seem to add up.
If the barefoot man had attacked her, why wouldn't she have screamed to alert her son (who was possibly one of the police officers), his partner, or Roy know something was happening? Roy was sedated, but you get what I mean. Why was there no sign of forced entry? Why would the barefoot man go looking for Roy if he was only there for her?
I also thought her civilian employment status at the police department was fishy. Was she supporting her sons or was she just trying to keep tabs on her husband's case?
II. ANOTHER FAMILY MEMBER COMMITTED THE MURDER
I don't want to point fingers anywhere, but there were other people in the house who received insurance money following Roy's death. It is possible that someone else who was in the home or had access to it came in and committed the murder.
It is possible that Krizan-Wilson is covering for this family member to keep this person safe from jail time.
III. A DISORDER MADE HER SHOW DISINTEREST
Lastly, I think it is possible that Krizan-Wilson may have had some sort of mental disorder that would cause her to show little-to-no emotion when it came to her husband's death. No matter if she had a hand in it or not, a disorder like psychopathy or sociopathy could have clouded her emotions so she didn't seem interested or didn't seem like she cared.
Evidence for this comes from her numerous relationships and from what her former husband described her as. She seemed to be one person, but then she turned into someone else. She also didn't show any care when he did die, according to friends and reports.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post today. I want to know what you think. Was it Krizan-Wilson, a family member, or someone else? Have an opinion you'd like to share? Leave it below!
LEGAL: All photos are from Pixabay, a Creative Commons website that requires no attribution. The mug shot is from Houston Police. Arrest records such as these are generally open to the public unless they concern an active or ongoing investigation.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.