The unimaginable, infamous case of Pam Hupp

A tangle of lies, greed, sex, and death—and a surprise arrest


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Great article but... lets Judge Kunza Mennemeyer off too lightly. Glad to hear she is now suspended, but her inexplicable ruling in the first trial that the defense could not introduce evidence of another suspect is what allowed the terrible policing and willful ignorance of the prosecutor to delay Pam Hupp's apprehension long enough for her to kill two more people. Judge Kunza Mennemeyer's name needs to be mentioned earlier in the article as the reason for the terrible ruling. She was elected with very little experience (nice job voters of Lincoln County--just saying "tough on crime" doesn't mean someone has the skill to get killers off the street), and (word on the street is) she did everything Ms. Askey asked of her to cover for her ignorance.

Otherwise, this is a deep and engaging take on a story that needs to be told over and over until those responsible for this miscarriage of justice are properly shamed.

Zak Meh 37 days ago


I bet if Her Mothers death is investigated, they will find out, she probably not only killed her own Mother for the Money, but also because she knows her own Mother would tell the police that, she was very capable of doing something like this!

Mark Sanborn 49 days ago

Jeanette Cooperman

Fantastic Article!!! Well done!

Jan 50 days ago

Fantastic Article

I totally agree with you. This article was very well written. It gave the facts. It also gave some details to allow the reader a chance to develop a sense of each person involved. Very well done, indeed.

Dawn Terry 13 days ago

Joel Schwartz

This man is a hero. I know he gets paid to do this, but he was the one sane person in this story to see through the obvious lies, to care about the truth and to fight for justice. I would love to meet him, shake his hand and personally thank him. He is the only redeeming element in this story of corruption and incompetence.

Marty Haas 50 days ago

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

I could not agree more strongly, Marty.

Ellie 12 days ago

Great Article

This was article was great! Informative, interviews, etc.

Brenda Jarvis 50 days ago

What is it with Missouri?

I followed the Ryan Ferguson trial and exoneration and was stunned at the level of corruption involved then. This case is horrifying. Do they only send the innocent to prison in Missouri?

Wide Eyed 52 days ago

Russ Faria was the obvious suspect

Can't blame the police. Russ Faria is the one who had the biggest motive, and is the one whom Betsy had told people she was afraid was going to hurt her. Certainly Pam Hupp now appears to be the most likely one to have murdered Betsy. But that was not the case until this most bizarre killing.

Lane 65 days ago


It's obvious to look at him first. But since when is 4 witnesses identifying you somewhere else not enough evidence to look around at other suspects? Especially the psychopath who was mysteriously in line to receive the insurance payout?

Reaves 63 days ago


So tell me, oh omniscient one, who all was it that Betsy complained to that Russ was going to hurt her? I would really like to know the answers to that one since as far as I know, have seen and have read there is only one person that has ever claimed that Betsy was afraid of Russ--Pam Hupp. Hupp has no credibility. Anyone with half a brain could've seen that VERY early on....and many did. Perhaps you can tell me at what point in which trial did anyone but Pam &/or the Prosecution claim that Betsy was afraid of Russ?

Mike 63 days ago

Pam Hupp surrogate?

I've heard Pam Hupp replied to other online comments thru the years using alias's. Have to wonder if someone isn't speaking for her here....... Pam (and prosecutor) were the only ones ever to advance the story of Betsy being afraid of Russ.

Karen 63 days ago

Not So Fast

Are you nuts? The only person Betsy allegedly told she was afraid of Russ was Pam Hupp.

Amy 63 days ago


Is this you, Leah Askey?
I can't think of anyone else who would say something so outragoues.
Betsey never told anyone she was afraid of Russ-- that was a lie by Pamela Hupp, the only person who profited off of Betsey's death.
By the way, how can you sleep at night knowing this woman killed two more people?

Angelia 60 days ago


Is this you, Leah Askey?
I can't think of anyone else who would say something so outragoues.
Betsey never told anyone she was afraid of Russ-- that was a lie by Pamela Hupp, the only person who profited off of Betsey's death.
By the way, how can you sleep at night knowing this woman killed two more people?

Angelia 60 days ago


Yes, the police CAN be blamed and so can the PA. Go read the court docs from BOTH trials and watch the videos of interviews of Pam and investigators along with the PA. They all knew Pam was beneficiary of Life Insurance which made her have the biggest motive. Betsy's own brainwashed family never even said she was afraid of him. Only Pam did via allegedly planting a letter on her computer. Can't fix stupid.

Not Lane 59 days ago

Lane, Russ is inocent

Labe, how about you sign over a life insurance pilicy to Pam Hupp and let us ttack how your death story plays out? Will she put your lived one on the spot for her actions? Even when that person has evidence showing them to be elsewhere? It truly comes down to evidence before casting judgement.

Ali 27 days ago


I'm almost speechless after reading this. I can't believe how horribly this investigation was botched. Because of bad police work, the murder was lazily pinned on the husband. That narrative was only kept up because of a relationship between the investigator and the prosecutor. What a travesty of justice! Two more people died because of bad police work. My takeaway from all of this is: God help me if I ever tangle with the justice system in Missouri. Thank you to St Louis Magazine for printing this story.

Stephanie 66 days ago


Not just lazy police work, a lot of prosecutorial misconduct. Google "Leah Askey".

Reaves 63 days ago


My parents lived down the street from Pam. My old man would walk their incredibly kind and loving dog everyday past Pam's house and he said the few interactions their dog had with her he did not trust her at all. Said he growled at her every time. I don't think that dog had ever growled at anyone else but her. I trust that dog's judge if character. She was a cruel woman. To kill someone for the insurance money is cold but to stab someone one considers their friend 55 times? Messed up.

Chris 67 days ago

Murder is Evil Period

Murder is cruel period.

It all makes sense now why Pam allegedly killed her mother too. Even her own Mom knew Pam was a bad seed.

Amy 67 days ago

Great Article

Wow, I haven't seen writing like this in a news source in years. Are you writing a book on the subject? Fantastic. You, dear writer, are a gem amongst many grains of sand.

jenny niendick 67 days ago

Pam Hupp

Great article!

Amy 69 days ago

PLot Twist

this would make a really good book

bob duncan 48 days ago

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