Married With Secrets and techniques on ID is examing the brutal homicide of Ernest ‘Ernie’ Scherer Jr. and his spouse, Charlene Abendroth, who had been killed at their house in Pleasanton, California, in 2008.
The couple’s homicide shocked their rich and unique neighborhood, and the horror solely elevated when neighbors discovered their very own son had killed them.
On the morning of March 14, 2008, the bloodied and crushed our bodies of Ernie Scherer Jr. (60) and Charlene Abendroth (57) had been discovered mendacity in a pool of blood at their house within the unique nation membership neighborhood of Castlewood.
Their decomposing stays had been found by an worker of Castlewood who had been contacted by the couple’s daughter, Catherine Scherer Grey, who turned involved after being unable to contact her mother and father.
The investigators subsequently discovered that the pajama-clad couple had been murdered per week earlier than their discovery. The couple had been stabbed shortly after getting back from dinner on the nation membership.
The police and the neighbors, who weren’t used to such horrific crimes taking place inside their neighborhood, initially suspected that the murders resulted from a theft gone horribly fallacious.
Some people pointed to Ernie’s controversial and adversarial style of coping with individuals and puzzled if he’d made himself a violent enemy. Nevertheless, the police would quickly study that the killer was lurking a lot nearer to house.
Ernie Scherer was deep in debt
The police discovered that the couple’s eldest son, Ernest ‘Ernie’ Scherer III, was in dire monetary straits and was angered when his father refused to lend him any cash.
The youthful Ernie was knowledgeable poker participant, however he had gotten himself badly into debt. However he apparently noticed a approach out of his monetary difficulties. On the loss of life of his mother and father, he stood to inherit a whopping $1.5 million.
The police had been suspicious of Sherer’s lavish way of life; in addition to mounting Las Vegas money owed, he had additionally bought an costly home in Los Angeles, he drove a elaborate sports activities automotive, and he had quite a few girlfriends with whom he appreciated to bathe with costly items.
After surveillance footage emerged, which positioned Scherer’s 2001 Convertible Camaro at his mother and father’ home on the night time that investigators suspect they had been murdered, the police determined that they had their man.
Scherer was arrested in Las Vegas in February 2009 and was charged with killing his mother and father for monetary acquire.
In March 2011, a jury in Oakland convicted Scherer of two counts of first-degree homicide. He was sentenced to life in jail with out the potential for parole.
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