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Jennifer Vordermann WI 08-18-2008

Jennifer Vordermann, 24

WI, Edgerton, Rock Co.

August 18, 2008

Jennifer was shot in the back by her husband, Shaun Vordermann, 25 who then committed suicide. Married less than a year, she had been in the process of moving out. Shaun was described as an obsessively jealous man who often made threats of suicide. Jennifer’s mother reported that Shaun had been stalking Jennifer for months, using telephone tracking devices and finding her if she did not answer his calls.

Four days before the couple was found dead, Jennifer’s mother had contacted police because of text messages Shaun was sending and her fears for the couple’s safety. Police made contact with Shaun, but they did not take him into custody or take possession of any weapons. Within a couple of days, Shaun was sending messages to Jennifer and her family threatening to kill himself with his gun. Jennifer had gone to a nearby town to get away from him, but called police upon receiving the messages. Shaun briefly barricaded himself in their home, resulting in police ordering him out of the house at gunpoint and arresting him. He told police that he was only trying to get Jennifer’s attention because she had left and would not return his calls. Police called Jennifer back to the residence to secure the couple’s dogs and verify Shaun’s statements. Shaun disclosed that there was a gun and ammunition in the home and police removed it and asked Jennifer to lock it in the trunk of her car.

Police took Shaun to a crisis intervention facility for a mental health evaluation and he was released a few hours later to the custody of his sister. Shaun returned home and police found the bodies less than twenty-four hours later, after a call from Jennifer’s mother when Jennifer did not call for a ride to work. Shaun killed Jennifer and then himself after retrieving the gun from the trunk of the car. He had made numerous threats to kill himself.

Source: - End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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