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Fri Aug 10, 2012, 03:35 PM

Best religious insanity defense ever? [View all]

This trial just concluded earlier this year...for those who might gripe that this happened a long time ago. I just saw it this week on one of the true-crime shows.

Basic facts: November 2010 - Rusty Sneiderman, father of two kids, was dropping off his 2-year-old son at a preschool in Atlanta.

His wife's boss, Hemy Neuman - wearing a really bad disguise - walked up and shot Sneiderman to death.

Neuman was a mild-mannered senior manager at General Electric and just about the last guy you'd suspect of being a killer.

At trial, Rusty's wife Mrs. Andrea Sneiderman said Neuman was an obsessive stalker who was madly infatuated with her. She had never reciprocated with any affection, telling Neuman repeatedly to leave her alone.

That was before some witnesses popped up who saw them sharing hotel rooms and lip-locking in bars. After Neuman's trial, Mrs. Sneiderman was arrested for possible involvement in her husband's murder.

Now let me make it clear I'm not poking fun at this case per se - it's a horrible tragedy. Two families have been devastated, since Neuman got a life sentence with no possibility of parole.

What I want to poke fun at is Neuman's defense, which is at least...original:

...Neuman believed he had been visited by an angel resembling Olivia Newton-John and a demon resembling Barry White, who told him that Sneiderman's children were his and that he needed to protect them by killing Rusty Sneiderman.

He actually tried to sell that. In court. O.J. Simpson and Mary Winkler must be kicking themselves...

http://abcnews.go.com/US/dunwoody-daycare-shooting-prosecution-rests-hemy-neuman-murder/story?id=15813712

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