In January 2012, a sleepy town in Tennessee woke up to the information of a terrible double homicide. The targets were Billy Payne and Billie Jean Hayworth, a young couple who lived together. They had been fired right in the face after being attacked. The most awful part of the entire circumstance was that when the bodies had actually been discovered, their 7-month old child boy was located in the area, covered in his mommy’s blood but otherwise unscathed.
As the authorities investigated the cold-blooded murders, a quite intricate story of cyber-bullying, catfishing, jealousy, and also love came to light. A tale at the facility of which was a protected girl called Jenelle Potter.
Who is Jenelle Potter?
Jenelle relocated to Mountain City, Tennesse in 2005 as well as due to inadequate wellness, she had actually always led a protected life with her parents. The overprotective parents, Marvin as well as Barbara Potter, did not allow Jenelle to avoid late or drive or perhaps have sweethearts. So when Jenelle, then 34, befriended a pharmacy clerk– Tracy Greenwell– and also began dating her brand-new pal’s relative Jamie Curd, she maintained her relationship a trick from her parents.
Although she was dating Jamie, Jenelle apparently had a crush on Tracy’s sibling Billy Payne. The problem was that Billy currently had actually a girlfriend called Billie Jean. When Jenelle began being harassed online on Facebook– someone anonymously leaving hateful talk about her profile– she promptly criticized Billie Jean, specifying that Billie Jean despised her because she was pretty. The cyber-bullying got so bad that it turned into a whole fight, with Jamie and Billy also getting included. Jenelle started getting rape risks and also hazards of physical violence.
When the authorities talked with Jamie while investigating the murders, Jamie asked a weird inquiry regarding the CIA existing. It was revealed then that Jamie and also Barbara (Jenelle’s mommy) had actually been texting and also emailing with some man called Chris who told them he was a CIA operative whose job was to safeguard Jenelle at all expense. Reportedly, as Chris as well as Barbara informed the police, Chris had actually been keeping an eye on Jenelle as well as knew about the cyber-bullying and harassment she had actually been experiencing by Billy and also Billie Jean. The authorities discovered that Chris had convinced Barbara to goad her gun-loving ex-marine other half Marvin into committing the murders of the young pair. Marvin confessed to eliminating Billy and Billie Jean, stating that he only did what he needed to do to maintain his child risk-free.
The authorities were still befuddled regarding the identity of Chris. It transformed out to be the same IP address as that of the Potter’s home computer when they mapped the IP address of Chris’s e-mails. The cops detained both Barbara and also Jenelle also. It turned out that Jenelle, posing as the non-existent Chris, had actually catfished her parents and boyfriend Jamie, in the year leading up to the murders, and also had actually managed the killings of Payne as well as his sweetheart without ever before getting a weapon herself. Jamie took a plea deal of 25 years and also provided testament versus the Potter household.
Where is Jenelle Potter Now?
In 2015, 3 years after the murders took place, the court sentenced Jenelle and also her mother Barbara to two life terms in jail for first-degree murders of Billy Payne as well as Billie Jean Hayworth. In 2016, Senior Judge Don Ash of Murfreesborough denied Jenelle as well as Barbara’s appeal for a new trial.