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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Dateline NBC aired a report on a Missouri man who was acquitted in November of his wife’s brutal murder.  Many people want to know more about the case.

A FOX 2 reporter broke the story about Russ Faria’s murder trial. Chris Hayes award winning work on this case brought it to the national spotlight.  He was the only reporter at Faria’s first trial.

A 2013 trial led to a life sentence for Faria for the stabbing death of his wife, Betsy. She was killed December 27, 2011, stabbed more than 50 times with a steak knife left in her neck.

Faria called 911 to report he found his wife dead. He said he’d just arrived at his Lincoln County home after leaving a movie and game night with friends in O’Fallon.


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Police search of Pam Hupp trash bag recovers long list of possible evidence

Pam Hupp says she’s not guilty. That’s according to her attorney at Hupp’s first court appearance. The Judge barred the public from her arraignment, citing safety concerns. The hearing was held inside a jailhouse courtroom. Hupp faces a first degree murder charge in a bizarre plot prosecutors say she hatched to try to frame someone […]


Pam Hupp appears before judge after being released from hospital

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Pam Hupp stood before a judge Friday for the first time since the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged her in a murder plot. Judge Phillip Ohlms barred the media from entering the courtroom Friday because of security reasons because this courtroom is inside the jail. That is […]

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Pam Hupp released from hospital, booked into jail to face charges

O’FALLON, MO (KTVI)- Police have released a mugshot of accused killer Pam Hupp. She had been hospitalized after police say she stabbed herself in the neck and wrist with an ink pen. Hupp is charged with first degree murder and armed criminal in the death of Louis Gumpenberger. Her bail is set at $2 million.


U.S. Attorney discusses review of Faria murder

U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan says it’s not an investigation, just a review of the 2011 Betsy Faria murder. Callahan added that Pam Hupp`s recent murder charge, in a different case, has not changed his office’s approach. Callahan said, “The focus of our review is not on an individual, it`s simply on the murder of Betsy […]


O’Fallon police looking other victims in Hupp case

O’FALLON, MO (KTVI) – Police want to know if Pam Hupp was looking for other potential victims before she allegedly lured a man with disabilities, shot him and reportedly planted fake evidence. Investigators are focusing on homes and businesses near where they believe Hupp tried luring a different woman six days before her alleged plot.  […]


Pam Hupp charged with first degree murder

O’FALLON, MO (KTVI) – The star witness in a sensational murder case is now charged with a separate murder.  Our cameras exclusively captured Hupp’s arrest and arrival at the police department. Police say Pam Hupp killed an innocent man hoping to frame an old adversary. Pam Hupp’s story sent Russ Faria to prison in 2011 […]


Faria’s attorney not surprised by arrest of Pamela Hupp

O’FALLON, MO (KTVI) – The murder charges against Pamela Hupp was no surprise to Clayton based attorney Joel Schwartz.  Schwartz got to know Hupp during the murder trial of his client, Russ Faria.  Schwartz said all the evidence in the murder of Betsy Faria pointed to Hupp, but prosecutors charged Russ Faria in the death […]


Pam Hupp charged with murder one week after fatal shooting inside her home

O’FALLON, MO (KTVI) – The woman who shot and killed a man in her O’Fallon, MO home last week has been formally charged.  St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Lohmar has charged Pamela Hupp, 57, with first degree murder and armed criminal action in the August 16, 2016, shooting death of  33-year old Louis Gumpenberger. Hupp […]


Man killed in Pam Hupp’s home was scheduled for job interview in the morning

O’FALLON, MO (KTVI) – The autopsy shows a man found dead inside Pam Hupp’s O’Fallon, Missouri home was shot at least twice. That man, Louis Gumpenberger, was disabled by a car accident years ago. Now we’re learning more on the man Hupp accuses of trying to burglarize her home. Gumpenberger, 37, was scheduled for a […]


Autopsy results for man shot dead inside Pam Hupp’s home

O’FALLON, MO (KTVI) – The man who was shot and killed by Pamela Hupp in her home earlier this week died after being shot in the chest multiple times, an autopsy said. Investigators have classified the death of Louis Gumpenberger, 37, as a homicide. He was killed Tuesday inside Hupp’s O’Fallon home. Hupp told police […]


Pam Hupp involved in deadly shooting of reported burglar at her home, man’s ex-girlfriend says he was disabled

O’FALLON, MO (KTVI) – Questions tonight about the man shot and killed inside the home of Pam Hupp.  O’Fallon, MO police say 33-year-old Louis Royce Gumpenberger died Tuesday after the shooting, which followed a reported burglary in progress. Hupp was a former witness in a high profile murder case.  She and her husband returned from […]


Pam Hupp confirmed as shooter in O’Fallon home invasion; suspect ID’d

O’FALLON, MO (KTVI) – Police confirm Pam Hupp shot and killed a man she reported burglarizing her home. Hupp was a central figure in a highly publicized murder trial covered extensively by FOX 2. Louis Royce Gumpenberger, 33, is the man O’Fallon police say died in that shooting. The Medical Examiner’s Office reports that it was […]


Pam Hupp’s own attorney questions her credibility during civil trial

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A St. Charles County Judge is now considering a fraud claim brought by Betsy Faria’s daughters. Faria was murdered four days after signing over a life insurance policy to her friend, Pam Hupp. Police interviewed Hupp the morning after the murder. She told investigators Betsy signed over a $150,000 […]


Key murder case witness admits she lied about life insurance money

ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – The admission came out in new testimony from a civil trial involving Pam Hupp.  A St. Charles County Judge will decide a lawsuit brought by Betsy Faria’s daughters to get their mom’s $150,000 in life insurance proceeds.  Betsy signed over the policy to Pam Hupp just days before she was […]


Police offer ‘theory’ to witness, who then changes her story

(KTVI) – Audio interviews raise questions about how investigators handled the state’s star witness in the Faria murder retrial.  Hours of interviews, released after the November acquittal, reveal officers suggested a new theory to her, more than three years after Betsy Faria’s murder. On the stand during trial, a Lincoln County Detective Sergeant acknowledged police […]


Russ Faria’s story takes the national stage this week

LOS ANGELES, CA (KTVI) – The story of the Faria murder trial will take the national stage this week. A judge acquitted Russ Faria November 6th. The full story will appear on Crime Watch Daily, where I traveled with Russ Faria. It seems like a lifetime ago when I sat down with Russ Faria in […]


Russ Faria calls for police to find his wife`s killer

(KTVI) – Russ Faria said, ‘I`m truly free right now.  There is a lot of stress that I had (after my release from prison) and carried with me and even had more stress all the way up until Friday afternoon.  That`s gone.’ Judge Steven Ohmer acquitted Russ Faria Friday afternoon in a retrial.  A jury […]


Friends and family welcome Russ Faria after an emotional rollercoaster

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Russ Faria and his supporters say that even hours after the verdict, it`s still sinking in that he`s free. The celebration comes after a four year wait. Faria says the final few minutes leading up the verdict felt like an eternity. “You felt like you could feel your heart […]

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Judge: Russ Faria found not guilty of murder in retrial

TROY, MO (KTVI) –  On Friday, the judge in the retrial of Russ Faria found him not guilty in his wife’s 2011 stabbing death . Faria had previously been convicted of murder in a 2013 jury trial. Both the prosecution and the defense gave their closing arguments Friday morning. Russ Faria reported finding his wife, Betsy Faria, […]


Faria murder retrial brings out a mistress, stories of lesbian affair

LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – The prosecution rested Thursday afternoon in the Faria murder retrial, without putting Pam Hupp on the stand. Russ Faria is accused of stabbing his wife 55 times in 2011. Thursday’s proceedings featured several courtroom shockers, including a report that Pam Hupp told police she was Betsy Faria’s secret lesbian lover. […]

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Cybercrimes find mysterious note on Faria laptop

TROY, MO (KTVI) – Nearly four years after the investigation began, a cybercrimes unit found a type written note on a laptop owned by Russ and Betsy Faria. The Lincoln County prosecutor accuses Russ of stabbing his wife 55 times in December, 2011. A cybercrimes investigator found the note in September of this year. The […]


Russ Faria defense unveils evidence it says was hidden by prosecution

TROY, MO (KTVI) – Newly revealed evidence brings a dramatic twist in the re-trial of Russ Faria. It’s dozens of photos taken inside the Faria Home, one week after the murder. More than 100 pictures raise questions about where blood was not found at the grisly crime scene. In day two of the re-trial, interrogating […]


Russ Faria retrial, Day 1 – CSI agent contradicts original prosecution theories

TROY, MO (KTVI) – The end of the first day of the Russ Faria murder trial brought a big turn of events. Faria is accused of stabbing his cancer stricken wife 55 times in 2011. The last witness Monday was CSI agent Amy Buettner, who was on the original Major Case Squad of Greater St. […]

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      Missouri retrial begins for man accused of killing wife

      TROY, Mo. (AP) – An eastern Missouri man once convicted of murder in his wife’s 2011 stabbing death is getting a retrial. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Russell Faria’s bench trial began Monday in Lincoln County. St. Louis Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer alone will decide the case. During opening statements. a prosecutor argued that an […]

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      Man to appear in retrial Monday over wife’s fatal stabbing

      TROY, Mo. (AP) _ A Lincoln County man formerly convicted of murder in his wife’s 2011 stabbing death will be back in court for a retrial Monday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Russell Faria will appear in a bench trial in which St. Louis Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer alone will decide his case. Ohmer […]

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      Fox Files: Unexpected turn in Faria murder case

      LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – An unexpected turn in court Thursday in the case of a Lincoln County man accused of killing his wife. Russ Faria’s attorney, Joel Schwartz, got right to the point at Thursday’s hearing – he wanted the judge to decide his client’s fate and not involve a jury. Faria is preparing […]

    • Russ Faria talks about being out of jail and preparing for his new trial

      LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Former murder convict Russell Faria has been out of jail now for one week.  He’s already working a new job.  Only on FOX2 last week, we showed you his release on bond as he learned he`ll get a new trial.  It followed more than a year of investigations in our […]

    • Russ Faria walks out of jail, says he’s ready for new trial

      TROY, MO (KTVI) – Former murder convict Russ Faria walked out of prison after more than three years.  He bonded out of the Lincoln County jail Monday after learning he`ll get a new trial. For the first time since his wife Betsy was stabbed to death in 2011, Russ Faria talked outside of a jail cell. Faria didn`t […]

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      Russ Faria hugs family after walking out of prison; Murder trial in November

      TROY, IL (KTVI) – Former murder convict Russ Faria walked out of prison after more than three years. He bonded out of the Lincoln County Jail Tuesday after Russ Faria starts over with a brand new trial this November. This news comes after months of investigation in a FOX 2 News partnership with the St. […]

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      New trial for Russ Faria after joint Fox 2 & St. Louis Post Dispatch investigation

      TROY, MO (KTVI) – Lincoln County Prosecutor Leah Askey argued to the Judge that “despicable” was the nicest word she could say about the defense`s motion. St. Louis Judge Steven Ohmer, who was appointed to take over the case, disagreed. He ordered a new trial that is set for November 2nd. Russ Faria`s sister was […]

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      Lincoln County judge has 90 days to hold hearing for Faria retrial

      (KTVI) – A Lincoln County circuit judge has 90 days to hold a hearing and decide if Russell Faria gets a new trial. Faria was convicted of stabbing his wife to death at their Lincoln County home in December 2011. He’s serving a life sentence. His lawyers today filed a motion seeking a new trial, […]

    • Appeals Court: Faria may apply for new trial

      TROY, MO (KTVI) – Russ Faria`s attorney asked for a new trial and the Missouri Court of Appeals sent a message Tuesday that he might get it. This in-depth follow-up coverage in a FOX 2 joint investigation with the St. Louis Post Dispatch. The appeals court sent the case back to Lincoln County because of […]

    • Faria attorney about to file appeal

      (KTVI) – Is the wrong man behind bars for murder?  The attorney for Russ Faria says he`s about to file an appeal. Joel Schwartz said, “Every day that this man stays in jail is a travesty of justice. He’s an innocent man confined in prison right now.” Schwartz is the defense attorney for Russ Faria.  […]

    • With $150,000 on the line, a murder witness changes her story

      LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – The adult daughters of murder victim Betsy Faria are suing to get the proceeds from their mom’s life insurance. It’s a twist revealed in a civil lawsuit. Pam Hupp has the $150,000 proceeds because the policy was signed over into her name days before the murder. During a civil court […]

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      Assets frozen in dispute over slain woman’s money

      ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) _ A St. Charles County judge has frozen the assets of woman embroiled in a legal dispute with her murdered friend’s daughters. Elizabeth “Betsy” Faria of Lincoln County was stabbed to death at home in 2011, days after changing her life insurance beneficiary from her husband to Pamela Hupp. Russell Faria […]

    • Faria murder trial witness prohibited from her own bank accounts

      LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – We have an unusual twist in the ongoing saga surrounding the stabbing death of Betsy Faria.  A judge has ordered one of the victim`s friends to stay away from her own bank accounts.  She`s a friend who benefitted financially from Betsy Faria`s death.  Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes has been […]

    • Appeals Court overturns 3 recent cases involving Faria judge

      LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – An Appeals Court overturned three recent decisions by the same Missouri Judge.  You may remember this Judge from the Faria murder case. In November, Fox 2 revealed evidence that the Judge suppressed from a jury who later convicted the husband, Russ Faria. Now Fox 2 has learned of three different […]

    • Faria murder jurors speak

      LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Two jurors are asking for justice after convicting Russ Faria of murdering his wife. They believe they should`ve heard evidence the Judge suppressed. The jurors sat down with Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes to discuss their verdict. Ken Masterson said, ‘Everybody there wanted to make the right decision. There was […]

    • Faria Murder: 911 operator speaks out for the first time

      TROY, MO (KTVI)– Prosecutors say a 911 call was an act.  It`s a call from convicted murderer Russ Faria, reporting his wife killed herself.  A jury later convicted Faria for stabbing his wife 55 times and leaving a steak knife in her neck.  Now the 911 operator who took the call, is speaking out. Prosecutors […]

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      Daughters of murdered woman suing family friend for insurance proceeds

      TROY, MO (KTVI)– The daughters of murdered mom, Betsy Faria, are suing a family friend for their mom`s life insurance money. Just before her death, Betsy Faria reportedly changed her life insurance, giving that family friend power over $150,000. Clayton lawyers David Butsch and Christopher Roberts filed a civil suit, accusing the murder victim`s friend […]

    • Fox Files Special Report: The Faria Murder

      ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– We began this investigation more than two months ago after a jury convicted husband Russ Faria.  Jurors believe he murdered his wife Betsy. We’ve examined evidence as we’ve looked into nagging questions, you’ll see unfold for the first time. He screamed on the 911 call, “Ahhhhh. God no!” It was two […]

    • Fox Files Special Report: The Faria Murder (Part 3)

      ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– A Lincoln County jury convicted Russ Faria of stabbing his wife 55 times and leaving a steak knife buried in her neck.  The reason?  Prosecutors say it was the ultimate role play, drawn up years earlier by a group of gamers.  Every one of those people has now come forward challenging […]

    • Fox Files Special Report: The Faria Murder (Part 2)

      ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– The murder of a dying woman first looked like a simple case.  The husband claimed he found her dead, calling it suicide.  His wife was stabbed 55 times.  Prosecutors convinced a judge to keep some evidence from jurors. But it`s all in the court record. Betsy Faria was dying.  Her friend, […]

    • FOX 2 to air special on Betsy Faria murder

      (KTVI) – If you’ve seen Sunday St. Louis Post-Dispatch, you’ve seen the story about the murder of Betsy Faria, and questions over whether it’s really an open and shut case. FOX2`s Chris Hayes and Post-Dispatch reporter Robert Patrick sat down with Betsy`s husband, Russ.  He was convicted of stabbing Betsey 55 times. See our exclusive […]

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      Man sentenced to life for stabbing wife 55 times

      LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KTVI)– Life in prison without parole for a man convicted of stabbing his wife 55 times.  Russ Faria is already hoping to appeal the case to get a jury to hear suppressed evidence, revealed only in the Fox Files. Family of victim Betsy Faria wanted it known today, they believe a jury […]

      • Fox Files reveals more secret evidence in stabbing murder

        (KTVI)– More secret evidence is coming to light after a jury convicted a man for stabbing his wife 55 times.  It’s evidence the jury did not hear.  The evidence is now being revealed by the convicted man’s attorney.  Defense Attorney Joel Schwartz filed an 11 page motion for a new trial, hoping to get the […]

      • Secret court evidence revealed in Faria murder case

        TROY, MO (KTVI)– You`re about to hear evidence kept from a jury in a high profile murder case.  Jurors convicted Russell Faria in the stabbing death of his wife, Betsy. Arguably, some of the most intriguing facts in this Troy, Missouri case, were suppressed by the Judge.  This is evidence that came out in open […]

      • Jury finds man guilty of stabbing wife 55 times

        LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KTVI)– A shocking verdict in the case against a man prosecutors say stabbed his wife 55 times. 42-year-old Betsy Faria was a breast cancer survivor who was brutally murdered December 27th, 2011. Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes was the only reporter in the courtroom to witness the many bombshells leading to an […]

      • Inside murder trial of man accused of stabbing wife 55 times

        TROY, MO (KTVI)–The Fox Files has an exclusive report on a murder trial involving a man accused of stabbing his wife 55 times.  Police found a steak knife in the victim`s neck and arm slices down to the bone.  Family members hope to get answers from a two year long mystery. 42-year-old Betsy Faria died […]