6.11.2011

MICHELLE HETZEL, BRANDON BLOSS: SHAM MARRIAGES FOR ALL


HOW THE SUCKY STORY STARTS One night in June 2000, Keary Renner answered the door of her Easton, Pennsylvania residence to find Michelle Hetzel angry and asking the whereabouts of their mutual friend -- and mutual on- and off-girlfriend -- Devon Guzman, 19. According to Michelle, Devon was two hours overdue for their date and not answering her pager. Michelle insisted that they file a missing persons report; Keary resisted. The two women then took Michelle's car to initiate a search for Devon, eventually locating her vehicle at Delaware Canal State Park. Devon's corpse was discovered in the backseat posed to resemble a suicide. A small kitchen knife and syringe were found on the body; the county coroner noted a "massive gaping laceration" to her throat.


HOW EINSTEIN BLEW IT Police initially fingered Keary for the murder following her account of a violent row with Devon earlier that night. But evidence soon mounted against Michelle: Investigators detected traces of blood in her washing machine wherein lay jeans with a syringe cap in the pocket; a search of her car (a part of the crime scene) yielded more bloody clothes. Later, police found a bandage in her garbage suggestive of use for a human bite wound.

THE LENGTHS TO WHICH THIS GENIUS WENT It was Michelle who got the ball rolling by urging Keary to consider the tardy Devon a missing person; the search was also her idea, yet she waited in the car as Keary discovered Devon's body. Oh, and the case's big break came when an area man told police that he hosted and supplied alcohol to the three underage women. After one such get-together, he stated, Devon and Keary left behind a jealous Michelle; Michelle then propositioned the man for a sex-for-murder swap.

WAIT SRSLY? The story gets screwy from here. Though each woman was in love with Devon -- and occasionally with each other -- Keary and Michelle had husbands. Keary wed a military man stationed abroad in order to make Devon jealous and to monopolize her affections. Michelle, not to be outdone, attempted the same by marrying her foster mother's son, pushover science nerd Brandon Bloss. But she was still seeing Devon though Devon lived with Keary.

WHY THE MURDERING? See, when Michelle first roused Keary to search for their missing girlfriend, she'd already helped to kill Devon. Things had come to a head after a secret tryst in St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, where Devon and Michelle had exchanged rings and pledges to shed their respective partners upon return. But back in Pennsylvania, it was no dice for Michelle as her love Devon continued living with Keary and her sham husband continued to fume over the infidelities, confrontations, and the fact that he was left to bankroll his harried wife's attempts to wrest Devon away from Keary.

THE VERDICT Defensive wounds on Devon's hands pointed to a struggle; the bloody bandage led authorities to a bite wound on Brandon's arm consistent with Devon's dentition. Prosecution posited that, after having departed Michelle and Brandon's home with Keary, Devon returned to be confronted by the jealous couple. The throat-slashing is thought to have been carried out by Brandon; a neighbor reported that Brandon spent the next day using a hose in their backyard. The syringe and its cap were traced to Michelle's former workplace, a doctor's office. Each was sentenced to life with no parole.

MURDER TONY SEZ "Ugh this case has enough head-spinning teen drama to confuse authorities, yet it's still an offensively inept homicide. I dig a love triangle (or quadrangle) cuz chances are that somebody is in bed with you by night's end. But it doesn't work if each participant is jealous and possessive. That's way dumb, so it follows that brainiac Michelle wasn't an adept schemer. Same for Brandon, a guy easily duped, cuckholded, and manipulated to murder (partly) on a total jerk's behalf; if he's prone to all that, he's sure to suck at disposing of evidence. Leave it to the pros, ladies."

MIKE MURDER SEZ "Quality murder is carried out dispassionately or, failing that, with a considered plan to offset what is generally a heated enterprise. Lovelorn, hormonal teenagers aren't predisposed to discretion, so murder is a tall order. My main beef is the shoddy suicide staging. This is never done right. For one thing, no one has ever slashed their own throat to the spine. The least these greenhorns could have done was put her in the driver's seat. Dumb."

RATING 1/2 BUNDY

67 comments:

  1. I went to school with Michelle, Devon and Keary. It saddens me to see the life of a young girl who was so sweet to everyone loose her life to a horrific incident like this. Never did I ever imagine Michelle who I sat next to in Spanish class was capable of this horrific crime. I guess you never really know the real demons of people. I believe Brandon and Michelle got what they deserved. Justice was served!

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    1. I read that Michelle was attempting to get a retrial or something, claiming she was not guilty and never actually confessed, was she realeased?

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  2. is michelle still in prison? I met a michelle hetzel in phillipsburg nj this year, I know her last name is hetzel because I saw it on her credit card. please confirm this

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  3. different michelle hetzel, all of her appeals have been denied.

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  4. No she is still in prison where she will stay for her miserable life. her last appeal was rejected. Is the writer of this blog related to devon ? I only ask as I am her aunt in phoenix. hopefully devon is resting peacefully in a better place.

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    1. Im sorry for your lose and will pray to ease your pain im watching this story on the I.D CHANNEL right now i agree there were they should be and her poor mother i hope to never have to burry one of my children shes gotta be a very strong woman i think id lose my mind and be on one of them shows were the defendant gets attacked in the court room

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  5. I met Devon when she worked at the deli in Easton,PA.I really liked her and asked her out and she accepted.However Devon broke off the date when something came up.The next thing I heard was she was murdered.I couldn't believe it,such a great person and full of life.All I can say is Burn in hell Brandon and Michelle for what you did to her.Devon is sadly missed by all who knew her and to this day I visit her grave and pay my respects to a person I wish I could have gotten to know better.Rest in peace Angel.

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  6. what deli did Devon work at?

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    1. It was the Deli on 12th and bushkill street in easton,pa.

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    2. Thanks....

      I've been up to Easton several times in the past couple of years just to check out some things there related to the Devon Guzman murder. I was doing some research for a screenplay I was thinking of writing about Devon.

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    3. That would be great if you did that to honor her memory-best of luck to you.Also she is buried at the Northampton Memorial shrine in Easton-Kenny

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    4. That would be a terrible movie!

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    5. They already did a show on it I killed my sad on how girls are more violent than guysbff

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  7. Is Michelle and Brandon still in jail

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  8. Poor Devon, rest in peace. Also I hope that Keary has found peace and love in her young life, as this must have been horrific for her as well as Devons family. I hope that Michelle and Brandon see Devons face in every blink they make whilst awake and when they close their eyes at night. An innocent victim of 2 evil vultures, may you rot in hell for your crime.

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    1. Michelle is a cold hearted killer and can lie without batting an eye. I very much doubt that she sees Devons face in every blink or in any waking moment. I can say this because I knew Michelle and Devon very well and know how evil and controlling Michelle has always been. During my time living in Easton, before the murder, I had known Michelle and Deveon when they were in Jr High until Devon's death. Michelle sickens me and I truly believe both her and brandon were guilty and deserve what they got. Hopefully Devon has found peace in death; however, for those of us who knew Devon well, the memory of such a special person will always linger on. Just a thought.

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    2. Brandon did it. Michele could never kill someone.

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  9. If Michelle did see her in every blink also,don't you think she'd love it though? I mean Devon was her on-again-off-again lover,right?Also, if her husband really was a push over he had to of known the difference between right and wrong but he did it anyway. Cold blooded murder. And he was her foster brother? Personally I think,red flag right there.

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  10. What a bunch of losers. Married for their own selfish reasons and then cheating with no regard for anyone else.

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  11. I just saw the show on ID. The one I feel really sorry for is Keary. Poor child I pray she has went on with her life and is happy. As for Brandon and Michelle I hope they never see the lught of day.

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  12. Seeing this on HLN this morning on Mystery Detectives. I feel badly for Keary too. Scary people. It almost seems like they could have killed Devon or Keary and Devon had the bad luck of going back to the house.

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  13. I just saw the story on "Forensic Files" - aired on a local channel in South Africa. Indeed, a sad story for the victims, namely, Devon, Keary and their families. A point to ponder: how many more of these tragedies have gone unsolved? In South Africa, a life sentence is 25 years (max) and most "get out" in as little as 5. There is no death penalty here, and as a former Philadelphian, life here is a relatively cheap commodity.

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  14. To understand what state of mind, can cause someone to do such horrendous things:
    1) Everyone needs acceptance and to feel secure and loved.
    2) When you are GLBT and your family is 100% against it, you are torn between who you love and who you feel you must be.
    3) When you are afraid of being disowned by family, you are more likely to do evil in order to get rid of the temptation that would cause you to be disowned by family.
    4) He was a psychopath and perhaps (but don't know for sure) he was afraid he'd lose face if he lost his wife to a lesbian.
    5) Devon was leaving for good, as she really wanted to get a good life and realized she wasn't having it.
    6) Because of #5, Michelle, in my mind, was torn between her feelings of love for Devon, and her fear of losing the one person in her life who said loved her. And, I think in this state of mind, HE could control Michelle's mind, and make her do whatever he wanted.

    I think that whats to blame here is Him (a pyschopath), family (for not accepting Michelle for who she was), and soceity (because society still discriminates against, is prejudice against and treats badly GLBT community.)

    Yes, this is changing quickly. However, there is still a huge pressure to be straight and to get GLBT feeling overwith as quickly as possible.

    With this said, I still support Michelle in prison. I'd only would let her out, after many years of PTSD therapy and therapy to help her deal with society's mores, her family's mores, and life. She clearly isn't capable of controlling herself, her beliefs, and her own body and mind. But all this is my opinion. He, I would never let out of prison. He just seems to controlling. She was a victim of his control tactics. She would have been better off with Devon in the first place. I'd also like to say that there relationships tell me that alcohol is best left alone.

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    1. The only people responsible are the two who did the crime. The only victim is the one who is dead. People make their own choices and should be held accountable for them.

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    2. Michelle is also a psycopath as well, she can lie to you, while looking you straight in the eye with a smile on her face, I remember seeing her beat the crap out of Devon, and Devon running from her.

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  15. WHAT PRISON IS MICHELLE AND BRANDON IN?

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    1. Brandon is at SCI Somerset
      Brandon is at Somerset
      1600 Walters Mill Road (Inmates)
      Somerset, PA 15510-0001
      (814) 443-8100
      Michelle is
      SCI Muncy
      P.O. Box 180
      Muncy, PA 17756
      (570) 546-3171

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  16. Brandon is at SCI Somerset
    1590 Walters Mill Road (Staff)
    1600 Walters Mill Road (Inmates)
    Somerset, PA 15510-0001
    (814) 443-8100
    Michelle is
    SCI Muncy
    P.O. Box 180
    Muncy, PA 17756
    (570) 546-3171

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  17. Tan triste historia ;(
    Creo q todos de alguna manera fueron víctimas de Michelle, ella jugò y manipulo a todos a su conveniencia, por su falta de amor y valores...
    Estoy triste por algo que no debió pasar, cuando las relaciones no funcionan, es mejor dejarlas ir, y más si son dañinas.
    Nadie tiene el derecho de quitarle la vida a nadie, solo Dios.
    Descansa en paz Devon.

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  18. It just shows, nobody can be trusted in today's society.. The person that smiles and laughs wid u today, can be the one that stabs u in the back tomorrow.. Be careful everyone..

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  19. Michelle is a sizzling hot baby doll!

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    1. So would be Devon if she were not brutally murdered by the person you are trying to defend and her husband...

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  20. I have been writing to Michelle Mae in Muncy for a while.She certainly is a gorgeous hottie. She is now an inmate advocate,as well as a G.E.D.instructor. Michelle is very intelligent and caring.She did not horrifically slash her best friend to the spine;Brandon did.He had the strength and motive.It is very rare for a female teen to commit such a violent murder.She's not a Susan Atkins.I know.She is a positive role model now,and deserves a sentence modification and released
    Charlene Gallego is now free!Is this American justice?No way! I wrote the last comment as well.

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  21. I grew up with Michelle and am not surprised with the outcome of her life. I recall how she use to call her mother a bitch, pull her mother's hair, yell at her father, throw things at them when she didn't get her way. In the end, they would always let her have her way. She was so spoiled and got everything she demanded from them. I will always remember how embarrassed her parents were and I always felt sorry for them. Her murdering someone is another example of her true character which will never change. She is trying to demand her way out of prison by pretending to do good. She should have tried that before subjecting others to her deathly choices, it is now too late for the families involved. Leave her and her husband in prison, it is the best thing for society.

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  22. I just saw this story in Forensic Files, Michelle is such a disgusting human being and a worthless piece of crap. and Brandon is a pathetic worm. hope both rot in jail for the rest of their miserable lives. especially Michelle and hope Devon has finally found peace outside of this world.

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  23. okay so first of all I believe that Michele DID NOT kill Devon, only Brandon did.Maybe Michele knew something about it, but I do not believe Michele could have killed anyone. Brandon is the one who should rot in prison. Okay.

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    1. They both did it, are you dumb? Both of them should be executed & straight to hell!!

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  24. It doesn't matter who did it. It doesn't matter what they are doing now. Who cares that Michelle is a role model...really?! For inmates?! Haha. My taxes are paying to keep two people alive that killed my little cousin, who handed out bubbles at my wedding 12 days beforehand. Family or not, for criminals who do such things...the death penalty should be instuted. Scumbags.

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    1. Michael Padgett Wilkinson RIPNovember 14, 2014 at 10:28 AM

      That is the problem with this country. Prison is full of people in there for pot and overcrowded prisons, so violent offendors, like the guy who murdered my friend Mike only got 15 years
      His name is edweirdo sensat and he should have never got out of jail. Rest in peace Michael Padgett Wilkinson. If prison was not swole up they would give violent offendors longer sentences

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  25. I live right outside of Easton, Pa and even though I didn't know Devon, I think what happened was disgusting. Michelle and Brandon should rot in jail. Honestly they should have gotten the death penalty. Makes me sick.

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  26. No one wins in the end...poor girl im sad for the families the death penalty is the easy way out to me (my opinion) Sitting in prison for the rest of your life living with what you did is true punishment..No one gets away with murder unless you live in a neighborhood like mine where no one cares feel sorry for the families in all parts dealing with a death of a loved one is hard as is but to find out it was in the hands of another person is harder..so now there both in jail and alone Keary is the only smart one here who after all this is living her life

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  27. I think michelle Hetzel is a big time master manipulator and once someone like her decides to play God, deciding who should live and die then she is certainly just as responsible for her role. what a terrible person. Devon's life was cut short and anyone who knew her will never forget her beauty. rot in prison michelle, u trifling sorry excuse for a soul.

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  28. "I dig a love triangle (or quadrangle) cuz chances are that somebody is in bed with you by night's end" No one should be condoning this type of behavior, it's like Russian roulette. Two's a crowd, three's company, one could be a killer. It can make some people do stuff they didn't think they we're capable of doing. Some people at the mercy of sex can't help themselves like people trying LSD and jumping to their death.

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  29. I wonder if Brandon is a love triangle in prison.if not he going to end up being-he such a pretty boy

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  30. Brandon was transferred to North Hampton County Prison at the end of May and is housed in Administrative Segregation.

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  31. Of course it's not Michelle's fault. Poor, pretty girl is the victim of her family's unacceptance,and "breeders" intolerance. Grow up people. It's called personal responsibility. You can't have it both ways. She WAS involved and deserves a much harsher penalty than she received. Devon would be alive if it weren't for Michelle. Period. Brandon is as culpable and he deserves the same. Judge them for their crime, not based on their sex or sexuality.

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  32. And to hear she is now 'married' to a young lesbian not quite 23- who has the chance of life when released at her minimum next may. From a mutual friend though, she may take her 'max' and just max out her sentence til 2019 just to stay close to Michelle . Talk about master manipulator. My larger fear is this young woman getting out, committing a horrific crime, just to get back to her Michelle. Sickens me. Just sick.

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  34. Well, May Devon rest in piece. But I just believe in giving people second chances. And to me depending on the circumstance, I think it's possible for some to turn there life around. Just my opinion.

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    1. Unfortunately in this matter I don't believe in second chances. Her poor mother and brother. Unfortunately her brother just passed away a few months ago and is now with Devon. The heart break I had to see in there mother.

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    2. The thing is, they had their chances...They could have decided to stop seeing her. They could have split their failed marriage. They could have left her and Keary alone. They could have talked like civilized people and worked things out. They could have mooved. And they could have turned back before they killed her. But they didn't choose any of those paths, instead they preferred to take a young girl's life to 'solve' their childish problems.

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  35. There scum and they should be treated the same eye for an eye cut their throats

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    1. That us the way they do it in the Arab countries, and they have never had problems with murdered I can assure you, other than in a state of war but that is different

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  38. I watched this story on Discovery ID last night. Ok, so Michelle and her husband got what they deserved, but let's be honest: Devon wasn't innocent either. She was relating to two married women, and played them all the time. Devon was a total bitch, always pretending to like/love one of them, and never making up her mind about who she wanted to be with. She was as despicable as her murderers.

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    1. Well she was 19 years old. Everybody makes mistakes but should be allowed the opportunity to correct them; Devon was not. She didn't deserve to die like you seem to be implying. And anyway, it sounded like she planned on cutting things off and committing to Keary, which was probably Michelle's motivation for doing what she did. What a sad story.

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    2. You really think someone who is involved with women who married other men to provoke jealousy are as bad as murderers?
      I never met her, don't know if she was a good or a bad person, but she was romantically involved with those girls before either one of them was married. And NO ONE cheats alone. If those two girls, Keary and Michelle were cheating on their husbands with Devon, it was not ONLY Devon's fault. Either way, nothing that happened was an excuse to take someones life.

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    3. She still didn't deserve to be murdered. No matter what she was guilty of.

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  39. The sad part about it was that she was really cute, too bad she was a lezzy, I would have like to hit that

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  40. I was watching this on Lifetime & I think Brandon killed her & Michelle was there just arguing with her, but I don't think she was the one who killed her, but she covered up the crime so she should be charged for that.

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  41. Saw this case on I Killed My BFF. What a strange situation. Drama to the max, with messed up people. I was wondering about Brandon Bloss. Back in the 1980-90's my father dated a woman with that last name. She lived on a side road off of the main thoroughfare. I was wondering if Brandon was maybe her grandson. It's amazing how seemingly everyday people can end up in such strange situations.

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