Thursday, December 27, 2012

No, the butler didn't do it ...

The cliché in old whodunit films was that the butler always did it. But when a woman mysteriously vanishes or is murdered, the reality is that the guilt party is usually her husband, her boyfriend or a jealous former lover.

That appears to be the case in the widely reported assassination of Jennifer Sebena, a patrol officer killed while on duty for the Wauwatosa (Wisc.) Police Department. The AP is reporting that homicide investigators have closed their case.

MILWAUKEE—Authorities arrested the husband of a slain suburban Milwaukee police officer who was shot dead on Christmas Eve while out on patrol.

Ben Gabriel Sebena, of Menomonee Falls, was booked into Milwaukee County Jail on Wednesday on a preliminary charge of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of his wife, Jennifer Sebena, the Wauwatosa police department said.

When the death of Jennifer Sebena was first reported, most news accounts played up the fact that she was a cop on duty and that made her vulnerable to psychopaths out to kill police officers. But if her husband, an ex-Marine, is guilty, it did not matter at all what she did for a living. His violent and vile anger was focused on his wife, not her profession.

Authorities have released few details about Jennifer Sebena's killing, but said the Wauwatosa police officer was patrolling alone on the night she was killed. Officers found her body early Monday after she failed to respond to radio calls. She had been shot several times.

I wonder if the investigation was aided by ballistics, which perhaps directed them to a specific type of weapon owned by Ben Sebena.

Ben Sebena was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps as a corporal in 2005. Among his 10 medals and commendations were a Purple Heart, a Good Conduct medal and a badge as a rifle expert.

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