It's Always the Husband/ Partner/ Ex | Irene Gakwa, Karina Castro & Maya Millete

Sep 29, 2022, 04:00 AM

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime, 47,000 women and girls worldwide were killed by their intimate partners or other family members in 2020. This means that, on average, a woman or girl is killed by someone in her own family every 11 minutes.

In this episode of the True Crime Society Podcast, we discuss the cases of three women who were likely murdered by their partners.

  • Irene Gakwa met her boyfriend Nathan Hightman on Craigslist.  The two had an on-again, off-again relationship and Irene’s family did not know that the two were still living together in February 2022.  Irene spoke to her family in Kenya in late February this year and has not been seen again.  The day after she vanished, Nathan purchased a 55 gallon drum and was seen burning something in it.  He is not cooperating with police.
  • Karina Castro had a fight over Snapchat in September 2022 with her estranged, violent partner Rafa Solano.  She threatened to tell everyone about Rafa’s sexual relationships.  The following day, Rafa turned up to Karina’s home with a samurai sword.  He beheaded her in the street outside her apartment, while her two young children were just feet away.
  • Maya Millete and her husband Larry had been having marriage troubles in early 2021.  Maya was planning to separate from him and had consulted an attorney.  When Maya’s family could not get in touch with her, they went to her home and forced Larry to open the door to the room where he said Maya was.  Not surprisingly, the room was empty and Maya has not been seen since.  On the night of her disappearance, many loud gunshots were heard by neighbors.  Larry has since been arrested and charged with Maya’s murder – her remains have not been recovered.  Maya’s disappearance is a strange one that involves witchcraft and hexes that were initiated by Larry in an attempt to control her.

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