By Mark Kuglin

Quinn’s avarice should have been obvious. His mendacious mindset and irresistible charm overrode Mary’s caution which created a willing victim. Had she really been paying attention– and not allowed her emotions to run unchecked– she would have seen right through him.

Mary’s failure to do so was her downfall. Piecing the sordid story together took over a year. When the authorities finally did, it was hard to understand how Mary missed so many red flags.

The differences in their respective appearances and attitudes should have set off an immediate warning bell.

Quinn’s ruggedly handsome face, athletic build and very outgoing personality was a stark contrast to Mary’s forgettable looks and mousy demeanor. Together, it was like Ken being matched with a troll doll rather than Barbie.

Sweeping Mary off her feet was easy. Quinn told her all the things she desperately wanted to hear and lavishly wined and dined her. The only real obstacle he had to overcome was Mary’s elderly mom. Offering– and ultimately paying– to put her in a nursing home was a brilliant move. It was one Mary sadly mistook for love and true caring.

After that, it was all child’s play and a matter of timing. In relatively short order, Quinn convinced Mary to marry him. He was patient and played the loving, doting husband for close to two years. Then, he made his move.

In the end, killing her was a multiple act statement of betrayal. Desecrating and scattering her remains– in her beloved Serenity Garden– the mocking denouement.