Rejection of any kind is painful for most people and hard to accept. Yet for some, rejection pushed them past the breaking point where the only way to move on is to get revenge.
In 2009, one Florida bride-to-be was furious when her fiance told her he was leaving her to get married to another woman. The woman was driven mad by the rejection and ended up in police custody for what she did to get revenge…
On February 15, 2009, Misty Strong tried to get in touch with her cousin, 26-year-old Heather Strong. The 2 spoke to each other daily, so when Heather failed to respond to any of Misty’s call, she began to worry that something had happened to the mother of 2.
Worried For A Reason
Misty knew Heather was still in contact with her estranged husband, Joshua Fulgham, who was the father of her children. Misty knew Fulgham had a history of violence and feared that he had done something with her cousin, so she decided to call the police to report her missing…
All About Control
“It was all about control. That’s all what it boiled down to,” Misty said about Fulgham and his relationship with Heather. According to Heather’s other family members, the relationship was concerning from the very beginning when they started dating as teenagers.
The Abusive Boyfriend
Heather grew up in Sturgis, Mississippi, and as a teenager, she worked as a waitress after school. When Shortly after she and Fulgham met, they began dating and things quickly got serious. Heather’s mother, Carolyn, couldn’t help but be worried…
Threats Of Violence
Fulgham was controlling and violent with Heather and threatened her regularly. One time, a teenaged Fulgham even threatened Heather’s family when he vowed to burn down the family’s home. Heather’s family tried to convince her to leave her abusive boyfriend, but it didn’t work.
A Fresh Start
By that point, Heather had 2 children with Fulgham, and instead of listening to her family, Heather agreed to move to Florida for a fresh start. Heather hoped their relationship would improve after the move, however, it only got worse…
Fulgham became so unbearable that Heather finally took her kids and moved out in order to protect them. Heather’s family were relieved she finally left and were thrilled when it appeared Fulgham had moved on when he proposed to his new girlfriend, Emilia Carr, in November 2008.
A Surprise Reunion
Just 1 month later, Fulgham proposed to Heather and the reunited couple got married immediately after. “She just couldn’t believe it. She was hurt,” Carr’s mother said. “Here he proposed to her, bought the ring for her, and in December, he came and took it and married Heather…“
The Honeymoon Is Over
However, the honeymoon phase didn’t last long. Soon after the wedding, Fulgham slipped back into old patterns. “They got married and a week later he put a gun to her head,” said Dolores Parthree, a waitress at the Iron Skillet where Heather also worked.
“Heather was a nice girl and so pretty,” said Dolores. “I knew that man was trouble and told her to stay away from him.” For the first time, Heather started listening to the advice. Heather left Fulgham and was threatening to leave Florida with their 2 kids…
The Custody Battle
Heather was technically still married to Fulgham but was now estranged and involved in a custody battle over their kids. Heather was also seeking child support from Fulgham, who was about to become a father for a 3rd time with Carr.
A Child Support Payment
On February 15, 2009, Fulgham and Carr asked Heather to meet them at Carr’s home, which she shared with her mother and sister. Fulgham and his lover promised to give Heather money for child support, but it was all just a ruse to get her to come over…
When Heather arrived at Carr’s mobile home, Fulgham and Carr, who was 8 months pregnant, forced her into a storage trailer behind the home and tied her up to a chair with duct tape. The couple then forced Heather to sign a document that gave 33-year-old Fulham full custody of the kids. But Fulham and Carr weren’t done yet.
Cause Of Death
After signing the document, Carr placed a plastic bag over Heather’s head and attempted to break her neck. Carr failed to actually break the 26-year-old’s neck but she eventually died of asphyxiation because of the bag over her head…
The Prime Suspects
After the police were notified that Heather was missing, Fulgham and Carr quickly became their prime suspects. Fulgham was caught using Heather’s credit cards after she disappeared, which was not only suspicious but technically fraud. Police arrested Fulgham and brought Carr in for questioning. Investigators spoke to the 2 separately, and they implicated themselves and each other in the murder.
Bragging About The Revenge
Carr and Fulgham were finally charged with kidnapping and first-degree murder after undercover audio recorder Carr talking to Fulgham’s sister about the murder. “I thought it would be quick and painless … yeah, she fought him … yeah, I helped,” Carr was recorded saying…
Heather’s body was found buried in a shallow grave a month later in March 2009. Her family was devastated, but they weren’t shocked. Heather’s family and friends now believe Fulgham wanted to kill Heather to get out of child support payments and to get more welfare. “They made out at the time that this was some sort of love triangle but it wasn’t anything of the sort,” Heather’s mom said about Fulgham’s motive. “As for Emilia, no matter what she says, she was the instigator,” Heather’s coworker said. “She’s telling the world he forced her to do it but the truth is she fell in love with Josh and wanted Heather out of the way.”
Carr and Fulgham were both tried for their crimes. While Fulgham plead guilty, Carr insisted she was innocent and plead not guilty to charges of kidnapping and first-degree murder. In December 2010, a jury found them both guilty. Fulgham was sentenced to 2 consecutive life sentences without parole and Carr was sentenced to death by lethal injection…
An Unfair Sentence
Despite being found guilty, Carr insists she left before Heather was tied up and killed. “Wouldn’t there have been physical evidence? I mean, duct tape is some sticky stuff, yet there’s no fingerprints, no DNA, no hair,” said Carr who started fighting her death sentence and claimed it was unfair. “Is it unfair? It’s only unfair on Heather because Josh should be on death row too,” said Carolyn, who still grieves her daughter’s death.
The New Sentence
“When Heather was begging for her life they didn’t show her any humanity…My daughter can never be spared and she doesn’t deserve to be spared either,” said Carolyn. “Just like she saw my daughter take her last breath, I want to see her take hers.” Unfortunately for Carolyn, she’ll now have to wait to see Carr’s last breath since she was re-sentenced to life in prison without parole on May 19, 2017.