‘I loved him, our souls connected… I spooned his dying body’
Tracy Shannon Nessl began a romantic relationship with her bilogical uncle Timothy McNamara in 2012
To escape criticism couple fled to Belize to start a new life together and open bed and breakfast
Their second Christmas in Belize, McNamara was found dead on the porch of the couple’s farm from gunshot to back of the head
First ruled suicide, Nessl claims the police tried to extort her for money, case became a homicide
She returned to Washington state to care for McNamara’s orchard in Washington, fears she could be extradited to Belize to stand trial for murder
‘…Yes, there is always a price to pay, especially for this “fairy tale”. Two adults got into a reprehensible relationship, fled to a country where they could manipulate the law, live wild and free. Life takes a tragic turn, now the survivor is crying foul, but she was the only actor present at the incident.
Ms Nessl has done irreparable harm to her family, especially her cousins. To worsen matters she has ursuped their inheritance while robbing them of a parent, by extension. If she is seeking exonoration from the court of public opinion, first, she should relinquish property rights and apologise to her cousins. At some point, the truth will out because karma is a …’
An American woman accused of murdering her husband, who was also her biological uncle, in Belize has blamed ‘crooked’ police for framing her.
Tracy Shannon Nessl began a romantic relationship with Timothy McNamara in 2012 and two years later he was dead of a gunshot to the head on their Belizean farm.
Belizean police accused Nessl of murdering her husband but inconsistent details in the police report and forensics seem to back the 44-year-old’s case that McNamara, who was 22 years older than her, killed himself.
Nessl and McNamara struck up a connection when Nessl was visiting her grandparents in Soap Lake, Washington, in 2012. McNamara was going through his third divorce and quickly fell for Nessl – his niece.
Tim McNamara (pictured) began speaking with his children again just before his death in Belize
But Nessl claims the two didn’t know each other in that way.
‘It’s like we were soul mates. I didn’t know him as an uncle, I didn’t know the McNamaras very much.
‘He was the man I fell in love with. Our souls connected,’ Nessl told KREM.
Although they had not had a relationship while Nessl was growing up, McNamara’s adult children were disturbed by their father’s incestual relationship.
‘It was hard to know what to do,’ Jennifer Ralston, Tim McNamara’s daughter, said.
To escape the scrutiny of their small town, Nessl and McNamara fled to Belize, bought a farm and planned to open a bed and breakfast.
McNamara, who had an orchard in Washington, used a $240,000 insurance payout to buy the property in the Central American country.
The couple got married in Belize, but the marriage was later voided when the government learned of the couple’s biological relation.
McNamara’s adult children Jennifer Ralston (left) and Caleb McNamara (right) believe Nessl killed their father for financial gain and have filed a civil suit saying she murdered him.
Tracy Shannon Nessl, 44, (pictured) is accused of killing her husband, Tim McNamara, who was also her husband while the couple lived in Belize
‘I just felt like a princess. I was barefoot, Mac had flip flops on; it was beautiful,’ Nessl said.
While in Belize, McNamara and his children stopped communicating – a painful blow to the devoted father.
And as McNamara’s relationship with his children fell into disarray, so did his finances.
In 2014, McNamara began speaking with his children via email again, who suggested he sell his property in Soap Lake.
McNamara’s adult children Jennifer Ralston (left) and Caleb McNamara (right) believe Nessl killed their father for financial gain and have filed a civil suit saying she murdered him
He told them he had quit claimed the property to Nessl, which meant he had transferred the interest of the property to her two years earlier.
His children feared the farm would be sold should McNamara die.
On Christmas 2014, that fear was realized.
McNamara went outside with a Glock in hand, which Nessl said he often did when the dogs barked, meaning some predatory animal was in the area.
He fired a shot, but never returned inside, Nessl said.
She found him dead of a gunshot wound to the back of the head on their porch. She ran to a neighbor’s house for help, but it took hours for help to arrive.
‘He was on his side and I was just spooning with him with a blanket over both of us to keep him warm,’ Tracy said.
The death was originally called a suicide, but then, Nessl claims, the lead officer of the Belizean police told her McNamara owed him money. When she declined to pay him, the case was turned into a homicide, she says.
Orlando Vera, the National Forensic Science Service for the Ministry of National Security for Belize, later issued a report saying McNamara did not fire the bullet that ended his life.
McNamara’s children also believe Nessl is responsible for their father’s death.
‘The evidence is all there; it’s all there,’ Jennifer Ralston said.
Nessl has since returned to Washington state and is fighting extradition back to Belize after they filed a warrant to Interpol for her arrest.
They have filed a civil wrongful death lawsuit against Nessl for killing their father for financial gain, they allege.
Belize has since issued a warrant for Nessl’s arrest, which has been posted to Interpol. Nessl moved back to Washington to tend to McNamara’s orchard after his death.
She is currently waiting to learn if she’ll be extradited back to Belize.
However, the report Belize issued regarding McNamara’s death is full of contradictions.
Orlando Vera wrote in the McNamara’s death report that the bullet entered on the left side of Tim McNamara’s head and exited on the right, but later in the same report, Vera said the bullet exited on the left side of the head, according to KREM.
Nessl’s lawyer, John Henry Browne, said McNamara was clearly depressed due to the financial burden of the farm and wrote ‘sentimental emails’ to his children just before his death. He said Nessl had no motive to kill her husband and her life is more challenging now than if he were alive. She says she will continue to care for his farm, even though she is struggling to do so, and continue to fight extradition back to Belize.
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