Pennsylvania man ‘who kidnapped his 4ft tall girlfriend, suffocated her with duct tape and left her to die in a Nevada desert’
John Chapman, 39, led a ‘double life’ before allegedly kidnapping and killing his former girlfriend, Jaime Feden, 33
Despite dating Feden, Chapman has reportedly been married to his wife, Maureen Chapman, for almost a year
On his Facebook page, he refers to himself as ‘single’ and called Maureen ‘sis’ under a profile picture
Maureen says she learned of Chapman’s relationship with Feden after he called her from the police department and confessed to her
People close to Feden believe Chapman pretended to be her on social media after her disappearance by making Facebook posts
Chapman has been charged with kidnapping and other counts in the missing persons case
The suspect asked Feden to drive to Las Vegas, Nevada, for a vacation. He then allegedly brought her to the Nevada desert where he tied her up, bound her mouth and nose
Feden was last seen two months ago and officials in Nevada have found a body matching the general description
He was charged with kidnapping and obstructing administration of law
John Chapman, [photo], has been arrested in disappearance of his ex, Jaime Feden, who was last seen on Sept 15. He’s confessed to her murder
A Pennsylvania man who kidnapped his girlfriend and allegedly confessed to killing her led a startling double life – including a secret wife and masquerading as the victim online after she disappeared.
John Matthew Chapman, 39, is in police custody in connection to the disappearance of his girlfriend, Jaime Feden, who was last seen on September 15.
On Friday, Chapman allegedly admitted to authorities that he killed 33-year-old Feden in Las Vegas by suffocating her.
He also reportedly confessed his crime to his wife of one year, Maureen Chapman.
According to WXPI,
Maureen had no idea of her husband’s crimes or double dealings, before Chapman called her from the Bethel Park Police Department around 6am.
‘He said he had murdered a woman. I was in disbelief,’ Maureen said.
The shocking news led her to question their entire relationship and his ‘double life’, like claims he was visiting family and lying about his job.
Chapman reportedly told Maureen: ‘I killed her because I had to.’
‘I killed her because I had to,’ John allegedly told his wife Maureen seen [left] with him on their wedding day almost a year ago. He made the call to his wife after his arrest for the murder of Jaime Feden. Maureen Chapman had no idea of her husband’s supposed wrongdoings until he called her from the Bethel Park Police Dept on Friday
Maureen said Chapman told her he was taking her truck for a work trip in Las Vegas after visiting his relatives in Bethel Park.
The truck is now considered key evidence.
Chapman’s Facebook page has no mention of a relationship and, in fact, says he’s single.
His bio reads: ‘I’m a 39 year old single guy from Pennsylvania. I’ve lived here most of my life. I’m always trying to meet new and interesting people.’
Any romantic relationship to Maureen is obscured further when he commented ‘Lookin good sis’ under his wife’s latest profile picture and listed her as his ‘sister’.
Clark County Coroner’s office have not official identified the body but police claim ‘there is sufficient evidence to believe’ they are Feden’s remains as it matches her physical characteristics.
‘What I would say about her, she’s a sweet, gentle, loving soul and she was taken advantage of by a predator,’ Bethel Park Police Chief Timothy O’Connor told News4.
‘We are not charging him with homicide and kidnapping is our most serious charge against Mr. Chapman. The statements he has made are leading us to believe that if there is such a crime, it would be out in Nevada,’ O’Connor said.
According to police, Feden’s family received messages via her Facebook page and texts after her disappearance but the individual who sent them did not give correct information.
‘But we don’t believe it was in fact her. We believe it was Mr. Chapman posing as her,’ O’Connor said.