Divorced father-of-three accused of killing his Colombian DJ girlfriend and stuffing her body in a suitcase goes viral on Twitter after 2022 post about their first blind date holiday is updated to say he’s charged with her murder
John Poulos, 35, could face up to 35 years for the killing of girlfriend, 21-year-old Colombian DJ Valentina Trespalacios
Her remains was found crammed into a suitcase that was found inside a construction site dumpster in Bogotá, on Jan 24
The autopsy report showed that 21-year-old beaten and strangled to death
Poulos had been dating Trespalacios, a well-known electronic music DJ, for almost a year before they got engaged, and were planning to soon marry
The note added to Poulos’ post about their first date, by Twitter, now says he was charged with murder
John Poulos, [photo], 35, could face up to 35 years for the killing of 21-year-old DJ Valentina Trespalacios, whose remains he is accused of cramming in a suitcase that was found inside a dumpster in Bogotá
A divorced father-of-three from Texas has gone viral on Twitter after a post about going on holiday with his Colombian blind date, who would soon to be his fiancée, is updated to say that he has been charged with her murder.
John Poulos, 35, could face up to 35 years for the alleged murder of popular Colombian DJ, 21-year-old Valentina Trespalacios, whose remains he is accused of cramming in a suitcase that was found inside a dumpster, days after she moved in with him in Bogotá.
John Poulos has gone viral on Twitter after a post about his first blind date going on holiday with his Colombian fiancée is updated to say that he has been charged with her murder
Back in December that Poulos responded to a viral Twitter challenge asking users to share their ‘craziest first date’, to which Poulos responded with a selfie of him looking loved-up with Trespalacios.
‘Invited a Colombian woman on vacation without meeting her first – now we’re getting married,’ Poulos replied.
Going on a little over a month Trespalacios’ body was found stuffed in a discarded suitcase left in a construction site dumpster by a homeless man on a scavenge hunt.
Colombian agents escort American murder suspect John Poulos, [arms cuffed behind], after the fugitive arrived back in Colombia from Panama on January 25. A month earlier he’d responded to a Twitter challenge with “invited a Colombian woman on vacation without meeting first – Now we’re getting married”
Valentina Trespalacios [photo], was dating her boyfriend John Poulos for eight months before her violent death
Twitter added a Community Note to the post by Poulos yesterday, noting: ‘The user who posted this tweet is now charged with murdering the woman in question.’
It then linked to details of the case presented by Colombian prosecutors against Poulos.
Twitter users reacted in shock and disgust, including the original poster of the ‘craziest first date’ question replying: ‘Go to hell you sick piece of s***.’
Poulos was initially married to wife Ashely since 2009, with the couple going on to have three children, including a son who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of four. The family had even been invited guests of former House Speaker Paul Ryan in at the State of the Union address in 2018.
However, she acknowledged that the marriage soured three years later and that Poulos abandoned the family and left them broke right before she filed a petition for divorce.
She said the relationship was abusive and she filed for divorce in 2021. Before she filed the paperwork she said Poulos had transferred their entire marital estate into an offshore trust and left the family with nothing.
Colombian prosecutors are seeking more than 35 years in prison for John Poulos, a U.S. citizen who is accused of murdering his Colombian girlfriend, 21-year-old DJ, Valentina Trespalacios, inside his apt in the capital Bogota, on January 22. The pair were planning to get married and she had just moved in with him
Poulos fled Colombia but was arrested a day later [photo], in Panama. He was moments from boarding a flight to Turkey, connecting to Montenegro. He was extradited to Colombia on Jan 26, to face charges for the murder of Valentina Trespalacios
John Poulos before the downward spiral was married to Ashley Poulos [right]. The couple who share three children filed for who filed for divorce in 2021
According to Ashley, John then left the United States and lived in Cyprus, Turkey and Ukraine among other European nations. Not too long ago she found out that he had been traveling to Colombia for vacation and was living in Texas.
She added that John abandoned their children and has not seen them in person since he moved away from their Franklin, Wisconsin, home in January 2021.
Valentina Trespalacios, 21, [photo], was beaten and strangled to death, then stuffed into a suitcase that was dumped in a construction dumpster near a park in Bogotá, Colombia, on Jan 24. Her American boyfriend John Poulos, 35, has been charged with her murder
An Before she was murdered on Jan 24, Valentina Trespalacios was a professional DJ in the Colombian capital, Bogota. The autopsy report showed that 21-year-old beaten and strangled. Her expatriate lover has been arraigned for murder
At some point, Poulos met Trespalacios through an online dating app, when he asked her to go on holiday with him for their first date.
Poulos had been dating Trespalacios, a well-known electronic music DJ, for almost a year before they got engaged, and were planning to soon marry.
A friend of Trespalacios said Poulos had become increasingly upset with her because she had refused to publicize their relationship on her social media networks.
He had earlier traveled down to Bogotá on January 19 before he moved in with her into the apartment that he claimed to have rented long-term in the north side of the city.
Still from the hallway footage at the Bogota condo complex on the night of January 21, shows Poulos coming home with his girlfriend Valentina Trespalacios, the last she seen alive before he allegedly beat and strangled her to death
He later emerged, rolling the cart with the suitcase in which he’d stuffed the body of Valentina Trespalacios. Poulos covered the suitcase with a blanket to block off view of the victim’s head, which was sticking out of the luggage bag
In their apartment in the early morning of January 22, Poulos had sex with Trespalacios and is accused of beating her and choking her to death.
A surveillance camera near the apartment showed Poulos pushing a supermarket cart with luggage bags, including one that had Trespalacios’ body stuffed into it and covered it with a blanket because her head was sticking out.
Additional footage captured Poulos placing the cart next to his rental Volkswagen Voyage and struggling to pick up the luggage back before he was able to place it in the trunk.
He then drove to the south side of Bogotá, where he abandoned the suitcase in a dumpster and headed to El Dorado International Airport to escape the country on a flight to Panamá City, Panamá.
Surveillance camera captured the moment John Poulos lifted a suitcase containing the dead body of Valentina Trespalacios and placed it in the car’s trunk
Footage from surveillance cameras in the condo complex in Bogota, where John Poulos had just leased an apartment, show the couple coming home on the night of January 21, the when Valentina Trespalacios was last seen alive before her she was murdered allegedly, by her 35-year-old American boyfriend, John Poulos.
Poulos has been accused of beating the 21-year-old Colombian DJ and strangling her to death inside his apartment.
Poulos Colombian prosecutors said stuffed the body in a suitcase which he wheeled to the elevator in a supermarket cart, taking care to shroud the suitcase with a blanket which block the the view of the victim’s head, which was sticking out of the luggage bag.
Getting to the basement garage, he was again seen on camera loading the suitcase into his trunk before disposing of if in a city dumpster.
John Poulos [left], from Texas, allegedly had plans of settling in Colombia and marrying Valentina Trespalacios [right]. He was arrested in Panama on January 24, a day after her body was found inside a suitcase in a dumpster in Bogotá
A homeless man searching for recyclables made the gruesome discovery of Trespalacios’ body the same day.
The divorced father-of-three has been in custody since January 25 after he was extradited from Panama.
Poulos had purchased a one-way ticket to Tocumen International Airport in Panamá City, Panamá. He was captured by Panamanian immigration and Interpol agents at the airport moments before he was set to board a Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul Turkey with a connection Montenegro – a country where there is no extradition treaty to Colombia.
He had also bought a one-way ticket from Panamá City to São Paulo, Brazil, as part of an attempt to throw off his international manhunt.
Poulos told authorities in Panama that the defunct Medellín Cartel was behind Trespalacios’ murder and that he had fled Colombia because cartel members wanted to kill him. Colombian authorities have yet to corroborate his version of the events.