In Newton, Massachusetts, 43-year-old Xiu Fang Ke became desperate when her gambling addiction led to debt. She began dating her former landlord, 65-year-old Leonard Garber, and forging checks in his name. According to NBC News, she eventually stole over $40,000.
When Garber confronted Ke about the theft, she beat him to death with a hammer, wrapped his body in a curtain, and hid him under construction materials on his property. Police discovered him after worried family members had reported him missing.
“Based on the preliminary assessment, it appears that the body may have been there for more than one day, and that it had been placed in such a way as to conceal it,” Newton Police Department said in a statement.
While investigating, police discovered Ke on Garber’s at-home surveillance footage. When she was called to the police headquarters, she immediately confessed to the killing.
“During the interview the defendant admitted that she had stolen checks from Leonard Garber and that she had killed him,” Assistant District Attorney Julie Kunkel said. “She later stated that she had used a hammer, and hid his body in the location where it was eventually found by police.”
Xiu Fang Ke was charged with murder and is being held at City of Newton Jail without bail.