Richard Gustav Forsberg Guilty of Wife's Decapitation and Dismemberment Murder
Richard Forsberg, who'd worked as the Coastline Community College computer manager, showed little emotion as the verdict was read. His wife's body has never been found.
|The "happy" couple: Richard and Marcia Forsberg|
Eventually, a friend filed a missing person's report with the Orange County Sheriff's Department, whose investigators were told by Richard in August 2010 he had not seen or heard from Marcia since she left for Arizona the previous March. Deputies returned with a search warrant, but Richard was now missing, as was Marcia's car. He later turned up in a Palm Springs hospital recovering from a sleeping pill overdose.
Richard Gustav Forsberg Stands Trial for Wife's Decapitation, Dismemberment and Disposal
Prosecutors told jurors in Santa Ana the Forsbergs got into an argument on Feb. 9, 2010, that ended with Richard grabbing a small statuette in their home and hitting Marcia several times in the head until she was dead. Over the next few days, he chopped off his beloved's head and limbs and bought two freezers to store the body parts that he would drive in a rented RV to Ventura County for disposal. The couple had met while attending community college in Ventura.
Marcia Ann Forsberg, 2010 OC Homicide No. 39: Authorities Say Hubby Did It
Despite Richard Forsberg having pleaded not guilty, the key piece of evidence against him was a taped confession. The jury reportedly deadlocked 10-2 twice in favor of conviction on first-degree murder, which comes with it a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison. Forsberg is expected to be sentenced to 15 years to life, meaning he'd have to serve at least 15 years behind bars before he can request a parole hearing.
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