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Mel Ignatow

September 24, 1988. Louisville, Kentucky. Brenda Sue Schaefer had not been lucky in love. When she was set up on a blind date with an older man named Mel Ignatow, she thought she had finally found the right guy. He was successful and gave Brenda a lot of attention. After a while, though, things began to sour and it was learned that Mel was very controlling and abusive. After Brenda broke things off with him, she went missing. Detectives got a lead when Mel Ignatow's ex-girlfriend, Mary Ann Shore was interviewed. But would this lead solve the case and bring a killer to justice? One thing is certain, once you have heard the details of this true crime case you will never forget it.


Brenda Sue Schaefer Find a Grave

Melvin H “Mel” Ignatow Find a Grave

Vanished woman’s car found on I-64 The Courier-Journal 9/27/1988

Schaefer wasn’t going to wed Ignatow, pair say The Courier-Journal 12/14/1991

Jurors hear Ignatow on tape demanding ex-lover’s silence The Courier-Journal 12/19/1991

Man, Acquitted Once, Gets 8 Years In Death Of Tortured Girlfriend The Seattle Times 11/14/1992

Man who got away with murder charged with perjury Associated Press 10/24/1997

Ignatow v. Ryan Find Law 1/25/2001

Double Jeopardy CBS News 1/25/2002

Double Jeopardy Pt. II: Can a Murderer Avoid Prison? CBS News 1/25/2002

Ignatow To Remain Jailed Wave 3 News 3/21/2003

Mel Ignatow released from prison WHAS 11 12/1/2006

Ignatow’s son reacts to his father’s death Wave 3 News 9/1/2008

Mel Ignatow’s preliminary autopsy results show no evidence of foul play WHAS 11 9/2/2008

Nursing assistant killed by her older fiance and his sidekick - rape and torture caught on camera New York Daily News 7/30/2016