Crucial dates in the Mel Ignatow case - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Crucial dates in the Mel Ignatow case

It all began in 1988, when Brenda Sue Schaefer was reported missing.  Her boyfriend, Mel Ignatow, was immediately a suspect.

The next year, Ignatow accused Doctor William Spalding of sending him a letter saying he would be killed unless he confessed to the murder.  During the trial that followed, Spalding was convicted of sending the threatening letter.

But in that trial, Ignatow testified that he had a loving relationship with Schaefer -- that's a detail that becomes important later.

In December of 1991, a jury in Kenton County, Kentucky acquitted Ignatow of murder charges.  But only months after his acquittal, a worker discovered photographs showing Ignatow raping and torturing Brenda Sue Schaffer.

The constitutional right against double jeopardy kept prosecutors from bringing Ignatow to trial again for murder.  But remember his testimony during Doctor Spalding's trial?  Ignatow said he had a loving relationship with Brenda Sue Schaefer.

That led to federal charges of perjury, and in 1992 Ignatow was found guilty and served five years.

In December of 2001, Ignatow was found guilty on state perjury charges, and was sentenced to nine years in prison.

He was released after five years because of time served, good behavior, and education credits.

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