What to know about the tragic death of Jennifer Dulos

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“I’m scared of my husband,” Jennifer Farber Dulos wrote in a divorce filing filed on June 20, 2017. “I know that asking for a divorce and filing that petition will make him angry. I know he will retaliate by trying to hurt me in some way. He has the attitude that he must always win at all costs.

According to the file, Jennifer’s ex-husband Fotis Dulos, an Ivy League-trained high-end real estate developer who had been having an affair with a colleague for a year, had exhibited “irrational, dangerous behavior, intimidating, threatening and controlling “. She also said Fotis threatened to kidnap the couple’s five children and take them with him to Greece, where he was from.

Two years after filing for divorce, on May 24, 2019, Jennifer dropped off her children at school and was never seen again. Nine days after his disappearance, police arrested Fotis Dulos and his then girlfriend Michelle Troconis.

Why police believe Fotis Dulos is responsible for Jennifer Farber Dulos’ disappearance

Fotis Dulos insisted on his innocence until his death by suicide in January 2020. Police discovered a note in the car near his unconscious body that said, in part, that he did not want to spend “another hour more in jail for something I had NOTHING to do with. Enough is enough.”

But investigators had plenty of evidence pointing to Fotis’ involvement in Jennifer’s disappearance. Even without the physical evidence they would find out later, they had Jennifer’s divorce record. According to the record, in May 2017, Fotis asked Jennifer to sign an agreement that would allow him to move his girlfriend, as well as his daughter, to the Dulos’ 15,000 square foot home in Farmington, CT.

“When I didn’t agree,” Jennifer wrote in the file, “he got enraged. I was terrified and ran out of the house. He kept yelling at me and at me. continued towards the road. Jennifer wrote that the very next day she learned that her husband had bought an illegal handgun from a friend. When she asked him to remove it from the house, she said, he told her he needed it “to protect himself”.

On the evening of the day Jennifer went missing, as investigators knocked on her door, a man whose face was hidden under a baseball cap was caught on camera by the city’s surveillance system in Hartford, Connecticut, on the train. throw plastic garbage bags in the garbage cans of several businesses and residences. 30 garbage bags, over a four mile stretch. One of the bags went down a storm sewer.

Fotis Dulos’ cell phone tapes placed him on those same streets at exactly the same time the man in the baseball cap was seen throwing 30 bags of garbage. Not only that, but the man in the baseball cap was driving a black Ford Raptor pickup truck – the same type of truck Fotis Dulos drove, with stickers in the same spot on the rear window and a license plate that appeared to match. that of Dulos. Surveillance footage also showed a woman in the passenger seat.

What the detectives found in the bags

Although it took a week for detectives to link the trash bag videos to Jennifer Farber-Dulos’ disappearance, they were still able to recover some of the thrown trash bags. There they found sponges, clothes and ties smeared with the blood of Jennifer Dulos. At least one of the bags contained DNA from Jennifer, Fotis and Fotis’ then girlfriend, Melissa Troconis. Fotis and his girlfriend were quickly arrested for “obstructing prosecution and tampering with evidence”.

According to the arrest warrant affidavits, on May 24, detectives found enough blood in the garage where Jennifer had parked her car to indicate that a “serious physical assault had taken place.” The next day they also found blood stains and splashes inside the house, as if someone had tried to clean the place.

The red Toyota Tacoma

Police were also able to access footage from school bus cameras and neighbors’ security cameras which established a clear timeline of how they believe Fotis Dulos pulled off the murder. Police learned that Fotis borrowed a red Toyota Tacoma truck from an employee. Multiple cameras saw this truck driving through the area of ​​the house where Jennifer lived, both before and after the hours they believed she had been murdered.

Police alleged that Fotis went to a location near the house so that he could “wait” for Jennifer, then used his own Chevrolet Suburban to transport his body away from the scene. The borrowed Toyota Tacoma was then seen to go in the opposite direction after a period of six hours. Jennifer’s Suburban was found abandoned in a park not far from her residence.

Five days later, Fotis Dulos had the borrowed truck cleaned and suggested that his employee swap the seats on the truck with seats from a Porsche he owned.

Why Fotis Dulos may have wanted to kill his wife

Not only were the couple embroiled in a contentious divorce, but Jennifer’s parents were also suing their son-in-law because they said he had failed to repay the large loans he had taken to them. Jennifer’s father, Hilliard Farber, had been a senior vice president of Chase Manhattan Bank and would loan Fotis money for his real estate projects. The lawsuit claimed Fotis owed Jennifer’s father more than $ 2.5 million.

Fotis also had little access to her children due to the divorce proceedings. A judge called him a “liar who willfully ignored court orders” by having his girlfriend around his five children, which court orders expressly forbade him to do. He was ultimately only allowed supervised visits on every other weekend, was not allowed to discuss the case, was not allowed to speak to his children in private one-on-one head and was not allowed to speak Greek to them to prevent the supervisor from overhearing.

Sadly, Jennifer Farber Dulos’ body has still not been found. Now, with Fotis Dulos also dead, it may never be. Their five children remain in the care of Jennifer’s mother, Gloria Farber.

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