It seems like nothing can get in the way of love—even murder. Whether her new husband's adoration will be able to defeat the psychological turmoil of an allegedly blood-splattered history is something only time will tell.
In Cleveland, on August 7, 2021, Crystal Straus put on a pink dress, ready to walk down the aisle, a controversial move. The beautiful woman said "I do" to the man, John Tiedjen, who was found guilty of murdering her brother, Brian McGary, in 1989.
Tiedjen and his bride said their vows in the yard of Straus's home. The wedding was put together at the last minute due to Tiedjen’s house arrest.
Crystal Straus and John Tiedjen getting married. │ Source: facebook.com/clearascrystal9
This new husband had to scramble to get ready for the special occasion, somehow finding ways to collect a bouquet, a dress shirt, and shoes. The absurdity of this whole situation has not been lost on Straus, the wife expressing:
“It’s definitely not a fairy tale...But it’s so genuine.”
Her statement was echoed via the ceremony itself, which, while vulnerable and authentic, was surrounded by dark reminders. Tiedjen's ankle monitor beeped while his defense lawyer was the officiant.
McGary and Tiedjen were close family friends, and Straus knew him since he was a preteen. With this level of familiarity, it then came as a shock when Tiedjen was convicted of her brother's murder.
McGary had not been murdered but rather committed suicide.
Straus's spouse's fingerprints were allegedly on the gun used to kill her sibling, leading to a life sentence in prison. McGary was found deceased in an apartment he shared with Tiedjen with a bullet hole in his forehead and multiple stab wounds.
Since then, the accused killer has been granted another trial by Cuyahoga County Judge Dick Ambrose as new evidence has come to light. Tiedjen has asserted:
“I had no powder burns, no gunshot residue, no blood, no cuts, no scrapes, nothing on my person or me or my clothing."
The convict also claimed he was coerced into confessing; the accused is currently released on bond and on house arrest awaiting his re-trial on August 31, 2021.
The unexpected pair began their affair when Straus wrote a letter to the inmate, expressing forgiveness. They kept in contact, and she eventually began believing in his purported innocence; speaking about the journey to prove this, she expressed
“We’ll get through this.., It’s going to be challenging. There’s no doubt about it.”
The complexity of the case certainly speaks volumes to this statement. There are many factors at play, with one theory alleging that McGary had not been murdered but committed suicide.
Although not as dark and heartstopping as Straus and Tiedjen's love affair, another couple has certainly captured public attention. A 61-year-old grandmother recently became engaged to a 24-year-old man.
Quran McCain met 61-year-old Cheryl McGregor when he was 15, but it wasn’t until 2020 that they developed romantic feelings. They keep pushing societal boundaries, even setting up an OnlyFans account to share some of their R-18 content.
The online world has many negative opinions, a significant number stating that they disagree with the age gap. Whether one finds it right or wrong, it appears love can manifest in the strangest of circumstances.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org.
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