Father finally admits to killing his daughters’ mother back in 1987!
It’s been three decades since Sharon McGee lost her mother in what she was told was a suicide. However, that was far from the truth.
In July of 1987, Verna O’Neil was shot in the head with a .357 Magnum handgun.
At the time, detectives were told by McGee’s father, James O’Neil, that his wife had shot herself in the head.
McGee never believed her father, prompting her to finally ask one more time what happened to her mother.
According to court documents, O’Neil told his daughter her mother was threatening to kill herself. She pulled out a gun, and he wrestled it away from her. Verna O’Neil then said she wanted to die, and her husband responded: “Let me show you how it’s done,” and pulled the trigger.
But that was not the original story that was told to investigators.
On the night of the murder, O’Neal told investigators that he had been arguing with his wife. He said that during the argument, she pulled out their handgun, prompting him to try and grab it away from her.
O’Neal continued saying that during the process of trying to get the gun from Verna, it went off, ultimately killing her.
Following that story, Investigators ruled the death a suicide.
That was until McGee came forth and told police that her father actually killed her mother.
His haunting message after coming clean to his daughter was, “I’m believing that you will sleep much better tonight, Love Dad.”
When O’Neal finally confessed to his daughter, he stuck by the idea that the killing was an accident, and the trigger was accidentally pulled because it was sensitive.
O’Neal argued that the gun had a hair trigger, but tests performed in 1987 showed the gun required normal trigger pressure to fire.
O’Neil, now 83, was charged with manslaughter, but was released on $50,000 bail.
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