“I want to kill my boss.”
Admit it. The thought has crossed your mind. Hopefully in an innocuous, flippant and decidedly non-literal way, but, hey, the mind does wander. Sadly, violence in the workplace is on the rise (you can blame the bad economy). And, while the unhinged are just as apt to kill co-workers, these 10 murderers targeted the big cheese.
Ernesto Hernandez Avalos murdered Woo Sung Park in January 2007 :
Avalos, a 27-year-old California day laborer, was doing some landscaping when his 45-year-old boss Woo Sung Park told him he was working too slowly. Avalos’ response to this gripe? He hit Park in the back of head with his shovel six or seven times … before switching over to a pick axe. Police arrived on the scene and were able to subdue him.
While Avalos later admitted to using methamphetamine prior to work that day, he did maintain at his April 2010 sentencing that he felt Park was going to physically attack him.
The judge’s response to this assertion? Avalos was sentenced to 26 years to life.
Natavia S. Lowery murdered Linda Stein in October 2007:
Lowery was working for Stein as her personal assistant when the celebrity real estate broker was found in a pool of blood on the floor of her Manhattan apartment.
A murder weapon was never recovered, but prior to recanting, Lowery, then 28, confessed to beating Stein with a yoga stick. She said that the former manager of The Ramones, who was battling breast cancer at the time, called her a racial slur and blew marijuana smoke into her face. (No marijuana was found in Stein’s system.) Despite her family’s attempts to pin the murder on Stein’s daughter Mandy, Lowery was convicted. She was sentenced on May 3 to 25 years to life.