Kevin Colgan really hates his estranged wife. But plotting to have her killed really didn’t work out for him. Especially when he used his Facebook page to talk about the plan.
His Facebook page tells the story of a bitter man who wants to blame everything on his wife. Because men are never responsible for their own actions, right? The earliest post on his FB page begins a twisted story:
Note the post under the one with comments: “Looking for her car. Timing favors a sighting.” Stalker, much? There are various posts with e-cards and graphics, for example, a cute saying about throwing people out of windows (with the comment “Boy do I wish that were true.”).
On June 13, Colgan notes that he found a gun group in his building:
Note the comment about shooting from a distance “… Like across a street like Franklin Road.” The street his wife lives on. The sniper rifle is a new idea for him. In May he purchased a Glock at a gun show for $400:
“Gotta love the ‘gun show loophole’.” Yes, I suppose someone who needs to buy a gun on the sly, without doing the paperwork, without even knowing how to use it just loves the gun show loophole.
On June 15, Colgan wrote:
“Amazing how in the 21st century, you still must use cash for some types of transactions. $5000 is a lot of cash to keep on hand. And since you can’t use a credit card, you have to take out about $300-500 each pay period. At that rate it is going to take me over 6 months.”
Now, why would he need $5,000 in cash? Let’s keep reading…
What will be “done within 30 days”? The next post ends with a chilling statement: “Death to those who deserve it.” I think we’re getting pretty far from the question of whether or not one can ask someone to kill another person.
There are more stalker-ish posts. It’s obvious that Colgan is watching his wife. He knows when she gets home and whether she’s alone or not. On June 17, he writes, “Why do hitmen require a cash advance?” This comes right after he posted an article about a man shooting his children and wife before killing himself. His commentary on the news contains a telling bit:
“Women cause more of these things than people realize. Unlike most here, I DO NOW (sic) that there might be justification for his actions or just the fact he was pushed to far. I can honestly say I would never have considered doing anything of the sort prior to things my ex wife (sic) did but now, I do think of it fairly constantly.”
This is evident to anyone who reads his Facebook page. Nearly every post concerns his desire to kill his wife or to have her killed. She did feel threatened, contrary to Colgan’s claims, as she took out a restraining order against her husband.
Finally, on June 18, this post:
The friend, Don, tried to point out to Colgan that what he was doing is, in fact, illegal. Another friend pointed out that a similar case is before the Supreme Court right now and will be considered in the fall. Colgan doesn’t believe that the case applies to what he was doing. But, reading over the comments on his page, it’s very clear that he was soliciting for a hitman.
The Bedford County, Virginia Sheriff’s Office agrees. They arrested Colgan and charged him with solicitation to commit murder. The fact that he met with an undercover cop who he tried to hire to kill his wife might have had something to do with it, too. Uh-oh… busted!
This case, while similar to the one going before the Supreme Court, differs in a couple of crucial ways. For one thing, Colgan states that he hired a hitman and posted directions for said hitman to follow. How stupid — or cocky — can a guy be? Then there’s the little matter of him meeting up with an undercover officer and asking him to kill his wife. Pretty sure that will be the clincher.
The gun show loophole, as demonstrated by this incident, makes it easy for guns to fall into the hands of people who shouldn’t have them. The ATF has traced over 10,000 guns used in crimes to gun shows. That’s about 30%. An undercover investigation undertaken by New York City found that 74% of seller at gun shows will sell a firearm to someone who tells them that they were legally prohibited from owning one.
In this case, the murder was prevented. How many cases like it do we need to see before we tighten laws for gun shows? Unfortunately, there will be more shootings before common sense is invoked in gun show regulations. One is too many.