Pam Hupp is a woman from California who may look like the lady from down the block however this particular woman likes to kill people. According to court reports Pam Hupp would fatally shoot Louis Gumpenberg inside of Hupp’s residence. Now Pam Hupp would tell police that Louis Gumpenberg had attacked her with a knife so she had no choice but to shoot and kill the man. Unfortunately for Pam Hupp her story fell apart pretty quickly as Louis Gumpenberg had severe physical limitations as well as mental issues. Pam Hupp would receive a life sentence for this murder that took place in 2016.
The thing about Pam is that the Louis Gumpenberg was not likely her first murder for Hupp was involved in the murder of Betsy Faria in 2011. See Pam Hupp would be the prosecutors main witness against Betsy Faria husband Russ Faria who was charged in the murder. Betsy Faria who was stabbed to death inside of her home was murdered for the insurance money. Now days before Betsy Faria murder she had changed the life insurance to reflect Pam Hupp as the new beneficiary, wanting Pam to hold onto the money until her children were older. Prosecutors would say at Russ Faria trial that this was the reason why Russ had murdered Betsy. Russ would be found guilty after his first trial and not guilty in his second trial. In 2021 Pam Hupp would be charged with the murder of Betsy.
So now we have two murders, yes one is alleged, police now believe that Pam Hupp had invited Louis Gumpenberg into her home as she planned to frame him for the murder of Betsy Faria in order to ensure Russ conviction. However her plan backed fired and she ended up killing Louis Gumpenberg.
With Pam Hupp the murders of Louis Gumpenberg and Betsy Faria are the two most well known tied to this case but there is yet another murder. Pam Hupp mother, Shirley Mae Neumann, would die in 2013 and the woman who was suffering from Alzheimers and physical ailments would allegedly fall from her balcony and die from her injuries. However the case would take a strange turn when someone called in to police saying that Pam Hupp admitting to killing her mother for the insurance money. The death at Shirley Mae Neumann was at first ruled as accidental however the cause of death was later changed to undetermined. Whether Pam Hupp is responsible for the death of Shirley Mae Neumann is still up for debate.
Pam Hupp 2022 Information
Pam Hupp is currently out of the California Department Of Corrections and held in a county jail while she prepares to go to trial for the murder of Betsy Faria
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Pam Hupp has been charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action for the December 2011 murder of Betsy Faria, Lincoln County Prosecutor Mike Wood announced at a press conference on Monday.
The charges are the latest chapter in a long and twisted case.
Pam Hupp was the last person known to have seen Betsy Faria alive before she was stabbed to death in her Troy, Missouri home just after Christmas, 2011. Betsy’s husband Russ discovered her body when he returned home from his weekly game night with friends
According to court documents obtained by Dateline this week, Pam Hupp tracked her friend’s every move on Tuesday, December 27, 2011, waiting until she was weak and lethargic from chemotherapy that day, and gave her a ride home, knowing Betsy’s husband Russ would not be there.
Betsy was stabbed repeatedly, and court documents allege Hupp then dipped Betsy’s socks in her own blood and spread it around the house to make it look like her husband killed her in a domestic assault.
The court document goes on to outline what Lincoln County Prosecutor Mike Wood describes as a “compelling circumstantial murder case, one that is very difficult to deny.” Yet, the facts of the case were ignored, he added, announcing that there will be a new investigation into “potential prosecutorial and police misconduct in the Betsy Faria case.”
“To me it felt as if this was confirmation – bias in its purest form, largely driven by ego,” he said. “I can confidently say they weren’t interested in finding any evidence that pointed anywhere else.”
At the press conference on Monday, Wood also announced that they will be seeking the death penalty, saying “I do not take lightly the decision to pursue the death penalty, but this case stands alone in its heinousness and depravity, such that it shocks the conscience.”
“One of the aggravating factors we’re obviously able to rely on with the death penalty was that she murdered for the insurance money, but I will specifically say this case struck very deep into our souls and into our conscience with a level of depravity not regularly seen,” Wood said Monday. “What I can say is that we have a person who not only murdered her friend, then mutilated the body, staged the scene, testified against an innocent man, and then once he was acquitted, went and murdered someone in St. Charles County to prevent herself from being considered as a suspect. I can’t pick a case more depraved than that.”
Four days before the murder, Betsy, who had terminal cancer, had made her friend Pam the beneficiary of a $150,000 life insurance policy in place of her husband. It was a change Betsy’s other friends and family members, including Russ, said they knew nothing about.
Russ was charged with Betsy’s murder in 2012 after an investigation in which Hupp pointed the finger at Russ. Hupp went on to testify against him at his trial in November 2013. He was convicted by a jury and sentenced to life in prison.
Russ Faria’s conviction was later overturned.
At his retrial before another judge in November 2015, Faria’s defense attorney Joel Schwartz pointed to Hupp as the person with the motive and opportunity to kill Betsy. Hupp was not called by either side to testify. This time, Faria was found not guilty. The Lincoln County prosecutor at the time, who led the state’s case against Russ at both trials, continued to maintain that Russ was Betsy’s killer.
Then, in August 2016, Hupp shot and killed a man she claimed had accosted her in the driveway of her O’Fallon, Missouri home, demanding “Russ’s money” and threatening to kill her. Investigators determined that the man, Louis Gumpenberger, was not an intruder but was instead an unwitting participant in a scheme Hupp had devised to frame Russ Faria and portray him as a violent person.
According to investigators, Gumpenberger, who had a brain injury, was approached by Hupp posing as a Dateline producer. Investigators believe Hupp lured Gumpenberger into her car with a bogus promise of money to re-enact a 911 call for an upcoming episode, something Dateline would never do.
A week after the incident, Hupp was charged with Gumpenberger’s murder. In a St. Charles County, Missouri courtroom in the summer of 2019, Hupp entered an Alford plea in the case allowing her to avoid a death-penalty trial. Without admitting guilt, Hupp acknowledged that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict her of killing Gumpenberger. She was sentenced to life in prison.
That case prompted newly-elected Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Wood to reopen Betsy Faria’s murder case, which eventually led to today’s charges.
Pam Hupp has repeatedly denied having any involvement in Betsy Faria’s murder.