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A Deadly Lie

Some lies can be deadly! One would hope that a lie would not come to such a horrible thing but it happens. This story is not one of encounters from my chronicles; however it is a true story. It made the local news and aired on Snapped in 2010. I wanted to share it because it definitely resonates with the essential theme of this blog.  The sad truth is a beautiful person is gone to soon because of a lie so deadly.

 Shannon Crawley found herself  in a love triangle that went horribly wrong. It all started with a lie! Jermeir Stroud decided he would date two women at the same time. Neither of the women knew about each other. His longtime girlfriend Denita Smith was off to graduate school while Jemeir decided to date Shannon. They dated for about a year before Jemeir broke things off. Jemeir had recently proposed to Denita and of course he could not continue a relationship with Shannon. Now a lovestruck Shannon world is turned upside down. When she realized he was engaged to Denita, his girlfriend, she was devastated. Her devastation turned deadly because she SNAPPED!!!! She killed Denita Smith in a jealous rage.

Crawley convicted in killing, gets life – Durham County – NewsObserver.com. Click on this link to view the full story.

Here is the sad truth…………Jemeir set this in motion the day he decided to lie and pursue a relationship with Shannon. Now I am sure Jemeir didn’t think this would happen after having a relationship with two women at the same.  Jemeir’s lie turned deadly and left many people hurt, angry, and confused. I’m sure his world hasn’t been the same since and it doesn’t help that his unspoken truth has now been publicized for the world to see. I can’t imagine what his life must be like now since his lie became deadly.

Shannon Crawley is not totally innocent in the story. It was very selfish of her to take someone’s life. She is not the first woman this has happened to and definitely won’t be the last. I’m sure she is thinking about that everyday now that she is in prison for life. She did her share of lying and scheming in her defense during the trial. It’s such a sad tragedy since her children will have to grow up without her.

I wonder what Denita must have thought the day her killer confronted her. She had no clue that her fiance‘ had been in another relationship prior to their engagement. She was very happy because she had so many things to look forward too and more sadly because she loved her man. Now the family and friends of Denita Smith are left to mourn her untimely death…………a senseless death. WHY??? A Deadly Lie

May her memory live on for those who loved her. RIP Denita

Respectfully,

Truthseeker411

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Posted on July 12, 2011, in Love & Relationships, True Inspiration and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 52 Comments.

  1. Wow!! This is very sad. It looks like two women lost their life because of deception.

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  2. I saw the episode on “snapped”. Unchecked anger and jealousy is a deadly combination.

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  3. Yes it is! Sometimes flings aren’t harmless. Thank you for commenting!

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  4. I just saw the repeat of this story on Snapped. How awful for the Smith family and friends. The inequity of this situation appauls me. This guy, still an officer, created this fury because of his selfish greed. This beautifull young woman is dead. The children of the convicted killer without a mother. It sucks. It is always good to consider the end of something. Say to yourself, “How will/might this end”, then choose your actions wisely.
    M

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  5. Very good insight M! Thank you for commenting!

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  6. I watch the episode of Snapped over and over because I just cant wrap my mind around how terribly sad and tragic this was. I also wonder what is life been like for Jermeir sincw Denita’s murder. I wonder is he remorseful? Does he miss Denita? Did he mourn the loss of her? Is he married now?

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  7. I wonder that also. I hope he is remorseful and has some type of feeling about the situation. He put Denita in danger when he decided to date someone else. You never know what people will do. One thing is for certain, he can’t ever get past it. Snapped airs that episode a lot. Thank you for commenting!!!

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  8. Yes! They run it a lot! Do you know if he has married and moved on? I thought i might have read that somewhere. I also wonder how the family feels about him. Denita’s family that is.

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  9. I’m not sure if he is. The last time I did a search on him nothing came up about him being married. It seems he is being very low key. He doesn’t have a facebook page or maybe he uses a different name. I’m sure that family loathes him.

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  10. Yeah I’m sure they do.

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  11. Hi thereTruthseeker. I found some additional info about Jermeir Stroud. Google “The College Park Police Dept. Welcomes 3 new recruits”. It appears that Jermeir lives in the Atlanta area now and is married and has a son. I guess life goes on……

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  12. WOW!!!! Will you look at that! I guess life does go on. New job, new wife, new kid……All that after destroying lives. Thank you so much Yvette for sharing that information with me! I appreciate it. I might have to do an update to this blog post.

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  13. You are welcome Truthseeker. I will let you know if I come up with anything else. FOR SOME REASON i am obsessed with this case!

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  14. No matter how much he has moved on, I am sure that a day doesn’t go by where thoughts about what he did to Denita don’t haunt him.

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  15. I know! When I first saw it on Snapped, I was intrigued. I guess because the three of them are in my age range. They are also educated. I kept thinking this could happen to anyone. I’m thinking about doing a post about another case that’s similar to this case. This female lived in my hometown. This case also aired on Snapped. Google Carla Hughes and check it out.

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  16. Oh yes that’s my other fascinating case!!! That one and Nikki redmond and Adrienne Hickson. Go ahead and blog about Carla Hughes, so we can pick thatcase apart!!!

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  17. Nikki Redmond is from my hometown of Savannah, Georgia. I don’t know the details of the case as well as Carla and Shannon’s.

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  18. For some reason, out of all of these cases, the Denita Smith murder affects me the most. Not sure why, could be the same reasons you gave.

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  19. The Elicia Hughes case is another one. I’m not sure I believe she was innocent. Do you?

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  20. Yes! I am also wrapped up in these cases. I guess I am trying to figure out what was going throught their minds when they decided to murder these women over a guy. These women were educated, attractive, and had a lot going for them. They have so much in common with me and my circle of friends. I know people who have been in these situations but they never murdered anyone. These women and their cases really hit home with me. My best friend often says I should have been a psychiatrist or counselor. Maybe so! I know Elicia Hughes personally. I worked with her the summer her husband was murdered. I will never forget it. I’m not certain she did it but I think she might know who did. Her husband was a piece of work. He had a lot of women!!! He was always unfaithful but he didn’t deserve to die. I remember Nikki Redmond and Adrienne Hickman on Snapped.

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  21. Wow! You know Elicia personally? I guess I think the same thoughts as you. Maybe because I am a social worker and we pick everything apart!

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  22. Yes I know her. I haven’t seen her in years. I moved away a year after the murder of her husband but I kept up with the case through the news. You know girl we have to stay prayed up. Monique once said “We are all one choice from prison.” I thought that was very profound because many people don’t just walk around wanting to do harm or murder others. They just for some reason chose to use bad judgement or had a temporary mind lapse. As result, something bad happens and they have to pay for their crime. At the end of the day we all can’t say what we won’t do. Since learning about these cases, I continue to pray and ask God for good judgement. When I get too upset, I try to back away from the situation and say God help me.

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  23. Amen sista! Lol! We must stay prayed up!

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  24. You skanks are stupid for blaming him, y’all must be bitter cuz you were cheated on. Lol. It’s the crazy woman’s fault for killing her.. She can’t act like an adult and take a break up

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    • First of all Robyn let me say thank you for taking the time to comment. I welcome all comments. I am not biased at all. I love a great discussion or debate. We all have our opinions. Please refrain from the name calling. We don’t need to be disrespectful to get our point across. I hope that you come back and join us but be nice.

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  25. The point simple is this: don’t play with people’s hearts because you never know. Love makes people do crazy things.

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  26. Hello I know late in this post, but I recently saw this case on Snapped. I had to share my experience I had in a “Love Triangle” with a guy I was dating for a little over 2yrs. Thank God my story didn’t turn out like this case, but he carried on with a lie throughout our entire relationship. At the latter part of the relationship I discovered he was involve with a coworker also. She also had an abortion during the course of their relationship. She also had another relationship going on with a guy, she was engaged to & had children with. I discovered this one night she showed up unannouced and every lie he told both of us came to light! I broke it and never communicated with him again. Our story could have easily turn out this way and this case was defiently an eye opener! So sorry to hear how Stroud lies, ended the life of the Beautiful Smith. I hope men every where see’s this case and learns of it…
    Marloe

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    • Thank you for reading and commenting! Yes you are right this happens a lot but murder doesn’t have to take place. Just walking away from it is the best choice. I’m glad you walked away. Love triangles have been happening for years. I don’t think it will ever change. I would hope because there are many who have lost their lives because of cheating and deception. This story could possible teach us something.

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  27. Im glad your story didnt turn out like Denita’s. Such a tragedy…….

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  28. Truthseeker, have you viewed the FB page for Denita. Its a group called “RIP Denita” and there are some nice pics on there to. Request to join the group and check it out, if you haven’t already. Even her mother posts on there from time to time.

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  29. No problem. You’re welcome Truthseeker.

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  30. Yes, he lied and it was wrong, but there is no excuse for her actions. NONE. I have read a lot of articles about this case and it seems as if everyone wants to put the blame on him. Unfortunately, people cheat and lie every day, but it’s not everyday you find someone sick enough to commit a cold blooded murder like this. The responsibility is hers.

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    • Thank you for stopping by and commenting! You are right many people have written about this case but if you notice I didn’t just point the finger at him. I talked about both, mostly Shannon. My article also talks about the victim in a positive light. You should read it again.

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  31. I just watched the Snapped episode of this case myself and for some odd reason found myself looking up Jermeir to see what ever happened to him. COINCIDENTLY I ran across an article posted last year stating that he was re-married, had a son, and a recent recruit of the College Park Police Department in College Park, Georgia. I find that incomprehensible as to how and why someone could move on so fast after losing their fiance?? Just seeing a picture of him is sickening because I agree with DeNita’s father, Jermeir should have done more to protect her, ESPECIALLY since he is a police officer. What I find even more disturbing is how in the world could College Park’s Police Department employ someone who was involved, whether directly or indirectly, in a murder? He might not have pulled the trigger but he damn sure caused the gun to be loaded.

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  32. Your mode of telling the whole thing in this paragraph is genuinely good, every one be
    capable of without difficulty be aware of it, Thanks a lot.

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  33. I just saw this episode on the ID channnel and wa also intrigued by the events of this case. I wonder if the family of the murdered woman would ever consider suing that police officer

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  34. I was in the same situation, the only difference is that I would never kill someone, the other woman is innocent, it’s the man that needs a bullet in his butt!! I was in a serious relationship for 5 yrs and this person told me & my family that he wanted to marry me. Labor Day weekend of of 2011 I found out that he got married July of 2010 & dated & lead me on the whole time! Ouch!! I didn’t want to kill him but I wanted him to hurt like I was, I did jump on him & kicked his A##!! LOL!! On a serious note this could have turned out like the Crawley case, thank god I love myself & didn’t snap, nothing is worth you spending the rest of your life in jail!!

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  35. I was a grad student at Central when she was murdered. Jermeir is pretty much persona non grata around there now. I’m sure that’s why he moved to GA. He did move on. From what I understand, he was already in another relationship within a year after Denita was murdered. He didn’t pull the trigger, but ultimately his behavior caused so much hurt and pain that I don’t know how he can live with himself. One thing I want to say bough is that he and Shannon ended their affair BECAUSE of the abortion. He didn’t want her to get rid of the baby.

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    • Thanks for sharing! This is definitely new insight. One thing for sure is that this is truly a sad, sad tragedy.

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    • He reminds me of Keyon Pittman (Carla Hughes case). I followed Carla’s case from beginning to end & watched the trial (live stream). I was more upset at her attorney than I was at the verdict … but that’s another issue.
      I’m certain this Jermeir person motives for moving to ATL isn’t to leave the past behind. NC isn’t that far from away … I may live in TX, but I’m a GA/TN girl … & we all know about “Atlanta’s Scandalous Secrets” aka (A$$) …
      Fyi – it’s no coincidence that each word end with the letter “S” … sex & secrets. Think about it.

      Jermeir, Jermyah, Jeretta, Jerae or whatever he calls himself is going to meet his worst enemy & he’s not going to realize it until it’s too late. This is going to be the baddest chic he’s ever had in his life. His emotions will surpass how Shannon felt, but this wanna be playa pimp will be oblivious to this. It could be 2 yrs, 5 yrs or 10 … as long as he’s vulnerable to Satan’s ways – he’s making himself available to Ms. Karma. From what I’ve heard … Ms. Karma is the baddest chic out there! Hello!

      As for Shannon, Carla & others who have fallen prey to “Deadly Love Triangles” … there’s nothing but time – use it.
      God is love. He has shown us what love is & how it feels. Suffering, pain & jealousy is not a part of that definition.
      He’s our protector. He’s like our umbrella in rainy weather; and Satan is that rainy weather. Taking down the umbrella leaves one open to all sorts of stuff like heavy rain drops, nasty debris … & let’s not even mention lightning! Can you imagine that burn? Ouch,(shudder). But God is still there & we can seek shelter again, but … the weathered mess is still there, he’s not going to just wipe it away. However, he can show you how to use the weathered you for good. This is what I relayed to Carla when I wrote her awhile back.

      I feel there’s more to her story & one day that darkness will light up. It’s not up for debate or discussion when your heavenly father instructs you to do something. No, no. These ladies knew to run from the moment these men invaded their personal space, but they didn’t. Smh. Now their weathered mess has been picked up, dusted & dried and relocated for another purpose, bc they didn’t follow God’s instructions to relocate when told.

      I’m sorry for the long rambling comment, but I’m so tired of seeing women subject themselves to such tragic situations. It’s thoughtless, selfish, stupid, disrespectful + other words I’ll just keep to myself, but you get the picture.

      I wonder if there’s “awareness” for this type of behavior. Kinda like awareness for domestic violence or mental health issues. I wouldn’t group this behavior in the ‘mental’ category bc it doesn’t seem to fit … I say that bc women are complex & that doesn’t constitute crazy. I will go a step further & say emotional abuse cannot be used to defend the stupidity of their actions from the moment that 1st rain drop hit them on the head.

      My aunt taught me a lot at a young age & I’m so happy I listened. Never ever ever never think what you have is greater than the next woman … even if some dude whispers those words in your ear. God made us the same. We’re female for a very obvious reason. We’re different in color, shape, size, mentality, yada yada … but – unless we have a physical disability, we all put on our pants one leg at a time. One leg at a time. Some may be quicker than others, but whose to say the next person can’t do the same? (I’ll let that sink in) … We might have some youngin’s on here 🙂

      I’m going to end my rambling. Again – I’m sorry. Please forgive me & PLEASE overlook typos/grammar errors bc I’m using my phone & I’m getting sleepy … xoxo
      \m/ GN!

      ~Never rush time. Enjoy Today bc Yesterday is gone & Tomorrow is not promised~
      by CBrown <– that's me! MsAtx 🙂

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  36. Denita was my young cousin. She was such an engaging, energetic young lady!!! Even when she was a youngster, I could see greatness in her. It’s so, so heartbreaking that her life was ended at the peak of her fullfilness. She had SO much to give to the world.

    We grieve our loss….but it’s heaven’s gain. RIP, my dear cousin ♥♥♥♥♥

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  37. This man has since married and has a baby and he patrols the streets in my city now College Park Georgia I wonder how he lives with his self-contained actions if I ever see him I will say I know you you from that show snapped

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  38. I don’t care if he was lying to 15 woman, that girl was crazy. If she was so mad why did she kill him. She was just mad because he didn’t want her. She crazy

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  39. So sad the loss of Denita. I am surprised that a lot of people seem to think jeirmeir is to blame and doesn’t deserve to get on with life or have a job with the police force. We have all sinned and done things that could have led to a very tricky situation but thank God for His grace and mercy! When all is said and done, unless J co conspired with Shannon then he is not guilty of the murder but of cheating and lying. His punishment is to live with the consequences of his actions which I have no doubt he probably is living with. No wife, child or new job can rid him of a guilty conscience. The only thing that can do that is Christ and if He forgives then we should not be throwing stones.

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  40. i saw this on SNAPPED.and i was so sad this happened to her (DENITA) THIS reminds me of what happened to Avis Banks also on SNAPPED! IM like if mr stroud was engaged to ms smith why would he go there with another woman. SMDH.Ms Smith was a very pretty woman who was going places. so sad. no more comment from me!

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  41. Ive watched this story on 2 different shows now and it has affected me profoundly. 1 because i ended up in a similar situation torn between 2 women only i didn’t persue 1 she simply would no go away. But i did sleep with both of them. But the real reason it affected me so deeply is because i saw shannons face in the courtroom at sentencing i think and it crushed my heart! The look of utter and TOTAL dispare broke my heart. I watch this type of tv fairly regularly but her story affected me completely differently than any b4 or sense.
    Such a beautiful young MOTHER…..how could she allow such a thing to rob her AND her CHILDREN of the rest of their lives by such a foolish act. I PUT MYSELF IN HER SHOES…..BEING IMPRISONED FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE AND……….I …..CANNOT BELIEVE THIS IS REAL. THAT SUCH A GORGEOUS GURL COULD HAVE ACTUALLY KILLED ANOTHER SWEET GURL OVER A MAN. SHANNON……WHY????WHY??? HOW COULD U ACTUALLY DO THIS THING????? I CANNOT WRAP MY MIND AROUND THIS.
    AND FOR U MR STROUD…….U PIECE OF SHIT……..ULL GET URS IN TIME U FUCKING SHIT BAG. I HOPE U R PROUD OF URSELF!

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