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Woman Killed Hours After Honeymoon; Husband Arrested
Local10 News (Florida) ^

Posted on 08/18/2005 8:14:05 AM PDT by Millee

Police have arrested the husband of a woman who was found three years ago beaten to death and tossed behind a trash bin just hours after the couple returned from their honeymoon.A sanitation worker found the body of Wendy Trapaga, 21, early in the morning on Monday, Oct. 14, 2002. The body was next to a Dumpster along the 7200 block of Northwest 70th Street. Her face was badly beaten, according to police.

She and her husband, Michael Escoto, 35, had come back from her honeymoon late Sunday, Oct. 13, 2002. The couple had eloped, according to family members.

According to an attorney for the Trapaga family, the couple took out a life insurance policy worth $1 million just before their Oct. 10, 2002 wedding. Escoto was the beneficiary.

Early in the investigation, police said that they considered Escoto the prime suspect, but investigators said they did not have enough evidence to arrest him.

Police arrested Escoto Monday at the Fontainebleau Apartments in Miami where he was living with a girlfriend, but they have not yet said what evidence led to the warrant.


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: domesticviolence; floridaagain; murder; murderer
Such a pretty girl. I'm thinking bad, un-Christian like thoughts so I won't say what I hope happens to him.



1 posted on 08/18/2005 8:14:06 AM PDT by Millee
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To: Millee
... the body of Wendy Trapaga, 21, ... She and her husband, Michael Escoto, 35, ...

Is it just me?

2 posted on 08/18/2005 8:20:12 AM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: Millee
I guess the money is the motive, huh? What an unbelievable creep. Prayers for the victim and her family.

On another note: Fire up "old Sparky," we have a winner!

3 posted on 08/18/2005 8:21:41 AM PDT by asp1
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To: Millee

Don't most life insurance policies have a 1 or 2 year period where they won't pay off just so the incentive of offing your spouse isn't quite so available?


4 posted on 08/18/2005 8:42:33 AM PDT by hattend (Alaska....in a time warp all it's own!)
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To: hattend

NO way a policy is "issued" and in force in a few days for that amount..It was applied for..but no company would issue a policy on her for that amount..there is no insurable interest to justify the coverage...BTW...you are referring to suicide clauses..


5 posted on 08/18/2005 9:31:23 AM PDT by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to pass on her gene pool....any volunteers?)
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To: hattend
Don't most life insurance policies have a 1 or 2 year period where they won't pay off just so the incentive of offing your spouse isn't quite so available?

Why would anyone purchase such a policy? I don't think there are too many policies like that.

6 posted on 08/18/2005 9:33:26 AM PDT by Protagoras (Fascist thugs are American neighbors as well as Islamic terrorists.)
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To: Millee
Police arrested Escoto Monday at the Fontainebleau Apartments in Miami where he was living with a girlfriend

Young and trusting leads to her death and him doing the above...I hope justice is served
7 posted on 08/18/2005 9:35:37 AM PDT by PaulaB (The words “under God” are implicit throughout the hundreds of founding documents of this nation.)
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To: Yo-Yo

Yeah,
14 years is a bit much when the girl is 21 and the guy is 35 (so no, it's not you)....granted, I don't have any room to talk.

Neither would most of the women in my family.

Thinking about it, yeah...it ain't always good.


8 posted on 08/18/2005 9:37:49 AM PDT by najida (I hate Maytag. I hate Equifax. I hate Hewlett-Packard. I'm just one big ole ball of hate >:>)
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To: Millee

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/12400657.htm

EXCERPT

''Detectives developed new information that led to his arrest,'' Juan DelCastillo, a Miami-Dade police spokesman, said Tuesday.

The evidence came from a civil case. In July, Trapaga's mother, Myriam Benitez, sued Escoto for the $900,000 Escoto was in line to receive from his wife's life insurance policy. The money had been held in an escrow account.

Benitez won the case against Escoto Aug. 9. Escoto withdrew all claims to the money, making it available to Trapaga's estate, court records show.

Benitez's lawyers say it was Escoto's five and a half hours of testimony in the civil trial that may have provided police with the evidence they were looking for.

''He had a lot of inconsistencies in his story,'' said Jorge Barron, an attorney for Trapaga's family.

Among them:

Escoto testified that on the day of the murder the couple were returning from a one-night stay at the Miami Executive Motel and partying at the nearby club La Covacha when they got into a heated argument.

He said the couple arrived at their Miami Beach apartment around 5 a.m, but Trapaga stormed off by herself.

The new groom then told lawyers he called Trapaga's mother at 5:25 a.m. to tell her about the couple's argument and to find out if she knew of Trapaga's whereabouts. He said Trapaga had taken her car. At the civil trial, attorneys for Benitez poked holes in that story.

''We found a couple who operates a lunch truck in the area,'' said Rene Palomino Jr., another attorney for Trapaga's family. ``They open their cart every day at the same time -- 5 in the morning -- and the only people they saw around that time were the garbage collectors.''

Phone records also showed Escoto and Cerrillo, at the time his ex-girlfriend, exchanged several phone calls the morning of the murder.

Escoto said he was checking on her daughter, who had been sick for a week. However, police found a witness who said the little girl had been fine.

The Miami-Dade coroner's office also said Trapaga's death occurred between 3 and 5 a.m. Escoto was unable to provide an alibi for his whereabouts during those hours.

Escoto's lawyer, Miguel Manuel de la O, did not return repeated phone calls Tuesday.

Trapaga's body was found around 6 a.m., along the 7200 block of Northwest 70th Street, about 10 minutes away from the hotel where he said they had spent the final night of Trapaga's life.

Trapaga and Escoto met in February 2002, while Trapaga was a student at La Belle Beauty School. They moved into a Miami Beach efficiency by July and eloped that October.

Stephan said her family never liked Escoto. ``The first time I met him, I shook his hand, and I wanted to wipe my hands right after.''

CRIMINAL RECORD

According to police records, Escoto has a criminal record dating back to February 1995, when he was charged with robbing a Walgreen's off Bird Road and Southwest 87th Avenue. He also faced charges of carrying a concealed weapon and fleeing from police.


9 posted on 08/18/2005 9:43:23 AM PDT by maggief (No 'luffs)
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To: windcliff

ping


10 posted on 08/18/2005 9:56:32 AM PDT by stylecouncilor
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To: ken5050

Yep, you're right, I was thinking of the suicide clause.


11 posted on 08/18/2005 10:17:15 AM PDT by hattend (Alaska....in a time warp all it's own!)
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To: maggief
Stephan said her family never liked Escoto. ``The first time I met him, I shook his hand, and I wanted to wipe my hands right after.''

A) Who is Stephan? Did I miss mention of this person earlier in the article?

B) What in the heck is this sentence doing in the article? It has nothing to do with the story and mars any sense of reasonable credibility it may have otherwise had with this obvious attempt to bias readers. Is this really what writers are being taught to print now? They don't even try to mask their innuendo or use any creativity in attacking their subjects!? Not that this particular subject doesn't deserve scorn, but honestly this sentence should not have made it past the editor's desk.

12 posted on 08/18/2005 10:26:13 AM PDT by YankeeinOkieville
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To: YankeeinOkieville

Post #9 appears to be an excerpt. Click on the link for possible context.


13 posted on 08/18/2005 10:28:48 AM PDT by hattend (Alaska....in a time warp all it's own!)
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To: YankeeinOkieville; Millee

From the article in post #9:

''All of this seemed set up from the beginning,'' said Trapaga's sister, Rita Stephan. ``He was able to fork out the money for a pricey life insurance policy, but where they were living was a hole in the wall, as if it was only a temporary living situation for him.''

(BTW, why is this thread in chat?)


14 posted on 08/18/2005 11:00:06 AM PDT by maggief (No 'luffs)
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To: stylecouncilor

wow


15 posted on 08/18/2005 11:36:53 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: Yo-Yo
Wendy Trapaga, 21, ... She and her husband, Michael Escoto, 35, ...Is it just me?

It's just you. I was 34 when I started dating my wife. She was 21 at the time. We have been together for 21 years, married 13.

I consider myself living proof that all such relationships needn't end in murder.

16 posted on 08/18/2005 11:43:17 AM PDT by Maceman (Pro Se Defendant from Hell)
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To: Maceman
Congrats, Maceman, but I do note with interest that you didn't marry her until she was (removing shoes to access toes) 29.

Maybe some mayhem would have occured if you two had wed sooner? Just a though...

;^)
17 posted on 08/18/2005 12:15:36 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: maggief
''All of this seemed set up from the beginning,'' said Trapaga's sister, Rita Stephan. ``He was able to fork out the money for a pricey life insurance policy, but where they were living was a hole in the wall, as if it was only a temporary living situation for him.''

A $1 millon term life policy for a 21 year old female who never smoked is around $250 per year.

18 posted on 08/18/2005 12:21:34 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: ken5050

Does any one know if life insurance policies have a clause or exclusion if the spouse kills the other is the policy void? Wonder if he also had a million dollar policy.

Must have been some greedy life insurance agent selling that high a limit. I would think based on age and amount it would have been flagged. It takes a good 30 days for companies to issue.


19 posted on 08/18/2005 3:01:00 PM PDT by newfrpr04
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To: Yo-Yo
Maybe some mayhem would have occured if you two had wed sooner?

We had enough mayhem as it is ;-)

20 posted on 08/18/2005 3:18:18 PM PDT by Maceman (Pro Se Defendant from Hell)
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To: newfrpr04

If the policy was legally in effect, and the huisband did in fact kill her, and he was the beneficiary..then he would NOT be alble to collect. However, the proceeds would be paid to some family members..lawyers and courts get involved, and it gets messy..unless there are kids..then it all goes to them..in trust till they are of legal age...Sometimes the LI company will try to get the policy voided...but usually they don't becuase then they end up in court, and they look stupid...and the publicity is bad..because they really should NOT have issued the policy in the first place..so they usually opay up ASAP, and hope it goes away with minimum publicity..


21 posted on 08/18/2005 3:31:20 PM PDT by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to pass on her gene pool....any volunteers?)
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To: newfrpr04

If the policy was legally in effect, and the huisband did in fact kill her, and he was the beneficiary..then he would NOT be alble to collect. However, the proceeds would be paid to some family members..lawyers and courts get involved, and it gets messy..unless there are kids..then it all goes to them..in trust till they are of legal age...Sometimes the LI company will try to get the policy voided...but usually they don't becuase then they end up in court, and they look stupid...and the publicity is bad..because they really should NOT have issued the policy in the first place..so they usually opay up ASAP, and hope it goes away with minimum publicity..


22 posted on 08/18/2005 3:31:43 PM PDT by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to pass on her gene pool....any volunteers?)
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To: hattend

You would think that there would be laws in place to protect people from this kind of situation. I'm Wendy's sister and believe me, my second thought was that the insurance company should be held responsible. They cost me my baby sister. My first thought was the slime that she married. It was obvious he was no good from the start. Wendy was a sweet, naive girl with a wonderful life ahead of her. Age has nothing to do with this. When you love someone and you marry them for that exact reason, age doesn't matter. He only had one thing in mind. $$$$$$$$


23 posted on 09/04/2005 8:24:59 PM PDT by gloworm27
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To: Millee

I knew Wendy personally. She was an amazing girl. Some information you may not have known about her is that her father passed away when she was very young in an airplane accident(the reason for the large amount of money that she DID have...and could easily attain). She had been previously married as well. She was deeply in love with her new husband as well. This girl was so sweet, so full of life...it wasn't fair that he took her life....she was only 21.


24 posted on 11/03/2005 8:06:22 PM PST by qtmama2005
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To: gloworm27

I didn't know wendy as well as I should have. I am her cousin that lives in colorado, but no one has the right to do what this dumb*** did. I hope he gets what he deserves.


25 posted on 11/29/2005 8:04:22 PM PST by DeTazMan
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To: hellinahandcart; Judith Anne

A trifecta! Woohoo!


26 posted on 11/29/2005 8:09:06 PM PST by Xenalyte (Tom Cruise is in my closet and he won't come out.)
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To: Xenalyte

Very strange...


27 posted on 11/29/2005 9:36:54 PM PST by Judith Anne (Thank you St. Jude for favors granted.)
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To: Eaker; Judith Anne; netmilsmom; Devil_Anse; T Minus Four; ~Kim4VRWC's~; retrokitten; Krodg; ...

1...2...3...


28 posted on 11/30/2005 4:04:23 AM PST by hellinahandcart (freepmail me to be added to the "Insider Fraud" ping list!)
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To: Xenalyte
I knew Wendy personally. She was an amazing girl.

Wait, I've heard this before. Ah yes, here it is:

I know her. She is an AMAZING girl.

29 posted on 11/30/2005 4:12:48 AM PST by hellinahandcart (freepmail me to be added to the "Insider Fraud" ping list!)
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To: gloworm27
When you love someone and you marry them for that exact reason, age doesn't matter.

That is nonsense. A 21-yo is in a differet phase in life than a 35-yo. The 21-yo is just leaving childhood. The 35 is entering early middle age.

It isn't the pure number of years -- 30 and 44 is OK. It is life experience -- as 21-yo doesn't have any.

It might work for a very small number of people, but that rare. Mostly, men who marry children are unsure of themselves and their manhood and should be avoided (the same is true for women/men relationships of the same dissimilar ages).

The idea that "love is all you need" is childish wishing and has no basis in reality.

30 posted on 11/30/2005 4:19:27 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Let's tear down the observatory so we never get hit by a meteor again!)
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To: gloworm27

ps: my deepest regrets for your sister and prayers for you and your family.

I hope that SOB hangs.


31 posted on 11/30/2005 4:20:27 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Let's tear down the observatory so we never get hit by a meteor again!)
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To: hellinahandcart

Wow!

A sister, a friend and a cousin all simultaneously on one thread with their very first FR post.

Now that's some mindblowing, psychic karma!/sarc


32 posted on 11/30/2005 4:43:56 AM PST by mplsconservative
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To: mplsconservative

They were posting weeks apart, if you check the dates.

(Rule No. 9, if you don't get the necessary attention the first time, keep on tryin'...)


33 posted on 11/30/2005 4:49:38 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: hellinahandcart

The Colleges must be nearing winter break.

Three in a row. This must be a new record.


34 posted on 11/30/2005 4:51:23 AM PST by netmilsmom (God blessed me with a wonderful husband.)
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To: hellinahandcart

I count three as well..

Our dear little 'insider' has returned again it seems.


35 posted on 11/30/2005 4:56:43 AM PST by Darksheare (I'm not suspicious & I hope it's nutritious but I think this sandwich is made of mime.)
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To: netmilsmom

I think we had seven or eight on board once (all arguing with one another too!), but that thread got pulled.


36 posted on 11/30/2005 4:58:20 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: hellinahandcart

Thanks for the ping. Yes, a trio of coincidental acquantenances. That's probably a record on here?


37 posted on 11/30/2005 4:59:27 AM PST by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: Maceman

crib-robber!! lol...


38 posted on 11/30/2005 5:02:19 AM PST by sit-rep (If you acquire, hit it again to verify...)
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To: hellinahandcart
They were posting weeks apart, if you check the dates.

D'oh!

I checked all of their sign up dates, but didn't look to see when they posted to the thread.

Must have more coffee.

39 posted on 11/30/2005 5:24:49 AM PST by mplsconservative
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To: Millee
Such a pretty girl.

Agreed.

But it would be just as tragic if she was not pretty.

40 posted on 11/30/2005 5:27:55 AM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: hellinahandcart
I think we had seven or eight on board once (all arguing with one another too!)

Sybil is a Freeper???

41 posted on 11/30/2005 11:07:48 AM PST by JoJo Gunn (Help control the Leftist population. Have them spayed or neutered. ©)
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To: hellinahandcart

The small group on the one thread that was a seeming "United Auto Workers" style convention.

I expected at any moment to hear them bust out with "Arise ye Russian People"..


42 posted on 11/30/2005 11:48:55 AM PST by Darksheare (I'm not suspicious & I hope it's nutritious but I think this sandwich is made of mime.)
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To: freedumb2003

I haven't checked in a long time on who posted replies to what I said but your's stood out. I don't know how old you are but I can only say from what I read that you are either inexperienced (young) or a man or even both for that matter. I have experienced great relationships with older men and it did not involve being taken advantage of, or abuse of murder for that matter. I'm 41 sweety, it exist and i'm no child or wishful day daydreamer and my life is a reality with much more experience than your little mind can fathom. Thanks for the sympathetic thoughts to me of my sister. Your so kind!


43 posted on 05/29/2006 7:03:10 PM PDT by gloworm27 (Rita Stephan)
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