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Woodbridge's 'Suitcase Killer' Coming to TV This Saturday

Investigation Discover is featuring Melanie McGuire, the 'Suitcase Killer' who murdered her husband in 2004 in Woodbridge, on their new series, Deadly Affairs.


For a time several years ago, Woodbridge was in the national news spotlight, and that was because of Melanie McGuire: wife, mother of two young sons, nurse, Woodbridge resident, and convicted murderer.

It wasn't just that McGuire murdered her husband, Bill. It was how the petite woman disposed of his body - by slicing him up into body parts, putting the pieces into her matching luggage, andflung them off a bridge into the Chesapeake Bay - that kept viewers tuned in to the latest in the McGuire murder saga.

Now Investigation Discovery (that's Channel 111 for Comcast customers) will be highlighting McGuire, dubbed by the media as the "Suitcase Killer",  in a new series, Deadly Affairs, hosted by long time soap opera star Susan Lucci.

The show will air Saturday, September 29, at 10 pm.

McGuire was having an affair with the doctor who owned the Morristown fertility clinic at which she worked as a nurse. The day after she and her husband had closed on a new house and were going to move out of their Woodbridge condo, McGuire told friends that her husband had hit her and cursed at her, and stormed out of the house, and said he was never coming back.

Well, the last part turned out to be true. His body parts were found floating by fishermen in three suitcases in Virginia's Chesepeake Bay several days after Bill McGuire supposedly dumped his wife.

Friends of Bill McGuire recognized him from an artist's sketch. That put the spotlight on Melanie McGuire, but it took 7 months before she was arrested.

Middlesex County prosecutors found that she had purchased a gun in Easton, Penn. several days before her husband disappeared. The head and trunk in one of the suitcases had bullet holes consistent to the type of gun and ammo that Melanie McGuire purchased.

The gun, however, was missing. That didn't deter prosecutors. They found that the luggage in which Bill McGuire's severed body was found was part of a set taht Melanie McGuire owned. The trash bags in which his body parts had been stashed were found to forensically match a roll of trash bags still in McGuire's possession.

When all was said and done, Melanie McGuire was found guilty of murder and body dismemberment in 2007. The now 39-year-old killer won't be eligible for parole until she's 100 years old

The show is on Comcast on Channel 111; if you have a different cable provider, you can check Investigation Discovery to find the time and channel of the series airing.

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NikkiD September 27, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I still think she is Not Guilty!
Marina September 27, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Hey half the time I want to cut my hubby up and put him in a suitcase. But I didn't act on it. I really didn't see hard evidence to convict her. She must've had a crappy lawyer.
slyfox1961 September 27, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Seriously? Trash bags match the un-used ones she still had. The suitcases are part of the set she owns. Witnesses in PA say she bought a gun days before, and the bullets dug out of the husbands head match her gun calibur and make. She was having an affair. What more do you need, a video tape of her actually killing him?
Jeff October 01, 2012 at 06:37 PM
hard evidence was seriously lacking in this case; even their claims about the "type of gun matching" were questionable. Would I convict someone of murder and sentence them to life terms (or even death) w/out some real hard evidence? No way. Her boyfriend could've killed him, or a family member, or she might've hired someone to do it.....the ties to her were very thin at best.

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