Widow Kills Herself Three Weeks After Husband Brutally Murdered

| by James Brannigan
Patti and Dave Stevens.Patti and Dave Stevens.

A grieving widow in Dallas, Texas, reportedly took her own life on Oct. 24 after her husband was hacked to death with a machete.

Patti Stevens, 54, was the widow of David Stevens, 53, who was allegedly murdered on Oct. 12 by Thomas Johnson. She felt the pain of losing her husband was unbearable and so, after driving her relatives to the airport on Oct. 22, decided to end her life.

According to police reports Patti turned her car on and lay down on the floor in her garage. At 2:24 p.m. Oct. 25 police found her lifeless body after two of David's co-workers tried repeatedly to reach her, to no avail. They called the police after seeing vultures circling the house.

Her death, which the Dallas County medical examiner's office suspects as a suicide, comes a week after she told The Dallas Morning News about her husband. 

“Dave was the love of my life and I’m lost without him,” the physical therapist said through tears Oct. 19. “People need to know that this was a wonderful person going out and doing what he loved to do.”

Patti reportedly left a note in her kitchen detailing her biographical information for a Dallas Morning News reporter.

Her husband was the victim of a high-profile killing on Oct. 12. At 8 a.m. Johnson, a former Texas A&M football player, randomly selected Stevens and hacked him to death with a machete, police say.

Johnson has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, which his father said has drastically changed him. Johnson called 911 shortly after the killing and later told police he "just committed capital murder," according to The Dallas Morning News.

Johnson is being held on $500,000 bail at the Dallas County jail. His father is quoted as saying “If I could turn back the hands of time, I would. The voices that are in my son’s head have created a problem that I can’t even imagine,” after hearing about Patti's death. 

Source: The Dallas Morning News (2) / Photo credit: The Dallas Morning News