First police interview released from woman sentenced to life for killing the man

A video was released of the first police interview given by a woman from Missouri who was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a mentally handicapped man.

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Pamela Hupp, 60, from O & Fallan, was convicted last week of murder for the deadly shooting of 33-year-old Louis Gumpenberger.

Authorities believe that Hupp killed Gumpenberger as part of a bizarre attempt to frame Russell Faria, who was acquitted of the murder of his wife and Hupp's friend Betsy.

After his sentence was rejected and spent four years in prison, Faria claimed that Hupp was responsible for the murder and quoted that she was a beneficiary of the life insurance of the dead woman.

In the video obtained by Fox 2 after Hupp & # 39; s conviction, she describes the Gumpenberger shooting – which she claimed to be a home-raid – in self-defense.

& # 39; I just started shooting him, walked over to him because I wanted to make sure I hit him, & # 39; Hupp tells the police.

& # 39; So once (Gumpenberger) the door opened and he was there, I just started taking pictures and walked over to him, until I had none (bullets). & # 39;

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Video has been released of the first police interview given by Pamela Hupp, 60, from O & Fallan, Missouri, who was recently sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for the murder of a mentally handicapped man

Video has been released of the first police interview given by Pamela Hupp, 60, from O & Fallan, Missouri, who was recently sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for the murder of a mentally handicapped man

The video shows how Hupp described how she shot 33-year-old Louis Gumpenberger - who claimed he was a home invader - in self-defense in August 2016

The video shows how Hupp described how she shot 33-year-old Louis Gumpenberger - who claimed he was a home invader - in self-defense in August 2016

The video shows how Hupp described how she shot 33-year-old Louis Gumpenberger – who claimed he was a home invader – in self-defense in August 2016

The police discovered that Hupp (photo) lured her home by presenting Gumpenberger as a producer of NBC & # 39; s Dateline

The police discovered that Hupp (photo) lured her home by presenting Gumpenberger as a producer of NBC & # 39; s Dateline

It is believed that Hupp wanted to cherish the husband of her deceased friend, Betsy Faria, for the murder. Pictured: Gumpenberger

It is believed that Hupp wanted to cherish the husband of her deceased friend, Betsy Faria, for the murder. Pictured: Gumpenberger

The police discovered that Hupp (left) attracted Gumpenberger (right) to her house by pretending to be a producer of NBC & # 39; s Dateline. It is believed that Hupp wanted to cherish the husband of her deceased friend, Betsy Faria, for the murder

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In the video, Hupp had just volunteered to go to the O & Fall 39 Police Department headquarters to tell what had happened.

Hupp tells agents that Gumpenberger attacked her in her driveway with a knife,

& # 39; He goes b ****, we go to the bank and we get the money from Russ, and he starts getting completely irritated and excited, & # 39; she said.

& # 39; I thought he was drunk or used drugs or something … I hit his arm against his arm and then shot out of the car and ran inside. & # 39;

Officers later learned that Russ was Faria, who was convicted in 2013 for the brutal stabbing death of his wife, Betsy, two years after she was found dead in a pool of blood on the living room floor.

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But four years later, the conviction was annulled and he was acquitted in a new 2015 trial.

Faria blamed Hupp and said she had a motive after she became the beneficiary of a $ 150,000 life insurance policy shortly before Betsy was killed.

Because they felt that Faria & # 39; s acquittal drew attention to her, authorities believe Hupp wanted to cherish Russ by committing a hoax revenge attack.

Betsy was stabbed in 2011 and her husband, Russell, was convicted for the first time but later acquitted. In the photo: Russell, second from the left, is embraced by his aunt after Hupp pleaded guilty to murder of the first degree, June 2019

Betsy was stabbed in 2011 and her husband, Russell, was convicted for the first time but later acquitted. In the photo: Russell, second from the left, is embraced by his aunt after Hupp pleaded guilty to murder of the first degree, June 2019

Betsy was stabbed in 2011 and her husband, Russell, was convicted for the first time but later acquitted. In the photo: Russell, second from the left, is embraced by his aunt after Hupp pleaded guilty to murder of the first degree, June 2019

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Gumpenberger, who was mentally and physically disturbed after a car wreck in 2005, would fall victim to the bizarre conspiracy when Hupp approached him on August 16, 2016.

She claimed to be a presenter of the popular NBC crime show Dateline and asked Gumpenberger to cooperate in replaying a 911 emergency call.

But after he invited him to her house, she shot Gumpenberger twice and killed him.

But the story was quickly unraveled. Days before the murder, a woman had reported someone who matched Hupp's description of being a producer for Dateline and promised to pay $ 1,000 if she recorded a scripted soundbite on 911 calls.

Russell claimed Hupp killed his wife because she benefited from Betsy's $ 150,000 life insurance policy. Pictured: Betsy

Russell claimed Hupp killed his wife because she benefited from Betsy's $ 150,000 life insurance policy. Pictured: Betsy

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Russell claimed Hupp killed his wife because she benefited from Betsy's $ 150,000 life insurance policy. Pictured: Betsy

The woman initially agreed, but withdrew when the woman showed no credentials.

The prosecutor of Charles, Tim Lohmar, said that a security camera showed the license plate of the SUV, which matched that of Hupp. He said the authorities believed Hupp would investigate a potential victim.

Officers also discovered that Hupp bought the knife that Gumpenberger attacked her & # 39; at Dollar Tree.

Data from Hupp & # 39; s mobile phone also indicated that Gumpenberger was no stranger as Hupp had claimed – GPS showed that she was in his apartment less than an hour before the fatal confrontation.

Lohmar said that after Hupp was arrested in Gumpenberger's death, she stabbed herself several times with a ballpoint pen in the neck and arms in R & D Fallon's police station, requiring her to be hospitalized.

A telephone message left with Hupp's lawyer has not been returned.

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