Researchers with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service have come forward to reveal how they have unraveled the murder-for-lease contract of a cheating wife that caused her naval officer husband to die.
Ensign Cory Allen Voss, 30, was shot in Newport News, Virginia on April 30, 2007, a crime for which his wife Catherina & # 39; Cat & # 39; Voss, her friend Michael Draven and assassin David Runyon were eventually convicted.
Now Newport News police detectives and federal agents reveal the details of the assassination attempt in a new episode of NCIS: the things they cannot forget, a spin-off of real crime from the fictional NCIS series NCIS.
Cory was shot in his pick-up truck five times after his wife sent him a message to get money from an ATM. Researchers discovered that it was basically money that Cat was after – a $ 400,000 life insurance police, plus $ 100,000 military death benefits and widow's benefits for life.
Ensign Cory Allen Voss is seen with his wife Catherina & # 39; Cat & # 39; Voss. Cory & # 39; s murder of 2007 is the subject of a new episode of NCIS: The Cases They Can not Forget
The marriage is filled with lies and deceit
Cory joined the navy at the age of 18 and after graduating from university he received his officer commission and was placed in an accelerated command program.
In all respects, the navigation specialist was an excellent officer and the superiors believed that one day he would be driving his own ship.
Cory met Cat in a bar in Newport News in 1999 and the two made a romance.
When Cat revealed that she was three months pregnant in their relationship, Cory wanted to propose a marriage
What Cory didn't know was that Cat had a secret: she was already married to Newport News high school classmate Steve Larson with whom she had a young daughter.
Cat met Cory, while her husband, who was also in the army, was deployed abroad. When Larson returned, she bluntly told him she was pregnant with another man's baby, and they divorced.
Cat and Cory married and went on to have a son and a daughter.
Cory joined the navy at the age of 18 and after graduating from university he received his officer commission and was placed in a fast-track program
Cory met Cat at a bar in Newport News in 1999, and they later married and had two children
Cory & # 39; s family loved Cat, the life of the party with an exotic Russian accent. Cat claimed that she had emigrated from Ukraine as a child – only later did they discover she was born and raised in Newport News, and the accent was fake.
While Cory worked hard on his military career, Cat lived the high life, where possible struggling.
& # 39; She wanted to maintain a certain lifestyle, drove a BMW … she wanted to buy the clothes and buy the jewelry. And so she would spend all this money and have an exorbitant amount of debt, & special agent Dana Shutt recalled in the new special episode.
& # 39; There were so many bills that weren't paid because of the lifestyle she wanted, & # 39; said Schutt.
The scary friend of the woman was obsessed with The Crow
Although she was married to Cory, Cat did not let their two young children fool her hard partying lifestyle.
Researchers say she met her new friend Michael Draven on MySpace, the early social networking website, in the summer of 2006, while Cory was deployed aboard the USS Elrod.
Draven was dark and exciting, he wore a fedora and goatee and said he made a hundred thousand dollars a year as a filmmaker and photographer.
Cat met her new friend Michael Draven (with her above) on MySpace, where he claimed to be a filmmaker who made hundreds of thousands of dollars a year
Little did Cat realize that the entire persona of Draven was a facade – he actually lived with his mother in a mobile home and had a part-time job delivering newspapers.
As a side issue, Draven was a paid medical test subject for experiments conducted at a hospital in Baltimore.
Michael Draven was not even his birth name.
Researchers later discovered that he had legally changed his name from Anthony Neff to Michael Anthony Eric Draven, in honor of the fictional character Eric Draven, the titular hero of the movie The Crow.
But when Cat discovered the deception, she was unaffected and continued to fall in love with Draven, according to her friend Ashley Doyle.
& # 39; I immediately thought: & # 39; Caterina, you don't keep talking to that guy, he lied to you, & # 39; & # 39; Doyle remembered.
& # 39; She is like, well, & # 39; he was, he was just ashamed of his situation & # 39; – and immediately made excuses for him, & # 39; said Doyle.
& # 39; Once he grabbed her, she was a different person.
Assassination carried out to look like an ATM robbery that went wrong
Kat had told her friend Doyle that she was planning to divorce Cory to be with Draven – but Doyle pointed out that without her military income, Cory would not be able to support herself.
& # 39; I woke up one morning, got ready for work, turned on the news, & # 39; Doyle remembered. & # 39; And I happen to hear something that caught my attention. And I turned around and looked at the TV screen and I saw Cory & # 39; s truck. & # 39;
& # 39; They said he was found dead in his truck. Immediately my mind started to turn and I thought, "Oh, my God … she did it." & # 39;
On April 20, 2007, Cat opened a bank account with a branch of the Langley Federal Credit Union in Newport News with a deposit of five dollars, according to legal documents.
Shortly before midnight on April 29, 2007, Cat sent Cory to the cash machine at the credit association to withdraw money, the study found.
Cory Voss is seen at the ATM moments before he was shot on April 30, 2007
Video surveillance showed that while Cory was standing at the cash machine, an unidentifiable intruder entered his pickup truck. Cory drove away from the cash machine, but came back a few minutes later and tried a new withdrawal, which was refused due to insufficient money.
The next morning, Cory was found dead in his truck in a parking lot near the credit association. He was shot up close five times. Four hollow point bullets from an & # 39; .38 class & # 39; cannon – including firearms capable of firing .357 magnum, .38 special and 9 mm cartridges – were removed from his body. The cause of death was three shots on the chest and abdomen.
Shocked by the news of Cory's death, Doyle called the police with an anonymous tip to focus their attention on her friend Cat, which they did quickly.
& # 39; Destroyed & # 39; widow lives a lot on death benefit
Upon the death of a member of the military, an automatic death benefit of $ 100,000 is paid to the relatives.
After Cory & # 39; s murder, the payment went to his wife Cat – who immediately began to grow up.
& # 39; She spends … almost $ 10,000 in the Outer Banks on vacation with her boyfriend, his brother and girlfriend and the kids, & # 39; Newport News police detective Larry Rilee recalled.
& # 39; And we have not been three weeks away from Cory & # 39; s murder. & # 39;
Cat Voss blew the $ 100,000 death sentence in a few weeks
Researchers say that Cat has wasted money on jewelry, hotels, restaurants and even paid rent for her friend Draven to move into his own new apartment from his mother's caravan.
& # 39; And within three months she had spent anything but about $ 900 & # 39 ;, said special agent Shutt.
Investigators put eavesdropping devices on Cat and Draven's phones, hoping to meet them on a murder plot.
& # 39; We didn't get a confession, but what we did get was a huge amount of evidence that they had made alibi & what they needed and what they wanted the friends to tell the police when they came to them & # 39 ;, Detective Rilee remembered. .
Cat became angry when she heard that Rilee was recording the payment of her life insurance for Cory, as well as payments for military widows that would have continued monthly and indefinitely.
Cat demanded that she be acquitted, wrote letters to the insurance company and demanded payment, and even contacted her US Congresswoman to argue for intervention.
Old prison telephones call main agents to charge card
In the course of the investigation, investigators discovered that Draven had been arrested in the month before the murder and imprisoned briefly in Baltimore after being arrested on an excellent warrant resulting from a domestic dispute.
Investigators contacted the Baltimore prison and received recordings of all Draven's phone calls from behind bars – hundreds of them in six days, almost all to Cat.
In the recordings they discovered cryptic references to a man named David.
& # 39; You said you and David were talking? & # 39; Daven asked Cat in one of the calls, and she & # 39; uh-huh & # 39; replies.
Michael Draven: & # 39; Have you told him what's going on? & # 39;
Cat Voss: & # 39; Yes, I did. & # 39;
Michael Draven: & # 39; OK. & # 39;
Cat Voss: & # 39; He said, "oh, my f ** king god." … I'll just let you know, I'll do it from now on. & # 39;
Michael Draven: "Okay, don't get in trouble, okay?"
Cat Voss: & # 39; I won't. Trust me. & # 39;
Researchers used telephone records to search for a connection with David and ended up with David Runyon, who lived in Morgantown, West Virginia.
Runyon had met Draven in Baltimore, where they both participated in paid medical drug trials as human guinea pigs.
NCIS investigators put Runyon under 24-hour surveillance while being ordered to search his house.
Working with the local police, they had the Runyon police run over in a seemingly routine stop and were arrested and searched in his car.
They found the mother of all evidence in the center console – a road map with a route marked directly to the site of Cory & # 39; s murder, with written notes that include his pick-up truck, the credit union branch and Cory & # 39 describe its name.
The police found this card in the center console of the Runyon car. It shows a route to the murder scene, with notations describing the credit union branch and Cory & # 39; s truck
With the card they also found a photo of Cat and Draven with their names, addresses and a social security number on the back.
& # 39; I thought: how stupid would this guy be to still have something in his possession that connects him so clearly to Cory Voss, Cat and Michael Draven, who are still driving it in his car after seven months? & # 39; recalled Special Agent Sandra Barrow. & # 39; I think he just forgot. & # 39;
In Runyon & # 39; s house, the police found a box with .357 magnum bullets with five missing; documents specifying the credit union and the travel time to Virginia; and a list of items including a taser, Spyderco knife, tarp, and garbage bag, as well as boots, gloves, a black hoodie sweatshirt, and military-style pants.
Investigators discovered that on the day of the murder, Runyon purchased a .357 magnum pistol and ammunition in West Virginia, where he lived, and that a friend of his pledged his weapon several months later.
All three suspects are successfully prosecuted
After Runyon was arrested, Draven became suicidal and allegedly roamed in the rain on the streets of Newport News, looking for a bridge to jump off.
He was picked up by police before he could injure himself. When Cat came to the police station on the assumption that she would come to pick him up, the police also arrested her.
Draven admitted that the murder had been looted, but said that Cat was the mastermind, and that he was just an unwilling participant.
Kat initially denied any involvement, but then tried to throw Draven under the bus and said he had demanded that Cory be killed.
Prosecutors believe that Cat Draven and Runyon has convinced that Cory was abusing their young daughter – a claim that cannot be substantiated.
The trio probably hoped to set up the murder to look like a carjacking and an ATM robbery that went wrong, prosecutors say.
During the interrogation, Kat initially denied any involvement, but then tried to throw Draven under the bus, saying that he had demanded that Cory be killed
Draven (left) and Cat Voss (center) were sentenced to life imprisonment. Runyon is in death row
Prosecutors believe that Runyon received $ 20,000 for the hit and $ 500 in advance. The only payment they could document was $ 275 that hit Draven & # 39; s brother Runyon of Western Union on June 1, 2007.
Faced with the evidence against her, Cat pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison.
Runyon and Draven decided to appear in court. They were sentenced and Draven was sentenced to life imprisonment, while Runyon was sentenced to execution.
Catherina Rose Voss, 43, is currently stuck at FCI Aliceville in Alabama for a life sentence.
Michael Anthony Draven, 38, is currently detained at USP Allenwood in Pennsylvania for a life sentence.
David Anthony Runyon, 48, is on federal death row at USP Terre Haute in Indiana.
NCIS: The Cases They Can not Forget airs at 8pm ET Wednesday nights on CBS.
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