Louis Gumpenberger murder case is among the most infamous homicide case in 21st century America. But the case became ever most famous after the release of NBC’s true crime drama, The Thing About Pam starring Renee Zellweger in the titular role. If you want to know more details about the infamous incident, here is what you need to know about the Louis Gumpenberger murder case.
Louis Gumpenberger Murder Case!
Born in St. Charles, Missouri, Louis Gumpenberger used to live with his mother, Margaret Birch. During a tragic incident in the year 2005, Louis Gumpenberger was critically injured in a severe car crash. Soon after the incident, a person named Pam Hupp called the emergency services in O’Fallon.
After reports of an active home invasion, the police rushed to the house only to find Louis dead with more than one bullet wound on his body. His injuries indicate that he has been shot at least twice by a firearm.
Why Did Pam Hupp Kill Louis?
Pamela Neumann Hupp was a school teacher and mother of four who living in Dellwood, Missouri. Initially living life in normalcy, Pam first came to the news in August 2016, when she was charged with shooting Louis Gumpenberger twice, which caused his death. During the trial of the case, Pamela claimed that her action of shooting the man was in self-defense.
She said that Louis followed her inside her house and stabbed her in the throat. According to her accounts, Russ had instructed him to kidnap her, take her to the bank so he could get his money back, and then murder her. The police, nevertheless, did not take her account seriously. One week later, she was detained and accused of both murder and armed criminal activity.
Where Is Pam Hupp Now?
Pam attempted suicide with a ballpoint pen in the restroom on August 23 after being arrested. Officials determined that her acts were a blatant indication of guilt, resulting in the setting of her bond at $2 million and the later clarification from the prosecution that they would be pursuing the death sentence. Pam preserved her innocence by confessing to the crime before her trial started by signing the Alford plea agreement. Thus, she was given a life sentence without the possibility of release in August 2019.
Further investigations led to Pam being charged in July 2021 with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in relation to Betsy’s death. The former charge dropped in September. Pam is currently 63 years old and serving at the Chillicothe Correctional Center in Livingston County, Missouri. She is waiting for her trial.