Donna Yaklich: ‘Nightmare’ stepmother who plotted to kill police detective featured on ID

Accused killers Donna Yaklich, Edward Greenwell and Charles Greenwell. Pic: Bonnie’s Blog of Crime

This week, Investigation Discovery’s Evil Stepmothers features the case of Donna Yaklich, who was convicted of hiring a teenager and his brother to murder her husband, a police detective, in Colorado in 1985.

The episode, titled Nanny Nightmare, revisits how Donna Yaklich stole money from her husband, Dennis Yaklich, and tormented his four children in the lead-up to the cold-blooded plot.

“Donna is fit, beautiful, and maternal — exactly what Dennis Yaklich needs as a single dad to four kids,” says a press release from ID. “Soon his children see another side to their new stepmom.”

Dennis Yaklich, a weightlifter and steroid user, was gunned down in his driveway in Pueblo, Colorado. Donna Yaklich claimed he had abused her and also said she feared for her life. She further accused Dennis Yaklich of having been involved the death of his first wife, Barbara Yaklich, who died after an overdose of diet drugs in 1977.

Donna Yaklich was later arrested and accused of hiring brothers Edward Greenwell, 25, and Charles Greenwell, 16, to kill her late husband.

She was eventually convicted of conspiracy to commit murder and sentenced to 40 years in prison. Edward and Charles Greenwell, meanwhile, were sentenced to 30 and 20 years behind bars, respectively.

In 1994, a made-for-TV movie that told Donna Yaklich’s story and starred Jaclyn Smith of “Charlie’s Angels” was released.

In October 2005, a judge ordered that Donna Yaklich be released from prison and moved to a halfway house.

Evil Stepmothers airs Sundays at 10/9c on Investigation Discovery.

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Annonymous
Annonymous
9 months ago

She never should have been let out!!! I did time with Donna who is one of the most manipulative people I have ever met.

Annonymous
Annonymous
9 months ago

NEVER should have been released-straight up evil!!! I did time with her and she is the most manipulative person I have ever met.

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 months ago
Reply to  Annonymous

Like another criminal’s say so is what people should listen to. 🙄

Junie90
Junie90
7 months ago
Reply to  Annonymous

You’re starving for attention aren’t you?
That’s Not what all the Prison Guards have to say about Donna so you can keep your story. She was released 22yrs early for her Good behavior and staying out of Trouble in a place where trouble is not far.

Junie90
Junie90
7 months ago

Dennis was a Monster on Steroids who only married Donna because he was a Single Dad with 4 kids looking for a Mom for them. Donna was raising their 4yr old Son and 4 Stepchildren on the family Farm. Many Witnesses to the Abuse and no one did anything about it mainly because he was a Police Detective who would get away with it.

*Dennis was involved in the murder of his 1st wife* leaving their 4 kids without a mother. He was a Cop so no one pursued the investigation. Donna was gonna be Next. So Let them smear her name all they want with this Evil Stepmother story just because she had Dennis killed. I’m Glad she served 18yrs in Prison for it. Murder is WRONG and cannot be condoned but what she did doesn’t change the Fact that Dennis was dangerous, wild on Steroids and Abusive.