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Barbara Keim murdered by daughter Hannah Stone with help from boyfriend and friend: Betrayed investigates

Hannah Stone in an interview from prison
Hannah Stone is serving a 100-year prison sentence for her role in the murder of her mother, Barbara Keim. Pic credit: Dr. Phil/ YouTube

This week on Betrayed, the team follows the case of Hannah Stone and her boyfriend, Spencer Krempetz, who plotted with their friend Aaron MacDonald to murder Stone’s mother, Barbara Keim.

In August 2005, 17-year-old Hannah Stone argued with her mother, Barbara Keim, over the teenager’s relationship with Krempetz, who Barbara perceived as a bad influence.

When Stone refused to break up with Krempetz, her mother insisted that she move out of the family home in Middlebury, Indiana.

Stone and Krempetz decide to murder Barbara Keim

Stone and Krempetz were so enraged at Barbara that they hatched a plan to rob and murder the 41-year-old. They first went to see their friend, MacDonald, 17, who agreed to help them with the murder in exchange for $400.

The trio went to Barbara’s apartment, where she opened the door to her daughter only to be tackled and tied up by Krempetz. Stone later said she kissed her mother on the cheek and put a pair of shoes on her before Krempetz led her bound up out of the house.

As Stone and Krempetz put their victim into a car, McDonald stole money and credit cards from Barbara. Krempetz and McDonald then drove to a cornfield in a neighboring county where Krempetz shot her dead.

The authorities saw Spencer Krempetz as the ringleader, and he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  McDonald was facing a 140-year prison sentence, but that was commuted to 62 years after he agreed to plead guilty.

Hannah Stone pleaded guilty to murdering her mother and received a 100-year prison sentence. She later said in an interview, “I would do anything to go back.”

Krempetz committed suicide while in prison.

More from Betrayed

Follow the links to read about more callous murders profiled on Betrayed.

Last week on Betrayed, the team examined the case of Jermaine Holley, who police believe hacked Suzy Goulart to death with a hunting knife shortly after engaging in sexual intercourse with her. Goulart had suffered over 50 stabbing wounds.

Larry Ashley told police in Little Rock, AR., that his wife Debbie Ashley disappeared on a business trip out of town. He had shot 41-year-old Debbie and then stuffed her remains in the trunk of her car before leaving the vehicle in a parking lot at the airport.

Betrayed airs Mondays at 9/8c on Investigation Discovery.

Jerry was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, but is now based in the UK. He specializes in true crime and entertainment news stories. When... read more
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