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Murder of Cynthia Eason by stepson Dylan Eason and Isaiah Churchwell examined on Evil Lives Here

Mugshots of Dylan Eason and Isaiah Churchwell
Dylan Eason and Isaiah Churchwell were convicted of murdering Cynthia Eason. Pic credit: Burlington Police Dept.

Evil Lives Here is investigating the murder of Dr. Cynthia Eason, who was killed by her stepson, Dylan Eason, and his criminal buddy, Isaiah Churchwell.

This senseless murder of a popular and beloved veterinarian shocked the small town of Burlington on the eastern plains of Colorado. And locals were further disturbed when they learned that one of the perpetrators was Cynthia’s stepson, Dylan Eason.

In April 2016, the police found 50-year-old Cynthia beaten to death in her own home. A tip-off led the investigators to suspect Eason and Churchwell, and the pair were soon put under arrest.

Eason had been in trouble with the law on numerous occasions despite only being 19 years old. Members of the community knew him as a troublemaker but were surprised that he could actually resort to murder.

The police concluded that Eason and Churchwell had broken into Cynthia’s home to steal from her, but when she interrupted them, they beat her to death. Her cause of death was listed as “blood force injuries.” It’s thought that the murderous pair carried out this vicious attack in order to feed their drug habits.

Dylan Eason’s dad said his son deserved the death penalty

Cynthia’s husband and Eason’s father, Jon Eason, was understandably devastated by the loss of his wife at the hands of his son. Before Eason’s trial, he publicly stated that both the killers should receive the death penalty.

Jon Eason told the press: “As far as I’m concerned, I don’t have a son anymore. I think the two should face the death penalty.” He also claimed that he’d lost his son “years ago.”

Instead of facing death, Dylan Eason was sentenced to life in prison without parole after a jury found him guilty of second-degree murder and aggravated robbery.

Churchwell pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated robbery and was sentenced to 52 years behind bars.

More from Evil Lives Here

Follow the links to read about more horrifying murders profiled on Evil Lives Here.

The body of Gina Hall has never been found, but despite that, the state of Virginia concluded that the evidence against Stephen Epperly was so overwhelming that he must have murdered the 18-year-old college student.

In 2003, Adrian Robinson went on a violent spree that resulted in the murder of his father, Henry Robinson, and the kidnap of two nuns. He took the two elderly nuns across state lines and eventually murdered and dismembered Sister Philomena Fogarty.

Evil Lives Here airs at 9/8c on Investigation Discovery.

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  1. how does his father live with himself? Watching the TV show, he has let his ppl down at every turn. Unbelievable. His son, his wife, his ex-wife probably. Wow

    • Until you’ve lived this kind of life, you can’t judge this father. My husband disappeared, leaving me pregnant and with a 4-year-old and a 14-month-old. From the day my 4-year-old started school, she was a discipline problem. We saw psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, etc., all to no avail. I was always being called to the school for conferences or to pick her up. She was put on Ritalin and for a very short time things settled down. Until I received a call, once again from the school, and every one of her teachers refused to have her in their class because she was so disruptive. I then found out she was spitting the Ritalin out and was really capable of behaving, but chose not to. Because I was constantly, at least 1-2 times per week, called away from my job as a call desk operator, when my company had to start laying people off, and I was among the 9 people who were canned. I had her committed to a charter house for 30 days, which was zero help also. She started being truant and was eventually sent to a juvenile home. This also did nothing. She started running away and would be gone for weeks at a time, but would call from pay phones ”to let me know she was ok.” All along, the police were no help because she hadn’t broken the law. I was Christmas and her sister and I went to my sister’s for the Holiday. I received a call from the police that they had found her and I needed to come back, 300 mile round trip, to get her. I refused, and they took her to an agreed upon friends house and I picked her up when I came home. When we arrived home, she asked where were her Christmas presents? I explained she had none, not even from her auntie. She threw a huge tantrum and started destroying things. I called the police, and they picked her up and told me I now had a reason to charge her. Destruction of personal property due to an out of control teen. So I did. She was sent to a Bridge House for almost a year. So, when I say I totally agree with this father, I truly do. Now, I’m not at all comparing what his son did to my daughter’s behavior, but, I do understand the level of frustration and despair he went through. I could not wait for her to turn 18, so I would no longer be legally responsible for her actions. I am happy to say, she is now married with 3 beautiful children. One in the Air force, one studying to be an astrophysicist and the other still in school. I’m lucky, she was a success story, but that doesn’t negate my total understanding and agreement with this man’s feeling about his son. We all have limits.

    • POS I hope someone rapes him so bad his bowels fall out of his rectum . And to the father you were given EVERY OPPORTUNITY to intervene but you didn’t and that mister falls on you, you should be imprisioned for life and in the same prison cell your pos seed you put in this world , you both should die miserable slow painful deaths. S**t show

  2. This man was a STEPFATHER! Why didn’t the MOTHER take her OWN responsibility for HER son rather than expecting the STEPFATHER to take care of her evil son? That’s on HER!!!! Sorry, I’m on the dad’s side here! And, for that matter, why didn’t police put him in the Juvenile System before this happened? They knew he was trouble and needed help!!! I feel badly for the STEPDAD.

    • I actually wasn’t sure if Jon was Dylan’s bio or stepfather tbh, because it called him both, but I wondered the most about the bio mother tbh, and what happened in Dylan’s early life with her to make him who he became. I think it seems like while Jon wasn’t perfect that he stepped up as a good figure in Dylan’s life even trying to hold him accountable, but others (court/police/school/etc) didn’t step up, and it might have just been too late.

      • I’m wondering if anyone ever got him any professional help or if Dad was a major Enabler? Bottom line, Mom even if in a different state knew there were problems if she called Dad a year later to inform him of the previous animal abuse. Special parents it sounds like. I will say I have noticed this show tends to skip over a lot of professional help issues and the parents always look bad, then I do some research and find out that was not the case. IMHO I don’t think anyone could help this boy I think his electrical wires were mixed up at birth.

  3. First thought- why didn’t they fix his harelip? Target for bullying. Did they ever get any kind of psychiatric help for him? No mention of help at all. His bio-mom never telling his father that Dylan killed small animals? WTF! Did she get professional help? Otherwise that’s neglect. Did the father get any psychiatric help for Dylan’s behavior?



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