The Murder Tapes is examining the murder and dismemberment of Robin Lee Upson by her long-time friend and business partner, Christopher Takhvar, in Belleview, Florida, in 2018.
On June 11, 2018, a hiker in Florida’s Ocala National Forest made a particularly gruesome discovery when they came across a decomposing human torso in the forest.
At first, the investigators were a little stumped as to the identity of the remains, but the torso did have a distinctive tattoo of a robin bird. The detectives posted a picture of the tattoo to Facebook, and luckily, a member of the public recognized it as belonging to the 62-year-old Upson.
Christopher Takhvar becomes a suspect in Robin Lee Upson murder
After the detectives had satisfactorily identified Robin’s remains, a family member informed them that Takhvar had recently borrowed Upson’s van but had failed to return it.
The police vigorously searched Upson’s Belleview home and concluded that she had been murdered and chopped up on the premises. However, the whereabouts of her other body parts remained a mystery at this stage.
The van was later found in Orlando, and a forensic study revealed that the vehicle had been used to transport Upson’s dismembered remains. The analysis also suggested that Takhvar had been the only driver of the vehicle.
On August 15, the cops found Takhvar in Jefferson, Texas, where they charged him with stealing the van. While being interviewed, he admitted to stealing the van and then even confessed to killing his friend. He further admitted to chopping up the remains and burying the body parts in the backyard before transporting the torso to the Ocala Forest.
But bizarrely, Takhvar claimed he killed Upson in self-defense. He told the detectives that she had suddenly attacked him with a knife while he was holding a chainsaw. Unsurprisingly, the cops didn’t believe his version of events, and he was charged with murder.
Takhvar was sentenced to life in prison for second-degree murder and grand theft.
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The Murder Tapes air at 9/8c on Investigation Discovery.