This week on Your Worst Nightmare, the tragic murder of Peggy Klinke, who tried to escape her abusive ex-boyfriend, but lost her life instead.
After months of harassment, Patrick Kennedy finally tracked down Peggy and attacked her in her home in Turlock, California.
Peggy Klinke had moved from her home in Poland, Ohio, to Albuquerque, NM, to enroll in medical school at the University of New Mexico.
When she arrived in Albuquerque, she began dating Patrick Lee Kennedy. At first, he seemed like an incredibly charming young man, but he soon showed that he could also be very domineering.
According to Peggy’s friends, she was incredibly unhappy in the relationship and wished to end things with Kennedy; however, she was afraid to break up with him because of what he might do to her.
Peggy endured three years of this miserable union before she finally decided she’d had enough and ended it. Unfortunately, Kennedy began his harassment of her immediately, and it lasted for over a year before he murdered her.
The harassment followed Peggy across the country; Kennedy daubed offensive graffiti on her mom’s garage in Poland, Ohio. He also set fire to her new boyfriend’s home in Albuquerque.
Peggy Klinke fled the state in fear of Patrick Kennedy
Peggy feared that her life was in danger, so she upped sticks and moved to Turlock, California. She also filed a restraining order against Kennedy, but the process was never completed.
In 2003, Kennedy used a private detective to locate Peggy’s apartment in Turlock. He then went to her home armed with a firearm and started trying to break the door down.
Peggy dialed 911 and can be heard telling the dispatcher, “I have a stalker, and he’s in my house. He’s beating the door down,” she repeats, “he’s beating the door down.”
When the dispatcher tells her there is someone on the way, Peggy pleads: “Quickly! If you don’t get here, he’s gonna kill me.”
Patrick Kennedy shot her dead in the back of the head; he then turned the gun on himself.
More from Your Worst Nightmare
Follow the links to read about more terrifying crimes profiled on Your Worst Nightmare.
Carrie Caldwell was trying to make her way home when Larry Taylor, abducted her and brought her to his house. He raped and tortured her for hours before attempting to strangle Carrie. Thinking she was dead, he dumped her out his car onto the road.
Jonathan Pearson attacked his girlfriend, Joi Partain, as she tried to sleep with a golf club. He smashed her in the face between 10 and 15 times before the club snapped in half. He then resumed beating her with another club. This violent brute was given 15 years in prison.
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