The Love Triangle Murder of Lt. Commander Fred Trayers
Having tipped her hand about the other woman, Jennifer knew it wouldn't be long before Fred realized he had been found out. Fred continued to put off their conversation, but Jennifer wouldn't be denied. She grabbed a butcher knife and got on the bed -- then she asked Fred how she should best slit her wrist. Jennifer expected Fred to protect her and then talk to her, but he just started laughing and exclaimed he had a better knife; he took a K-Bar knife out of his nightstand drawer and gave it to her. Surprised and enraged, Jennifer began poking her own chest with the knife in order to draw a reaction from her husband.
At this point, Fred reached for the knife and the two struggled, causing a few more incisions to Jennifer's chest in the process. Jennifer said she was feeling "hot and angry" in a way she had never felt before. When Fred reached over to his nightstand, Jennifer assumed he was reaching for the butcher knife, and she stabbed him in the back of the neck. The last words Jennifer remembers Fred uttering were "let me help you." After that, Jennifer says, she blacked out.
All in all, Jennifer Trayers would stab her husband 11 times.
Police Arrive at a Grisly Scene
Jennifer Trayers was still alive, but seriously injured. She was transported to Scripps Mercy Hospital where doctors found approximately 36 sharp force injuries to her chest area -- including a cut artery in her upper gastric area and a partially-collapsed right lung. Jennifer had lost a lot of blood, and might have died in hours had police not arrived when they did.
As the condo was locked and there was no sign of forced entry, police quickly determined that the Trayers were victim and perpetrator. Who was who became clearer when investigators found four manila envelopes stacked neatly on the kitchen counter -- the envelopes contained printed e-mails and text messages between Fred Trayers and Danielle Robins.
Jennifer Trayers would soon be charged with the murder of her husband. She was arraigned in her hospital bed, and held on $2 million bail.