Julie’s letter saying “In case I meet my demise, look to my husband” is a premeditated fraud. She crafted the letter over time and wrote it calmly and carefully, choosing her words with deliberation, and she crafted it in advance of the day she gave it to her next door neighbor. The letter is not a rough draft or a note. Instead it has a polished, edited, literary quality to it, evidencing its premeditated crafting.
It does not ring out as read as an excited utterance such as “my husband is going to murder me” or “my God, my husband is going to kill me”. It is not a dying declaration. It is instead a smooth, premeditated written brief, almost a legal argument of many subjects to convince the police that Mark had attempted to murder her. (read the letter)
Julie did not commit suicide. She attempted to convince the police by her letter that her husband, Mark had poisoned her. She ingested antifreeze herself and intended to call 911 and be revived – and her husband would be tried and convicted of attempted murder.
Julie’s letter is a fraudulent document. Its intent was to incriminate Mark Jensen, cause him to be charged for attempted murder. Julie would then get the children, the house, the bank accounts, the securities and pension of her husband rather than only ½ from a divorce. She did not choose a divorce because she did not think she would get the children because of her hallucination, depression and mental disability.
Julie had been collecting prescription medicines and over the counter medicines for years in an off and on again depression derangement of choosing an acceptable means of poisoning herself, not harming herself, surviving her experience and telling the police her husband had poisoned her. She told select people she thought her husband was going to kill her and she gave a letter to that effect to her next door neighbor, so that she could create false evidence against her husband.
The police removed two plastic garbage bags of medicines from the home after her death. All had been obtained by Julie through prescriptions or over the counter purchase, and paid for hom her checking account and hidden by her under lock and key.
In the months prior to Julie’s death, she was experiencing a major bout of depression from September through December. The kids were away from her at school during the day. She needed them as an emotional crutch and she was mentally crashing. She was anorexic, had lost 15 lb. (8% of body weight), crying and distraught. She took Tylenol by the handful, Benadryl, antifreeze plus other medicines and drugs. She couldn’t sleep for three days. She went to see Dr. Borman, who prescribed Paxil, an antidepressant, and Ambien, a sleeping pill.
Julie was mentally, physically and emotionally crashing. She ingested these things herself and lost mental control of the effect of what her condition was. So she died. This is called death by misadventure.
The police relied on her letter to charge Mark. The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that the letter could be admissible in court if the lower court ruled the preponderance of the evidence showed that Mark killed his wife. The lower court allowed the letter in violation of the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which states that evidence which cannot be cross examined, cannot be submitted in court.
There was no preponderance of evidence against Mark in his trial; no smoking gun; no witness; no evidence he gave his wife a dose of antifreeze, just the fraudulent letter of Julie’s.