Thursday, December 6, 2007

#17 - Murder - Brazil

Title: Brazil Uncooperative in Extradition of Suspected Murderer

Murder / Brazil / Extradition

S.A. Torrence.

USA, Ohio

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25 year Military Veteran Murdered-- Suspect Fled to Brazil

This was brought to my attention and it is, as the title says, an outrage. Read it for yourself, research it and if you think it deserves some attention, that is your call.


Claudia "Cris" Cristina Hoerig shot and killed her husband in March 2007 then fled to Brazil before her husband's body could be discovered. Brazil is not cooperating with the U.S. in extraditing the fugitive.

Major Karl Hoerig's memory lives on at Youngstown, Ohio Air Force Reserve Base as a friend and a fellow airman who served his country. He was a pilot both in the military and on civilian side and flew over 200 combat missions in Afghanistan and Iraq with the 910th Airlift Wing's Hercules C-130's. He served for 25 years in the military.

Karl met his wife, Chris, online and they were married in Las Vegas in 2005. It is reported that their marriage was rocky. Karl had even confided in colleagues at Southwest Airlines that he was unhappy in his marriage and afraid his wife may try something. He was planning on moving out on March 12, 2007. On that fateful day he was shot 3 times ,twice in the back and one point blank in the back of his head, and left for dead by the suspect, Claudia Christina Hoerig.

According to the Trumbull County Sheriff Christina purchased a .357 Smith and Wesson revolver with a laser tracking device at a shop in Braceville, OH two days before the murder. She then practiced at a shooting range in Warren, OH and had the handle of the gun fitted for her small hand. After committing the unthinkable she then used her privilege as a pilot's wife and procured a free flight to Sao Paulo, Brazil the same day. The America's Most Wanted website calls the murder of Karl Hoerig premeditated and cruel.

According to Chris dumped Karl's body in the basement, emptied his bank accounts which amounted to around $10,000 and wired $9,000 more to family in Brazil. Her vicious ways were not limited to Karl, it has been revealed that she ran up thousands of dollars in credit card debt with a previous husband.

Dr. Thomas J. Bote said he was married to "the hellion" from . He told cops that she was both mentally and physically abusive to him. Her dishonesty about finances caused many a fight. At one point, the doctor said, his former wife had 20 credit cards going and was bleeding him dry. When the credit card debts piled up to the max, he couldn't stand it any more, and they had a big battle. The mild-mannered doc lost. He told investigators when he confronted her about the wild spending she laughed and presented him with divorce papers. Claudia Christina Hoerig Six months have passed and Brazil still has not cooperated with extraditing Christina who has a warrant out for her arrest. Karl's family was reluctant to speak with the media and wanted to give law enforcers and investigators time to work on the case. The pain they have felt finally led to plea to the public to write to their congressmen and senators and exert pressure on Brazil to return the fugitive who is living freely and has not been arrested by Brazilian authorities. The plea has been herd by Congressman Tim Ryan, representative of the 17th district of which Newton Falls, Karl Hoerig's residence, falls under.

Possible Solution:
Tim Ryan is ready to introduce legislation which will put pressure on the Brazilian government. He says two pieces have been drafted that would call for re-negotiating the US/Brazil Treaty, and limit foreign aid to that country.Last year the United States gave 14 million dollars to Brazil. Congressman Ryan is prepared to introduce the legislation if Brazil refuses to extradite Hoerig, and will also be working on legislation to put restrictions on people traveling from Brazil to the United States as well as tariffs on Brazilian products. "If they say she is not coming back, we drop the legislation immediately, " Ryan told reporters. "They need to know we are fed up." Claudia Christina Hoerig has dual citizenship in the United States and Brazil and is hiding behind Brazilian policy that allows the country to refuse extradition of its citizens.

[Update from Spree-] Here is the link to contact your Congressman/woman and let them know you want some justice.

From Wake up America

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Sandee (Comedy +) said...

A black widow for sure. This is just not right, and it's happening way too often. As we become more global expect this to be the nore. I doubt our spineless politicians can do anything about it either. They can't even take care of America. Have a great day. :)

Monday Morning Power said...


Keyword is "spineless." When you have to keep shifting position depending on which way the wind blows, you have to have your spine removed, or god forbid you have to actually take a stance; a "spine-ectomy" of sorts. The problem is exacerbated when they also have the balls removed.

Max said...


This is why Brazilians are having many problems here in Portugal. Black widows are very common, unfortunately!

Now, before I continue I would like to say that I have Brazilian friends and they are nothing like the ones we see immigrating into our countries (they are not all the same, and many in Brazil are honest people)!

About Brazil being uncooperative: that's what they do, and it has been like that for years (and no one has done anything)! Brazil is the paradise for criminals, and is shameful. Developped countries have to put pressure (economic, border, migrating etc) on that country. It should not continue to harbour murderers, robbers, rapers, drug dealers, gun dealers, paedophiles the whole lot *nodding*.

Outraging is the right civilized word to describe Brazil's behaviour towards this problem. One of these days certain terrorist groups will go there knowing that the USA and its allies won't be able to get them; can you imagine that?

I am so sorry for Major Karl, he obviously fell in a scam (like so many others)!


Monday Morning Power said...

Thanks for your input. What this site is doing for me is increasing my knowledge base. I just hope that one day, soon, it will grow to the point of actually being able to effect change.

spree said...

Max, thank you for your words. I don't see Brazilians as bad people at all, but I do believe that when someone goes their to avoid conviction, Brazil should force them to return for trial.

If she was innocent,or is innocent, then a trial should prove that.

Sandee and Monday Morning Power, thanks.

Thanks for putting this up too MMP!!!

Max said...

Hey Mel,

I am sure that one day this site will be able to effect change; I am pretty sure of it :)!

Little by little people will notice it!

You are most welcome :)!


Max said...

Hello Spree,

You are welcome :)! I know that you don't see Brazilians as bad people, but by my words you could think that I do, so I wanted to clarify things :).

I agree with you: Brazil must cooperate and stop being a harbour for criminals. If you are a foreigner and you commit a crime you must face justice in the country where the crime was committed.


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