Mel Ignatow Biography
Birthday: March 26, 1938 (Aries)
Born In: Kentucky
Mel Ignatow was an American criminal who was charged with the murder of his former girlfriend, Brenda Sue Schaefer. The case became popular because Mel was acquitted initially, following lack of evidence against him. However, a number of photographs that were found later proved Mel’s guilt. After the evidences were found, the victim’s family tried to re-open the case. However, it turned out that this was not legal. According to the principle of double jeopardy that was applied in the case, a person could not be tried twice for the same crime. However, he was later jailed on many accounts of perjury, or misleading the court by false oaths. The murder took place in September 1988, two years into their relationship. When Mel came to know that Brenda was planning to leave him, he planned her murder along with one of his ex-girlfriends. When Mel was acquitted due to lack of evidence, the judge felt so guilty that he wrote a letter of apology to Brenda’s parents, who had died even before the trial commenced. The crime TV series ‘American Justice’ telecast an episode based on Brenda’s murder, in March 2000.