Thirty-four awesome pages of pathology are found on DocStoc - having previously appeared (and been removed) from WIRED - former computer maven Hans Reiser's confession as to how he murdered his estranged wife Nina, the mother of the couple's two young children. Custody battle? Check. Psychopathic computer weirdo? Check.
Hans states his motive for strangling Nina (he describes it as a "painless way to die" - nice, Hans) was that she didn't want to share legal custody of the children with him, and had taken one or the other of the children to a dentist, which was in Hans' opinion (I think) - for a falsified ailment. He mentioned the term "Munchausens by Proxy," and I think strangulation is a great solution for that (not).
Nina dropped the two children off at Hans' house at approximately 2:20 p.m. on the afternoon of her death. According to Hans, they chitchatted about the divorce for 2 hrs, a conversation that "went well for me," Hans said - but then came this dispute, after which he immediately strangled her, then attempted to stuff her body in two plastic trash bags. This did not work, so he obtained a duffel bag (he does not say where the children were during this time), shoved her body in it, then shoved her in his small car, a Honda CRX, which I recall was of concern at the Reiser trial because he and his brother both stated that the front seats had been "removed" because - he habitually drove without a front seat!
Hans immediately began to try to cover up the crime and conceal his activities - he actually drove away from the house in that small car while presumably, the children were left alone in the house - and he did leave them alone, sleeping, that night and the night after, while he dug the grave in the nearby mountains, to which he eventually led authorities last year - in his plea bargain deal to save his miserable ass life. I.e. - he'd tell them where he buried her corpse and they'd let his sorry ass live.
Reiser states that neither of their children saw or heard a thing (his son testified differently - oh well, Hans, too bad there). He said the kids were insensitively "jumping on his stomach" - after all, he was staying up all night, two nights in a row, to dig their mother's grave. After he'd murdered her. At the end, he does say he was sorry and regretted what he did. Right before that he expressed concern that there may have been some police surveillance of himself, that he hadn't previously discovered.
Well, I'm sure that'll get you off for murder, Hans. That and some suspicion your confession was all false, and Nina really strangled herself, and removed the seats in your car, too, and buried her own body. I just wish we still had the gallows - or operated the gas chamber.