It looked like Monika Zumsteg a was living a sort of fairy tale dream. In love and married to a multi-millionaire British heir, everything seemed idyllic from the outside. But "Behind Mansion Walls" (Thu., 9 p.m. ET on ID) shared the chilling truth kept hidden for years.
Monika's husband, Michael Telling, shot his wife in 1983 and hid her body in that house. Monika's sister Erika said she could physically feel what Monikawas going through on that fateful day.
"I felt her die," she said. "I literally felt the fear, the horror, the trauma."
Michael claimed his wife had returned home to America when questioned about her disappearance. Ultimately, Michael chopped the head off of her body and dumped it. When it was discovered and photos of the clothes she was wearing were released, someone recognized them.
Police were called into the home, where they found her head inside one of Michael's cars. He claimed he was abused by her, and sentenced to prison on manslaughter. He was subsequently released and continued to live in luxury in Australia until he died of complicates from diabetes.
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CORRECTION: This article previously stated that Erika was married to Michael Telling, when her sister Monika was his wife.
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