Susanna Balogh, Matthew Sitte and Paul Brady
Parents with a developmentally disabled child often have a great deal of stress over who will take care of their child when the parent is gone. Parents know that they have to do what they can while they’re around in order to get the child as self-sufficient as possible.
That’s what Deborah Laramey was doing with her 23-year-old daughter, Katlin Cousineau. Katlin had the mental acuity of a 13 or 14-year-old, but was making progress. She was getting checks from the government every month, and learning how to deal with being on her own.
Katlin Cousineau had made a friend, 33-year-old Susanna Balogh, who invited Katlin to live in her house in the country with her and her three sons, who were 11, 12 and 13 years old, respectively. Katlin signed her checks over to Susanna, who gave her an allowance every month and provided food and so on for her.
Also living on the property were 20 cats, four dogs and many rabbits. This was a lively house.
It was also insured for $100,000.
Around the first of November, two men moved into Susanna Balogh’s house to help with expenses. One of the men was 25-year-old Matthew Sitte, the other 41-year-old Paul Brady.
Neither of the men who moved in particularly liked Katlin Cousineau. Some people just don’t feel comfortable around the developmentally disabled, for whatever reason.
The men started to abuse the girl. Pushing her. Slapping her. Hitting her.
They also convinced Susanna Balogh to move Katlin down into the unfinished basement to sleep.
On the 12th of November, 2005, something set Matthew Sitte off. It could have been when he found the house was insured for so much, or it could have been something else. On that morning, however, Matthew Sitte and Paul Brady went down into Katlin’s basement room with a pair of handcuffs, some gasoline and a blowtorch.
For several hours the two men tortured Katlin Cousineau while she was naked, handcuffed and unable to move. They slapped and hit her. They kicked her. They held the blowtorch to various parts of her body and burned her. After burning the girl, Matthew Sitte would throw rubbing alcohol on the wounds.
Yes, they tortured a helpless girl for several hours.
While they were doing this, Susanna Balogh was sitting upstairs with her kids, watching TV and ignoring the blood-curdling screams coming from the basement.
Eventually, Katlin Cousineau couldn’t take any more abuse and died. Matthew Sitte and Paul Brady went back upstairs, leaving the girl’s body in handcuffs and a blowtorch between her legs.
That night, all three talked about how to dispose of Katlin’s body and the subject of the insurance on the house came up.
What better way to hide a blowtorch torture session than with a little arson?
On the 13th of November, 2005, armed with a few cans of gasoline, Matthew Sitte set the stage for insurance fraud, going through the house and liberally scattering the gas over everything. He took special care to cover Katlin’s body in gas as well, but didn’t remove the blowtorch, probably hoping that investigators would look at the resulting fire as something the girl had done to herself.
Matthew Sitte set the fire while everyone else packed and they all went to a hotel.
Within hours of the house burning to the ground, Susanna Balogh filed a claim on her insurance and collected the $100,000 that the house was covered for.
A fire investigator did find Katlin’s charred body, along with the handcuffs, a few cans of gasoline and the blowtorch – but something didn’t quite ring true. An autopsy done on Katlin revealed that she had died of a sudden and unnatural death, and there was evidence that she had been tortured and had died from the torture before the fire burned her.
The plan had almost worked.
Matthew Sitte, Paul Brady and Susanna Balogh were arrested.
Susanna pled guilty to criminal negligence causing death, conspiracy to commit arson and obstruction of justice and was sentenced to eight years in prison, minus time served.
Matthew Sitte pled guilty to to second-degree murder in exchange for his testimony against Paul Brady. Matthew’s fate will be determined by the judge on the 26th of October, 2007.
Paul Brady’s still waiting his turn at the wheel.
Do Susanna Balogh, Matthew Sitte and Paul Brady deserve Hell?
- Yes - all of them (97%, 658 Votes)
- No - neither (1%, 10 Votes)
- Yes - but only Paul Brady (1%, 4 Votes)
- Yes - but only Susanna Balogh (0%, 3 Votes)
- Yes - but only Matthew Sitte (1%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 677
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