NBC News ‘Dateline: Fire and Ice follow the investigation into Carmela Knight’s murder in 2014. The mother of two was strangled and battered before being set on fire in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. The unexpected change of events left Carmela’s loved ones bewildered, and they were distraught when they found out what had happened. Carmela’s mother, and sister, Nancy Burridge, were interviewed for the broadcast. So, let’s learn more about the two of them, shall we?
Who is Carmela Knight?
Graham MacDonald attacked and murdered Carmela on September 15, 2014. He first beat her up before strangling her to death. He then set fire to her body in their garage on Pebblestone Crescent to conceal all evidence. In a 2018 trial, MacDonald was convicted of first-degree murder and now receives a life sentence in jail. According to court testimony, Knight’s actions deprive Carmela’s family, especially her young sons, of a loving and caring mother.
What Happened After Carmela Knight’s Death?
Authorities swiftly turned their attention to Carmela’s estranged husband, David Knight, after she was found killed in her house. In the weeks preceding the incident, Carmela had found that he had been having an affair with a lady in Florida, Jill Hartman. According to Franca, her daughter discovered naked images on a thumb drive, causing a schism in the family. She had no idea what she was going to do. She attempted to communicate with him, and they visited a marriage counselor.” However, by June 2014, Carmela had decided to file for divorce, much to David’s chagrin. Franca added that after learning of Carmela’s decision, he shattered a wedding photo out of rage.
How do the Authorities Conclude the Case?
In addition, authorities discovered that Carmela, David, and Franca purchased a home in Florida. However, Carmela and Franca’s names were struck out, leaving David as the single owner. According to the owner that handled the house’s rentals, David insisted on not including Carmela and that the house’s rent should only go to him. David eventually signed the house over to his brother. The investigation finally showed that David recruited a friend, Graham MacDonald, to murder Carmela in exchange for money and a job in Florida. The authorities organized an undercover operation to extract a confession from Graham, which resulted in his and David’s imprisonment.
Here Is: Where Are Carmela Knight’s Mom and Sister Now?
Finally, Franca and Nancy received some closure, with the men responsible for Carmela’s death imprisoned. They remembered her warmly as a kind mother, with Franca telling the judge, “He was supposed to love, not murder her.” He showed no mercy to Carmela, and the court should show no pity to him as well. She was always compassionate and saw the best in people.” Franca and Nancy appear to have kept a quiet profile since then, which is understandable. While it seems that they currently live in Ontario, little is known about their occupation.
“I would give anything to swap with Carm, to take away the terror she felt,” Franca said at Graham’s sentencing in February 2018. She died alone and afraid, struggling for her life with a stranger.” “David has an empty soul, a terrible human being who does not deserve to be a father,” stated Nancy Burridge, who was present at David’s sentencing hearing. Seeing David behind bars gives the impression that he has always deserved to be there.”