Brenda Leigh Paterick Crapo
33 Years Old

October 7, 1959 to December 13, 1992

Brenda Leigh Crapo from Sparks, Nevada had a great personality. She was fun-loving and very out-going.

Brenda was always eager to go places. She liked shopping at the mall and dancing. Since She grew-up in Pleasanton, California, her favorite place to go was the beach.

Brenda liked working at the casinos in Reno, Nevada. She was a Switchboard Operator. She paged people and made hotel reservations for customers.

Brenda loved children and was hoping to have a baby someday. Being a newlywed of only six months, she never got the chance.


On December 13th, 1992, Brenda Leigh Crapo, 33, from Sparks, Nevada was killed by her husband John Crapo.

The two had been married six months.  Brenda and John were arguing and the next morning, Brenda’s body was found in a gravel pit about 15 miles from her home. She had been strangled to death.

Crapo was convicted of Voluntary Manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Following  this tragic incident he was diagnosed with a mental illness.

As of February 1997, he was still in prison but would be considered for parole in December 1997. He died in prison November 3, 1998.  


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