Gretchen Mayer
27 Years Old

September 29, 1961 to April 4, 1989

Gretchen Mayer, of Louisville, Kentucky, was so full of life, very friendly, and had a very contagious laugh. She loved her family deeply and treasured her friends. Gretchen liked to play golf and bowl. She also was an excellent swimmer and loved the ocean and beach.

Gretchen graduated Cum Laude at Wisconsin-Stout in 3 and 1/2 years with a degree in hotel and restaurant management. She truly enjoyed her career in human resources, the traveling it entailed and the people it brought her into contact with. Gretchen was a loving daughter and sister to her family. Dear God, how we miss her!


Gretchen Mayer, 27, of Louisville, Kentucky, was murdered on April 4, 1989 by Michael Morgan, her husband of almost six years. He held her down on her stomach and stabbed her 24 times as she pleaded for him to help her.

After the cold-blooded murder of Gretchen, Mike took a shower and went to the fitness center to work out. He discarded his clothes and the knife which were never found. To this day, Morgan claims he did nothing wrong and has no remorse. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

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Gretchen Mayer