Police: Brother of the Ex-Wife of Professor Dan Markel Paid For Breast Enhancement of The Girlfriend of the Killer

1405809806000-Dan-MarkelWe have been following the investigation of the murder of Florida State Professor Dan Markel – a case that has cast suspicions on the family of his ex-wife and fellow professor Wendi Adelson. Much of this suspicion has been drawn to Adelson’s brother and that suspicion has been magnified with a new and bizarre disclosure that Charlie Adelson paid for half of a breast enhancement surgery for the girlfriend of one of the accused killers.


Adelson and Markel married in 2006 when she was a third-year law student at the University of Miami and he was a criminal law professor at FSU. News accounts say that Markel returned from a business trip to find the kids and his wife gone with divorce papers left on the bed — the start of a highly acrimonious divorce.

Sigfredo-Garcia-Luis-Rivera-300x174Police say that Garcia and Rivera were “enlisted” to kill Markel in connection with his divorce from Adelson. Police traced a rental to the scene of the crime.

article-2708745-1FE31D6900000578-378_306x423Adelson has gone public with her own account and said that she is being unfairly targeted by sensational media: “He died violently and young, and likely at the hands of a professional killer, and the media had a field day in response. I turned on the TV to find photos of my children with Nancy Grace, George Stephanopoulos saying my name in reference to our ‘acrimonious divorce,’ and a picture my friend took when I was her maid of honor showed as evidence of why I should be treated as a murder suspect, and not the mother of two fatherless boys.”

Police have focused on Charles Adelson, his mother Donna Adelson, and a woman named Katherine Magbanua. Magbanua is the mother of two children with Sigfredo Garcia. Police say that she spoke more than 2,000 times to Garcia in the weeks leading up to the slaying. She also was dated Adelson when Markel was killed and worked at the family’s South Florida dental office.

Prosecutors now say Charlie Adelson paid for half of a $6,000 to $7,000 breast implant surgery done by Dr. Leonard Roudner, also known as “Dr. Boobner.” That surgery occurred notably in October 2014, roughly three months after Markel’s killing. Police sought the medical records despite the insistence of Charlie Adelson’s lawyer that it was “a fishing expedition.” The court did not see it that way and granted the subpoena to confirm the surgery and payments.

The determined investigation has made no secret of the police’s intense suspicions of the Adelson family and particularly Charlie. The direct payment of money to the mother of Garcia’s children is key circumstantial evidence in building a case against the family.

39 thoughts on “Police: Brother of the Ex-Wife of Professor Dan Markel Paid For Breast Enhancement of The Girlfriend of the Killer”

  1. This story is awfully messy. It sound like the complex kind of case where you’d need Dexter to sort this out.

    1. It’s not that complex. If it is what it appears to be, the most challenging part would be tracking the means by which Garcia and Rivera were compensated for their trouble. The connection between Garcia / Rivera and the family would be Magnabua. However, the family’s extensive assets are held and controlled by mama and papa. So far, papa’s not a target of the investigation. He and mama have retained one set of counsel while each of their children have retained another.

  2. The Adelson’s have retained counsel, one set for Wendi, one set for Charlie, and one set for mama and papa (brother Robert and his wife live in Albany, NY and law enforcement have not suggested they know anything or did anything). “Reasonable doubt” may keep them out of prison, but their going to have to come up with a counter-explanation for his murder or the miasma over their name will never dissipate. I can’t imagine what’s happened to their practice in recent months.

  3. Although the Adelson family could very well be involved, I cannot understand why a killer would consider 1/2 the cost of a boob job for his ex-girlfriend, the mother of his children, who was dating the guy who paid. How does that benefit him? He just really wants another man to enjoy his ex-girlfriend’s boobs, and would kill to make it happen?

    What is possible, however, is that she knew something and Adelson was buying her silence. Or maybe he just complained a lot about his brother-in-law, and she passed on that information to her ex, who for some reason needed to kill someone. He seems a bit old to be jumping into a gang.

    Right now, it’s all conjecture, and we need to wait for an investigation. If her family was involved, I feel very sorry for those children.

    1. Again, this is one little nugget of information. The story has been part of a series in the Tallahassee papers. Law enforcement have yet to reveal all they know of the Adelsons’ transaction history.

    2. Or maybe he just complained a lot about his brother-in-law, and she passed on that information to her ex, who for some reason needed to kill someone.

      Yeah that’s plausible.

  4. I truly dislike these types of stories. There are no real facts to be had. There’s an investigation which is ongoing. It just seems to be salacious, a part of pseudo-celebrity culture which is destructive of human empathy and thought.

    The brownie story was funny! The constitutional law posts are excellent and very thoughtful.

    1. No, Jill. Plenty of incriminating data on Garcia and Rivera. It’s not detailed in this article, but the Tallahassee papers have been covering the story and delineated it.

  5. Yeah, this happens more than you think. Wife Accused of Killing Marine Husband for Implants

    Cynthia Sommer, 33, is accused of poisoning her husband Todd Sommer, a Marine, with arsenic for financial gain so she could afford plastic surgery and a shopping spree.

    Sommer is accused of murdering her husband in order to collect his $250,000 life insurance policy. Prosecutors say soon after he died, Sommer spent $5,400 on breast implants and hosted boisterous parties at her home on the base.

    They recounted what she said when medics removed his body.
    “She said something to the effect of, ‘We joked about the life insurance policy, but I never thought I’d actually see it,'” San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Laura Gunn said.

    Todd Sommer’s death was initially ruled a heart attack, but tests later found arsenic in his liver at levels 1,000 times above normal.

    1. TJ,
      Just so you know, Cynthia Sommer’s conviction was overturned.
      http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/may/13/exoneree-sommer/

      Amazingly, at some point along the lengthy prosecution in that case, a judge tossed out the first jury result because the judge thought that the prosecution prejudiced her case. The prosecution presented evidence that Sommer got breast implants and did a lot of wild partying immediately after the death of her husband. The judge thought that information was prejudicial and that many people have ways of grieving. And, as “everyone” knows, when you’re grieving, getting some breast implants and doing a lot of partying can help overcome the feeling of sadness and loss that comes with the death of a loved one. Well, I don’t know this to be true, but I’ll assume that the judge is an expert in grief management.

      1. The thing is, if you’re an aficionado of police procedural and the like, it is disconcerting watching such programs how police and others seem to expect people to have stereotyped reactions to emotional trauma (often to the detriment of undemonstrative people).

        As for this woman, she wasn’t grieving. It’s a reasonable wager she’s just pathologically self-involved.

      2. Ralph – when my father died my mother did a lot of partying. For one thing, you lose all your married female friends because you are now a predator (looking for a new husband). So, there is not much left to do except party. Boob jobs were not around then, but she might had one of those too.

    2. Todd Sommer’s death was initially ruled a heart attack, but tests later found arsenic in his liver at levels 1,000 times above normal.

      If I’m to take the article at face value, it appears they bollixed the test of the liver tissue, as it says other samples had no arsenic in them.

  6. I am afraid I need a re-write before I can comment on the facts. I am not sure what the facts are. Also, what phillyT said.

  7. a little clarification please:

    What does “She also was dated Adelson” mean?

    And if you pay for half a boob job, are you paying for 100% of one breast or 50% of each? Asking for a friend.

  8. I watch the series, Bloodlines, set in the Florida Keys. The Adelsons sound like the Rayburn clan.

  9. The Florida Race is a peculiar sext of humans. They have a Governor who shaves his head like some dork in the park. Cuban Senator who thinks like one. New Yorkers all up and down the eastern shore. Too hot in the summer and too hot in the winter. Hurricanes several times a year. Colleges and what they call universities which are more like toiletries. Alligators who eat kids and no signs to warn the dumb parents from Nebraska. I could go on and on.

  10. Another song: (music to: Biggest Disgrace)

    I .. can.. ride a kangeroo!
    Do a boob job too!
    I’m… the … biggest disgrace to the Florida Race..
    My boob job won’t come back!

    etc

  11. (music to the tune of Green Door- a song from 1958)

    Boob Job! What’s that secret you’re keepin?
    Small boob, til the morning came creepin.
    Boob Job! What’s that secret your kieepin?

    Dead guy, had a wife with a sleeper.
    Screw up, thinking her friend was a new keeper.
    Boob job! What’s that secret you’re keeping.

    Well I said Joe sent me and someone laughed out loud about the Boob Job!
    And I said big boob is what you get behind the Green Door!
    Boob Job!

  12. Not buying it. If I were a contract killer, I would demand payment in advance, not a boob job on a former girlfriend (or shared girlfriend), three months later.

    1. This is just a little nugget of what law enforcement has on Charles Adelson, DMD.

      Regarding Messrs. Garcia and Rivera, the police in Tallahassee and Miami have electronic transponder data, security camera videos, eyewitness and earwitness testimony, and, if I’m not mistaken credit or debit card data. It would be quite a tour-de-force were their attorneys to discredit this data. The smart money is on the proposition that law enforcement have them dead-to-rights for the murder of Prof. Markel. Among other things, they were observed on security video stalking him in a green Prius (they provably rented in Miami) and a green Prius was seen leaving the professor’s driveway just after the observing witness had heard a gunshot. Prof. Markel lay dying in his vehicle with a bullet in his brain.

      Now, why do a pair of Miami gangbangers drive all the way to Tallahassee to kill some Florida State faculty member? Well, between the Adelsons and Garcia / Rivera is but one-degree-of-separation. The connection between the two is Katherine Mangbua, Garcia’s baby-mamma. She worked in the Adelson dental practice and provided sexual entertainment to Charles Adelson to boot.

  13. I won’t lie to you. I could not follow that. I did enjoy the various boob reference, though.

  14. But Magbunua was also Brother Adelson’s girlfriend, sooo he had a vested, and separate, interest in enhancing her appearance. Plus, 3 months is a bit of stretch of time for the payment. If it was related to the crime, it may have been post-deal blackmail. Oh well, another professor getting involved with a younger women!

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    1. Come again? I think Wendi Adelson was about 7 years younger than her husband and she was never enrolled at any institution where he taught. It’s a bit perplexing how they met. He’s from Toronto, she’s from Miami. Prior to their marriage 2006, they’d only lived in the same city from 1998 to 2001, and were only seasonally there. They were enrolled in different institutions (about 12 miles apart and separated by Boston traffic) and spent their summers working in different cities.

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