GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Days before stabbing his girlfriend to death and then turning the knife on himself, Sean McLafferty sent cryptic text messages to his estranged wife.
"By Love, Death is my only option," wrote McLafferty, 34.
"I won't see you again, Death Chamber ... You'll see."
The texts led McLafferty's estranged wife to call Grand Rapids police and report him as missing and endangered person on Nov. 19 -- three days before the body of his girlfriend, Kristie Purcey, 32, was found in his garage, according to a recently released search warrant.
Records show Grand Rapids police checked McLafferty's apartment, 2112 Wyndhamn Hill Drive NE, on Nov. 21, the day before the discovery, but nobody was home. They say he already was wanted on a felony warrant.
Then, the next day, on Nov. 22, the estranged wife called police again. McLafferty, she told them, had called her and talked about suicide. He told her he'd been smoking marijuana and taking anabolic steroids.
He had recently quit his $200,000-a-year job at Amway Corp. and had been having an affair with Purcey, who also worked at Amway. Court records show Purcey hadn't been seen at work and hadn't spoken with friends and relatives since Nov. 12.
McLafferty called his estranged wife again on the morning of Nov. 22, and told her "he was sorry for making things worse, he had ruined the family home, that he had killed the girl he had been seeing with a knife," according to court records.
Later that same day, police discovered Purcey's body in McLafferty's garage. They also found a section of carpet cut from McLafferty's living room, records show.
Two days later, after a manhunt, they found him dead, from a self-inflicted stab wound to the chest, in a remote cabin near Remus.
Nov. 8: McLafferty quits $200,000 Amway job.
Nov. 12: McLafferty's girlfriend and Amway co-worker, Kristie Purcey, is last seen by her family.
Nov. 19: McLafferty sends texts to estranged wife: "By Love, Death is my only option."
Nov. 19: Estranged wife reports him missing/endangered.
Nov. 21: GR police check his apartment; can't find him.
Nov. 22: Estranged wife calls police again, says she's worried.
Nov. 22: McLafferty calls estranged wife, tells her he'd stabbed girlfriend, Purcey.
Nov. 22: Police find Purcey dead in Grand Rapids.
Nov. 23: Manhunt begins for McLafferty near Remus.
Nov. 24: McLafferty found dead in remote cabin with self-inflicted knife wound.
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