Woman who stabbed boyfriend's ex 18 times is convicted murderer
By MATT PHELPS
Kirkland Reporter Regional Assistant Editor
November 27, 2009 · Updated 8:40 AM
The Seattle woman who stabbed another female 18 times in the parking garage of the Gateway office building in Kirkland Nov. 13 has been charged with attempted first-degree murder - but it is not the first time her jealousy has resulted in violence.
Patricia Lynn Crowl, 50, killed Shawn Wallace, who was six weeks pregnant, by beating her with a wrench in a jealous rage. The rage was sparked because the woman was dating Crowl's then boyfriend. Crowl served the full nine years of her sentence for the murder and was released in November 2006. The courts deemed her to not be mentally ill and she served two years of probation with no violations. Crowl's bail for the most recent charges was set at $3 million.
The victim of the latest attack, 28-year-old Jamie Checkos, was released from Harborview Medical Center on Nov. 14 but is still suffering from her injuries, her father told KOMO 4 news. Along with the stab wounds, she also suffered a punctured lung. To make things worse, Checkos was recently laid off from her job and is struggling to support herself and her daughter.
The attack took place because Crowl found out that Checkos was texting Crowl's boyfriend. Checkos and the man had been in a relationship for three years but it had recently ended. Checkos told police that she received a text message from her ex-boyfriend's phone asking her to meet him at the Gateway office building in Kirkland. When she got out of her car Crowl charged at her with a knife, according to court documents. Checkos then dialed 911 from her cell phone. She told the dispatcher that she had been "stabbed everywhere," and that "she was dying," according to court documents.
Police contacted Checkos ex-boyfriend after her sister told them they had recently broken up. The ex-boyfriend told police that he had last talked with Checkos on Nov. 7 but had used his new girlfriend's cell phone to call her. A while later, the ex-boyfriend called police back and said that Crowl told him that she was going to turn herself in. Later that night, police found Crowl at Valley Medical Center in Renton, where she sought treatment for her injuries from the attack, court documents said.
When police interviewed Checkos in the hospital they showed her a photo of Crowl and she identified the woman as her attacker.
Crowl was not the only person involved in the events of the first murder. After Crowl hid Wallace's body under her house, she decided to move the remains to a dead-end road in Tukwila with the help of her ex-husband, Jonathan Adam Henry. Henry was convicted of first-degree rendering criminal assistance and sentenced to six months in jail.Contact Kirkland Reporter Regional Assistant Editor Matt Phelps at email@example.com or 425-822-9166 ext. 5052.