People will do anything for their children. They will spend all night baking birthday cupcakes, ferry them from school to soccer to ballet, cook them dinner, do their laundry, spend every spare dollar they have on them. Mom’s do this not because they have to, but because they want to give their children the best.
Paige Birgfield was no exception. In fact, she may have been the best example of this type of a “Supermom”. Not only was she raising three young children, she was doing it all on her own. But Paige had a dangerous secret, one that would put her and her family into more danger than she ever anticipated…
Paige Birgfeld was basically a supermom. The 34-year-old mother of three had been divorced twice and had been struggling to take care of her young children ever since. Nevertheless, she provided for her kids in every way possible, taking them to school, sports, and juggling a multitude of careers.
On top of cooking, cleaning, driving, laundry, and her own jobs, Paige allowed all three of her children to sleep in her bed. She was there for them whenever they needed, sacrificing her own happiness and privacy in order to provide them with a loving environment. Her other mom friends were equally impressed with her tenacity…
According to her friends, Paige could carry a baby, cook, talk on the phone and do six other things at the same time. Everyone wanted to be like her. Some of her many money-making methods included selling Pampered Chef cookware, flipping houses, and selling baby slings.
Anything for a Buck
When all of these “tupperware-style” schemes didn’t work, she contemplated babysitting, because, obviously, MORE kids would make things easier. She even considered breeding dogs: another business that would only serve to add more chaos to an already chaotic situation. She had other options, though…
Passions and Secrets
Paige had loved dancing ever since she was a little girl and wanted to teach it to her own children. She connected with her longtime passion for dancing by opening a dance school. And boy did Paige know how to dance. In her 20’s, she’d worked as an exotic dancer in Denver, Colorado. It’s how she met her first husband…
Despite working her butt off at anything she could do to make a buck, despite her status as a neighborhood supermom, Paige always seemed to be in the red. Finally, she happened upon a way to rake in a whole lot of extra cash that would require much less effort on her part. The only problem: it was “slightly” illegal…
Paige decided to use her considerable organization skills (she was an expert juggler of tasks by now) to open up an escort service. After developing a pseudonym for the business, “Carrie” began to run Models, Incorporated from her home and a nearby office. No one knew about the new business venture other than her closest friends. All of whom respected her, regardless.
On the Line
She never became involved in the “escort” side of the business herself, but she did dance on the occasional job when the mood suited her. According to her friends, Paige’s actions as a mother spoke much louder than anything else, and besides, she made sure never to cross the line into illegal territory. She knew if she crossed that line, she could jeopardize her kids…
Everything was going well for Paige, despite having to live her double life as Carrie, she was now doing better financially than she ever could have otherwise. On Thursday, June 28, 2007, Paige met up with her ex-husband, Howard Beigler, for a date in Eagle, Colorado. The date went well and when he called her around 9 pm to make sure she had gotten back ok, she told him she was nearly home.
Mom is Missing
The 120-mile drive back to her home in Grand Junction, however, turned out to take a bit longer than expected. It was Saturday morning before her children and their nanny started to worry. They had always been accustomed to Paige’s irregular hours, but to be gone two days with no word meant something was very wrong…
The police didn’t have to wait long for a clue. The following night, Paige’s 2005 Ford Focus was found burning in a parking lot about three miles from her home. Unfortunately, there was no sign of Paige in the car or anywhere around it. Then, nearly a month later, searchers found her checks and business cards scattered across an 11-mile stretch along a highway southeast of Grand Junction.
The police were soon clued in on Paige’s secret double life as Carrie. They interviewed her friends and her parents who were stunned by the revelation that their daughter had done something so questionable. Their shock and awe notwithstanding, no one seemed to know what had happened to Paige. The police suspected foul play almost immediately…
“Everything so far indicates foul play,” says Heather Gierhart, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department. There have been no indications that Paige walked away on her own or faked her own demise. After all, Paige was a supermom, she loved her kids and sacrificed everything for them. Someone must have wanted her gone.
Two Years of Searching
Police investigated both of her ex-husbands as well. Dixon, her last ex was the father of her children, Jess, Taft, and Kohl. It was her divorce from him that had put her under such financial strain in order to keep up payments on the six-acre home where they had lived. But both husbands had alibis. Their next suspects, “Carrie’s” clients, were numerous…
Paige had been a professional and had never made an enemy of any one of her clients. The police interrogated at least eight of them, but only one seemed to stick out: Lester Ralph Jones. His phone records showed that he was among the last people Paige had called before her disappearance. Jones had an alibi, of course, but something didn’t smell right.
We Found Her
In 2012, a hiker in western Colorado uncovered a body while making his way through the hills. The police tested the remains and found, much to their dismay, that it was the body of Paige Birgfield: she was indeed dead. According to the autopsy, she had been dead since the night of her disappearance. They were now looking for a killer…
Police took in Lester Jones. As it turned out, Paige’s burning car had been found across the street from the building where Jones worked. That, coupled with his phone call to Paige, was enough of a smoking gun. He admitted to having paid Paige for a massage but that was all. The first trial ended in a mistrial, but they weren’t done with Jones.
History of Violence
Jones’ former wife, Lisa Nance, came forward soon after. She claimed that Jones had a history of violence and even physically assaulted one her ex-boyfriends when the two were on the outs. According to her, he must have killed Paige because she knew too much and didn’t want his wife to find out. With her testimony, Jones was brought back to trial…
In the second trial, Jones’ lawyers argued there was no physical evidence tying him to Birgfeld’s death. They even suggested another man, a man who died in 2011, was the one who had killed her. In the end, though, Jones’ admitted to the killing. Though as to why he did it, no one may ever know.
Life in Prison
A judge sentenced the 65-year-old to life in prison without parole. As for Paige’s children, they are living with her parents and their father has since taken a much greater interest in their lives, helping out where he can. In the end, Paige died giving them the greatest gift they could ever receive: a chance in life.