How well do we really know our parents? It’s a question we often ask ourselves in the dead of the night, when we’re lying alone in bed. What secrets do they keep from us, either for their own good or ours? What bits of their past will we never be privy to?
These were questions that one Ohio son never had about his parents. As far as he knew, they were both hard-working folks who had done their best to raise him and his brother. It wasn’t until he arrived home unexpectedly one day that these questions and more began to enter his worried mind…
Small Town USA
Coventry Township, Ohio is what anyone would consider the quintessential small town in America. Full of tiny, suburban neighborhoods, and salt-of-the-earth people, it is hardly the type of place you’d expect to find a scandal: let alone uncover something sinister.
Many Years of Bliss
49-year-old Marcia and her 54-year-old husband Howard had been living in Coventry Township for most of their lives. Marcia had even graduated from the local high school in 1987. The formerly happy marriage had even produced two sons for the couple. But in June of 2017, strange things began to happen…
Howard Eubank was a working man who drove a truck for a local pipe company. As such, he would often be away from home for long periods. This June however, it seemed that Howard’s neighbors were seeing rather less of him than was normal. His brother Frank hadn’t heard from him in a long while either.
At the same time, Howard’s employers at the Warren Pump and Supply Company were beginning to become vexed by his unusual lack of appearance at work. After a week of straight absences with no call or text, his boss decided to reach out to make sure nothing had happened. He received a reply that said Howard was in the hospital…
Moved to Texas
The owner and manager of Warren Pump and Supply Company had received a text from Howard Eubank telling him that one of his best workers had been admitted to hospital for the foreseeable future. After a few weeks of waiting in silence, he received another unusual text saying that Howard had moved to Texas.
Time passed without a word to anyone, including the Eubank’s children. Frank remained woefully in the dark about his brother’s apparent sickness, but was too far to come visit. Then, one night in December, one of the couple’s sons, who had been living on and off with his parents for months, decided to return home. He had been locked out of the house but knew how to climb in through a back window…
Upon entering his parents’ home, he smelled something awful. It smelled as if something had died in the house. He searched around for both his parents but discovered only a group of plastic containers, each of them infested with maggots and emanating the disgusting odor. He had no idea what he had walked into.
He texted his father then his mom, both of whom were not at home. When Marcia texted back, he asked what was in the three containers. His mother’s reply did not come at once and as he stood there, staring in horror at the foul-smelling tupperware, his phone beeped. It was a message from his mother….
Marcia Eubanks told her son the truth. Inside the three containers were her husband’s, his father’s, body parts. She had killed him and dismembered him and was storing his remains in the house for the past six months. The young Eubanks immediately called the police and let them know what his mother had done.
Shopping at Walmart
The police quickly made their way to a Walmart in Green, Ohio, where Marcia had told her son she was shopping. Marcia Eubank came into custody without incident and was taken to the nearby police station for questioning. She was eerily calm about what she had done and even about being caught. Even the arresting officers found it unnerving…
Shooting him Dead
The ensuing interrogation was much less an interrogation and much more a confession. Marcia Eubank explained that she had shot her husband in the back of the head, though at first she had not told them why. Afterwards, she had dismembered his body with an electric saw and other tools, but had no idea what to do with the remains afterwards.
It seemed that after that, she had decided to store the body in non-airtight plastic containers and put them in the living room, bedroom, and kitchen, where they stayed for the next six months. Meanwhile, she sent texts to his employer and anyone else who wondered where he was, saying that he had moved to Texas. Obviously it couldn’t have lasted forever…
Cleaning the House
Officials were on the scene from about 1 p.m. in the afternoon until midnight the next day, carrying different bags of things from outside the house and even some from the backyard. Chief medical examiner, Gary Guenther, spoke about the difficulty of identifying the remains. “Due to the decomposition and condition of the body, this process will take additional time,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Eubank’s neighbors in Coventry Township couldn’t believe what they were hearing about Marcia and Howard. “It’s sick. I’ve known these people for over 20 years,” explained neighbor Jackie Kaylor. “It’s absolutely devastating. I just can’t believe this is all real.” And the neighbors weren’t the only ones…
Frank Eubank, Howard’s brother, has been desperate for more information since the news of the gruesome discovery hit the airwaves. “That is my brother and I have every right to know,” he explained in a recent phone interview. “I feel awful I thought I was going to have a heart attack when I found out.”
Like most people, Frank Eubank was completely unaware of any issues with the couple that may have brought things to a head. After so long together and having raised two children, it’s hard to believe that anything could come between them that could be so terrible Marcia would resort to killing him and dismembering him. Frank wanted to talk to Marcia, but the police wouldn’t allow it…
“What destroyed them, what happened there?” asks Frank Eubank. “Why did she do that? No matter what we do good and bad, in my heart I pray for her and what she did.” He is determined to talk to her and find answers before it is all said and done, but it will likely be months before Marcia’s case goes to trial.
In the meantime, Marcia Eubank is being charged with murder and is being held on $1 million bond. Many questions remain pertaining to motive, but Marcia is hardly the first person in history to kill and then live with her victim in her own home. Take for instance the little old lady in Sacramento….
Dorothea Puente was a sweet little old lady living in Sacramento, California who ran a boarding house for the less fortunate. Most of her tenants were social security recipients and as such, she earned a reputation with local social workers for taking in abusive tenants and even drug addicts. But she was not what she seemed…
Hide the Bodies
For years, Dorothea would take in her “tough cases”, find a way to control their pension or benefit checks, and then kill them in some gruesome way, before living with the remains for a time. That is, until she could find some other poor sap down on his luck to help rid herself of them. Obviously her motives were greed but one can only wonder what was going through Marcia Eubank’s head.