The Black Widow of Texas: Her Lover Murdered Her Husband to Collect $629,000 Insurance

Jennifer Faith gave an interview to a television channel asking the public for help in arresting the man who had fatally shot to her husband in front of his home in Dallas, Texas.

Using the information given to her by detectives, she revealed that the suspect was driving a pickup truck that had a “T” sticker on it. After the interview, Ella Faith texted the one who allegedly killed her husband: her lover Darrin Rubén López.

“Woke up in a bit of a panic… Something is eating at me, telling me you need to remove the decal from the back window of the truck,” she wrote, according to the US Attorney’s Office.

Faith, 49, deceived everyone, including her lover, who was led to believe that her husband he beat her and raped her to generate enough of this anger to kill him, according to the indictment.

While neighbors and detectives believed her version, she raised money on an internet portal and began the process to collect on her husband’s life insurance for $629,000.

His plan was to buy a house in Tennessee where he could start a new life with Lopez, even though he was a fugitive. His lover was notified of each step of the request for money.

Faith’s lies went a long way, but they didn’t last that long. In February 2021, the authorities arrested her on a charge of obstruction of justice and in September of the same year she added a charge of use of interstate commerce in the commission of contract killing, a crime that involves the death penalty.

Prosecutors negotiated to drop her obstruction of justice charge and recommend that the court sentence her to life in prison for planning her husband’s death, in exchange for her admitting her crime.

On Tuesday, US District Judge Jane J. Boyle called Faith “pure evil” and sentenced her to life in prison. She also fined him $250,000 and ordered $6,500 to be paid to the family of her late husband as restitution for her funeral expenses.

“Mrs. Faith put on a great performance in the wake of her husband’s murder. She told her sad story to reporters and police officers, then went to her house to orchestrate her cover-up,” said US Attorney Chad Meacham.

“But the ‘crocodile tears’ didn’t stop the federal agents. We were committed to getting justice for Jamie (the victim) and with the judge’s imposition of life in prison this afternoon (Tuesday) we are one step closer.”

This is how the plot was discovered

Faith told detectives that at some point she met and fell in love with Darrin Rubén López, whom she called her “only love.”

She set him up: she created two fake emails, one of which assumed the identity of her husband Jamie Faith, who worked as the chief technology officer for American Airlines.

In those emails, she pretended that her husband was talking to a friend who was physically and sexually abusing Faith. She even attached images of beaten women that she took from the internet. She thus convinced Lopez that her hell was real.

Prosecutors presented as evidence in court surveillance audio of Faith screaming during the attack in which her husband was killed and later video of her crying hysterically. The two had been out walking their dog in the neighborhood when Lopez shot his victim seven times on Oct. 9, 2020.

“I turned around and just saw this person shoot and shoot. She couldn’t believe it, she didn’t know him. Like, why?” she said sobbing to the detective who interviewed her the morning of the murder. “A lot of shots, five, six, maybe… And he continued and I told him: stop!”

“And then I saw the person turn around and, kind of dark-eyed, coming towards me. And so I started, I yelled no and started running. And he knocked me to the ground,” she continued. “He was trying to attack me the whole time I was screaming,” she described.

The recording of his interview was also part of the evidence in this case.

Lopez has been charged in the murder of Jamie Faith by state prosecutors; while federal prosecutors point him out for a crime with firearms. He has pleaded not guilty to both charges.

He was arrested on January 11, 2021. A month later, she contacted a third party and asked him to send this message to her lover in jail. “I am with him, I will always be with him no matter what has happened. I have had to be cautious because every communication is being monitored, ”she said in her message. “Please tell him as soon as possible that I will always be his.”

At sentencing Tuesday, prosecutors presented a note she wrote to him in her own handwriting on Oct. 19, 2021. “Just a quick note to say I never lied to you and I never emailed you from any account other than mine,” she said.

“There’s so much more I wish I could say, but I can’t right now,” he concluded.

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The Black Widow of Texas: Her Lover Murdered Her Husband to Collect $629,000 Insurance