With a husband, two daughters, and a successful career as a holistic doctor, Teresa Sievers appeared to have it all. And yet, the testimony of a neighbor suggests that her life wasn’t as picture-perfect as it seemed. This fact was confirmed with devastating clarity in June of 2015 when what was supposed to be the start of another ordinary week took a turn for the worst.
Neighbors had reason to believe that Dr. Teresa Sievers and her husband, Mark, weren’t getting along. Still, all couples fight sometimes. After a New York trip, Sievers returned to her home in Bonita Springs, Florida, on a Sunday evening. She was alone, opening the doors wide to be met with her tragic end. The numbing murder left one looming question: who met her at her home when she arrived back from vacation?
By most standards, Teresa Sievers seemed to have her life under control. According to Kayla Laine of CBS News, she lived in the beautiful town of Bonita Springs, Florida, held the position of a holistic doctor, was married, and had two children. What more could a person want?
However, not all that glitters is gold; in time, this proved painfully true for Sievers. In an article by Tomas Rodriguez of News-Press, it is recorded that the Sievers’ neighbors reported overhearing bits and pieces of an argument between the couple. But couples fight. There appeared to be no need for any particular alarm. The truth was that trouble was brewing beneath the surface. It was subtly frightening, and even Teresa couldn’t predict the severity of the situation.
Home Sweet Home Turned Nightmare for Teresa Sievers
In June 2015, the Sievers’ decided it was time for a family vacation. Teresa and Mark Sievers and their two daughters packed their bags and left for New York. CBS News reports that the dutiful Teresa returned home ahead of her family on Sunday to prepare for the patients on her Monday schedule. She’d have a quiet, uneventful evening and be all prepared for work the next day, right? Wrong.
It wasn’t until Mark asked one of the neighbors to check on his wife that anyone realized things had gone awry.
New-Press’s coverage of the fact that the Sievers’ had been heard arguing shortly before Teresa turned up dead turned all eyes to Mark. And yet, he was still on vacation when it all happened. This posed a chilling question: who killed Dr. Teresa Sievers?
The Wonders of Modern Technology Helped in Uncovering Teresa Sievers’ Killers
Even though Mark was far from Bonita Springs at the time of Teresa’s murder, the first clue the authorities found centered around him. It was discovered that Mark had traveled out of town only a few weeks before celebrating the wedding of his friend, Curtis Wayne Wright Jr. It was at this time of celebrating their union that Mark made sinister arrangements to end his marital ties. Sadly, when Wright should have been focused on his new bride, he proved quite willing to go along with Mark’s morbid request.
With the enticement of $100,000 worth of life insurance on the table, Mark asked Wright to “take care of it.”
CBS News reports that the two hitmen set out on the 17-hour journey from Missouri to the unsuspecting doctor’s front door by car. Though a report by NBC2 News described the ambiguity surrounding the case regarding physical evidence, investigators had one solid lead to go off of. That, Kayla Laine recorded, was GPS tracking. “This is a case in which 21st century technology became vital,” prosecutor Cynthia Ross stated. And she was right. It was time for modern tracking methods to take center stage over good, old-fashioned evidence.
Wright and Rodger Killed Teresa Sievers
Despite Wright and Rodger’s determination to fulfill their mission, the mistake that would be their undoing was committed before they even threw their rental car into drive: they punched their destination into the GPS. This move allowed the police to track their entire trip. Using cell phone tower data and video footage, investigators could trace their route as if invited along.
The pair drove through until they reached Florida, arriving at Teresa’s around 6 am on Sunday, June 28th. They entered the house to turn off the alarm before hopping back in the car and heading to a local Walmart. The nonchalance with which the men marched past the security cameras to purchase an incriminating cluster of items, including wipes, trash bags, and a lock-picking kit, was astounding. The fact that they might be being tracked clearly had not entered either of their minds. A former classmate of Wright voiced his thoughts on their obliviousness. “Quite honestly, he [Wright] was one of the smartest people with computers I ever met. To many people, looking at it makes it look like these guys were just dumb and dumber.”
After Walmart, they relaxed at the beach before returning to the Sievers’ home to carry out their assigned task. It was there that the men, whose faces had been caught on camera only hours earlier, did away with Dr. Teresa Sievers, leaving her on the floor, her face brutalized.
Thanks to video footage and GPS, the police zeroed in on Wright and Rodgers in short order. It was time to establish their guilt in a case that would seem easy to prove. According to Chris Cifatte of WINK, confirming Mark Sievers’ involvement wasn’t altogether tricky, and he was placed on death row. However, prosecution of the two others wasn’t as straightforward. For one, Wright and Rodgers had drastically different stories to tell about their reasons for being at Teresa’s home on the day of the murder. Wright said that Mark hired them as henchmen of sorts. Rodgers disagreed. Though he did not speak out at his trial, Rodgers later chose to candidly relay his version of what transpired.
As it turned out, there was no physical evidence left behind at the crime scene that linked Rodgers to Teresa’s murder. Still, he openly admitted to being at the Sievers’ residence at the time of the murder. He claimed that he and Wright had been honorably hired to complete some work for the Sievers, and staying at the house was part of the deal. He said that Wright had mixed up the dates that they were meant to arrive.
For this reason, the two men in her driveway with their belongings ready to bring inside came as an unwelcome surprise to Teresa. “She seemed already in a bad mood,” Rodgers told WINK. “She gets out of the vehicle like, ‘What are you doing here?’ Like, immediately with an attitude, Wayne (Wright) tells her he forgot that they were going out of town and messed up the times. She’s angry, frustrated, yelling at him.”
Details of the Murder of Teresa Sievers
Rodgers said that Wright further engaged, turning the heated words into a full-on argument. Things continued to escalate until, according to Rodgers, Wright became so livid that he grabbed a nearby hammer and hit Teresa in the face. Wright prolonged the altercation by following Teresa into the house as if this weren’t bad enough. Rodgers claims that he ran after his friend, telling him to stop. His pleading had little effect as Wright continued in hot pursuit.
“I put my hands up, and I tell him like I didn’t see (expression),” he said. “That was my exact words I didn’t see (expletive).”
In addition to producing an honorable reason why he and Wright were in Bonita Springs that day, Rodgers submitted that the information collected by the investigators from “witnesses” was unreliable. Wright and his former, Taylor Shoemaker, were questioned by police, and it was on their testimonies that Rodgers was convicted.
Rodgers claimed that the investigators fed the pair condemning words that would work against him. In a desperate attempt to prove this, he documented all of the details that he considered inconsistencies in the trial, fighting to reopen the case. The trouble was that he needed to provide new evidence to support his stance. “You don’t get a second bite at the apple,” lawyer Pam Seay said. “New evidence means something that did not exist at the time of the trial. All of the things Mr. Rodgers is saying now would have existed at the time of the trial.” The way things stand, “the time to bring all of this has passed.”
Prison Terms for the Killers of Teresa Sievers
Things might have been different had Rodgers spoken up sooner about what happened. And what was Rodgers’ reason for staying silent? He said that Wright had threatened to kill him. “I see Wayne (Wright) taking off his bloody clothes. And he’s putting them in his backpack,” Rodgers explained. “And then he’s putting on his clean clothes because we pack clothes for this trip to stay in Florida. Then we got inside the car, and Wayne’s (Wright) threatening me at that point inside the car told me how he’s going to kill me, how he’s going to kill Taylor (Shomaker), and how he’s going to kill Taylor’s children if I go to the cops.” Nevertheless, the story is compelling.
And yet, the facts stand: nothing new had indeed been added to the case, leaving it frozen in time.
“There’s no conspiracy,” he said. “We never hid where it was at.” It might have been confirmed that he wasn’t hiding what happened (not anymore, anyway). But the battered face of Dr. Teresa Sievers made it difficult to retract the verdict against any of the men charged with her murder.