BROOKSVILLE — Michael Jones kidnapped his wife and shot her last month in the Hernando County wilderness before turning the gun on himself. But in his eyes, Glenna Jones was no longer the woman he had married.
By May 18, Michael Jones was sure that his wife of more than 40 years had been cheating on him with two men, according to a suicide note and an investigative report provided to the Times on Monday by the Hernando Sheriff’s Office.
“My life is essentially over,” wrote Jones, 66. “I’m confused, profoundly hurt and have no will to live. I also can’t let the ‘being’ that (Glenna) has become continue to live.”
On the night of the 18th, he bound his 66-year-old wife’s arms with zip ties in their home on Dinnerbell Lane South in Dunedin and drove her about 50 miles north to a remote spot in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area. There, he shot her once in the forehead with a 9 mm Ruger pistol before putting the barrel into his mouth and pulling the trigger.
May 18: Glenna Jones, 66, was fatally shot by her husband, Michael Jones, who then shot himself. Their bodies were found in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area in northwest Hernando County. Jones, also 66, wrote in a suicide note that Glenna was cheating on him, but their daughter said that was not true.
From: Deputy Rose DeJesus
Acting Public Information Officer, 352-797-3609
Re: Murder-Suicide in the Chassahowitzka Forest
Date: May 20, 2013
The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Major Case detectives are currently working a death
investigation with preliminary information indicating a domestic-related murder-suicide.
On May 19, 2013, at 2:45 a.m. the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office responded to a heavily
wooded area of the Chassahowitzka Forest on Commercial Way in Brooksville at the request
of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. When deputies arrived, they discovered the bodies of
Michael Jones, age 66, and Glenda Jones, age 66, deceased in the woods.
The investigation thus far indicates Michael and Glenda Jones were reported missing in
Pinellas County during the early morning hours on May 19, 2013.
A seven-page suicide note was found in the Jones’ tan PT Cruiser. In it, Michael Jones explains how he started his life in poverty, and his adult life swung between very high and very low points.
Jones ended the letter by writing “I do love you all, but I have no life left with the woman I married. She ceased existing before I took her life. I see this as a two-step plan to recovery. 1. Put her out of MY misery. 2. Put Me out of my misery.”