A Russian bride-to-be was found dead 5,500 miles from her home. Investigators will soon learn that Anna Repkina was unwittingly caught up in a love triangle and her fiance frantically searched for time travel after her death, writing to strangers on WhatsApp: “… best friend made a mistake . I want to go back there so as not to lose the woman who should be my wife. ”
“The Murder of Anna Repkina,” reported by correspondent Tracy Smith for “48 Hours,” will air Saturday, July 31 at 10 / 9c on CBS.
In 2016, Repkina was a 26 year old Muscovite who loved rock music and cats and had a fun sense of humor. She had recently gone through a breakup with her seven-year-old boyfriend. In search of love, she decided to join some online dating sites. She thought she had found what she was looking for when she met William Hargrove, a 26-year-old Oregonian who had an affinity for all things Russian.
Their online relationship quickly took off, and Repkina decided to fly to the United States to meet his new love in person and spend the Christmas holidays with him in Oregon. After a 10-day whirlwind trip, Repkina returned to Russia with a keepsake: an engagement ring from Hargrove. She plans to pack her bags in Russia, move to Oregon and have a wedding.
What Repkina hadn’t planned was to meet Hargrove’s secret girlfriend.
When Repkina first met Hargrove, he was renting a room from a woman named Michelle Chavez, who was living with her husband in a loveless marriage. Unbeknownst to Repkina, Hargrove and Chavez were involved in a heated affair even before she came to the United States. Hargrove and Chavez continued their relationship after Hargrove’s proposal to Repkina, and when Repkina moved to Oregon to marry Hargrove, Chavez was shocked and very angry.
Chavez wanted Hargrove to be only with her and pressured him to end his relationship with Repkina. She issued an ultimatum – choose between herself and Repkina. Within days, Repkina was dead.
The day after Easter 2017, Repkina’s body was found on a remote logging road in Alsea, Oregon. She had been killed by a single shot from a hunting rifle to the back of the head. But who pulled the trigger?
This is the question Head Detective Lt. Chris Duffitt was trying to answer when he first arrived at the scene. “We found several garbage,” Duffitt said. “The fast food bags, the cartons of cigarettes, the candy wrappers that were here. And at this point, we don’t know what is proof and what is not.”
One of the rubbish turned out to be treasure. Investigators were able to trace information found on a KFC receipt to Will Hargrove.
In the days following Repkina’s death, Hargrove displayed quite a peculiar demeanor.
Hargrove has embarked on a strange deep dive into the internet. “He’s doing time travel research,” Detective Chris Dale said. “He recorded screenshots of web pages that show you how to do a particular spell to time travel. And we also see a communication through WhatsApp where he tries to ask for help with time travel. ” Hargrove said he wanted to correct a horrible mistake made by his “best friend”. He was so desperate to get this time travel information that he offered his soul as a reward to strangers on the internet who might be able to help him.
In addition to his strange internet encounters, Hargrove was caught on video surveillance at various ATMs withdrawing money from Repkina’s account. “He made a $ 200 withdrawal from that machine, then struck up a conversation with some employees at that gas station, where he ended up hugging one of them and crying that his little one friend, Anna Repkina, had left him, “said Duffitt.
Hargrove withdrew a total of $ 800 from Repkina’s account. With a sudden influx of money, he made an auto insurance payment, went shopping at Walmart for Star Wars-themed LEGOs, and bought some candy and cigars.
After connecting Hargrove to the crime scene via the KFC receipt, investigators brought Hargrove in for questioning and ultimately charged him with Repkina’s murder. Garbage left near Repkina’s body, Hargrove’s strange internet encounters, and the filmed theft led to Hargrove being formally charged with the murder of his fiancee in July 2018.
But when Hargrove’s trial began in October 2019, the defense advanced an entirely new theory about what happened to Repkina.