Steven Johnson went saw shopping at Menards after first attempt to dismember wife failed

Categories: Homicide Files
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Johnson shot his wife with a 9mm, then struggled to dismember her. He confessed the next day.
New details about the Steven Johnson murder case have emerged, and as you'd expect from what we already know, they're extremely chilling and disturbing.

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Johnson, 34, murdered his wife, Manya -- a Target employee who had a master's in counseling psychology from Bethel -- in St. Paul on January 6, then dismembered her, put her remains in plastic bins, and brought them to a friend's house in White Bear Lake. Before meeting Manya, he spent a dozen years in prison for brutally raping a woman after luring her into his car with pot in 1996.

A Pioneer Press report about search warrants connected to the case conveys the new details:
[Johnson] told police that he went to Menards to buy bleach, storage tubs and a rotary saw because the saw he was using to dismember her was not cutting easily, search warrants filed in the case disclose.
The report also details how investigators discovered Manya's remains after being alerted to their presence in the White Bear Lake garage:
[Officers] found plastic bins beneath various objects along the garage wall. Tape sealed the bins. A White Bear Lake officer broke the seal on one of them and lifted its lid. Inside was a dark-colored garbage bag.

"She lifted the garbage bag out with gloved hands, and upon doing so felt what she described as 'fingers' inside of the bag," the affidavit said.

A sergeant was called to the scene. He cut a slit in the bag. The officers saw "what appeared to be body parts."
Imagine how horrifying that was for the officer who first reached inside the garbage bag! Goodness.

Johnson blamed vodka for the couple's relationship problems, but it's clear his issues go much deeper than that.


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18 comments
FreeDubay
FreeDubay

What is priceless is the cops went to the garage and didn't find anything. Called the guy who gave them the tip, who told the cops to look again. Apparently the cops were fooled by the bins labeled bedroom and books. They were looking for the ones listed body parts.

FrauBlucher
FrauBlucher

And I thought I picked the wrong men....eeech.

klj3577
klj3577

Send the maggot to death row!

Kevin Green
Kevin Green

Cant you tell something is wrong with that boy by just looking at him???

Kim Tee
Kim Tee

And then the crack about Vodka being to blame...sheesh.

Kim Tee
Kim Tee

"Target employee who had a master's in counseling psychology from Bethel" does not bode well for those seeking a masters' degree in counseling psych.

Chris Pekkala
Chris Pekkala

He is so creepy looking that I'd be more surprised to find out that he hadn't dismembered a body.

Elizabeth Pavlica
Elizabeth Pavlica

I think the one thing we can take away from this is that pot is a very dangerous drug. /sarcasm/

crbullseye
crbullseye

This scumbag should have never been released from prison after the first incident. 


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