Fifty year old Michael Forbes' long time dream of owning a waterfront home finally came true in August when he purchased a split-level seven room abode with an inground pool and beautiful view. Michael told his cousin Yvette Dudley that he planned to slow down and stop working as hard, enjoy his life.
In September he walked down the aisle with his beautiful new bride, 29-year-old Kelly Chadee. Together with her daughter from a previous marriage they moved into Michael's dream home.
Two months later Michael Forbes’ dream ended when the day before Thanksgiving Kelly allegedly strangled Michael.
November 23, 2007 -- A Long Island desperate housewife who hated the 'burbs and longed for Brooklyn strangled her husband in the million-dollar dream home that he'd just bought and renovated for her, cops and neighbors said yesterday. No motive yet for Michael’s murder other than the bride was a “city-loving” girl who wanted to move back to Brooklyn.
Kelly Forbes was charged with second-degree murder yesterday in Nassau County First District Court in Hempstead. Prosecutor Michael Canty asked the judge to hold her without bail because of the seriousness of the charges. It was reported that Michael’s cause of death was by strangulation. This is unusual, this method of murder. According to New York States’ Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence women are six times more likely to be strangulated by a man.
“Ten percent of violent deaths in the US each year are due to strangulation, with six female victims to every male.”Is the case of Michael Forbes one of domestic violence?
Strangulation has only recently been identified as one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence. When perpetrators use strangulation to silence their victims, this is a form of power and control that has a devastating psychological effect on victims and a potentially fatal outcome. More info on Assault by strangulation
Although not restricted to domestic violence cases, assault by strangulation (or throat- grabbing) is more likely to occur between domestic partners and in co-habitant/dating relationships than between strangers or during non-domestic assaults. Michael Forbes was ready to slow down and enjoy his life. He had finally found his dream home and was ready to live his dream life.
His new dream wife had other plans.
Source -  - New York Post - Groom and Doom In Dream Home
Source -  - Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence
Source -  - marcpi.jhu.edu/marcpi/DVProtocols
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