APPLETON, WI – As three inches of snow blanketed the ground on Monday evening, Charles VanderCamp knew his plans for killing his wife would have to be delayed.
VanderCamp, 44, has been planning the murder of his wife for about 3 months now. He’s been scouring the internet looking for the best option.
“I’ve looked into poisoning, shooting and how to make it look like an accident,” VanderCamp said. “I thought that making it look like an accident would be the best option but soon realized I wouldn’t get the credit.”
VanderCamp began to realize about a month ago that not only could he have the satisfaction of killing his wife, but he could also have a bit of notoriety, “Who doesn’t want to be famous these days,” he said. “You know with the YouTubes and the Facebooks.”
He emailed Dateline telling the producers of his plans to kill his wife. In the email he didn’t reveal exactly how he was going to do it. He wanted to leave that as a surprise. He did, however, let them know that it would happen on Tuesday, January 31.
“It was going to be a real splash,” VanderCamp said alluding to his plan. “I wanted to give them a heads-up.” He invited the crew to come to his house but as the snow began to fall on January 30, he knew his plan was foiled.
“Nobody has time for that,” VanderCamp bellowed while motioning towards his driveway that the city had plowed in overnight. “I now have to dig out the snow rather than dig a hole for my wife.”
As the Dateline crew showed up to film VanderCamp’s story, assistant producer, Gloria Maxwell hopped out of the news van and excitedly said, “Where’s the body!”
VanderCamp looking dejected with his head hanging low dragged his feet over to Maxwell and explained that he would have to take the time that he was going to use to kill his wife that day to shovel the recent snowfall.
Maxwell, known to always get the story, set her team up to shoot the footage of VanderCamp digging out his driveway. “He’s a determined man,” Maxwell said. “We have confidence that he will kill his wife soon so I want to get some footage of him now.”
VanderCamp’s wife, Sarah VanderCamp, declined to comment.
***Update: After the Dateline crew left, Charles VanderCamp was found dead in his garage next to the snowblower. There was a note next to him that stated, “Thanks for the last snow removal.” Sarah VanderCamp has been missing as of Sunday evening at 10 pm.***