Bodybuilders who killed their loved ones and shocked the world.
Sally McNeil (born 1960) — aka Killer McNeil — is a former professional American bodybuilder who, on March 19, 1996, was convicted of second degree murder in the 1995 Valentine’s Day shooting death of her husband and fellow bodybuilder, Ray McNeil. The relationship between two was volatile and they often fought because of Ray’s many affairs with other women. Ray McNeil had taken to beating his wife, in public and in private. The scars were visible, the bruises and broken bones obvious. On the valentine’s night, things got worse as Ray did not return home till late. Jealousy sparked a revenge rampage in Sally and after a brief fight she pulled a shotgun on her husband and killed him. She then summoned police by calling 911 and was present upon arrival of uniformed officers. Ms. McNeil was sentenced 19 years to life for her conviction.
Bertil Fox (born 5 January 1951 in St. Kitts) is a British former IFBB professional bodybuilder and convicted murderer. Bertil was convicted of the double murders of his girlfriend Leyoca Browne and her mother Violet. On September 30, 1997, in the island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis, 20-year-old beauty queen Leyoca Browne and her mother, 36-year-old Violet Browne, were fatally shot with a gun owned by Bertil Fox, then 46. Fox, who previously had been engaged to Leyoca and was at the scene of the crime when the shootings occurred, was arrested and charged with the murders. On May 22, 1998, the sportsman was sentenced to death by hanging. On September 27, 2002, the sentence was changed to life imprisonment.
San Francisco bodybuilder Gordon Kimbrough shocked his family, friends and the rest of the world after he was convicted of murdering his girlfriend of four years, 27-year-old aerobics instructor and award-winning amateur bodybuilder Kristy Ramsey. On June 20, 1993, Ramsey had just returned from an amateur bodybuilding competition in Durham, North Carolina when Kimbrough arrived home. According to authorities, Ramsey told Kimbrough that she was calling their upcoming wedding off and admitted that she recently had an affair. Enraged, the 250-pound Kimbrough hit the 137-pound Ramsey across the face before wrapping an electrical cord around her neck three times and stabbing her twice in the throat with a kitchen knife. Police found him the next morning holding a knife to his own throat muttering, “She found someone else”. On April 3, 1995, Kimbrough was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to 27 years to life in prison.
Kelly Ryan and her husband Craig Titus were stars in the world of professional bodybuilding. On December 14, 2005 the burnt corpse of Ryan and Titus’ personal assistant and friend Melissa James was discovered inside a Jaguar car belonging to Kelly Ryan. After fleeing cross-country, the couple was arrested in Stoughton, Massachusetts. Titus and Ryan told that they took James into their home to manage a fitness clothing business they wanted to start, but evicted her after they said they discovered she was looting their bank accounts. Craig Titus admitted to an affair with James. He pleaded guilty on May 30, 2008, to second-degree murder, kidnapping, and arson. Titus was sentenced to 21 to 55 years in prison. Ryan was sentenced to two consecutive terms of 3–13 years in prison. On October 24, 2017, Kelly Ryan was released on parole after serving a nearly 9-year prison sentence at a Las Vegas area prison.