On June 25, 2006, around 7:45 PM, Calvin Andrew Stoudt, 45, called 911 to say his wife Corrine D. Behl Stoudt, 46, wasn’t breathing:
Operator: 911 operator. What is your emergency?
Calvin Stoudt: It’s 1735 Lee Court. I just came home from church and my wife’s not breathing and the bedroom is messed up.
“I just came home from church” is alibi building.
Note that Stoudt’s priority is not his wife but to built an alibi for himself.
Moreover, he doesn’t just say “I just came home” but adds “from church”; those two words have a reason, Calvin Stoudt has the need to represent himself as a religious man, this is the “good guy/bad guy” principle in analysis. Virtue signaling means projected guilt.
Therefore “I just came home from church” is not just alibi building but it is also a way to portrait himself as a “good guy”.
Note that Stoudt doesn’t introduces his wife as expected. The social introduction is a key to understand a relationship. We always note the incomplete social introduction, usually a signal of a poor relationship. We assume that during an emergency call the reason for an incomplete social introduction could be the urgency. We also note that in this first answer the incomplete social introduction is in association with two other sensitivity indicators.
Operator: Your wife’s not breathing?
Calvin Stoudt: No, I checked for a pulse and her face is all red. She’s naked on floor.
Operator: Okay. How long have you been gone?
Calvin Stoudt: I’ve been gone since a quarter to five.
Operator: What’s your name?
Calvin Stoudt: Calvin, I’m her husband.
Operator: What’s your last name, Calvin?
Calvin Stoudt: Stoudt… It’s S-T-O-U-D-T.
Operator: Are you the only one home right now?
Calvin Stoudt: Yeah, I mean I don’t hear anyone in the bedroom but I haven’t gone all the way in.
Note that he answers “Yeah” despite the fact he didn’t check the house.
Operator: Okay, I got officers and an ambulance on the way. Okay.
Calvin Stoudt: Do you want me to do anything? Her face is all purple.
“Do you want me to do anything?” is weak, Stoudt doesn’t show urgency.
Operator: How long did you say you had been gone for?
Calvin Stoudt: Since about 4:30, quarter to five.
Operator: And she was fine when you left?”
Calvin Stoudt: Yes, madam.
Note the word “madam”. This is unexpected politeness.
Operator: Okay, did she say she had any friends coming over or anything?
Calvin Stoudt: No, she was going to take a walk and that’s all I know about.
“that’s all I know about” is a way to close the topic.
Calvin Stoudt’s priorities were to establish an alibi for himself and to appear a “good guy”.
He never asked for help for his wife, nor he showed any linguistic concern for her, nor he showed any urgency.
His linguistic disposition towards his wife Corrine spoke of a poor relationship between the two at the time of the call.
He has guilty knowledge of what happened to his wife Corinne.
When detectives arrived on the scene found no signs of forced entry and no signs of a struggle. Corrine Stoudt’s nude body was face down. She had marks on her neck that looked like she had been strangled but no defensive wounds. Dr. Bob Howe, the Daviess County coroner confirmed she had been strangled and died from asphyxiation shortly before noon.
He husband had called 911 at about 7:45 PM asserting that he had left the house at 4:45 and that she was fine. The coroner said that she died eight hours before her body was found.
On October 20, 2006, Calvin Andrew Stoudt was arrested and accused of murdering his 46-year-old wife, Corinne. He pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole. Calvin Andrew Stoudt died in prison on June 2, 2016.