In 2015, Michael D. and Jennifer Hirschmann were in a whirlwind romance.
He was a graduate of the University of Michigan, she a lawyer with a history of criminal convictions.
But the couple was living together at a time when they were struggling financially, Michael had a child and Jennifer was trying to support herself.
When the divorce became final, the couple decided to split.
In the months before their final day of wedding vows, Michael died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, leaving behind a wife who had lost her husband.
The story of Michael and Jennifer’s romance was a stark reminder that life after marriage is never simple.
The couple married in the middle of the night in February 2017, with Jennifer working from home and Michael working from the hospital, but the relationship quickly unraveled as the two found themselves at each other’s throats over their finances and children.
“It was an emotional, physical and financial nightmare for him,” Jennifer Hester told the Los Angeles Times in 2017.
“We were living in a state of turmoil.”
The couple had been married for eight years, but their relationship soured.
When Michael was arrested for a parole violation, Jennifer’s boyfriend, Michael DeBranton, beat her, kicked her out of their home and beat her brother and another sibling, Michael’s father, who lived with them.
Michael, who was also an addict, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to five years in prison.
He served time in a psychiatric hospital and spent 18 months in a mental hospital before being released.
But Jennifer’s death became a catalyst for renewed attention on marriage and divorce, and Michael’s death is just one of many that have occurred in the years since.
In January 2019, two women filed a federal lawsuit against a Nevada judge and the state of Nevada, alleging that he improperly ordered the arrest of a former girlfriend of Michael, a domestic violence victim.
Michael DeHirschmann, a former police officer, was charged with aggravated assault, criminal harassment and battery after the woman filed a police report after she saw him in public in April 2017, according to the lawsuit.
In court documents, Jennifer Hinderings attorney said the lawsuit was filed after her daughter’s boyfriend allegedly told her, “I’m gonna kill you,” when she asked him if he knew why his ex-girlfriend had been arrested.
The woman told her attorney, “No, I didn’t.”
The woman’s attorney also said the arrest was the result of a “frenzied, vindictive and irrational rage” that she believed was directed toward Michael.
In May, an investigation by The Associated Press revealed that Michael’s ex-wife filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Nevada State Bureau of Investigation, the state prosecutor and several law enforcement agencies in February 2019 after she alleged that she had been beaten, raped and threatened by her ex-lover for months, according a press release from her attorney.
A state prosecutor had said that “at least three other victims” had also reported Michael’s behavior to police.
After a yearlong investigation, Michael was charged and pleaded guilty in March 2020 to criminal solicitation of a minor.
Prosecutors said that Michael had sex with two of the women he was accused of sexually assaulting, including one who he had had sex in the car with, and that he “used a firearm during that activity,” according to The AP.
The AP reported that the victim who filed the lawsuit, Ashley F. Hindering, told The AP that Michael “started by asking her for money, but after she agreed to pay him, he started sexually assaulting her.”
The victim, Ashley, told the AP that she was “shocked, shocked” by the charges against her ex husband, and the lawsuit she filed in March described Michael as a “sexual predator” who “lives for sex.”
Prosecutors said they were unable to comment about the lawsuit and referred The AP to the Nevada Department of Corrections.
Michael’s lawyer said he had not yet received any responses from prosecutors or the state attorney general.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Michael Dehirschmann had served more than two years of a seven-year sentence for manslaughter.
Michael died in prison in 2018, according.
“The death of Michael Deutschmann was not an isolated incident,” attorney Kevin R. Stolberg said in a statement.
“This man was a vicious, manipulative, dangerous, violent man who preyed on vulnerable women.
His violent tendencies are not confined to the bedroom.
They have impacted our communities and communities around the country.”
Michael DeRhineman, Jennifer and their children were among those who attended a vigil at the intersection of U.S. 1 and Nevada Boulevard in Las Vegas in April 2018, during which the families of all the women who were killed stood outside the intersection holding signs reading, “Justice for Jennifer.”
The rally drew thousands of people to the intersection, with people lining the streets holding signs saying