A 50-year-old housewife in the exclusive California neighborhood of Bixby Knolls was murdered in broad daylight in her home. While Lynn Schockner was taking a nap, her neighbor called 911 to report what looked like a burglary. The Long Beach police responded quickly. Six officers surrounded the home. When she woke up to answer the door, the police asked if they could check the backyard. She said ‘hold on, let me get the key, the gate is locked.’ She didn’t come back. Police found Lynn Schockner’s body just outside her back door, the keys inches away.
Lynn Schockner was going through a divorce at the time. Her husband, Manfred “Fred” Schockner feared losing half of his $7 million fortune so he paid a man, Frankie Jaramillo, $50,000 to kill his wife. Jaramillo then paid a 24-year-old steroid-addicted bodybuilder named Nicholas Harvey $5,000 to do the dirty work. Harvey used a dagger and a stun gun and took jewelry to make it look like a burglary. The Press-Telegram reports that Jaramillo and Harvey were both convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Schockner was also sentenced to life in prison without parole. Lynn and Fred had a son Charlie, who dropped his last name and became Charlie Jicha when he turned 18. Charlie is now in graduate school for scenic design at the University of California San Diego. He spoke with producers from Dateline NBC who are airing a two-hour special about his mother’s murder on Friday, March 6 at 9pm.