THE BACHELORETTE’s Hannah Brown revealed in her memoir that her aunt Alisa Taylor and two cousins Robin and Trent were stabbed to death in a horrific homicide in Hamilton, Alabama in 2001.
Alisa, 34, Robin, sewe, and Trent, vier, were murdered by Wilson Robitaille, who is now on death row in the state of Alabama as he awaits execution, The Sun can exclusively report.
Robitaille was convicted of six counts of capital murder for murdering Alisa and her two children during the course of a robbery.
Hannah, nou 27, opened up in her memoir God Bless This Mess about the shocking details of the familie tragedie which happened when she was only six years old.
The Bachelorette star shared that even at her young age she “knew something wasn’t right” as her father, Robert Brown, was going to miss her dance recital as he rushed out the door to go “help her aunt.”
Stuart Taylor, Alisa’s husband, arrived home on his lunch break to find his family dead on May 11, 2001.
Hannah did not find out all of the details behind the shocking tragedy until she was an adult.
According to court documents, in the early hours of that morning Robitaille drove up to Hamilton, Alabama from Phenix, Alabama to burglarize the home of a couple who owned a jewelry store to get his girlfriend, Lisa Thomas, out of debt.
As Robitaille realized the family was home, he abandoned the burglary plan and decided he would ask someone to borrow money for gas to drive back home.
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The court documents revealed Robitaille wound up at the Taylor’s home as he had “worked for the Taylors previously and had actually lived in a camper in their backyard while working on their house.”
While on work release at the Hamilton Work Release center in 1996, Robitaille also worked for Stuart at a local automobile dealership.
‘THE MOST HORRIFYING EVENTS’
Robitaille allegedly confessed that after Alisa invited him into their home, he conversed with her for a short while, and then as she left the room he saw her purse and attempted to take money from it.
The testimony indicated that as Alisa came back into the room, she saw Robitaille in her purse and jumped on his back as he “then grabbed a Leatherman tool he had on his side and started stabbing backwards at her and thought he stabbed her in the throat.”
Robitaille said in his statement read aloud in court two days after the incident by an investigator with the Marion County District Attorney’s office: “I don’t know what happened then. I freaked out.
“She was screaming, and the kids were screaming.”
The statement disclosed the horrifying details around the stabbing of the three victims of what the court documents described as “the beginning of one of the most horrifying events that has ever taken place.”
As Robin began to scream for help, Robitaille abandoned Alisa and found a steak knife in the kitchen.
Robin was able to escape out of the kitchen door, but Robitaille caught her and brought her back into the house where “he broke the blade of one steak knife off in her back and got another and followed her into her bedroom.”
Allegedly, he then went upstairs to where Alisa and Trent were.
Standing on top of the steps, Alisa reportedly asked him: “Why are you doing this?”
Robitaille allegedly responded that he had “gone too far now.”
According to the statement, he found Trent in a storage area behind a bedroom.
SHOCKINGLY GRAPHIC DETAILS
During the convicted murderer’s testimony, a pathologist with the Alabama Department of Forensics testified that Alisa’s body had 18 stab wounds, Robin was stabbed 17 keer, and Trent had 10 stab wounds.
Jurors reportedly saw graphic and detailed slides of the stab wounds taken during the autopsy and the Taylor family left the courtroom so they did not have to see the photos.
The wounds ranged graphically from one to six inches deep, while one wound went entirely through the young boy’s body, and Alisa’s wounds came from four weapons.
Robitaille allegedly proceeded to steal jars of spare change, Alisa’s purse and its contents, and the murder knives, wapens, and scissors, before fleeing their residence.
The statements show that he apparently drove to Birmingham to his girlfriend’s, Lisa Thomas, where he discarded the murder weapons and she washed his bloody pants.
Lisa was charged with bail for abetting Robitaille and he was arrested in Birmingham where he initially denied his crime.
He confessed two days later as he said: “I read a little Christian pamphlet in the cell.
“I’ve always believed in God, maar (the pamphlet) was telling me to tell the truth. That’s what I want to do, now.”
Hy het afgesluit: “I didn’t mean to hurt anyone.”
Robitaille was sentenced to the death penalty and then appealed, considering it cruel and unusual punishment, although his capital murder convictions and his sentence of death were affirmed.
Oor 20 jare later, Robitaille is still on death row in the state of Alabama.
Hannah confessed in her memoir: “When my mom told us that somebody had come into their house and ‘hurt them,’ it terrified me in the deepest parts of my heart.”
The Dancing with the Stars winner continued: “I didn’t know the whole story with all the details until years later, but coming that close to something so awful, so terrifying – it was a turning point for me.”
Sy het bygevoeg: “It changed everything. I was no longer living in the innocence of an untouched childhood.”
Hannah said that her family occasionally saw mentions of the investigation and the trial as it came up on their news, but that her parents always changed the channel, wanting to forget about it.
She confessed that even though it frightened her, she wanted to know more, and looked up the details of the case on the Internet.
Hannah shared that after being diagnosed with narcolepsy in her adulthood, she has always wondered if it was a “direct symptom of the trauma of the murder itself.”
Hannah’s book not only details her childhood trauma, but also her relationship with Bachelor star Peter Weber.
The former couple had a strong connection during Hannah’s season of The Bachelorette in 2019 before she ultimately chose Jed Wyatt in the finale, whom she eventually broke up with.
Pete, 30, then returned to his quest for love starring as the Bachelor the following season.
She told the publication: “I was so upset breaking up with him. I know he really did care about me and he’s such a great guy. I was really confused.”
She also confessed hearing Pete was continuing his run on the show helped her move on.
Sy het gese: “Once I knew it helped shield my feelings for him. I still didn’t know if I could get there with him.”
Egter, they later did reconnect when she appeared on an episode of his season.
“Going back and seeing him as the Bachelor, it brought up a lot,” sy het gese, adding Pete made a declaration off-camera to keep their romance going.
“Peter told me he’d quit the show, 100 percent if I could say that I wanted to be with him. I wanted to go on a date with him, but I couldn’t say that I knew for sure.”
Pete ended up proposing to Hannah Ann Sluss on the show before ending their engagement to explore a relationship with another woman, runner-up Madison Prewett.
Intussen, Pete and Hannah crossed paths again while at a party together, as the TV star recalled in her book that they ended up in bed together.
“The chemistry just wasn’t there. It just sucked. En toe, I found out he had another girl [Madison] on his mind. It was all so bizarre,” she recounted.
The two broke off communication for good after that night as Hannah said she is happy with the place she is in.
“Things might not have turned out the way I expected, but I try to learn from every moment. I don’t wish ill on anybody. And I’m in a really good place.”
The TV personality has since found love with boyfriend Adam Woolard.