Quintin O’Dell, 22, was charged over the weekend with the murder of co-worker Alissa Shippert. The 22-year-old woman had been hacked to death while fishing in the Platte Falls Conservation Area in May of 2011. But O’Dell wasn’t charged in the crime until after he was questioned about the alleged disemboweling that occurred in late December. The victim in that incident, 21-year-old Brittany Costello, was stabbed in the stomach multiple times after a night of drinking with O’Dell.
Costello told investigators she had invited O’Dell to her place Christmas night and the two had consumed several beers, some vodka and tequila. She eventually passed out, fully clothed, and when she awoke, O’Dell was gone and her guts were hanging out of her stomach. She apparently shoved ‘em back in and fled to a neighbor’s home.
When questioned, O’Dell reportedly told investigators he became “enraged” after listening to Costello arguing on the phone with her boyfriend about the future of their relationship. Sooo, he grabbed a razor blade out of her kitchen and slashed the hell out of her as she slept.
During that same interview, O’Dell allegedly admitted to his involvement in Shippert’s death.
O’Dell told police he saw Shippert fishing that fine day in May, and was on his way to speak to her when he came across an old hatchet on the riverbank. After placing it on his canteen belt, he proceeded to go down by the water where he and Shippert talked for about two hours.
At one point during their conversation, Shippert’s line snagged. O’Dell said he slipped and fell into the water while trying to free the line, resurfacing a ways downstream. O’Dell told police Shippert thought he had drowned and began slapping him for scaring the crap out of her. He said he grabbed her in a bear hug to control her, but when he released her, she began slapping him again.
At that point, O’Dell said, both of them reached for the hatchet. Unfortunately for Shippert, O’Dell reached it first and planted it in the back of her head. Then, in an effort to “ease her suffering,” he proceeded to smash her in the face with the hatchet until she stopped crying….and breathing.
Afterward, as he sat on the bank and thought what he had done, he decided he’d just go ahead and drown himself. Again, the clumsy oaf “lost his footing” and slipped into the water, dragging Shiffert’s body and the hatchet in with him.
The creepy fuck didn’t succeed in killing himself….he just kinda floated to the home he shares with his mother, climbed out and headed inside for a shower and a nap.
No word on whether investigators ever considered O’Dell a suspect in Shippert’s murder before the alleged confession. He’s now behind bars on a $750,000 cash-only bond.
Costello is still recovering from the injuries sustained in the attack.
Thanks for the tip, Scott.Tags: Alissa Shippert, armed criminal action, Assault, Brittany Costello, disembowelment, Missouri, Murder, Quintin O'Dell