Matthew Heikkila

After a birthday dinner with her boyfriend, Matthew Heikkila on January 29, 1991 Marta Morales went to his home that he shared with his parents, Dawn and Richard. They had only been dating a few months and there had already been a few issues but until they reached the home things seemed to be going okay. However, they got to the home and Matthew pulled out handcuffs and put one on Marta and one on himself and led her into the house.  Once inside he proceeded to show her the body of his mother, whom he had shot hours earlier, before picking her up for their date.  Richard also laid in the home dead and Marta was likely shown his body too but most reports just state she saw Dawn's. Matthew then forced Marta to spend the night in the home handcuffed to him. He would waiver between sleeping and discussing how he was going to kill both her and himself.  Eventually, by morning plans had changed.  By this time he has decided they would both live but that they were going to leave the country (was he planning on Jamaica where he was later found? I do not know for sure). Marta told him she had to go to her home, where she knew her mother would be, to get her passport in order to travel.  Marta's mother seemed to pick up on some signals, or even if she did not she refused to allow Marta to leave.  Marta was a college student and 19 or 20 so it is not like she had to listen to her mother but it worked in convincing Matthew who left without Marta.

When Dawn and Richard's bodies were found the story came out and there was little doubt as to who had committed the crime. As if they did not already know, there were at least two bullet shells found at the crime scene.  One had the word "Mom" written on it and the other said "Mom and Dad."  It was determined this was written on them before they were fired from the gun.  On February 4, 1991 Matthew was captured in Jamaica and brought back to New Jersey to face charges.  Even at his trial in December of 1992 Matthew's attorney admitted that he was guilty of killing his parents... the question was whether he was sane or not.  

Richard and Dawn Heikkila had adopted Matthew (some reports say as a newborn, some say when he was two or three years old) in the early 1970's.  It seems they had attempted to have children of their own and had been unsuccessful. However, just as Matthew's adoption was being finalized Dawn discovered she was pregnant.  She later gave birth to Joshua.  Matthew and Joshua would remain their only children and were as different as night and day. Some say that this was in spite of being treated equal while there are others, including Matthew, who would say it was due to being treated differently. Regardless as to which is true, what matters is how Matthew felt.  Most reports state that he, at the very least expressed, felt that he was treated differently because he was adopted and Joshua was their biological child.  Throughout his childhood and teens Matthew had some run ins with the law, mainly for petty theft and teenage antics and by all appearances Richard and Dawn were supportive of him.

Then in September of 1989 Matthew had an argument with Richard.  Matthew apparently shot several times into Richard's car and threatened to kill him. He was arrested and charged for that but the prosecutor's claimed that Richard and Dawn were not helpful and refused to cooperate.  In fact, they scheduled a vacation when they were supposed to meet in front of the grand jury.  In July of 1990 the prosecutor, Nicholas Bissell, who you will hear lots more about later, had Matthew evaluated by a psychiatrist who determined that Matthew had suffered from an "acute Psychotic episode," that he had "paranoid delusions" and was convinced that he would kill one day.  By August he was acquitted by reason of in insanity on the charges.  The judge involved in the case wanted to have him committed but Richard and Dawn insisted that they would get him out-patient care.  Keep in mind that Richard was a professor at a local college and was huge in the field of medical research, especially when it came to Parkinson's disease.  Dawn was also a successful real estate agent and so the Heikkila had prestige and money.  I found nothing that indicated that Richard and Dawn did get their son treatment and considering that by the time the court made their ruling Matthew was 19 years old it is unlikely that if he resisted they could have forced him since they had rejected the idea of the courts.   Despite that, just a few short months later, both Richard and Dawn were dead.  

After his arrest in February of 1991 Matthew began writing letters while in jail. In essence, jurors later admitted it was these letters that later convinced them that he was guilty AND sane when he committed the crime.  The letters were to various people including his brother Joshua and Marta.  Some were even to news outlets.  In a letter to Fox News when referring to Marta, Matthew stated, "I guess the reason I did not kill her was because I did not have any shells left. I would have shot her in the stomach so I could watch her die a slow and painful death. She deserved it."  He had stated in many of the letters very specific details of the murders and the preparation he took beforehand.  The letters often were riddled with threats against Marta, Joshua and even the prosecutor.  In one he had even bragged that he had "beat" an earlier charge with insanity once before and he would again. His trial ended in December of 1992 and ultimately the judge sentenced him to 60 years.

This case has several different side notes.  First, apparently after going to jail Matthew found his birth parents.  I am unsure that he legally changed his name but he now goes by Matthew Eric Dibenebelto.  He is housed at Sandy Hook correctional facility in Kentucky.  He spoke publicly for the first time in 2015 by writing to a newspaper to express his remorse and apologize for his actions. He referred to Richard and Dawn as his parents and at least on paper he sounded remorseful.  He has spend his time in prison learning to care for animals and has earned some certificates in the area.

In 1994, Judge Imbriani from this case, pleaded guilty to embezzling $173,000 from a partner. He received probation for that.  Then in 1996 he was found guilty of evading taxes on the fund he stole and was sentenced to 2 months in prison.  He died in 2002.

In 1996, the prosecutor from this case, Nicholas Bissell Jr., was convicted for taking $146,000 from a gas station that he co-owned. While awaiting sentencing apparently he was out on bail.  He was facing 10 years but decided to flee.  As authorities were coming through the hotel door in Nevada where he was he shot and killed himself.





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  1. This case is one of the worst true crimes I have ever heard and read about. Everyone interested should read Denise Lang's book The Dark Son. The book is FULL of the actual letters Matt wrote threatening to kill others and those that also describe how he killed them step by step. The TV show Your Worst Nightmare is good but honestly the book is much much better as it has more factual information from the trials. Now y'all might feel different but if Matt had lived in Texas we would have given him the death penalty. He is one cruel sadist that's for sure. I literally could not put the book down because it was so jam packed with the letters he wrote that were so graphic and evil. I read he is now in Kentucky in a gay relationship with another prisoner but still has women who write him. From what the book and all of his court transcripts and psychiatric records show he has anti social personality disorder like Ted Bundy and so many other evil, violent selfish males from a young age. He is one person I would never want to see get out and is probably still a psycho. Denise Lang commented he had been in trouble in prison also. Hardly surprising. The amount of lies he told leading up to the deaths of his mom and dad were astounding.

    If he wasn't reported to be gay I would suggest he would be a perfect match for Darlie Lynn Routier! Y'all remember the momma who murdered her babies here in Texas and is on death row. What a class act they would be.

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    1. OMG--I just recently viewed this story on that t.v. show you mentioned. It was SO out there that I just assumed to heed the warning at the beginning "some events have been changed for dramatic effect.." I definitely want to read the book--I can't believe this little punk who is most definitely a sociopath, with what I can only assume to be bouts of psychopathic tendencies ONLY recieved 60 YEARS!!! There's NO DOUBT if he ever gains freedom he will indeed re-offend and probably immediately upon release 😡

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  2. I was furious when I read that he is in a prison program where he is training dogs. How dare they let this piece of filth anywhere near an animal. Don't they know that only a couple hours before he killed his parents, he told them that he was going to kill his pet cat? People like this should NEVER be allowed near any living thing again, ever.

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    1. I wholeheartedly agree with you goddessinsecta!!!

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    2. I completely agree with you goddessinsecta!!!! He shouldn't be allowed to be anywhere near any beautiful animal!!! With any luck, one of the dogs will rip him into pieces! Actually no, because then the poor dog would get punished...but you know where I'm going with this! 😉 Have a great day & holiday!!! 😁

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    3. I agree!!! First thing I thought was that no living breathing creature, especially an animal with no voice to tell anyone if he's torturing it!!
      How stupid are these people that protect us? They're the ones that protect us! They allow that trash to be around a wonderful innocent animal unknowingly wagging his or her tail full of happiness and excitement, all the time not knowing that poor baby is in the hands of a sociopath!!
      He should have been taken out the way he killed the people that loved him without any true remorse or empathy!!

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    4. DITTO GODDESSINSECTA!!!! IT FREIGHTERS ME TO THINK HE'S NEAR SUCH INNOCENCE AND PLAYFUL PUPS!! THEY DON'T KNOW THAT THEY'RE NEAR A DIABOLICAL TICKING TIME BOMB!!
      IF HE'S HURTING THESE DOGS HOW WOULD ANYONE KNOW OR WOULD THEY EVEN CARE!?
      LAW ENFORCEMENT DOESN'T TAKE THESE ANIMALS IN TO HELP THE ANIMALS, THEY ONLY DO IT TO "TEACH" THESE GUYS HOW TO SHOW EMPATHY! ANY PSYCHIATRIC DOCTOR CAN TELL YOU THAT CARING CANNOT BE TAUGHT! YOU ARE BORN WITH EMPATHY SO IF IT'S NOT THERE AT BIRTH YOU WON'T GAIN IT BY BEING HANDED SOMETHING THAT CANNOT DEFEND ITSELF AND HAS NO WAY TO TELL IF IT'S BEING ABUSED!!
      THE PERFECT VICTIM! WHO REALLY CARES RIGHT!! THEY ONLY FEEL BETTER THE DOG THAN THEM BEING HURT!!
      HE EVEN THREATENED TO KILL THE FAMILY CAT!?
      THE COURT SHOULD'VE HAD THIS GUY PUT TO SLEEP HE'S OF NO UTTER USE TO SOCIETY AND HE CANNOT BE REHABILITATED!!

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    5. He should not be allowed to be in a dog training facility under any circumstances!!! Just sickening!!!

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    6. How could this guy possibly be allowed to interact with other than human animals? These dogs deserve so much better. In what facility is he being held???

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    7. FOR REAL!!! He's a complete socio/psycho-PATH they get literal sexual pleasure from abusing & killing living things & this bastard I believe DID start with either the neighbor's pet or the family pet!!! I'm SO pissed he should just be on 24 hr lock down with the bare minimum 1 shower every 3 days and for him @ gunpoint--fed 2x's per day & nothing else no mail no phone no tv no books NOTHING!!!! How stupid are these prisons letting people (or living THINGS like him) be anywhere NEAR a helpless animal--now let him train a damn BEAR!! If it kills him oh well no loss there anyway!!

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  3. Oh yeah. He is definitely anti-social and one sick horrible human being. I also read he had threatened to kill the pet cat a few times. Once his father even had to take the cat to work to stop him from killing it. He also said a few times to his girlfriend on the night of the murders "we should kill the cat". I am now actually wondering if some of the stuff that is out there about him is true? I see there are photos of him on the internet with dogs so I guess that is true but some of the other stuff he claims to be "accomplished" at could be total fiction. He is well known to be a pathological liar. That would not change over time even if he has been in prison 20 plus years. I think it would be interesting to hear about his dealings with animals in the prison system. He is a sadist. It is quite possible that his time as a dog trainer has not always been positive. If he cannot get the dog to do what he wants it to then I am petrified thinking what can and has been happening. It is a really sad thing to think about. I bet there are other dog trainers where he is who are commited to the well being of the dogs but I also doubt Matt Heikila is one of them. Behind those closed prison walls when he is out of sight from others I pity the dog. Imagine if the dog took a poop in his cell which is bound to happen on occasion. I can see him rubbing the dogs face in it or even worse. He disgusts almost everyone I would say.

    I definitely agree with you goddessinsecta that he is a piece of filth and should not have access to animals. He is a cruel sadist. I hope is never able to get out. After reading the book I am convinced he could NEVER ever be rehabilitated or would ever change. He would remain a threat to his brother and anyone whoever crossed him, especially his old girlfriend Marta Morales.

    THROW AWAY THE KEY FOR MATT HEIKKILA

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  4. This little man is an evil monster. He's only a weedy 5'9" tall as well says someone who knew him in the book. He is lower than pond scum. What a perverted sadist. Have a look at his internet profiles. He is still a compulsive liar. I hope he is really suffering inside prison. He deserves to. I wouldn't trust him with any animal.

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  6. I personally knew Dr Heikela. I worked with him at Rutgers University. He was an amazing researcher and very great to work with. He would mention the kids, we all knew there were problems with Matt, never thought it was that bad. So sad to have that happen.

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  7. I've been keeping an eye on this blog. I also knew someone in the family. Matt's mother Dawn from our church. I met Matt a couple of times but knew Josh better. I think you're right. Most people knew about Matt. He was often the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons. Many of us thought we was schizophrenic or something. We knew to stay away or our families told us that. It is really sad what happened. Terrible. He needed to be locked away. It's just really sad and bad that it took killing his parents for that to happen. I don't think he should ever be let out. Josh was absolutely the nicest guy ever. The exact opposite of Matt tall, strong, kind and smart as a whip. He must have gone through hell.

    I wonder why the Kentucky Ghost post has gone though? Didn't seem authentic and maybe like Matt wrote it. Guess they have access to internet in prison. That's scary.

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    1. I cannot answer that about the Kentucky Ghost post. In fact, I had not noticed it was gone until you said something. Sadly I do not remember what it even said considering I see comments all the time and although I do moderate them most of them are published and apparently this one was too as it says it was deleted by "author." Do you happen to recall what it said?

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    2. The sad sad thing is, is like the journalist on one of the t.v. shows said "I think the ONLY people that were shocked that about him having killed his parents--WERE his parents." Unfortunately their fatal flaw was their complete unwillingness to get a court order to have him committed and placed in a maximum security mental ward for not only their safety but for everyone else AROUND. They didn't warn that girl to stay far far away from him because he was DANGEROUS--luckily she was smart enough to stay calm all that whole night👿👿

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    3. ALSO ONE CAN NEVER EVER BE "CURED." He's a sociopath which is part of his psychological make-up and there's not even a medicine nor ANY pill that even help grow a conscious. You either are born with one or you aren't. Secondly, his bouts of psychotic outbursts can only be party "managed" with heavy heavy doses of anti-psychotic meds--which he will never take faithfully if left to his own devices so he is a violent ticking time bomb...

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  8. H Susan. I found it! Did a search on my computer and found it in my email trash can. Anytime someone new posts on your blog I get a copy of it through email as I checked the box for updates. The email had the whole post! So here it is below. I definitely think Matt has written this or had someone post it for him. The chances of an ex-con writing this are so remote it is laughable. I cannot believe a former cellmate would care about this blog, Matt, or take the time to write something. Look at the last few sentences. It is Matt or a friend of his most likely. I wonder if the prison staff know about this. The other thing that gets me is if some of the stuff written in the book was untrue (as suggested) I would think Matt, being the type of person he is, would have tried to sue the author for defamation. My guess is that everything in the book is true as it was all used in the court case and would be a matter of public record found in his transcripts. I think it was precedent setting case from memory. If it was not correct then his public defender would have moved to have it dismissed. All those letters he wrote for example were proved true as they even had a handwriting analysis done. I read the book and there is no way I doubt anything the author wrote. We all knew he was psycho and it would seem he still is. If it were not so disturbing I would almost laugh at the last sentence "By the way Matt doesn't know I'm writing this - I did my time for hacking"! That's like something someone in junior high writes!

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    I've known Matt for over 10 years. I just got out of Federal prison, and did state time with him at the Western Kentucky correctional complex. I got to be honest here; it seems that this Raven has some kind of axe to grind. Was she in a relationship with him and was dumped? I mean, calling the guy gay? Why would you do that? So other women wouldn't want to write to him? He is the furthest thing from gay. When we were at WKCC, there was this beautiful redhead who worked there that everyone was trying to holler at. Well, Matt did two months in the hole for having a relationship with her and she was walked out. And they are still friends! You just need to stop watching reruns of OZ or Orange is the new black because prison is not a 24/7 gay orgy like I'm sure most people believe. Yes, you have a subculture of the population the participates in that nonsense, just as you have the druggies, the cho's (child molesters), you name it. You know what group Matt runs with? The musicians and the college guys, ones who are taking the opportunity to better themselves. If you don't like the guy, I get it. Sometimes he's not the easiest guy to get along with. He shows tremendous loyalty to his friends and expect it in return. He is very well liked, highly respected, and someone many people can turn to for advice on how to better themselves. He's done more to better himself than anyone I know. And making up lies, well that's just not nice. As for the book/TV show, I've read his legal work. The author and producers took great liberties with the facts of the case because it sells. They weren't out to tell the story, but to make money. You know who hasn't made a dime? Matt! And he shows me letters for people like Montel Williams, Jenny Jones, and Oprah wanted to interview him, and he said no! Like I said, if you don't like him, fine. You don't have to. But stop making up lies about people. It wouldn't be nice if someone found out who you were, where you live, and put all of your personal information on blast on every conceivable social media site and blog. Maybe make up a bunch of stuff to spice it up, too. After all, if it's on the Internet or in a book, it's got to be true, right? By the way, I did my time for hacking and Matt doesn't know I'm writing this. -Kentucky ghost

    Posted by Kentucky Ghost to True Crime Stories at November 20, 2015 at 10:26 PM

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    1. AWWW.. yes... I remember it now. To be honest I am pretty sure when I published it I skimmed through it cuz I found it to be BS but posted it anyway...lol I tend to publish most comments unless they are spam or just too crazy and has more colorful language than even I express on a regular basis(and so it has to be a lot). I have to agree.... just a plain old jail mate would not protest this much. lol

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    2. Even if there were incorrect details, Heikkila CANNOT sue for defamation. Convicted prisoners, especially convicted murders, are "libel proof". That means that their infamous reputations cannot be further damaged by anything incorrect written about them. That was one of the first thing we covered in my Intro to Paralegal Studies class.

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    3. Also, the Son of Sam law dictates that Msthhew Heikkla (or any murderer) cannot profit from his crimes, so it wouldn't matter a bit WHO wanted to talk to him, he couldn't get paid.

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  10. Oh my. What a keeper your aunt has found. How proud y'all must be that she is engaged to someone who blew the heads off his adoptive parents and would have killed his girlfriend and brother also. I bet your entire family is just thrilled about the upcoming nuptials. What a life your aunt will have. If we are talking about religion and God all I can say is I hope to God your aunt wakes up from this nightmare soon and the really sweet and funny Matt lets her go realizing how unbelievable selfish he continues to be. He is in prison! He will never get out and should die in there for what he did. Tell your aunt to wake the hell up. He is sweet and funny because he wants something. He does not seem to think about how awful it will be for your aunt.

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    1. WOW--I don't see the original post about this sicko who plans who marry this freak but WTH?? Why do all these females think "oh he slaughtered his own family & almost killed his girlfriend--but hey, he'd NEVER hurt ME or mine." They must have their own laundry list of mental issues, "visions of grandeur" I believe is the one where the "I'm Soooooo special that I DEFINITELY WON'T BECOME ANOTHER ONE OF HIS VICTIMS..." Jeez WHAT damn PILL does SHE need to fix THAT problem? Or not--it's called survival of the fittest, only the smartest, strongest, fastest and healthiest survive (or it used to be...)

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  11. What the hey? That is really sick. Your Aunt needs a psychiatrist for sure.

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    2. One of Two Women... I just wanted you to know I got your message

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    3. Don't you understand this is the guy in prison REPLYING to you

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  12. Oh my GOD. This just got REAL juicy. So let me get this straight. He was apparently engaged (according to Findadeath.com) to some CT woman called Jilian. But those posts no longer exist (weird). Now he has been dumped by her after she found out he was having a fling with another woman. Then that woman finds out about the fiance and they both dump him? Well that's at least smart. Then we move onto another woman, the third one, who is now actually engaged to him because the other two dumped him? And they were actually sending him money! Woe, that is just wrong in so many ways. Why in the hell would you send this piece of crap money? Anyway, then he insists this new fiance has to move to Kentucky? Jesus H Christ. That's just unbelievable.

    This aunt, who ever she is, needs an intervention staged so she gets out of this whole mess. This Matt Haeikkila is so anti social we should be calling him Ted Bundy! how can anyone who blew his parents heads off at close range with a shotgun, then kidnapped his girlfriend, showed her the bodies, threatened to kill his cat that night also, be charming? I'm truly stunned. He showed his girlfriend the bodies also. What part of sick motherf*cker are these women just not getting I wonder.

    Now onto the horse trader. Ok. So this seems to prove he is maybe gay? I can't figure it out. It was a man who came for 3 days but he said it was a woman or maybe the other way round. Either way it sounds like the dude is taking it up the ass in prison but gets these women in some sort of game so they send him money then when they stop (because he shows his true colors) he moves onto a new woman to bleed her dry financially. Enter the aunt at this point I take it.

    I can't believe how he finds them (must be his pathetic online date me from prison crap) and that they believe his lies. Charming? Revolting is more like it. How could a person move to another state for a lifer? Who is seemingly gay and just hitting women up for money?

    Now if we can get the horse trader dude to respond this will be gold. It is EXTREMELY disturbing he is also getting people to look up old girlfriends for him from prison also.

    I hope that if Marta Morales is reading this she has long since changed her name and everything about her life and family so this vile parasite can never track her down. This really concerns me. Someone needs to tell the prison authorities about this.

    I'm glad you wrote One of Two. I'm sorry you were obviously hurt by this horrible little man but you have at least tried to help someone else. Let us all pray this "aunt" gets your message and gets out before it is too late for her.

    Every time someone thinks he is charming they should also picture the moment he blew his mothers head off and her brain exploded all over him and ended up scattered across the walls and ceilings of his home and that he then waited for his father, did the same thing to him then took his girlfriend out to eat before kidnapping her and almost ended her sweet young life.

    He is a monster that will never change. Someone else said he should hook up with Darlie Lynne Routier. That's a good idea. They are perfect for each other. Move him to Texas I say and let them sort him out.

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  13. 1. Who bakes cupcakes for this guy? Hope you put antifreeze in them.
    2. Is it possible to stalk someone in prison? As if! Sounds like his ego at work there.
    3. He had 2 women at once sending him money? How does a prison allow that and what does he do with the money? Wait I can guess. Pays for protection not to get beat up and also for sexual favors from other inmates most likely.
    4. He is charming and addictive? Come on! How desperate are these women to think that.

    Heikkila is a convicted double murderer with a 60 year sentence who showed no remorse during his trial. None at all. Not a penny's worth ever. I know I was there. Look at his internet photos, he looks really very ugly now. What do they see in him? Chameleon is just a distorted word for what he is. A pathological liar.

    They should put him in solitary confinement for doing what he did and still being able to carry on stupid and damaging "prison marriages". I will never understand how women can even stomach the thought of writing to him, but to give him money is unspeakable and downright awful.

    How about these women donate money to the victims of crime or better yet, spend it seeing a therapist. He is a brutal, ugly, murderer and kidnapper, has abused animals (his pet cat), has been a compulsive liar his entire life and is also a thief. He punched his girlfriend also the night of the murders according to his court trial records. So he has zero respect for women. Never has, never will.

    How, on gods green earth is that charming or sweet? He "made a mistake and a sin is a sin"? No, he is evil and the devil himself. He should burn in hell. He will not ever change and all these women seem to reinforce that. He's a disease ridden freak most likely. That ain't sweet, funny or charming. Addictive? For the mentally impaired only. It makes me sick that anyone could think he deserves another chance at life or love. He deserves nothing. Nothing at all and definitely not pity or compassion. He deserved the death penalty and it's a damn shame NJ didn't have it. To think that our tax payer dollars pay to keep this miserable s.o.b. alive makes me angry. I still hope he pisses off the wrong inmate and someone shanks this lowlife creep. That's all that would work as he probably enjoys being gang raped.

    I drive past the place where his parents were laid to rest often. I'm a NJ resident. Basking Ridge is a great place but Matt Heikkila shook it to the core. My only regret is that his former home where he committed these crimes still stands.

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  18. He is incapable of understanding what he's done because he has anti social personality disorder. He was assessed and diagnosed with it by psychiatric experts following his crimes. He has no conscience and he cannot understand, experience or express emotion like most people can. He has never been able to. He is abnormal in that respect. You can't grow a conscience and he can't grow a soul or have the depth and range of feelings, good or bad, that we have. That's how he was able to kill his parents, cause so much other mayhem growing up and it is why he behaves the way he does in Prison. He is seriously very mentally defective and that cannot be cured and he won't learn from experience or out grow it either. It is the worst and most dangerous of the personality disorders that he has had for a very very long time. Look at his actions. He is incapable of living in society or having normal and typical interactions with anyone. He's damaged goods.

    If he was let out he would re-offend in a violent manner for sure. People with anti social personality disorder don't process things or cope with change, uncertainty, anxiety or things not going their way. He killed his parents for that reason. He couldn't control them in any other way but in killing them he removed the source of his problems (or what he perceived as holding him back and them being a thorn in his side at the time).

    Anti social criminals discard and dispose of people when they have served their purpose, or when they challenge the individual who has caught them out. They are extremely violent, dangerous and unpredictable. Matt is one of the most severe types who has proved this is how he deals with people and situations out of his control or for which he has grown tired of them. He'd kill again for sure. He's manipulative as all hell, was always a hustler and couldn't lie straight in bed.

    Heed my warning: he will never change, he remains extreme dangerous.

    Prisons are full of people just like him because they are too violent and dangerous to live amongst us. You are right to take his threats seriously. If he could he would make good on those threats. He doesn't care about you or anyone else. He will only ever do what he thinks is best for himself. As a former law enforcement employee my advice is cut off all contact and alert the prison if he or anyone else connected with him ever tries to contact you again in any manner at all. You may need a court order if this aunt is psycho enough to have a gun also. Get a restraining order if you need to.

    Take this warning also: do not under estimate him. Protect yourself. Yes, I'm serious as he will be furious with you now.

    He's in prison for a reason. Nice guys with charm don't blow people's heads off. Only very sick, mentally deranged people do that. He's not insane he's just very dangerous and extremely anti social. If he hadn't have been caught he'd have developed into w serial killer. First his old girlfriend, then his brother and then anyone who he perceived as ever crossing or challenging him. He was dumb and got caught quickly, which is a very good thing. He'd have killed again without any doubt at all. He threatened to kill his other pregnant girlfriend and his supposed best friend just before the killings also.

    He has no respect for life. His sole existence is about him and nobody else but him.

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    1. AMEN--my sentiments exactly!! I'm not quite sure why so very many females just insist upon "poking the bear," or even just making these highly dangerous individuals aware of their existence on this earth at all! There are countless mentally unstable, physically abusive, with murderous tendencies right out in the open to shield yourself from without seek them out purposefully!! Furthermore, what in God's name is mentally wrong with the person or persons who know in depth, the violent, vicious, horrific details and are drawn in even more? I find it (a) morally reprehensible (b) completely macabre; and (c) these individuals should either seek counseling so that they may truly understand what the definition of a sociopath; psychopath, etc., really is and capable of since clearly they don't understand it from the outstandingly gruesome nature of this "thing's" crimes and the complete lack of remorse (as remorse is an emotional feeling and an individual who is born without a conscious is completely incapable of feelings ; nor will that change as one cannot "grow" a conscious. I care NOT for this scamming, conning, violent and murderous individual--I do certainly care that maybe a mentally handicapped person may be taken advantage of financially, for sure, as he killed off the two people who would've done or given him anything in the WORLD (i.e. commissary, etc.)

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  19. One of Two, you are brave and have a good heart trying to warn others. You seem a good person so I'm not sure how you got to writing to Matt. His mom was nice, so was Josh. Don't feel sorry for Matt. We all have choice in life. He could have run away instead of killing but he chose to kill. The same as he chose to let Marta live that night but chose to torment her forever making her look at the body of his mom. He could choose not to bleed money out of vulnerable women but he chooses selfishly taking all he can then does what he's always done - spit you out. Be grateful he is in prison. If he was out there is no telling what he might do to rid himself of women he no longer has a purpose for.

    I cannot comprehend why you would give him photos of your children. I am not judging because obviously you realise the terrible mistakes and poor judgment you exercised there. I feel sorry that he has done this to you. I admire you for standing up to him. I cheered when I read you told Internal Affairs. This is what needs to happen so they can stop him from engaging in threatening behavior. Good for you!

    I hope they not only slapped him with a cease and desist but also prohibited him from Internet and emailing. He is the stalker. He should be banned given his history and how he extorts money. Surely they can stop his access as it is a privilege. I hope they threw him in the hole for what he did and the threats made. I was in shock with the part about your children and the new women, and how the aunt/fiance had a gun! Now we know who Kentucky ghost was. It had to be a woman, no man would write that for him. I hope you told them about his lonely hearts profiles so they could delete them? Because it is disturbing what he is doing. He has too much access with communication and has used it to scare and get money.

    I looked at his photo and messages you linked. He always had dark, beady little eyes. We all said they were Charlie Manson eyes. I see he still has those cold killer eyes.
    Creepy. He was short and looks fatter but that grey hair was a surprise. He looks like an evil, callous killer with a fake smile. Regarding the messages, he is still full of shit. He was very moody and strange. Like Gordo the Weirdo. In our church he wasn't popular but Josh and the parents were. Matt was always in trouble. He had a bad reputation from when he was a young boy. What I remember was he would look right through you in an aloof way unless he thought he could get something from you or you could make him look good in some way. The lies he told were outrageous. Everyone talked about him. Not because we were mean but because he kept doing bad, dangerous, wild things, so it was always fodder for people who knew the family as it was shocking. But everyone thought his parents and Josh were amazing. We felt sorry for them and many tried to help Matt.

    People said he often really stank of cigarettes so it's funny what you said about his prison friend with bad breath. And yeah, he always had this winning thing. I read his high school yearbook photo had a caption from him "sometimes you have to lose to win". He probably thought It profound but we thought it fucked up. He could easily have won the "most likely to end up in prison" award. I hope woman no.1 has no contact and he's banned from contacting her. I cannot process it does not set off warning lights when he asks for money. That's a sure sign he is hustling. He must get a small job allowance so asking for money is telling. Not sure why you gave money to a person like him. I put it down to temporary insanity and Matt manipulating you :) Be good to yourself. Stay away from prisoners. It would never have worked. He is in prison until he is 80 something. I know you know this but at what cost to your children was? Your sadness, his pedophilic threats, your family knowing you were getting romantically attached to a convicted double murderer. He has played you but you got out. Take care.

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  20. So he is still up to no good even from behind prison walls. Simple. Stop writing to him. Everyone should stop writing and sending money. Let him be lonely and miserable with his only comfort his bad ass homo cell mates.

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  23. Matthew Heikkila has apparently filed an appeal of sentence again in September last year. Make sure you visit Heikkila's Bonnie's My Life of Crime website also: https://mylifeofcrime.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/murder-in-the-family-matthew-heikkila-killed-his-parents-richard-and-dawn-heikkila-sentenced-to-60-years-to-life-in-prison/#comment-464851

    Please see this website below:

    http://oneoftwowomen.xyz/

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  25. Hi One of Two Women. Maybe you should contact someone from the production team who did that recent show on him "Your Worst Nightmare"? They didn't have much of an update on him but you have so much valid information I'm sure they'd jump at the chance to hear your story. They could probably link it in with one of their other crime shows just as a small update/story. It is a story that needs to be told. It is a story the general public should know. You could also research who wrote widely published newspaper articles about him previously?

    So did you find out if there were any further repercussions for him in prison after the threats he made to you? I hope the guards are taking all this seriously and can do something about revoking his email access. He's so opportunistic and manipulative.

    I also think his brother and his former girlfriends should know he's filed an appeal also. He repeatedly threatened to kill them before, during and after the trial. I agree he would probably not make it on the outside. Mainly because he's an arrogant know all and his grip on reality is so skewed he would resort to criminal activities because he would again narcissistically believe he's above the law.

    I swear the only thing Matt is sorry about is the fact he got caught. I don't believe he's sorry he did the terrible things he did. It'd be an act. Remorse - none I imagine for the actual crimes or the victims. I firmly believe he would have been a serial killer if he wasn't so dumb he got caught. That's the problem with these types. They bluff people into thinking they're genius. They're not. Intelligent sure but just street savvy, narcissistic and manipulative. They're good at conning people into believing them. The typical psychotic. He fooled you and you seem quite bright.

    I would also like to see definitive proof he has all these qualifications he talks about. He's a liar. Where is the documentary evidence he's done all the things he's claiming he has done whilst in prison?

    I guess it is hard not to feel embarrassed One of Two Women. You made a mistake and learnt the hard way but at least you were intelligent enough to get out of the situation even if it was a little too late. Just stay away from anyone associated with him and move on.

    I do feel your story should be told. Be strong.

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  28. He's a prison fag that is good at scamming money from innocent women. Maybe he was straight but after all these years in prison he'd have been forced into gay sex or chose to bat for the other side. Probably a long time ago as well. Why didn't you ask yourself what he could be spending the money on? There is only so much they can buy in commissary and they always have some sort of prison job that pays them a little bit. He must be using the money for something if he isn't saving it in "a nest egg". There's no way he'd save it. Why would he, it makes no sense. He'd have to know he has no chance of ever getting out. Appeal or not he murdered his parents and fled the country. They do use money in prison to pay for gay sex or protection or maybe both in his case. It's not like he was castrated when they locked him up. Face it ladies, he's a fag and is more than likely using your money to keep his ass safe from an unwanted pommeling while buying a good time off his special homosexual friends inside. You don't believe they just jerk off in prison. If they're lifers they're going to get it from other inmates or they're forced fhen end up giving in to it and later enjoy it as it's more interesting than pleasing yourself day in day out. He was real young when he went in. The Hershey Highway would be normal for him.

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  29. I have seen the episode of YWN several times and somehow I end up here lol because I always want to know updates on killers. I guess it's my law background but I commend you women for being so honest and realizing your mistakes. We all make them and hopefully learn from them! No judgment from me at all! Thank you for this blog, this will be my new addiction lol!!!

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  30. It seems his current fiance has put up a Facebook account and wedding registry for the happy couple. Search Facebook for Matthew Dibennedeto. Picture of a guy holding two dogs. Strange world we live in. Registry:http://registry.theknot.com/heather-jones-matthew-dibenedetto-april-2016-in/14317128

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  31. Oh my that's just awful. I looked at the Facebook page. Heather Jones, whoever you are, for god's sake wake up and cut this guy out of your life. This is just too much. only a truly sick and twisted person sets up a Facebook page for a violent double murderer. I bet you are so happy with him Heather Jones. What a catch he is! I guess this proves like attracts like. Matthew and his current fiancée are both dumb and stupid people.

    Let's all guess how long it takes for her to find out Matthew is cheating on her, as well as using her for money.

    Heather Jones = one of at least four known women Matthew was writing to regularly and intimately late year. Yes, 4 different women all at the same time and all romantic. With some even visiting.

    Gross. He's so disgusting. Just look at his photo on Facebook. He's short, fat and really ugly. He looks like a mentally retarded fat old grandpa. The way he's holding those little dogs makes him look like a huge fag. A gay pose. His bitch probably took the photo.

    These people need to neck themselves for





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  32. Why has one of two women removed all her posts yet again? Is this just a game she's playing? She writes revealing stuff about Matt then it all disappears.

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  34. One of two women, you still seem to be caught up in all this mess. Why? As for Heather Jones, aka Kentucky ghost, many people would have looked at her profile now. I did. You look like a clueless 14 year old girl. Ask ya self this. What does he see in you? What do you see in him? Sorry to say but one of two women is right. You are both repulsive inside and out. I hope more of your friends try to talk you out of this stupid thing you're doing.

    Why haven't the authorities had you commited? And they need to take away all Matt's privileges. You know he will never get out. This new appeal he has filed is a joke. As if he can make a difference to what he did. He's still so stupid and probably an infected prison Gaylord. They won't let him out. He killed 2 people and did a lot of other bad stuff. You think they just say to him oh ok you've been in there long enough? You think they won't go through his prison records? They will. Already people are aware of his appeal from his past and they are working to make sure this psycho never sees the light of day. No court is going to let him out before he dies or turns 80. Even then he would be stupid enough to end up back inside.

    Didn't he get married before to some girl? She dumped his ass. Don't you wonder why? Cuz he's a homo creep. Only a fag hag hooks up with a dude like this. He thinks it buys him cred that he's married. It don't cuz it can't last. He's just taking your money and has brainwashed you. But you sound like that was easy to do cuz ya ain't that smart.

    Heather Jones, Jillian from CT and anyone who got involved with his pig y'all need help. What's worse is y'all seem to have kids. Y'all dumb and really selfish and shouldn't have them kids.

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  35. So Heather Jones from Pennsylvania, who is Matt's fiancée, has a gun and he has made threats to One of Two Women that she could use it if he tells her to. And Matt also took the photos of your kids one of two women and passed them around to known child molesters inside prison.

    It is SERIOUSLY, REALLY time that the Kentucky State Reformatory is contacted and told about this information again and that the threats are still ongoing and being directed by Matthew Heikkila himself from prison.

    Can someone please tell the police and the media also. I'm going to tell my local congressman about these sites before he kills more victims from prison. Either women or their children are put at risk from sexual offenders as he would have your addresses and would pass them on also. I'm sure that's a felony isn't it? Conspiracy to commit a crime?

    If you live in North Carolina, and heather Jones is in Pennsylvania and Matt is in Kentucky that's a Bermuda Triangle that's way too close and if it keeps going someone will get hurt.

    It's time you contacted police, media and the prison to tell them what Matthew is orchestrating from prison. He is the person behind this.

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  36. Heather lives in Florida. Still a triangle though.

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  38. This guy deserves to be in jail or the death penalty.

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  39. It has been 25 years and yet this still weighs heavily on my mind. I woke to this man's face on the news. He was being returned to the US by authorities after having killed his adoptive parents and fled to Jamaica. I was horrified and shocked...not just because this was such a terrible crime...but, because I had interactions with this man.
    I had bumped into him several times at the Bear Bar on the upper west side of NYC. One night he would pass me a business card stating he was a Deputy Sheriff and the next night his business card would have a completely different title. When I first met him he told me he was Japanese. When I chuckled...only because I saw he was clearly Caucasian, he grew tempered and pointed to his last name on the business card. Each interaction I had with him his patience seemed to grow shorter and shorter, always asking me why I hadn't called him. My friend agreed. She found him to be funny and cute. There is a particular night that continues to haunt me... It is the night I walked into the bar and was quickly faced with him telling me to put my hands out. Confused, I did so, only to find myself handcuffed to him. He laughed while I replied 'very funny...now take them off'. He said other things that night I wish I could erase from my mind...but just can't, no matter how much time passes.
    The morning I woke to the horrific broadcast, I called my friend frantically telling her to put the news on. Watching in disbelief I expressed "and this is why I haven't called him...I knew something was off about this guy".

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  41. All of katherine and anonymous's immature homophobic comments need to be removed. I came here to learn more about the case, not to be subjected to thIs nonsense.

    Matthew is obviously a sociopathic monster. Not all sociopathic monsters kill people. Some of them are just idiotic bigots.

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  43. uhhh. do these women not realize he is incarcerated for the remainder of his natural life?! when will he be ringing your doorbell for violent sex ever? and if he DIES you better lock the damn door and call 911

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  44. is it me or aren't there any crime free non violent men you could be dating and have your sexual scenarios actually happen? what is the intrigue for a man who KILLED his parents and now trains pitbulls in prison?! Where did your parents go wrong in allowing you to believe that is the man you are worthy of? What happened to you that you feel like "he's the one?" Snap out of it ladies. This is a murderer, like it or not, that has nothing but time to waste on woo-ing you and taking your life on as a hostage to his situation. GO OUTSIDE in the FRESH AIR let your brain see that you have access to a whole world free from waiting in lines to be pat down and frisked for a 3hour conjugal with a man that took the life of the people who raised him, only to go home from your visit alone and sit on the phone spending money to please him while he hangs up and does it to the next chick too. SERUIOUSLY...get help. Not sure who;s in a worse situation, him- or the women falling for him. Wow.

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  45. So rumor has it that wedding bells have been heard in the past few weeks and that, sorry ladies, this lady killer is officially off the market.

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  46. Good riddens. Thanks for taking one for the team, Heather!

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      No problem. :)

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  47. He shouldn't be allowed around an animal's. This monster should be in solitary confinement until he dies hopefully a long,slow,painful death. Did they ever come up with the twisted reason he wanted Marta to die a slow,painful death as well as handcuff her to him ? Why would he want to dead at all ?¿?? Obviously his story will be self serving but just can't imagine any reason to kill your parents,then torture his girlfriend ? I know the how and who should be easy to come by but I always need a reason for unreasonable acts such as this

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  48. Matthew (Heikkila) DiBenedettoSeptember 29, 2017 at 9:47 AM

    With the exception of a letter written to the Bernardsville News apologizing for my actions, I haven’t spoken publicly about what happened since a 1993 interview. I’m writing this now because I want to get this off my chest.

    I’ve said over and over that I accept full responsibility for my actions. Not only my actions, but my words and behavior as well. I regret it more than any of you could possibly imagine. I’m fully cognizant of the damage done by my words and actions and cannot express enough just how truly apologetic I am. I hate waking up with the knowledge that I did what I did and said what I said. The guilt, remorse, and regret I feel has been a motivator to turn my life around.

    I want to address some things that were posted to the findadeath and truecrimediscussions blogs.

    In regards to the book, understand that it was written for PROFIT, not to be a truthful account of what took place. Somebody gushed that it contains the actual letters I wrote. Did you know that of all the letters written, about 40% of them couldn’t be proven I wrote them? Some yahoos in the county jail wrote some posing as me. Crazy to think guys in prison would do something like that, right? Compare the witness statements given to the police after the crime and what’s in the book. They’re all a matter of public record, and they don’t match. It was said that I was given drug tests, and the results were always negative. Not true. If I had been given a drug test, it would have lit up like a Christmas tree! Furthermore, it was reported in the book that as a little child, a neighbor spanked me for something, and I allegedly said “Is that your best shot?” What 4 year old in 1974 has comments like that in their lexicon? I challenge anybody and everybody to review the witness statements and compare them to what’s in the book. I know you won’t do it, though. How do I know that? Because it’s easy to believe what’s already out there, and you won’t do it because you’ll see that I’m right, and it will cause the thread to unravel and will pose more questions as to what happened and why, than you care to fund the answers for.

    About my adoption. I was told at 4 that I was adopted and that “Your mommy couldn’t take care of you so she chose us to take care of you.” It was the early 70’s and telling kids that, or not telling them anything at all, was the conventional wisdom then. From that moment on, it caused a rift, a great deal of depression, so much so that the Child Study Team in kindergarten called me a “depressed little boy.” At first, I thought my adoption was a good thing, but when I told the kids at school, they’d tease me and say things like “Your mommy isn’t really your mommy. You don’t know who your mommy is!”, and other mean things kids say. It caused a disconnect in me. Ironic that all my problems started shortly after.

    My birthmother, who I met in 2006, is and alcoholic with schizophrenia. She was 23 and in a relationship with a married man and I was a result of that union. When he said he wouldn’t leave his wife for her, she became depressed and drank throughout her pregnancy. I was abandoned hours after I was born. Attempts were made to locate her, but she used a false name when she registered. DiBenedetto is her maiden name, which I legally changed mind to in 2006 for a sense of identity.

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  49. Matthew (Heikkila) DiBenedettoSeptember 29, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    A letter written by Matthew (Heikkila) DiBenedetto in response to these blog comments.

    https://hdibenedetto.wordpress.com/2017/09/29/a-letter-from-matthew-heikkila-dibenedetto/

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