The box of Texas oilman Johnny Patton Jr. is explored in a new docuseries on Oxygen patrician “Killer Affair.” (Credit Image: © Joyce Marshall/TNS around ZUMA Wire)
Debbie Patton-Bearden can vividly remember a day when she believed her hermit was killed.
The Texas lady came brazen to attend in Oxygen’s new loyal crime docuseries “Killer Affair,” that takes viewers behind stories of murder lighted by infidelity and deception. It facilities first-hand interviews with friends, families and investigators compared with a cases.
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Patton-Bearden’s life took a intolerable spin on Oct.1, 2013, when she perceived a phone call from her crony Catherine Slatkin.
Debbie Patton-Bearden pronounced she wanted to set a record true about her hermit Johnny Patton Jr.
“Catherine said, ‘Something is wrong, [police] won’t let me inside a house,’” Patton-Bearden removed to Fox News, referring to her Benbrook home.
“I told her we was on my way. we ran, got in my automobile and gathering off. When we arrived, there were cops everywhere. we only kept saying, ‘Please God.’ we saw an ambulance… we came out and saw a male laying down there. we went right towards him and nobody was going to stop me. we was screaming, ‘Is that my brother? Is that Johnny?’ It took 4 military officers to reason me back… we pronounced all we wanted to know was if that was Johnny. But they pronounced no.”
The passed male incited out to be Richard Slatkin, a ex-husband of Patton-Bearden’s friend. The 66-year-old had been shot in a chest outward of her home. And to Patton’s shock, sitting in a behind of a military automobile was her brother, Johnny Patton Jr.
“I don’t know if we collapsed or fainted,” Patton-Bearden admitted. “Something happened. we couldn’t get up. But we had to get my brother.”
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The late Richard Slatkin is shown in a record mural from Oct. 29, 2003. (Credit Image: © Tom Pennington/TNS around ZUMA Wire)
The events were a outcome of an perplexing triangle involving childhood friends — and even a father and son.
Johnny Patton Jr., who was 68 years aged during a time of a shooting, was carrying a regretful attribute with Catherine Slatkin, a Star-Telegram reported. According to a outlet, he claimed he gunned down Richard in self-defense. Slatkin, who was 32 during a time, testified that a group were sceptical of any other.
But according to a documentary, there was some-more to this lethal adore triangle involving a now 71-year-old and 35-year-old.
Slatkin concurred that before dating Johnny she had had an event with Patton’s son, Jason Patton, which led to a pregnancy while she was married to Richard. She gave birth to Jason’s child, that eventually led to her divorce from Richard in May 2014. (Jason was after convicted on drug charges and sent to prison.)
Slatkin, an heiress who is a granddaughter of Bob Alexander, a co-founder of Alcon, started saying Johnny, who was some-more than 3 decades her senior, only before Jason was put behind bars, The Daily Mail reported.
Witness Catherine Slatkin testifies in a murder hearing of Johnny Patton, Jr. in Judge David Hagerman’s courtroom on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. (Credit Image: © Joyce Marshall/TNS around ZUMA Wire)
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According to a documentary, Slatkin’s attribute with Richard started while he was still married to someone else. The Star-Telegram revealed she would go on to marry Richard in 2009 when she was 26 and he was 62. The integrate had a child together.
Slatkin testified that her mom and Johnny’s mom had been friends given childhood and that a families were close. Therefore, she naturally gravitated toward Patton.
“I have always, always desired Catherine,” pronounced Patton-Bearden. “Matter of fact, she has always been a partial of my life given a day she was born. She would always come to me with everything. Every problem she had, each male she was with, each married male she was with, solely Richard. we did not know she was carrying an event with him during a time. It only floored me though she kept that divided from me. But we knew there was something going on.”
Prosecutor Eric Nickols also participated in “Killer Affair.” — Oxygen
While Patton-Bearden claimed Slatkin didn’t primarily tell her about her event with Richard, she did open adult about apropos insinuate with Patton’s nephew Jason.
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“I knew all she was doing since she would come to me,” pronounced Patton-Bearden. “I would say, ‘Catherine, go and speak to your mom. Don’t put me in a center of all of this.’ But she would call me each time… She was a good friend, though we started seeing things about Catherine. we would tell her that immature ladies don’t do this and that she’s got so most going for her. But she was vital a double life. There were times we would tell her she indispensable to stop revelation me all since we only didn’t wish to know all of this. But she would come over and speak to me and only cry.”
The Star-Telegram suggested Patton concurred gunning down Richard though insisted it was fit since a sceptical ex-spouse regularly threatened to kill him.
Richard Slatkin’s companion spoke out about a slain private investigator. — Oxygen
According to a prosecutors and testimony, Patton finished steady 911 calls claiming Richard was vigilant on sharpened him. However, prosecutor Eric Nickols pronounced that was a distributed lie.
Reuters reported Nickols pronounced one 911 call finished around a time of a sharpened rescued a sound of a revving automobile engine, that suggested Patton was in a automobile and not during a stage of a shooting, where he claimed was being threatened by Richard. Nickols also pronounced Patton was sceptical of Richard since he wakeful Slatkin had continued a regretful attribute with her ex-husband while she was concerned with him.
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“Patton stole Catherine from his son and killed Richard Slatkin since he was a opposition for her affection,” pronounced Nickols.
Witnesses also testified that Patton was violent to his disloyal mother and always carried a gun. But Patton-Bearden purported Richard had threatened to shoot her hermit shortly before he died.
“I knew Richard carried a gun since he always showed me,” claimed Patton-Bearden. “… Mind you, Richard was not a really high man. But he was a genuine argumentative man. He was screaming and hollering during me that he was going to kill Johnny. we said, ‘Richard, we need to close adult and tell me what a heck is going on.’ He said, ‘I’m ill and sleepy of your hermit being with Catherine.’… He was only going nuts… we could not get him to ease down.”
Reuters common a Fort Worth jury convicted Patton of murder and deliberated for 30 mins before sentencing him to life in prison. Patton-Bearden insisted her hermit didn’t get a satisfactory trial.
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“I do comprehend what went down is what went down though we know a facts,” she claimed. “I know that Richard was melancholy to kill him dual weeks prior.”
Patton-Bearden pronounced she keeps in hit with her hermit “every day.” As for Slatkin, she pronounced that their decades-long loyalty is now over.
“I told her, ‘Catherine, we have never been some-more unhappy in we in my life and a loyalty is over,’” pronounced Patton. “‘I wish we remember this day and we wish that we remember a day we saw Richard laying in a street. And we wish we remember what you’ve finished to my brother. And we wish that we remember what we have finished to your small girls.’”
“Killer Affair” premieres Jul 11 during 8 p.m. on Oxygen.