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Maya Millete’s Husband Sent Increasingly Frantic Emails To ‘Spellcasters’ Before He Allegedly Killed Her, Police Say
“Can you hex to have her hurt enough that she will have to depend on me and need my help?” Larry Millete allegedly wrote in one message about a week before his wife Maya Millete disappeared.
In the weeks before investigators believe California mom Maya “May” Millete was killed, authorities say her husband Larry Millete was sending increasingly “frantic” emails to “spellcasters” asking for help to keep her from leaving him.
The daily messages began with requests to make May have a change of heart about the couple's struggling marriage, but they eventually turned more violent as time went out, authorities allege.
“He was asking for May to become incapacitated, for May to be in an accident, for her to have broken bones so she could stay home, thus displaying his homicidal ideations to harm May,” San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan said at a press conference Tuesday, according to local station KSWB-TV.
Investigators say there were signs of trouble in the couple’s marriage as early as September 2020 after Larry discovered his wife was having an affair and became “increasingly obsessed with May’s activities and communications with other people,” according to an arrest warrant obtained by the local outlet.
On one occasion, he even showed up at her place of work to see whether she was with another man, Stephan said. Friends and family described him as being “controlling” and “stalker-like” in the months before May disappeared in January of 2021, authorities said.
But investigators believe it’s the messages that Larry allegedly sent to spellcasters that illustrate his desperate attempts to hang on to the crumbling marriage.
“The emails became increasingly panicked,” Chula Vista Det. Jesse Vincente wrote in the warrant.
Just a week before she disappeared, one alleged message asked a spellcaster to make sure his wife was hurt on a dirt biking family vacation.
“Can you hex to have her hurt enough that she will have to depend on me and need my help?” he allegedly wrote on Dec. 31, 2020, according to local station KGTV. “She’s only nice to when she needs me or sick. Thanks again. Maybe an accident or broken bone.”
Police believe Larry’s desperation only continued to grow by Jan. 7—the same day authorities believe May had contacted a divorce attorney—and was “frantic” to “reverse May’s decision to file for divorce,” the warrant alleges.
“I’m shaking inside ready to snap,” he allegedly wrote to one spellcaster.
In another message, he pleaded for the spellcaster to “make her realize that we are meant to be with each other,” make her “miserable” without him and “make her want to sleep on the same bed for all eternity,” authorities said.
Investigators believe May disappeared on Jan. 8. One day later, investigators said the messages about her to spellcasters abruptly stopped.
“As of January 9, Larry does not direct any more spells or ‘hexes’ toward May, nor does he make any more requests for assistance with his crumbling marriage,” Vicente wrote.
By February, investigators said Larry's “focus shifts” and he turned his energy toward requesting spellcasters punish the man he believed his wife had been having an affair with.
But by then, investigators allege, May was gone.
Investigators allege Larry killed May when he realized she was making plans to leave the marriage.
“When Larry’s desperate begging and threats failed to stop May from seeking a divorce, the thought of losing his family was unfathomable to him,” the warrant states.
According to investigators, on Jan. 8 around 6 a.m., a security camera captured images of Larry driving away from the couple’s home in a black Lexus GX460, although it was not clear “whether a body was put in the back of the Lexus or not,” according to Stephan.
Larry was gone for 11 hours but had left his cell phone behind, so authorities were unable to track his movements. He told police he had taken the couple’s youngest child to Solana Beach, but when asked to point out the beach on a map to investigators he pointed to another location, authorities said, according to KGTV.
Just two days before she disappeared, police said May texted a friend saying she was done with the marriage.
“I told him I’m filing for divorce whether he likes it or not,” she wrote. “I’m done trying to make it amicable for the sake of the kids.”