7 Professional Athletes Who Became Murderers

These seven sporting stars became cold blooded murderers. 

By Kat George

Oxygen's critically-acclaimed true-crime franchise, “Snapped,” launches its 20th season of mystery, murder and misconduct with “Snapped Notorious: Scott Peterson,” a two-part special premiering Sunday, May 7th at 6PM ET/PT.

While O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the murder of Nicole Brown, many still speculate. There are, however, a fair share of athletes we know who actually turned deadly--and are convicted murderers. What’s more terrifying than a blood thirsty elite sportsman? Probably nothing. These former athletes are famous for their sporting skills, and infamous for their murders they committed. Here are seven professional athletes who became murderers.

1. Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez, former NFL Patriots tight end, was convicted of killing his friend Odin Lloyd in 2013. Hernandez apparently shot Lloyd multiple times in the back and chest, and dumped his body in an industrial park about a mile from his house. Two other men, Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace were also charged in connection with the murder. In 2015 Hernandez was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison, although he was recently found hung to death in his cell, having committed suicide after being acquitted of another crime.

2. Rae Carruth

Another former NFL player turned murderer, Rae Carruth played for the Carolina Panthers before he was charged with the murder of his pregnant girlfriend. 24-year-old, six months pregnant Cherica Adams was found wounded in her car, shot four times. She died in the hospital, but her son survived after the doctor performed an emergency birth. Carruth had ordered a hit on Adams, allegedly to avoid paying child support, and was sentenced to 24 years in prison.

3. Hiroshi Ogawa

Japanese baseballer Hiroshi Ogawa, a retired pitcher for the Chiba Lotte Marines of Nippon Professional Baseball, was convicted of murder at age 43. Apparently, Ogawa was in debt, and robbed the house of a chairman of an industrial waste plant. He stole 1.75 million yen ($20,000) and killed the housekeeper by drowning her in a lake. He is currently serving life in prison.

4. Robert Rozier

American baseballer Robert Rozier, who played six games for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1979 before being released, went on to join a violent cult. Rozier became part of "The Brotherhood," which was led by a man called Yahweh ben Yahweh, and in 1986 Rozier was arrested for two murders. It turned out he actually committed seven murders, and in a plea deal he testified against Yahweh (who was connected to at least 15 murders), and only had to serve 10 years in prison.

5. Mark Rogowski

Skateboarding sensation Mark Rogowski went from earning $100,000 at age 17, to a murder charge at age 19. In 1990, Rogowski’s girlfriend broke up with him, so he raped her best friend, strangled her, and buried her body in the desert. He is currently serving a 31 year prison sentence, for which he was denied parole in 2011.

6. Eric Naposki

The Patriots have more than one famous murderer. Eric Naposki murdered his lover, Nanette Ann Packard’s boyfriend in 1994, so she could collect his $1 million life insurance. But it wasn’t until 2009 that police finally found the murder weapon and witnesses, and Naposki was charged with murder. He and Packard were both sentenced to serve life without parole in 2012.

7. Evangelos Goussis

Australian professional boxer Evangelos Goussis was once an Olympic contender, but in 2004 he was convicted for murder in Melbourne’s infamous gangland wars. He shot mobsters Lewis Cain and Lew Moran in the head, and is now serving life in prison with a 30 year non-parole period.

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