Our Lantern Will Be Lit In Memory of Shannon Mani and her unborn child and Chase Alan Fleischauer, from 4/18/18-4/24/18
Since October 2013, Hope House has joined with other domestic violence programs around the state by implementing the Lantern Project. For our part in this statewide project, we added to the lamppost in front of Hope House a purple wreath. We will turn on the light for a week every time there is a death related to domestic violence in Wisconsin. We will post information online about the person(s) that was killed. If you drive by our building and see our lamppost on, please reflect on the deadly impact that domestic violence has on our communities.
April 13th, 2018 Shannon Mani and her unborn child, Age 21, Waukesha
After Mani's parents, whom she lived with, drove to Neal's residence in their search for their daughter, Neal told them he had not seen her that day, the complaint said.
Waukesha police subsequently contacted Neal by phone. According to the complaint, he again denied having seen her on April 13. Neal said his last contact with her had been the previous afternoon and that she had not responded to subsequent text messages. But in a subsequent in-person interview with Waukesha police, Neal changed his story, indicating he had exchanged a text message with her on April 13, the complaint said.
Through her phone records, Waukesha police also determined Mani's cellphone had last been active at about 1:30 p.m. April 13 in the area of Neal's residence, the complaint said.
Her parents also brought Mani's Apple Watch to Waukesha police, who eventually accessed its data and which revealed a text conversation shortly before noon April 13 between Mani and Neal. In that conversation, Neal asked if she still planned on coming to his residence, as previously planned, and she indicated she was already nearby.
With that, Milwaukee police picked up the investigation.
While Milwaukee police were interviewing Neal elsewhere, authorities executed a search warrant at his residence. Using a forensic bloodstain agent, police found traces of blood in six locations, mostly in the basement but also at the top of the stairs leading to the basement, according to the complaint.
Milwaukee police, who were still interviewing Neal, confronted him with the bloodstain evidence.
According to the complaint, Neal acknowledged at that point that Mani had been inside his house on April 13 and said they had gotten into an argument. During that argument, Neal said Mani grabbed a gun he had told her he had obtained for his protection, and she also grabbed a kitchen knife. Neal said she tried to shoot him with the gun, but it didn't fire because the safety was still in place.
Neal reportedly told police he then shot her twice in the head, causing her to fall down the basement stairs, then tried to attack him again, so he cut her with the knife, the complaint said.
He also allegedly admitted putting her body in a garbage bag in a suitcase and taking it to his storage locker on Tower Street. He also moved her car to a parking lot in Wauwatosa, and disposed of her cellphone in a cemetery pond and her purse in a garbage bin.
When police opened the storage locker, they found Mani's frozen body. Police said her head was wrapped in a black bag, her eyes had been covered with duct tape and both her ankles and wrists had been bound with duct tape. Inside of the suitcase, they also found bloody towels, duct tape, a knife handle and a knife blade, the complaint said.
In a subsequent autopsy, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office observed multiple stab wounds to Mani's face and neck as well as two gunshot wounds to her head. The report listed the manner of death to be homicide.
There was no mention about a motive in the complaint.
Neal remained in custody pending bail considerations. He made his first court appearance on Tuesday.
April 14th, 2018, Chase Alan Fleischauer, Age 19, New Richmond
Bail was set at $500,000 on Monday for a western Wisconsin man who prosecutors say killed his 19-year-old son last weekend.
St. Croix County District Attorney Michael Nieskes said during the bail hearing that first-degree intentional homicide charges were expected to be filed Tuesday against 42-year-old Kayle Alan Fleischauer of New Richmond in the shooting death of his son, St. Paul resident Chase Alan Fleischauer, who also had attended college in Brainerd.
St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Michael Waterman ordered the cash bond amount for Kayle Fleischauer, who was being held in St. Croix County jail on an investigations hold and on suspicion of being a felon in possession of firearms.
Nieskes said investigators removed eight guns from Fleischauer’s home after the Saturday shooting.
Defense attorney Katie Bosworth argued for a lower cash bond at the hearing, saying her client’s felony conviction was from nearly 25 years ago and “there is no indication that he’s a danger to the public.”
Nieskes contended the opposite was true, telling Waterman “the allegation is homicide of a family member — his son.”
“He is a danger to himself and the public,” Nieskes said.
The judge said he agreed with Nieskes.
The St. Croix County sheriff’s office on Sunday identified Chase Alan Fleischauer as the victim of a fatal gunshot wound to the head. According to a news release, the incident was domestic-related and an adult male — identified in court as Kayle Fleischauer — was taken into custody.
The incident was first reported at 4:11 a.m. in Richmond.
According to the sheriff’s office:
Deputies and New Richmond police responded to a 911 caller who requested assistance for a man with a gunshot wound. One person at the scene unsuccessfully attempted lifesaving efforts before EMS crews arrived, according to deputies.
Fleischauer was pronounced dead by the St. Croix County medical examiner at 6:37 a.m. The Ramsey County medical examiner’s office on Sunday ruled the death a homicide.
“Initial investigation found this was a domestic-related incident and there is no threat to the public,” the news release states.
Nieskes said at the hearing that Kayle Fleischauer was “highly intoxicated” when officers arrived