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Man indicted for strangling wife; after staging it as suicide, he took Zoom call

Guy Shapiro attended Rachel’s funeral, then fled after autopsy showed she was murdered; shot himself as police tried to arrest him, but survived

Guy Shapiro, suspected of murdering of his wife in Ma'ale Adumim the month before, is seen on a screen via a video link during a remand  hearing at the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court, October 7, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Guy Shapiro, suspected of murdering of his wife in Ma'ale Adumim the month before, is seen on a screen via a video link during a remand hearing at the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court, October 7, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

A man suspected of killing his wife last month and attempting to pass off her death as a suicide was charged Monday with murder, falsifying evidence, and obstructing justice.

Guy Shapiro, 48, was indicted for the murder of his wife, Rachel, 55, with prosecutors describing the grim details of the killing and attempted cover-up, and asking the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court to keep him incarcerated until the end of legal proceedings.

Shapiro, a former IDF officer, was seriously injured when he shot himself in the head in front of police officers who were about to arrest him, but has since recovered enough to confess to the crime and reenact it for police.

According to the indictment, Shapiro strangled Rachel to death because she had told him she was leaving him and wanted a divorce.

Prosecutors say he moved her body to the bathtub at their home in Ma’ale Adumim, east of Jerusalem, and slit her wrists in an effort to make it seem as though she had killed herself. After then taking a Zoom call for work, the indictment says, he called the Magen David Adom ambulance service, claiming he had returned home after taking their son, 14, to school, and found his wife dead in the bathtub.

MDA paramedics who arrived at the scene alerted police to an incident of suicide. Officers and forensic teams examined the home for clues and Rachel’s body was sent to the Abu Khabir institute for an autopsy. The results of the autopsy showed that strangulation was the cause of death and police opened a covert investigation.

Rachel Shapiro. (Facebook)

Rachel was later given a funeral, attended by Shapiro, who read out a farewell letter over the grave.

When police summoned Shapiro for questioning two days after the killing, the indictment continued, detailing the obstruction of justice charge, he instead fled to the south of the country. Officers located him using his cellphone signal and gave chase when he refused to stop his car. The vehicle was eventually brought to a halt at a police roadblock that laid down a spike strip puncturing the car’s tires.

Shapiro emerged from the car armed with a licensed pistol, and as officers approached, he shot himself in the mouth, with the bullet passing through his neck, causing serious injuries.

He was taken to the hospital in Beersheba and gained consciousness a week later. Shapiro then confessed to killing his wife and reenacted the incident for police.

Rachel Shapiro worked for the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. She had six children from a previous marriage.

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