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S2 / EP18: Bizarre Disappearance of Girly Chew Hossencofft

Updated: Sep 2, 2021

Conspiracy theories, aliens, reptiles, cannibalism and conmen. This case includes them all, and the more you dive into it, the more bizarre it becomes.


When Girly Chew Hossencofft went missing on September 9,1999, investigators had no idea what was about to unfold in their search for Girly Chew. Throw in a ninja sword, some random vials of blood and magical youth serum, and it seems almost fictional.


If you get the opportunity, do Google Diazien Hossencofft - of course AFTER you listen to this podcast - because you just have to put the face to the voice you will hear in this episode.


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Transcribed Episode / S2 EP18: Bizarre Disappearance of Girly Chew Hossencofft


[Host]

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[Intro Segment: Audio of US Navy Pilots Discussing Unidentified Flying Object in Sky]


[US Navy Pilots]

There's a whole fleet of them, look on the ASA.


My gosh...


They're all going against the wind, the wind's 120 knots to the west. Look at that thing dude!


[Host]

Who would’ve thought that in 2021 the Pentagon would release an unclassified report that proved the existence of aliens? Er wait, well they didn’t really. I mean they released the reports, but the reports pretty much state “we have absolutely no idea what those flying objects are up in the sky.” And they make zero mention of extraterrestrial life. You know the funny thing about that, with all that was going on in 2020 and we were told the Pentagon was going to release these documents on alien existence, I don’t think it fazed anyone! I think having aliens infiltrate the earth was the least of our worries and honestly, no one was surprised OR shocked.


But let’s get real - do we know if aliens exist or not? Well, there’s a group of people who wholeheartedly DO believe in aliens, they also believe that the earth is flat, as well as a number of other conspiracy theories. If you believe in those things, great, you can choose to believe whatever you want to believe in, whatever brings you joy. But here’s where that line gets a little blurred...when the belief system of someone causes harm to another individual - even causes death. In this episode I’ll be talking about murder, but oddly, that won’t be the most shocking thing about this case. So stick around, as it’s about to get real weird up in here….


[Intro Music Begins/Ends]


[Host]


Armand Chavez was born in Houston, Texas on March 5, 1965. Diazien was a career con-artist. Although he claimed to be a thoracic surgeon who held degrees from the University of Tokyo and Cornell Medical College, he had doctored his transcripts and had been expelled from medical school. After he was expelled, Armand changed his name to the aggrandized Diazien Hossencofft in 1992. Along with claiming to be a thoracic surgeon, he also said he was a former CIA scientist. Diazien tricked patients into believing he was a geneticist and told people that he had leukemia and had only 5 months to live. He would tell neighbors that he planned to visit Toronto Ontario, Canada or El Paso, Texas for medical treatments. A significant portion of his income was made from treating cancer patients, bilking over $100,000 from them by selling what they thought was a miracle cure for cancer, but was actually just vitamin B-6. He also claimed he was 2000 years old and had invented anti-aging injections.


During the 1990’s Diazien made a trip to SeaWorld in San Antonio Texas, where he met a lovely woman named Girly Chew. Girly was born in Malaysia in August of 1963, and had been on a trip to the states when she met the charming Diazien.


When Girly returned to Malaysia, the two began to write each other letters and their relationship grew at an extremely fast pace. Within a week of meeting each other at Sea World, Girly moved to the United States to be with Diazien. The couple married in 1993 and moved to the 3900 block of Moon Street in Albuquerque, New Mexico where Girly began work as a bank teller at the National Bank of the United States in Albuquerque.


Diazien continued with his fraudulent persona, ultimately catching the attention of the FBI. In 1995 he attempted to purchase a bioreactor from a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania company under the guise of conducting cell growth experiments. The company was leery about selling the device to Diazien because of its potential uses, so they notified the FBI about the purchaser, but Diazien wasn’t arrested.


As if being a fraud wasn’t bad enough, Diazien began seeking out other women and began having affairs on Girly. In 1996, during one of those affairs, he fathered a son, Dimitri, with a Japanese woman living in Canada. Diazien brought the child to New Mexico, telling Girly that he was a Mexican orphan and that they had to adopt him. Girly was initially leery about the whole situation but soon became accustomed to being a mother and came to love Dimitri. It would be almost two years later that Girly would discover the horrible truth - that Diazien was the biological father of the child.


In the summer of 1998, Diazien met 50 year old Julie Kay McGuire, the owner of the Enchantment Lodge in Aztec New Mexico. He met her through an internet dating service where he introduced himself as a doctor and an expert geneticist. The became romantically involved - Julie not having any idea that Diazien was still married - and he convinced Julie he could take years off of her life and she paid him more than $6000 for two injections of this “youth serum.” She started to get leery of Diazien and had the serum tested only to discover it was actually vitamin B12.


It’s pretty apparent that Girly and Diazien’s relationship was quickly deteriorating. In addition to his lies, Diazien’s behavior towards Girly became more erratic and violent. In 1998, during an argument, Diazien choked and threatened to kill Girly. She called police and when they arrived, told them that Diazien became angry when she confronted his previous girlfriend, and the woman decided to break it off with Diazien.

It was in January of 1999, shortly following the domestic violence incident that Girly moved out of their shared home. Diazien pushed for full custody of Dimitri, and reluctantly Girly agreed and allowed the child to stay with him. She moved into an apartment at 8401 Spain Road N.E. in Albuquerque, hired an attorney and filed for divorce.

Diazien was not only angered that Girly had the gall to ask for a divorce, but she also was asking for some of their things. This enraged Diazien, and he called her at work, telling her that she wouldn't see a single dime of his money and that she’ll die and her body will never be found.

Through the divorce process, Girly discovered that Diazien was in fact not a doctor at all, and had been using a fake name. After discovering this information, along with his violent threats, Girly confided in her co-workers telling them that Diazien was threatening her and that she was afraid of him. She told them to contact authorities if she was even 5 minutes late to work saying, quote: "If I don't show up it means Diazien has done something to me." Girly had already suspected Diazien of smashing her car windows on two separate occasions after she had moved out of their house.

Girly was so afraid of Diazien and what he might do to her, that she even contacted the FBI who had already been investigating Diazien, telling them that she was afraid of him and that he had threatened to kill her on more than one occasion.


Girly did everything she could to warn others of Diazien’s violent behavior and to protect herself - she even began taking karate lessons for self-defense.


Diazien was still seeing Julie McGuire, and would often bring Dimitri with him, causing Julie to become quite attached to the 3 year old child. Julie knew about Diazien’s troubles with his ex wife Girly. He confided in her that he was going to pay someone to kill Girly and that no one would find the body. She told Diazien that bodies are usually discovered sooner than later, and Diazien responded by saying “not if they’re dissected.”


Julie began to feel sorry for Dimitri, and had an inkling that Diazien was abusing the boy so she felt the need to protect the child. She believed Diazien’s horror stories about Girly, and offered to help to find a family that could adopt him. They attempted to place the child with a couple, but after the first day the couple had Dimitri, they returned the child as he became violent with their other child.


Diazien attempted to adopt out Dimitri again, and this time, it was permanent and Dimitri was adopted in September 1999 to Melinda Miles-Lindberg, an attorney out of Anchorage, Alaska. Melinda actually wrote a book about her experience adopting Dimitri, titled “Mommy No. 13: A Child of a Murderer and His Adoptive Mother.” In her book she describes how more than a dozen women tried to mother Dimitri in his first 3 years, including Girly Chew. Melinda was the 13th woman - thus the title of the book. She went on to describe the little boy, saying that although he was rambunctious and bright, he showed little affection, connection or trust for others. His years being tossed from one caregiver to another obviously had taken its toll. Although Melinda raised the boy, he became estranged from her in 2015 when he turned 18. He only responded to her one time on social media, giving her a negative response to her book, calling it “syrupy.” Dimitri - which he has since changed his name - is now 23 years old, and hasn’t seen Melinda in over 5 years.


Diazien’s relationship with Julie McGuire eventually waned as Diazien’s behavior became stranger and stranger. Julie also discovered that Diazien was not who he said he was, finding out that he was still married, and that he had a domestic violence charge against him. Julie last saw Diazien in August of 1999.


But Diazien’s philandering continued, and in the summer of 1999, Diazien met another person who would soon become his fiancé, that woman was Linda Henning.


Linda Henning was born in Hollywood California on October 10, 1953. When Linda was 11 years old, her father left her mother which left Linda with some deep emotional scars. She tried to mend these scars by involving herself in relationship after relationship, pushing her emotional needs onto various men. Author Mark Horner of the book September Sacrifice about Girly’s disappearance, wrote in his book about Linda, writing that “This is a person who according to her own mother would believe the moon was made out of cheese if a boy had said it.”


After Linda completed high school she supported herself working as a fashion model and later began designing women’s apparel. Her clothing line took off, and in the 80’s Linda moved to Albuquerque New Mexico. By the 90’s Linda’s business was booming, she owned a beautiful home, enjoyed Southwestern art, and was engaged to be married. Aside from her entrepreneurship, she also had a keen interest in UFO’s and conspiracy theories - not surprising since the UFO hot spot Roswell - ​​ the city in southeastern New Mexico that is renowned as the site of an alleged 1947 UFO crash - was only about 3 hours away and Area 51 was about 800 miles from Albuquerque.


As a teenager, Linda had done a lot of research about government conspiracies and was obsessed with shows like the X Files.


In the summer of 1999, Linda attended a seminar by English conspiracy theorist David Icke. Icke believes that the world has been hijacked by an “unseen” global network called Archons that are inter-dimensional, pedophiliac, shape-shifting reptilians that are made up of the world’s ruling elite - such as George Soros or the British Royal Family. This global network is responsible for manipulating the world’s events and keeping humans in a constant state of fear so that the Archons can feed off the resulting “negative energy.”

Let’s listen to Linda explaining her beliefs and who exactly owns planet earth:


[Audio: Linda Henning Discussing Her Beliefs]


[Linda Henning]


I believe there is an incredibly strong alien presence on this planet. I also believe they've been here long before humans were here, and I believe that they have an agenda about eradicating the human race from this planet.


Who owns this planet, well I got to tell you that humanity does not. These creatures have been here way before mankind was ever thought of. Who owns this planet? Well you're going to find out real soon.


[Host]


Linda also believed that the government leaders were aliens from another planet. It was around this same time that Linda was told about Diazien Hossencofft by the owner of the gym she worked out in. He told her that she might want to meet this guy, that he had a lot of interesting ideas and gave her Diazien’s card. Linda met Diazien at his home, and the two talked for hours, sharing their ideas and theories about aliens and other conspiracy theories. Diazien told Linda that he was a doctor and a former member of the CIA. He also told her that HE was an alien and was immortal.


Diazien claimed to Linda, and others, to be from the giga planet, that he was thousands of years old, and that he was able to morph into different reptiles. Linda was fascinated by Diazien and the “knowledge” he had amassed, and within a week of their meeting, their relationship intensified. Within weeks of meeting Diazien her personality seemed to change - she was already fascinated by the unusual and when Diazien came into her life, it accelerated her strange beliefs. Diazien didn’t talk much, however, about his soon to be ex wife Girly Chew - only that she worked as a bank teller.


Two weeks after meeting Diazien, Linda broke off her engagement with her fiancé and began an intense relationship with Diazien, telling her friends that they were planning to get married.


Linda spoke about her and Diazien’s relationship in this interview:


[Audio: Linda Henning Discussing Her Relationship with Diazien Hossencofft]


[Linda Henning]


Diazien does not control me or dominate me and nobody does. Who ever can control an opinionated woman, a strong-willed woman, an independent woman? H's brilliant, he's charming. Diazien is a maniac, he's a maniac.


[Host]


As a result of the relationship, Linda’s friends began to notice the significant change in her behavior. Her ex-fiancé told a mutual friend Stephen Zachary that Linda had stopped showering and wouldn’t change her clothes, and that he thought she had some sort of “chemical imbalance.”


Linda would try to convince her friends to use Diazien’s miracle treatments and told them that he was a reptilian alien who was thousands of years old who had promised to give her great powers. She believed that the reptile aliens were going to be coming to earth, and certain individuals would be their local emissaries. Diazien convinced her that she was an alien queen who was sent here to save the world by killing Girly.


A man by the name of William “Bill” Miller - a leader of a militant group in Albuquerque was also befriended by Diazien. Diazien worked on coaching both Linda and Bill on how to kill the “Queen” to save the world...and the Queen apparently was Girly Chew.

It was 5:15pm on September 9, 1999 when Girly’s shift ended at the bank and she left work. She mailed a letter to her parents in Malaysia between 5:40 and 5:45 p.m., then headed to her apartment.


Between 7:30pm and 9pm, a friend called Girly’s home phone 10 times, but she never picked up.


The following morning, Girly failed to show up for work for her 8am shift, and didn’t call in to say that she wasn’t coming in. Girly was a model employee, always punctual, always the first one to work so her not showing up for work on time was extremely unusual. Her coworkers immediately became concerned, recalling their discussion with her about her being scared of her ex husband. Her supervisor contacted the Albuquerque police department and reported her missing to police at 8:10am - stressing to them that her absence was highly unusual and that she’s met with foul play. Police actually took the missing persons report seriously in lieu of waiting the normal 24 hours or so when an adult goes missing.


One of Girly’s co workers decided to drive to Girly’s apartment, but found no sign of Girly. While waiting for officers to arrive, the coworker convinced the apartment manager to check inside Girly’s apartment. They noticed that her front door was locked but the deadbolt wasn’t locked. A quick view of the apartment showed nothing seemingly out of place.


When the police arrived at Girly’s apartment the first thing they noticed was the intense smell of bleach permeating the air. Girly’s car keys were still in the apartment, but there were three distinct bleached out stains in the carpet in front of her couch. When forensics arrived later to the scene, Luminol was sprayed in the house and they discovered about seven spots of blood on the carpet and sofa. The carpet that was stained with bleach was cut out and was taken to the crime lab for testing.


Later that same day, a workman who was working along Highway 60, a stretch of Highway about 100 miles southwest of Albuquerque, came across a bloodstained gray tarp containing a woman’s green and white blouse, pink and orange shorts, and green panties, all splattered with blood. There was also some duct tape and gauze containing strands of hair in the tarp. Girly’s purse was found discarded on a nearby street. Authorities awaited the results of this evidence along with the blood evidence they recovered from Girly’s apartment.


An extensive search for Girly Chew began. Search parties were coordinated, searching mine shafts and searching the area where her clothes were found. Search and rescue dogs were utilized but no sign of Girly was found.


Authorities quickly set their sights on Diazien Hossencofft, considering him a prime suspect. They went to his house, but found his front door open and his house had been emptied of all furniture and belongings. Police found out that Diazien had hired a moving company and that he’d left Albuquerque on September 10th for Charleston, South Carolina. His neighbors told authorities that they had noticed Diazien spending a great deal of time with Linda Henning the week prior to Girly’s disappearance.

Authorities then headed to Linda Henning’s house. She allowed the officers in without a search warrant, answered their questions, and told them she knew nothing of Girly’s disappearance.


Officers then found Girly’s wallet - it had been discarded in the street near Tramway Boulevard and Indian School Road Northeast, about 6 miles from Girly’s apartment and about a ½ mile from Linda Henning’s house. The proximity to Linda’s house was too much of a coincidence for the officer to ignore.


They brought Linda back into the station for further questioning on September 12th. She told detectives what she knew about Diazien….that she believed him to be an accomplished doctor and that she didn’t know where he was and didn’t expect to see him again. She said that he told her he’d been planning to move for some time, and that he was building a house in South Carolina. She also told them that her relationship with Diazien was more of a caretaker role, that they weren’t romantically involved.


It didn’t take long for authorities to track down Diazien at a house in Charleston where he was staying with a woman named Cheryl Culp. Similar to Linda, Diazien had begun a relationship with Cheryl and she believed that she and Diazien were going to be married. Diazien denied knowing anything about Girly’s whereabouts, and authorities had no evidence to hold him in custody so they had to let him go. However, when authorities got back to New Mexico, they found out that Diazien had made a phone call to one of his neighbors - a phone call that the neighbor deemed “threatening.” That was the break that authorities needed and they were able to extradite Diazien back to New Mexico to face charges for making threats across state lines.


Believing that Linda was somehow involved in Girly’s disappearance and that she knew more than what she was letting on, authorities subpoenaed her to testify before a grand jury. She claimed that she didn’t even know Girly Chew and hadn’t met her. She told them Diazien had been with her the night before Girly went missing and admitted that her and Diazien were more than just friends. She said that she was aware that Diazien was moving to South Carolina to be with another woman. One of the grand jurors - who frankly was thinking the same thing that we’re all thinking - asked her how she could sleep with Diazien the night before, knowing he was leaving the next day to be with another woman. Linda said yeah, she was upset, but couldn’t do anything about it.


Unfortunately, Linda’s grand jury testimony didn’t lead to indictments for either Linda or Diazien, but police weren’t through with the investigation. They pulled bank records and were able to prove that Linda did in fact meet Girly and that she lied to the grand jury. Linda had banked at the branch where Girly worked, and Girly had even been Linda's teller on at least one occasion. In October 1999, Linda was charged with perjury for lying to the grand jury.


When investigators received the test results back on the evidence found at Girly’s apartment as well as the evidence found by the highway worker, they were surprised at the results.


Blood and hair on the items belonged to Girly, but two other individual’s DNA was also identified. Girly’s blood was on the carpet and sofa, but Linda’s blood was also identified. Saliva that was on Girly’s green and white blouse was identified as being from Diazien. Glitter, art sand and cat hair - all identified as originating from Linda’s garage floor - were found on the tarp as well. A third unidentified source of DNA was also found in the blood in Girly’s apartment. Authorities believed that a struggle occurred in the apartment and that Linda most likely had been injured resulting in her blood being found at the scene.


During a search of Linda’s home, authorities recovered a ninja sword in her garage ceiling attic. Receipts showed that on September 9th, between 3:59-7:35 p.m. Diazien purchased the sword at World of Knives at Winrock Center in Albuquerque and had given Linda the sword as a gift to learn fencing. Supposedly, according to Linda, the sword had been in plain sight the first time officers questioned her at her house. The sword was confiscated for forensic testing, but the test results were inconclusive - there was blood on it but it had been compromised and they couldn't lift good DNA from it.


In November 1999, 34 year old Diazien Hossencofft and 46 year old Linda Henning were indicated for the disappearance and assumed murder of 36 year old Girly Chew Hossencofft. A third individual, 52 year old William “Bill” Miller - an alleged co-conspirator - was also indicted.


Diazien originally pled not guilty to the charges, but on January 14, 2002, he surprised prosecutors and changed his plea and plead guilty to the murder of Girly Chew, in an effort to avoid the death penalty. He was sentenced, and in exchange for his plea, received life in prison plus 61 years in the Wyoming State Penitentiary. He continued to deny killing Girly or knowing the location of her remains.

Linda’s trial began in September 2002. Attorney’s Gary Mitchen and Monica Baca claimed that Linda was innocent of all charges and that Diazien was trying to frame Linda for Girly’s murder. Diazien was the only witness called to testify in Linda’s defense.

The first day of her trial, Linda seemed to be in a joking mood, answering a reporter's question about how she felt about finally heading into trial:

[Audio: Linda Henning and Reporter Talking About Entering Trial]


[Reporter]


Tell me that again please?


[Linda Henning]


I just waited three years to go to trial, and now I have my chance, and I was tired of being tried by the press and now it's time for us to fight back? That's what this trial is all about.


[Reporter]


Anything about aliens in all of this?


[Linda Henning]


Oh I'm sure there'll be an alien or two on the witness stand.


[Reporter]


Thanks a lot.


[Linda Henning]


Let's try to keep the aliens out of the jurors.


[Reporter]


Ok.


[Host]


Diazien’s testimony on the stand was bizarre is an understatement - he thought that by putting on a show on the stand, it would confuse the jury and help get Linda a not guilty verdict.


Diazien claimed that HE was the mastermind behind the murder of Girly, and that Linda didn’t take part in it, had no knowledge of the murder and was completely innocent. He also claimed to be a reptilian shape-shifter and was capable of being in several places at one time, so yeah, there’s that.


During the trial witnesses testified that around 7pm on September 9, the last time Girly was seen, Diazien was seen by his neighbors speeding into his driveway on 3900 Moon N.E. Street. Neighbors noticed that his face and neck were covered in black greasepaint and he appeared to be wearing a forest green or a camouflage-type shirt - he was seen going into his house for a few minutes and then leaving shortly afterwards.


Diazien testified that around 10pm on September 9th, he asked Linda to pick up juice, a flashlight and tile spacers so he could buy time to go back to Girly's apartment to bleach the bloodstains and clean up other evidence at the apartment. He then drove back home and located a refrigerated vial of an unidentified woman's blood. He was somehow able to occasionally obtain blood samples from patients under the guise of scientific research, and there were allegedly 17 vials of blood in his home.

When Diazien went back to Girly’s apartment, the vial broke - don’t you hate it when that happens? - before he was able to pour it somewhere in the apartment in an effort to confuse detectives. Instead of the vial, he thought it was a good idea to go ahead and use Linda’s blood and he diluted it with bleach in an attempt to invalidate DNA test results, and again to confuse the investigation.


Diazien talked about how Girly Chew purportedly took his son away from him - which of course wasn’t true - and that was his reasoning why she had to die. He stated: “So they make the choice – they took my son from me, and I make the choice to take her life. It’s as simple as that.”


And when asked if Girly knew that Diazien was going to harm her, this is what he said in court - and as a forewarning, his voice is quite possibly the most annoying voice you’ll hear:


[Audio: Diazien Hossencofft Testifying at Linda Henning's Trial]


[Attorney]


She knew that you were looking for her?


[Diazien Hossencofft]


She knew she was going to be hunted like the dog she was, and yes, she ran like a scared rabbit in an open field. She knew.


[Host]


Diazien pointed a finger at another individual, militia member William “Bill” Miller, and that he was Girly’s true killer. Bill was friends with Diazien and Linda and Diazien admitted to Bill to wanting Girly dead due to a bitter custody battle. Diazien said he allowed Bill to murder Girly as practice before before the climax with the alien "New World Order." Bill Miller had not been charged with Girly’s murder, as there was no evidence that he himself, had murdered anyone.


Linda’s friends believed that she had been brainwashed and drugged by Diazien, and forensic investigators testified for the prosecution about Linda’s odd actions the days leading up to the murder. Prior to meeting Diazien, Linda had never been in trouble with the law.


One of Linda’s friends, Mary Alice Thomas, testified during the trial about the odd things that Linda told her:


[Audio: Mary Alice Thomas Testifying at Linda Henning's Trial]


[Attorney]


Did the defendant make statements to you about being a queen?


[Mary Alice Thomas]


She said that she had been appointed a queen of the world and that her responsibilities was to save the world from other queens coming from other plants.


[Attorney]

And did she say with what she'd be fighting these other queens?


[Mary Alice Thomas]


With a sword.


[Host]


The trial of Linda Henning only got stranger and stranger as it progressed. When Prosecutor Paul Spiers asked Ron Wilkin, the lead detective on the case, to describe what Linda said about her and Diazien’s love making, he said, quote: “she made reference to where there was a very high amount of energy, enough to where they would each transform into cat-like people or like a lion-type of an individual, and she went so far as to lift her lip to show me where the fangs would grow out of her mouth.”


I really need to take some of these statements from her trial and, I don’t know, put them on t-shirts or something...


Essentially the prosecution had the records that showed Linda had come into contact with Girly at the bank, and they had evidence that Linda’s blood was at Girly’s apartment. They did not believe that Girly would've let Diazien into her house under any circumstance.

Their theory on what happened that night was that they believed there was an altercation in Girly’s apartment and that Girly was taken forcibly to another location, probably alive. They believe she was taken out in a tarp or body bag and she was driven to the area of Magdalena, New Mexico where she was tortured by use of the ninja sword and other items and then killed.


Linda did not testify at her own trial, and on October 25, 2002, the jury came back with their verdict. They found Linda Henning guilty of first degree murder. She was also convicted of kidnapping, conspiracy to kidnap, tampering with evidence, and four counts of perjury, but was acquitted of ten other charges. She was the first woman in New Mexico history to face the death penalty.

Her sentencing trial began on April 18, 2003. Just prior to her sentencing court date, prosecutor Paul Spiers issued a statement in a memorandum that Linda had told at least four people that she had eaten Girly’s flesh and drank her blood, stating that, quote: “During the course of the case's investigation, it was reported by more than one individual that the defendant had made statements that she had actually consumed the flesh of Girly Chew Hossencofft and that as a consequence her remains and body would never be recovered by authorities.”

Allegedly Linda had also confessed to a cellmate - quoting from Reddit: “Henning’s cellmate tells, when Henning was asked what she did with Girly body- she made eating gestures.”


Despite this allegation by the state, Linda was not sentenced to death, but was given a 73 and a half year prison sentence. After her sentencing, Linda had this to say about it and wanted to give a stern warning to the uh, rest of the world while she had the opportunity to do so:


[Audio: Linda Henning's Statement on her Sentence]


[Linda Henning]


I wasn't surprised. If they would've said, 'well burn her at the stake' I would've said, well it wouldn't be the first time. You know in a past life I believe I was burned at the stake. So...


I think the whole thing has been a hoax from day one. I hvae been painted as the biggest monster, the most dangerous criminal in New Mexico history. You've got to look at my background and say well, where is it?


There must be something that they're afraid that I'm going to say because they've made every effort possible to silence me. Well of course I know what they don't want me to say.


[Reporter]


Which is?


[Linda Henning]


Which I'm not going to say. I'm still alive, so it's probably because I've kept my mouth shut. I know you like to talk about that Ron. I will only say, I will only say that everyone is in for a really big surprise. The empire consumes all, the strong survive and the weak perish. That's about everything you need to know.


[Host]


Her perjury convictions were overturned by the New Mexico Supreme Court in 2010, but all of her other convictions, as well as her sentence, were affirmed.


Investigators don’t believe that Bill Miller was responsible for Girly’s murder, and he was originally charged with conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping and tampering with evidence charges. It’s alleged that Bill stalked Girly to find out where she lived, then assisted in kidnapping her and helping to dispose of bloody evidence and her body. His attorney was able to get the more serious charges dropped and after he went through trial, Bill received 10 months probation.


[Ambient Music Begins]


In January of 2020, 21 years following the disappearance of Girly Chew, Diazien filed a 400 page document to court, requesting that his plea and life sentence be vacated. He claimed that his sentence was illegal, that he was denied due process because of collusion, that his attorneys failed at their jobs, and that he was forced into his plea deal. Diazien claims that prosecutors were colluding with the Albuquerque Police to hide evidence that would’ve exonerated both him and Linda Henning. His attorney asked for a six-month extension to collect evidence involving "global connections:”

[Audio: Courtroom Defense Attorney and Judge]


[News Reporter]


Now 18 years later Hossencofft is asking a judge to vacate his sentence. Hossencofft claimed prosecutors were colluding with Albuquerque police to hid evidence that would've exonerate him and his mistress Linda Henning.


Henning is also serving time in prison for the murder.


During a hearing in court today, Hossencofft's attorney asked Judge Alisa Hart for more time to get his facts organized.


[Audio: Courtroom Defense Attorney and Judge]


You absolutely feel you need six months?


[Attorney John McCall]


I do your honor, this investigation, I don't want to get into too many details, but the case involves global connections


[Host]


The request for the six month extension was granted.

To this day, Girly Chew Hossencofft’s body has not been found, but authorities believe it’s located somewhere in Socorro County, most likely along U.S. Route 60 in the area near Datil, New Mexico.

As bizarre as this case is, it comes down to what is fact and what is fiction. Diazien Hossencofft’s life was full of delusions of grandeur and a sense of entitlement. Linda Henning was so wrapped up in her outlandish beliefs and her admiration for a conman that she was consumed by it, and it became a black hole she couldn’t escape. It’s a horrible tragedy that Girly Chew’s family will never really have closure in this case, but hopefully they have found some shred of solace in knowing that the individuals who took Girly Chew from their lives are being so punished to the utmost extent of the law.


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