LIYSA NORTHON, age 46, is currently incarcerated at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility at Wilsonville, Oregon for the drugging & shooting murder of her husband Christopher James "Chris" Northon. She was sentenced to 12 1/2 years and will serve a minimum of 10 years and will be credited for about 9 months already served.
Parole Eligibility date: 2011
1996- March- Chris Northon, airline pilot, married Liysa King, a writer and artist. The last two years of the marriage Liysa began telling anyone who would listen that she was the victim of verbal and physical spousal abuse, that her husband drank and smoked pot constantly, becoming violent. That he had threatened to kill
her if she left and took their young son. Northon had made reports of domestic abuse with police but no charges were ever filed against Chris Northon.
Photo: Chris and Liysa Northon's pool, Liysa and Dane 1997
2000-October 9- Liysa Northon left her 8 year old son at a friend's home in Washington state and with their 3 year old son accompanied Chris Northon on a camping trip to a remote campground. (While reportedly deathly afraid of him.)
Chris Northon was later found to have large levels of sedative in his body as well as a gun shot to the head. His body is stripped of clothing and located in a sleeping bag which covers his face.
After the shooting Northon drove herself and her son 4 hours across state lines to the friend's home in Washington where she telephones Oregon police to tip them off to find Chris' body. Liysa informed the authorities "that her husband had become drunk & violent and threatened their young son and tried to drown her." Liysa told police "I blindly fired a shot at Chris to scare him."
The Police investigation disputed Northon's claims and she was charged with murder.
In a twist of irony, the same correctional facility for women that Northon is incarcerated in had its ground-breaking ceremony in April of 2000.
2001- July - Liysa Northon at first pled Not Guilty at trial but when her computer and emails were brought into evidence she pled an Alford Plea. Northon, age 39, was duly convicted to first degree manslaughter and 12 1/2 years and transported to prison.
2002 - December - PLEA FOR CLEMENCY - Northon filed a plea for clemency claiming that she was a battered wife; that she was coerced into the guilty plea; and that Chris Northon had repeatedly threatened to kill her if she left with their son. (Northon also claims on her blogsite that her attorney of record "misappropriated $30,000 & did not hire experts & filed a false affidavit with the court to discredit her & cover his own actions.)
The Governor declined to grant her plea for pardon.
After her arrest both of the two boys, one from a previous marriage, and Chris Northon's son, have been cared for by a former husband, Donald King, who lives in Hawaii.
In prison Northon is employed as a recreation clerk, has worked on children's stories and taught yoga and nutrional education to fellow inmates.
2003 - September - WRONGFUL DEATH - The estate of Chris Northon sues Liysa Northon for $7.5 million. $5 million for the economic loss suffered by theestate; $1 million in economic damages specifically for loss of Chris Northon's services; $1.5 million in noneconomic was claimed for the disability, pain and suffering Chris suffered between the period between the time he was injured and when he died, and for the loss to his beneficiaries of his society and companionship. This is being filed on behalf of the beneficiary of the estate, Chris' son Dane. Attorney Gary R. Johnson stated "We are trying to preclude her from ever bein able to benefit from Chris Northon's death.
2004 - February - LAWSUIT AGAINST AUTHOR ANN RULE - Liysa Northon filed a complaint in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Oregon. Northon claims Author Ann Rule's book "Heart Full of Lies" damaged her reputation because she has always claimed "that she was the victim of domestic violence at the hands of Chris Northon and that she acted to protect herself and her children.
"The suit also names the prosecutor Daniel Ousley, claiming Ousley falsely told Rule "there was no evidence Chris Northon used drugs or was abusive to his wife."
The suit was dismissed. Anti-Slapp Document
2004- February 27 - Northon appealed the dismissal & Rule's attorneys moved for attorney's fees.
Attorney fees were awarded. Cases affirmed without opinion
Liysa Northon has also sued: the Northons and her former brother-in-law, as well as the State of Oregon.
CHRIS NORTHON & FAMILY
CRIME SCENE PHOTOS
The Oregon legislature passed into law a "Liysa Northon bill" that forbids convicted killers not only from benefiting financially from their victims' estates, but from the descendants of victims, a law designed to protect Chris Northon's son Bjorn when he comes into the large estate from Chris Northon when he is in his
Referred to Discipline Credible Evidence
2007 - November 23 - Northon v. Howton OR King Civil Rights Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (State) Petitioner: Liysa Ann King Northon vs Respondent: Nancy Howton.
2008 - A blog maintained on Liysa Northon's behalf, which contains her writings and opinions & where she continues to rail against Ann Rule, and presents her claims. The very same claims she's presented in court and lost.
In prison and on the blog Northon continues to profess her claims of having shot Chris Northon out of innocence and fears stemming from her years of abuse. Prosecutor Ousley has stated that no evidence of Chris Northon using drugs or abusing Liysa Northon has ever existed.
For articles on the case from the time of arrest and onwards: The Observer Articles
It's quite possible Northon could be turned down on her parole application and would have to serve the remainder of her sentence, because she continues to profess that she was a battered victim and
The Oregon Parole Board rarely grants such parole requests.
I am reading Ann Rule's book " Heart Full of Lies" and am almost to the end of it. I decided to read up on anything about Chris and Liysa and the details online. I find that serving 10-12 years for a man's murder is like a slap on the wrist.
If someone takes another person's life like Liysa did, she should serve the rest of her life in prison. How could she do that to her son---THEIR son? How could she take the baby's daddy away from him? Why not divorce him instead? At least the child could see his dad and grow up knowing him.
My heart goes out to the child and also to Chris' family and the friends who miss him.
Nelda7071360@gmail.com anyone wants to discuss this can email me.
Nelda, I agree that the sentence was not sufficient for the crime. If she had not taken the plea deal, and the case gone to trial, it's quite likely a jury would have heard all of the details and convicted her. In that instance, it's also likely the sentence would have been much longer.
As to "how" could she do that, and to their child?" If a person is self-centered, narcisstic and the world revolves only around themselves and their wishes...that person is quite capable of doing anything to achieve what they want.
Thank you for taking the time to reply. You're right, killers don't think of anyone but themselves and a sane mother wouldn't do that to their child. Sadly, Chris couldn't live long enough to see Dane grow up. He would be SO PROUD of Dane and also Dane of him.
I saw a picture of Dane with the Kings underwater and at least "he's safe." AND seems to be happy. I'm glad for that.
Do you know if the "Dave Story" in Ann Rule's book about the Chris Northon story is the same Rev. that married Duane and Beth Chapman? (Dog, The Bounty Hunter). Or was Dave's name fictional like Dane and The Kings'?
As someone who has worked in the Domestic Violence arena doe many years, it is opportunists like Liysa that make it difficult for truly battered women. Liysa is a greedy, not a battered, women who was not as clever as she thought. Plain and simple, she got caught. She should thank her lucky stars for the sweet plea deal she took, because if there was ever anyone guilty of murder, she was. I am surprised that with some of the evidence the DA had, he did not go forward with the case and let her get what she truly deserved: twenty-five to life.
She is like many sociopaths who think if they 'explain' their crime, they should be exempt from the consequences. She comes up for parole this year. Twelve and a half years, and she is still playing the victim. Her poor sons....
I've been looking to see if there's any indication of when this year she is up for parole.
Thank you for sharing your insight. In prison, she gets to see both boys, hopefully once
she's out it will be only with strict supervision.
Thank you kgucken for the link. If you move your cursor over the date
listed for the release date, this note comes up:
Well now that Liysa was basically vindicated in the Seattle paper...will that serve as a lesson to some? Where does Ann Rule go from here?
She wasn't vindicated Noexit88 - quite the contrary. The fact that her boyfriend sacrificed his journalistic integrity by lying to his readers in order to praise Liysa will make people think that the whole thing was orchestrated by her. That she twisted the guys head and used him... which is exactly how Ann Rule has described her in Heart Full of Lies.
Another consequence of the lie is, that people will focus on that rather than the content of the article. This is "the OJ effect" (OJ Simpson was as guilty as they come but because there were questions regarding the integrity of the police the entire focus was on them instead of OJ - and he walked). This is too bad because mr. Swart did a fine job. But as a seasoned journalist he should have known better.
But to make a long story short, Liysa's boyfriend basically just scored a major goal for the opposite team...
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