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Married Man Leading ‘Double Life’ Kidnapped And Murdered Girlfriend, Then Pretended To Be Her On Facebook

John Matthew Chapman has been arrested and charged with kidnapping, obstructing administration of law and criminal use of a communication facility relating to the disappearance of his girlfriend Jaime Feden. Chapman also likely failed to tell his wife or his girlfriend about his double life.

Chapman reportedly confessed to killing Feden. He then pretended to be her on social media while communicating with her family and friends.

According to a criminal complaint obtained by local station KDKA, he told police that he and Feden drove to Las Vegas from Bethel Park, a suburb of Pittsburgh, for what he told her was a vacation with the “potential of acquiring residence” in the city.

He further confessed to killing Feden by binding her hands and feet with zip ties before tying her to a signpost in the desert and covering her nose and mouth with duct tape.

When a detective contacted the Clark County Nevada Coroner’s Office, they confirmed that an unidentified woman’s body had been found. Police believe there is sufficient evidence to think that this woman is Feden.

However, police are still actively looking for Feden and Chapman has yet to be charged with homicide.

Chief O’Connor of the Bethel Park Police Department explained their reasoning.

“First we have to locate Jamie — if she is in fact dead and if he is in fact telling the truth on this matter.” 

“Finding a body, you’re going to have to do your due diligence and make sure it’s the exact person.” 

“So until we receive actual confirmation that they have found her, you know there’s always a possibility that she’s still alive somewhere out there and we’d like to bring her home.”

One of Feden’s neighbors described her to local CBS affiliate KDKA.

“She was a nice girl, very low-key, not hyper or anything. She just wanted to be friendly with people.”

Another neighbor, Lane Clark, said that the two had a troubled relationship.

“A couple of other neighbors in our building said they heard arguing at different times, but I never experienced it first hand but he was a little odd.”

Crime scene investigators examined Feden’s home for evidence related to her disappearance. Police reportedly discovered Feden’s phone, along with a backpack containing plastic zip ties and duct tape during a welfare check of her residence after she was reported missing.

Maureen Chapman, wife of John Chapman, told WXPI that she thought her husband was taking her truck to Las Vegas for a work trip.

She was horrified by the crimes her husband confessed to.

“Oh, my god, it’s sick. It’s really sick. I just want the truth as to what happened. I feel I’m owed that.”

Maureen is listed as Chapman’s sister on his Facebook page, so it is likely that Feden never even knew he was married.

Feden has not been seen since September 15th, but police will continue to search for her until she is found alive or the body found in Nevada is confirmed to be her.

Double lives that end in crime is not uncommon. The book Double Lives: True Tales of the Criminals Next Door is available here.


Written by Winona Sioux Christnot-Peters

Winona Sioux Christnot-Peters is a writer/web designer and aspiring librarian based in Northern Maine. When not writing or in class, they devote much of their time to multiple non-profit organizations, largely focusing on LGBTQ+ rights and animal welfare. During rare moments of free time Winona enjoys video and tabletop games, as well as various nerdy fiber crafts such as crocheting (mainly amigurumi Pokmon, cat toys, and blankets) and counted cross stitch.