US Army soldier allegedly strangled wife to death after she threatened to reveal his cross-dressing habits to commanders
Kyle's marriage to Shelena was rocky and made worse by dressing as a woman and he told friends he was considering having a sex change once he left the Army.
Military investigations indicate that US Army soldier Logan Kyle may have murdered his wife Shelena because she was "threatening to take his cross-dressing secret to his superiors", according to Daily Mail. On October 21, law enforcement authorities apprehended Kyle and Sarah Parker, his alleged mistress, after they were caught driving around with Shelena's body in the trunk while looking for a spot to get rid of it.
Speaking to Daily Mail, sources close to the case revealed that Kyle, who is currently in military custody awaiting trial, was obsessed with wearing women's clothing and makeup. The outlet also obtained photos showing him posing in full makeup and wearing women's wigs.
Kyle allegedly went to the Ulta store in Lake Charles, Louisiana soon after returning from a tour of duty in Iraq to learn new makeup techniques. One source said: "They gave him a full makeup course telling him what best suited his coloring." After the visit, he came back with $240 stash of eyeshadow, blush, setting spray, foundation, brushes, lip gloss and mascara from brands including Urban Decay, Tarte and NYX, according to the outlet. He was then seen at the buffer at L'Auberge casino in Lake Charles wearing full makeup and women's clothes. "He was wearing a frilly blouse and lady's pants," the source said
According to authorities, when both Kyle and Parker were driving around looking for a place to dump the body, Parker's two toddler children were also with them. They were taken into state custody by the Department of Children & Family Services before being handed over to Eric Dayton, their father. (Pictured below is Shelena Kyle)
Kyle allegedly strangled his wife in the bathroom of their residence at Fort Polk, Louisiana late on the night of October 20, per sources. While investigators are yet to officially establish a motive, sources told Daily Mail that she had threatened to reveal his cross-dressing habits to his seniors.
After the gruesome murder, Kyle stuffed Shelena's body in the trunk and drove around for more than 10 hours before being stopped by the police at North Franklin Street. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso revealed they had received a tip that there was a body in the red Ford Taurus that belonged to Parker. "We don't know whether they were waiting for the next day or whether they were planning to dump the body in the river that night," Mancuso said.
Kyle's marriage with Shelena was rocky and had worsened after she found out about his fondness for cross-dressing. He had allegedly confided in his friends that he was considering a sex change as soon as he left the forces. "She could not accept it and they separated while he was in Iraq," said one source.
Kyle made contact with 24-year-old Parker via a dating site while he was still in the Middle East. When he returned to Fort Polk this spring, they started dating. However, Shelena, 21, wanted to make the marriage work somehow. "Sarah wasn't his mistress. She wasn't his girlfriend," Kerr, 46, said. "They dated and then stopped dating when his wife came back into the picture. The wife wanted to make it work and Sarah told him he should go back to her. When I saw her last she said they were no longer in communication. She said they hadn't spoken in weeks."
Parker was allegedly accommodating of Kyle's cross-dressing, another source told Daily Mail. "She is very progressive and told him she could love him whoever he was. But she knew he was married and when Shelena came back in the picture, she felt that his first priority should be trying to make his marriage work. So when Shelena said she wanted to give the marriage another go, Sarah said he should go back to her."
Parker will be tried in a civilian court in Lake Charles. She faces 40 years hard labor in state prison on charges of obstruction of justice, failing to report a homicide and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. On the other hand, as Kyle's case is being dealt with under military law, his wife was laid to rest in West Lafayette on Wednesday afternoon.