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Background of Longo:
The Register-Guard, Eugene, OR, Mar. 2, 2003
When Lincoln County detectives askedChristian Longo why he moved his family to Oregon, he immediately raised theissue of his disfellowshipping in late 2000.
"Primarily everything was gettingtoo stressful in Michigan, with everybody being so close," he said,according to the court transcriptof a January 2002 jailhouse interview."It was a little ways before that time that I was disfellowshipped fromthe religious aspect of our life. And everybody was kind of compounding on usfrom that level."
A spokesman for his former Kingdom Hallin Ypsilanti, Mich., said Longo was "put out" after being convictedof forgery and writing morethan $30,000 in bad checks.
One relationship severed as a result waswith his own father, an elder in the congregation, Longo told detectives.
He also said Kingdom Hall members werevisiting MaryJane at home, suggesting that she consider "maintaining alittle bit more of a separation from me, not just outside, but even within thehousehold, justbeing a little bit more distant than she probably was ... Stillbeing a wife, but not being so devoted to sticking by everything that Idid."
The couple concluded they "neededto distance ourselves from that," Longo said.
They moved to Toledo, Ohio, in thespring of 2001 - a development so alarming to MaryJane's sisters that theydrove to Toledo and begged her to return to Michigan, the Associated Pressreported in January2002. They took her to a restaurant so she could speakfreely, but she insisted she would not leave her husband.
When her cell phone was disconnectedlater that year, the sisters again drove to Toledo. But the Longos had alreadymoved on, leaving behind such sentimental treasures as family photo albums.MaryJane's family filed a missing persons report, but withdrew it afterpostcards in her handwriting were mailed from South Dakota in November. She'dwritten that Longo was in a job training program and that she would send a newaddress once he got a permanent work assignment.
In fact, the family had been living in asuccession of rental housing on the Oregon Coast. MaryJane was so isolated thatneighbors at their last home, a Newport condominium, didn't even know she andthe children were living with Longo.
She was last seen alive Dec. 16 at aSalem furniture store, where a salesman remembered her as "aloof andweary." Her body - and those of Zachery, 5, Sadie, 3, and Madison, 2 -would be discovered in coastal inlets Dec. 19, 22 and 27.