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A federal jury on Wednesday convicted a 64-year-old Stephen William Beal of a shocking bombing that killed his ex-girlfriend when he opened a booby-trapped package that also injured two others and destroyed his suburban Southern California day spa in a dastardly attack. Beal was convicted on charges of use of a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death, malicious destruction of a building resulting in death, use of a destructive device during and in connection with a crime of violence and possession of an unregistered destructive device, the US Attorney’s Office said.

Authorities said Beal and Krajnyak dated for 18 months. They were even business partners, according to CBSLA and the Associated Press. But according to the Justice Department, Krajnyak’s family and associates testified that Beal was controlling and possessive. Some said they feared for his safety. The relationship ended. Krajnyak wanted distance. Beal became obsessed with following his online schedule and his social media accounts.

Beal had a key to Krajnyak’s Magyar Kozmetika Day Spa in the Orange County town of Aliso Viejo. Security camera footage and data from her cell phone showed that he visited her several times while she was out of the country before the bombing. He left the package bomb for Krajnyak to open when she returned, prosecutors said. He used her knowledge of building model rockets and homemade pyrotechnics to construct the explosive.


The blast also seriously injured a mother and her daughter who were visiting the spa that day. One of them said Krasjnyak was standing behind a desk, opening a cardboard box immediately before the massive explosion, according to the Justice Department news release.

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The survivor pulled her mother from the rubble and they escaped the burning building through a blown-out wall. “We are pleased that the jury’s verdict led to justice for the two surviving victims of Ildiko Krajnyak and Beal, who will endure the horror and pain of that terrible day for the rest of their lives,” said Donald Alway, deputy director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office.


Investigators executed a search warrant at Beal’s home the day after the bombing. The matches and electrical wires found in the residence were the same unique type as the wires used in the bomb’s fusion system and are now embedded in the ceiling above the blast site, authorities said. Also embedded in the ceiling was a 9-volt battery that prosecutors say Beal bought six days before the bombing.

He bought three cardboard boxes that matched the size and shape of the box that the surviving victim testified Krajnyak opened, prosecutors said. The chemicals in the bomb matched those found in her house.

“Using his expertise in explosives, Mr. Beal cowardly murdered his ex-girlfriend, permanently injured two other victims who were his clients, and risked the safety of many others in the area, including a day care center across the street,” said U.S. Attorney Martin Estrada of the Central District of California. “Thanks to the thorough investigation by the FBI, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the Orange County Fire Department and other law enforcement partners, I am pleased that the jury saw Mr. Beal’s efforts to avoid responsibility for his deplorable actions.”


Sentencing is scheduled for November 17. He faces a statutory maximum sentence of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years behind bars. That’s not the last of his legal problems. Federal trial begins Nov. 14 in his fraud case for allegedly failing to report in a bankruptcy proceeding that he obtained $350,000 from his late wife’s estate.

Beal’s late wife, Christine Beal, 48, died mysteriously after falling down the stairs of their home on May 8, 2008, when the heavy office she and her husband had been carrying landed on her pelvic and hip areas, according to CBS News and the Associated Press.

Los Angeles coroner’s records show Christine Beal died of pancreatitis, electrolyte imbalance and “certain other factors.” Officials also noted chronic lead poisoning as a major condition. The manner of death was considered indeterminate. The coroner’s office said it was unclear if she died from trauma, but said there were no signs of foul play.


Investigators also found an obscene amount of lead in her blood. Reportedly, it was 24 times the level set by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and 100 times greater than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s average for adults in the United States.

Stephen Beal was “uncooperative, not wanting to ‘reveal’ information to the hospital staff about” his wife, according to the autopsy report obtained by the AP. He successfully sued an insurance company that, when denying his claim, said Christine Beal’s death was not an accident.Read more……..

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