Two star-crossed lovers, who rewrote the plays of Shakespeare for amusement, committed real-life murder most foul.
Jens Soering and Elizabeth Haysom, honor students at the University of Virginia, plotted the fatal stabbings of Haysom's parents in 1985 and then fled to London.A jury Thursday found Soering guilty of two counts of murder and recommended two life terms. Haysom testified against Soering after pleading guilty to being an accessory to murder. She was sentenced to 90 years in prison.
At Soering's trial, Haysom, 26, testified that Soering stabbed her parents, Derek and Nancy Haysom, because they wanted to end her relationship with Soering, and because Soering wanted to win her love.
Haysom admitted playing Lady Macbeth by manipulating Soering, a pudgy, bookish West German and diplomat's son, who was in love for the first time. She said she was in Washington preparing alibis while Soering committed the deed.
But Soering, 23, painted himself as a love-struck, chivalrous young man, and testified that Haysom committed the murders and persuaded him to take the blame to save her from the electric chair.