On Tuesday, October 25, Jason Eaton walked into Indiana's Greensburg Police Department and told deputies that he had just murdered his girlfriend, Wendy Sabatini. The reason? She rejected his marriage proposal.
Sadly, cases like this aren't exactly rare. Every day in the United States, as many as three women die at the hands of current or former male partners. There's also been a rise in men killing women simply for rejecting them in one way or another, as Mic reported earlier this year. Incidences of women simply saying no to phone number requests have ended in unspeakable tragedy.
Gendered violence in the U.S. is clearly a major problem. The root cause is believed to stem from men's false sense of power and control over women and their bodies. Until there is a major shift in how our culture views women, these tragic events will continue to occur.
By all accounts, 43-year-old Eaton and 44-year-old Sabatini were an average couple. They both enjoyed baseball, the outdoors, and spending time with family.
Clearly, Eaton was important to his girlfriend. On October 5, she shared this memory board she'd made with followers on Facebook. There's two photos of Eaton at the top, but for her own reasons, she didn't want to marry him.
In fact, on that tragic day when he entered her bedroom with an engagement ring in hand, she didn't let him pop the big question. Before he could even get to it, she firmly said no.
Eaton went to a nightstand, pulled out a gun, and fired one shot into the back of Sabatini's head. She died instantly.
Later, when cops arrived, Sabatini's son let them into the house. He'd been away during the murder and had no idea that his mom lay dead in her bedroom. Eaton has been charged with murder and awaits trial at Decatur County Jail.