Last Saturday afternoon, nurse Kelly Ecker and anesthesiologist Dr. George Scott Samson married in Terre Haute, Ind., before friends and family. However, just hours later, on their wedding night, both were found shot to death, and now the bride’s public Facebook posts may reveal more about the victim and her relationship with her future groom and apparent murderer.
After the last guest left the bride and groom’s home, three 911 calls were made, apparently by Ecker, the first one at 1:25 a.m. During one of the calls the female caller states that someone she identifies as “Scott Samson” is beating her and that “he has guns.”
During the third 911 call, gunshots are heard. Police later found Ecker in an upstairs bedroom with fatal gunshot wounds and Samson in the basement with a fatal, self-inflicted gunshot wound. The bride’s parents and 10-year-old son from a previous relationship were also in the home that night during the shootings, but were unharmed.
Prior to her death on her wedding night, the bride appears to have maintained a personal Facebook page with several posts that were set to the “public” setting. The public posts included status updates, personal photos and photos with various quotes and sayings.
Many of the posts revealed that Ecker was a devoted mother to her son. Several posts and photos included captions such as “Lunch with my little guy yesterday” and “Heading to Children’s Museum.” One photo posted on June 25 of this year is of a quote that states “Sometimes when I need a miracle, I look into my son’s eyes and realize I’ve already created one.”
The Facebook posts also revealed those of a hardworking nurse who put in long hours. Posts included statements from Ecker such as “Day 5…….last one then off for a couple…” and “Yep….I am tired. Glad I am off tomorrow.”
On July 29, Ecker changed her Facebook cover photo to the photo of her and Samson’s new home. In a sad and ironic twist, this is the home where both she and her groom were later be found shot to death. Several Facebook friends left comments complimenting Ecker on the “beautiful” home.
Other public Facebook posts during the summer leading up to her ill-fated October wedding night and untimely death may have revealed the bride’s thoughts on her relationship with her would-be groom/murderer. On June 18, Ecker posted the quote “Don’t give up too much of yourself just to have someone in your life. When you meet the right one, you’ll know it. You can’t stretch a tent into a mansion no matter how hard you try.”
On June 24, a little more than three months before her wedding and death, Ecker posted perhaps the most revealing quote, which stated “You can’t keep hurting a person and expecting them to love you.” Three days later, on June 27, another quote was posted that stated “Sometimes people try to expose what’s wrong with you because they can’t handle everything that’s right about you.” Lastly, on July 2, Ecker posted “One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.”
Some wedding guests have told police that Ecker and Samson did not speak to each other during the reception. Still, authorities have been unable to determine what exactly led to the wedding night deaths but the bride’s Facebook posts may reveal some already existing relationship tension.
By Jennifer Fernicola Ronay