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All The New Things You Need To Know About The Murder Of Rachael DelTondo

Frank asked Rachel to sign a prenup. He was a young and wealthy man. It made sense for him to ask her to do this. Rachel initially agreed. She didn’t want Frank to think at all that she just wanted to be with him for his money.

Ultimately, Rachel ended up refusing to sign a prenup though. Frank says he is positive her mom Lisa was the one who got in her head because she was so willing to do that in the beginning. Rachel’s mom admits that she did not want her to sign it at all.

After Rachel said she would not sign a prenup, that’s when everything fell apart. 

Rachel agreed to sign a prenup when Frank first asked her to, but then refused and that’s when their engagement was called off

Frank says all of the wedding plans stopped. They weren’t really engaged anymore. It’s not clear what happened to that gorgeous engagement ring, but Frank says Rachel still hung out with him. Rachel’s family was very upset, so she started lying to everyone about still being around Frank.

He says that’s when it all became pretty common for her to lie. Frank started pulling away, and who could really blame him? Their wedding was off…they were no longer engaged….he said their relationship wasn’t the same anymore and it couldn’t go back to what it was.

Frank threw his annual birthday party at a local downtown bar, and Rachel showed up for it

10 months after Frank and Rachel’s engagement was officially called off, Rachel showed up to Frank’s birthday party that he throws for himself every year in an Aliquippa bar located downtown. Rachel’s friend Jen was also at the party with her boyfriend, and she told CBS that she remembers Rachel looked really off.

Her boyfriend noticed that she didn’t look right either, and they thought Rachel was using drugs. Jen confronted her, saying she was worried. Rachel exploded and hit her in the face at the party. Frank noticed the commotion and came over to see what on earth was going on.

Jen admits that in retaliation, she blurted out to Frank that he needed to ask Rachel what she was really doing in the car that night with Sheldon, so many months ago at this point.

Rachel still insisted she was innocent and just trying to help a kid who needed her help. Frank still believed her.

A few months after his birthday party incident, Frank felt he needed answers.

Feeling he finally needed to know the truth about the night Sheldon and Rachel spent in her car, Frank headed down to the local police department to get answers

He went down to the Aliquippa Police Department and inquired as to whether there was an incident report from that night. Turns out, there was.

The Assistant Police Chief spoke with Frank, and he told CBS that Frank wanted to know the truth, because Rachel was trying to get back together with him and he didn’t want to look like an idiot.

When Frank got his hands on the incident report, it turns out Rachel really had not told him the truth or all of the details about that night. In fact, she had told him a very different story. A few days after Frank saw the report, someone anonymously leaked it to Rachel’s school, to the media, and to even the mayor of the town. 

Facebook; Rachel smiles for the camera in the above photo while she holds a drink in her hand

To this day, police still have no idea who leaked it. Rachel’s mom insists Frank leaked it, but he maintains he never did. He did, however, show the report to a few friends asking if they knew anything about the incident first hand.

“We wanted to be very, very clear publicly that Frank Catroppa has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with what happened,” Stephen Colafella, Frank’s lawyer, has said about the case. “And it’s important to him, and it’s important to his family that the public knows that.”

The very next day after the report came out, Rachel was suspended from her teaching job. Rachel’s mom says she was a complete wreck after this happened. She couldn’t eat anything. She couldn’t sleep. She went to go see a doctor she was feeling so upset.

Rachel even spent three days in a psychiatric ward, her mom told CBS.

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