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Woman who traveled thousands of miles to Iowa to murder carnie husband dies in prison

This news story was published on May 4, 2019.
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MITCHELLVILLE – A woman who traveled to Iowa from Florida to stalk and stab her circus worker ex-husband to death in a Davenport mall has died in prison.

Debi Olson was pronounced dead due to natural causes at 5:20 a.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2019 in a hospice room at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women where she had been staying due to chronic illness. Olson was 63 years old at the time of her death.

Olson had been serving a life sentence for the crime of Murder 1st Degree from Scott County. Her incarceration began on May 5, 2009.

Olson killed 52-year-old Mauricio Droguett.

“It’s a classic case of rage, of hate for someone – it’s very personal,” said Capt. David Struckman of Davenport. “She definitely stalked this man.” He told CBS news that Mauricio Droguett was walking inside the NorthPark Mall on an early morning back in the summer of 2008 when he was stabbed more than 10 times on the front and back sides of his body. One of his circus co-workers reportedly subdued Olson until police arrived. Droguett worked for Carson & Barnes Family Circus, a traveling circus based in Sarasota, Fla. He had gotten restraining orders against his ex-wife in at least three states – but it didn’t deter Olson from he rage-fueled, fatal knife attack.


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