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Episode 16: Adam Frasch Trial

On Feb. 22, 2014, the gardener at a private home in the swanky Tallahassee gated community of Golden Eagle called 911 to report that there was a body in the swimming pool. The body was that of the 38-year-old Madagascan-born Samira Frasch, a former model and singer and the 3rd wife of Dr. Adam Frasch. According to her autopsy report, Samira Frasch died as the result of drowning and blunt head trauma.

Adam Frasch, 49, was a jet-setting foot doctor with a suspiciously lucrative practice in Thomasville, Georgia, – suspicious enough that the federal government raided his office, suspecting him of Medicare fraud – and a penchant for exotic dancers, tall black women, travel, luxury cars (at one time he owned 81), and designer sunglasses. He met Samira, 38, in the summer of 2006 during fashion week in Paris, while he was separated from his second wife. They married in 2009. The following year, she moved to Florida to live with her husband, and discovered that he had fathered a child with another woman in the meantime.

Over the next few years, the couple had two little girls, Hynah and Skynah; Samira was grooming Hynah to be a celebrity child. According to those who knew them, the Frasches had a violent, tempestuous relationship. There was a great deal of physical and verbal abuse. Finally Samira, tired of her husband’s infidelity, filed for divorce and won custody of the Golden Eagle house and their two young girls. Frasch’s cellmate says Dr. Frasch told him that, the night before her death, Samira discovered evidence of a yet another affair, this time with a stripper in Panama city, and attacked him in the middle of the night. Frasch apparently said he hit her on the head with a golf club, threw her body in the swimming pool, and tried to flee the country.

Dr. Frasch has steadfastly maintained his innocence. He claims he left the house the next morning while Samira was sleeping, taking the two girls at her request so his wife could rest. He was arrested at his home in Panama City Beach hours after her body was discovered, and in January 2017 he was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life without parole.

In this except from the trial, Frasch’s girlfriend Martha Moore, the mother of the child he fathered while engaged to Samira, testifies in court. Her testimony is followed by that of Dr. Frasch’s cellmate.

Listen to the trial testimony here.