• Rod Kackley

You'll Never Shoot Me! A Shocking True Crime Story



Crystal Henshaw and Aaron Guilliams, newlyweds, married eight months, got into it last weekend, according to the St. Charles Police Department in Missouri.

As often happens, one word leads to another, and the next thing you know, the man and woman pledged to love and honor each other for the rest of their lives are locked in marital combat.

Now, it’s essential to understand that while Crystal and Aaron might have argued. They may have even fought. But, none of their battles ever escalated to the point where the police had to be called. Nor a report of domestic violence filed.

However, this time, it all happened. Everything. All on one Sunday afternoon.

So, Aaron and Crystal are standing in the hallway of their home. He’s a big guy. Red beard. Hair in a buzzcut. Crystal’s an attractive dark-haired woman. But at this moment, neither are thinking about whether they are attracted to the other. She can see the muscles bulging in her husband’s thick next, but that doesn’t stop her.

Crystal is yelling. Screaming. She’s going nuts, waving her arms in the air. And, that’s where it all went wrong.

Whether it is accidentally or not, Crystal hits Aaron in the face.

Oh, no. The instant after her hand slapped Aaron’s cheek, Crystal knew she’d gone too far. Aaron’s a big guy. Wide shoulders. Big hands and arms.

Very few people would ever think of messing with this man. Even fewer would slap Aaron or even contemplate such a move.

But Crystal had done it. And, you know what? She wasn’t about to back down. Not just yet, anyway.

Aaron didn’t hit back. Instead, he marched into the couple’s bedroom. Crystal heard a dresser drawer being ripped open and then, a few seconds later, slammed shut.

She knew what Aaron was doing in the bedroom, but she still wasn’t fazed.

Crystal didn’t move an inch. When Aaron came back into the hallway, she was right where she’d been when he left.

Hands-on hips now, waiting for her husband’s next move.

“I should never have married you,” Aaron shouted, as he raised a .45 caliber pistol the couple kept in their bedroom and pointed it at Crystal’s face.

Suddenly, she looked down the barrel of a semi-automatic handgun and knew a round was in the chamber. That’s the way they kept the gun. If anyone broke into the house, Crystal and Aaron decided they didn’t want to worry about making sure the gun was ready to fire.

So here they were — this loving newlywed couple of eight long months -- in a life or death struggle.

Aaron says that he should never have married Crystal. Lots of marital arguments reach this point. But how many include a .45 caliber handgun?

But Crystal looking down the barrel of a .45. She knows if Aaron squeezes the trigger, she will have no time to pray. It will all be over in a millisecond.

However, she isn’t worried. Crystal knows there is no way Aaron would pull the trigger. Not a chance.

And she tells him so at the top of her lungs.


That was the last thing Crystal ever said, the last mistake she ever made. The first day of November 2020 was the last day of her life.


The next day was Aaron’s first in a county jail jumpsuit. He was being held on a $500,000 cash-only bond, facing a charge of first-degree murder.




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