Mark Hupp gained popularity as the ex-husband of Pam Hupp, the American murderer serving a life sentence in Missouri’s Chillicothe Correctional Center. He currently lives in O’Fallen, Missouri, in the United States of America, and leads a relatively low profile.
Pam Hupp gained popularity after being involved in a series of murders, especially for shooting Louis Gumpenberger in her home in 2016. Mark came to the limelight for standing and supporting his wife until he took a turn and filed for divorce. This has further made the public dig further to know more about him.
Mark Hupp Met Pam Hupp in the Early 1980s
Mark Hupp and Pam Hupp did not reveal when they met, however, the ex-couple reportedly met in the early 1980s. This was a few years after Pam had divorced her first husband, to whom she had been married for six years, and had a daughter. How long Mark Hupp and Pam Hupp dated was not mentioned, but they got married in the 1980s.
Meanwhile, it was reported that Mark Hupp was a minor-league baseball player for the Texas Rangers. Unfortunately, he was never drafted to go professional and resorted to carpentry.
After they got married, they welcomed a son, Travis, in 1989, and together they made up their family of four. This includes Pam’s daughter Sarah from her previous marriage, Pam, Mark, and their son. In the same year, they moved to Naples, Florida.
After living in Florida for some years, they settled in O’Fallen, Missouri, in the United States by 2021. Pam later got a job at the State Farm office, where she met and became close to Betsy Faria.
Mark Hupp was on the News After Pam Got Involved in Her Friend’s Murder
Betsy Faria, who was quite close to Pam, was reportedly diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, and by 2011, it had become terminal and spread to her liver. On December 27, 2010, the day that she was murdered, Betsy underwent chemotherapy at the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis before she went to visit her mother on the same day.
After the visits, she was driven to her home around 7 p.m. by Pam Hupp, who was revealed to be the last person to see her alive. Pam later went to a friend’s house by 6 p.m. the same day to see movies till 9 p.m. She later drove to Arby’s Lake before going home.
At about 9:40 p.m. Russ Faria, Betsy’s husband, called 911, reporting that his wife had killed herself. It was later found out that she was stabbed 55 times with a knife stuck on the left part of her neck and another knife found under the pillow on the couch where she lay. According to reports, it was revealed that she died around 7:20 p.m.
A few days before her death, unknown to her family, Betsy changed the beneficiary of her insurance policy from her husband, Russ Faria, to Pam Hupp on December 22, 2010. In 2014, Pam Hupp was sued by Betsy Faria’s daughters over their mother’s insurance worth about $150,000, which was dismissed in 2016.
Meanwhile, Pam Hupp initially gave the reason for the sudden change, stating that the deceased wanted her to give it to her children when they were older. However, she later took a turn and stated that she wanted to keep it for herself.
The Trial For the Murder of Betsy Faria
A few days after the murder of Betsy Faria, her husband, Russ Faria, was arrested as a prime suspect. He was kept in county jail till November 18, 2013, before his trial began. This was after he was unable to afford the bail charges. Since Pam Hupp was a friend of Betsy and the closest last person to see her before her death, she was involved in the whole trial.
Mark Hupp’s wife also revealed to the police that Russ was a heavy drinker who had a violent temper. Pam also stated that he once threatened Betsy, who wanted to call the marriage off. On November 21, 2013, after several pieces of evidence were held against Russ, he was convicted. A month later, he was sentenced to life with thirty years imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
In December 2013, Russ Faria was retried following the contradictory testimony that Pam Hupp had given. In March 2020, Russ was acquitted of all charges and received a settlement in his civil rights case worth over $2 million.
Meanwhile, while the case was still going, Mark Hupp revealed that his wife has not explained why her friend wanted her to be her beneficiary. He also made it known that she made various expenses after she got the money. This notwithstanding, he still stood with his wife throughout the trial.
The Murder of Louis Gumpenberger
While Betsy’s murder was being investigated, Mark Hupp’s wife tried every possible means to cover up her tracks. However, she was later caught in her own game after she murdered Louis Gumpenberger in 2016. Pam reportedly called Louis, who had mental and physical disabilities after he was involved in a car accident in 2015, while disguising herself as a producer for Dateline NBC.
She was revealed to have offered him a payment so that he would reenact 911. After he came, she shot him five times to implicate Russ and clear her name. It was revealed that she claimed that Russ had sent him to kill her because of his late wife’s insurance. She stated that the deceased attacked her with a knife while she wanted to park at the garage, but she was smart enough to kick off the weapon from his hand.
She further moved and got a gun which she used in shooting him in her defense. However, the authorities saw through her and charged her with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.
While she was still on trial for the death of Louis, investigations led to the conclusion that she might have had a hand in the death of her mother, Shirley Neumann. It was revealed that she was the last person to see her mother alive and might have murdered her for her life insurance.
Meanwhile, Shirley was found dead on the balcony of her home, and an autopsy revealed that she had an overdose of sedatives in her blood. After several investigations, she could not be pinned for the death of her mother. Further investigations also linked her to the murder of her friend, Betsy Faria.
After the trial for the murder of Louis, Pam entered an Alford plea and, as such, did not face the death penalty. In August 2019, she was sentenced to life without parole.
Where is Mark Hupp Now?
Mark Hupp and Pam were married for about 37 years. Throughout the whole trial, Mark was beside his wife and strongly stood with her despite the series of accusations that she faced. However, a year after she was sentenced to the murder of Louis, her husband filed for divorce.
He further stated in the divorce document that there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage of the parties can be preserved and, therefore, the marriage is irretrievably broken. In March 2022, their divorce was finalized.
As of this time, Mark Hupp reportedly lives in O’Fallen, Missouri, in the United States of America. Though he is reportedly a carpenter, it is not known if he still practices the skill. He has succeeded in living off the radar, with little to nothing known about him.