Confession in Carol Lubahn case

From Carl (thanks buddy!): Michael Clark, who was convicted of murdering his wife Carol Lubahn last fall, has confessed to the murder, after over 30 years of denials and covering-ups. The prosecution had said they thought he just snapped and killed Carol, and they viewed him as a decent person who once did a terrible thing. You could make the argument that his three decades of lies and telling the children their mother had abandoned them was a far worse sin than the killing itself, if it happened the way the prosecution thinks it did.


Monday, two months after a Torrance jury dismissed Clark’s own testimony about how his wife left him March 31, 1981, never to be heard from again, Clark finally confessed, telling a prosecutor and detectives that he killed the 26-year-old woman in a rage at home. He hid her body in their garage, and later tied it to cinder blocks and submerged it off the Rancho Palos Verdes coast. […]

The hope is that some 50 divers expected to search for Carol Meyer Lubahn’s remains will find something to return to her family for proper burial. “Even if all we get is a cinder block, they want it,” [Deputy District Attorney John] Lewin told Torrance Superior Court Judge Eric Taylor. “They want something.”

At first, Michael said he shoved Carol during an argument and she fell, hit her head on a table and died. (Funny how many people with homicidal spouses tend to die in freak accidents like that. I mean, it’s certainly possible to die from hitting your head on a table after a short fall, but it’s hardly likely.) Later on he changed the story and said he punched Carol hard in the face and THEN she fell and hit her head on the table. Shrug. I doubt that’s what happened either. But the point is, he killed her, and finally he admits it.

5 thoughts on “Confession in Carol Lubahn case

  1. Jeannee January 8, 2013 / 9:16 pm

    Meaghan, this is one of the sadder ones I’ve read! The family has a website – – in which you can see she was a very beautiful woman (I’m sure her children resemble her!) and very achingly, they had age progression drawings done … In the newspaper article, they talk about how he continued to be part of the his wife’s family – how they married after she became pregnant in high school … this has all the makings of a modern-day “American Tragedy” – where’s Dresher now???

  2. CarlK90245 January 8, 2013 / 10:57 pm

    It is pretty unlikely that they will find any bones, but It may not be as difficult as it seems to locate the cinderblocks and perhaps the rope if it is made of nylon.

    Point Vicente is almost entirely bordered with 50-100 Foot cliffs, and there is only one place where you can access the shoreline at Pelican Cove (adjacent to the Point Vicente Lighthouse). There is a parking lot and a switchback trail down to the water. He probably took her body straight out from there.

    It seems to me though that a few cinderblocks and a piece of rope are a meager consolation.

    • Meaghan January 8, 2013 / 11:17 pm

      Yeah, after thirty years…

  3. TerS650 January 9, 2013 / 12:51 pm

    @ carlK – a cinder block, some rope, a meager consolation, maybe, but it could provide some comfort in knowing that he is telling the truth about something

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