Details Unfold in Arrest of Arizona
Shower Door Owner for Alleged Conspiracy to Kill Wife
April 3, 2012
by Penny Stacey, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Phoenix Police Department has released the report about the
January 2012 arrest of Fred "Spike" Knadler, owner
and former president of Arizona Shower Door in Phoenix for allegedly
conspiring to kill his wife, Libby. The report reveals a number
of details about the case, and lists Patrick King as the employee
whom Fred Knadler allegedly tried to hire to help get rid of his
wife's body and car.
According to the report, King has been with the company for approximately
five years. "Over the course of his employment, King has become
somewhat of [Fred] Knadler's right-hand man, doing many undesirable
tasks at his job," write the police.
King alleges that on January 14 Fred Knadler called him and asked
him to meet, and that he "had a strange feeling that Fred Knadler
was going to ask him to kill Libby Knadler." He says that he
decided to take a recorder with him to the meeting based on that
King told police that Fred Knadler met him with a "kidney-shaped
red-hued river rock, approximately 8 inches in length," in
hand, on Saturday, January 14, and they had a discussion in King's
vehicle; Fred Knadler advised King, "It might just [be] what
I need," according to the transcript of the conversation filed
as part of the police report.
A discussion about some properties owned by Fred Knadler ensued,
before he told King he had a "super-secret situation to discuss
According to the transcript, Fred Knadler then advised he needed
King to do something and he would pay him $10,000 up front, and
then an additional $10,000 a year for the rest of his time with
"So what I need you to do is super-secre[t]
a hole in the desert somewhere," Fred Knadler told King, according
to the report. "Deep enough that the shifting winds, rains
or the storms are not ever gonna [sic] uncover [it]."
Then, he advised King he'd also need to get rid of Libby Knadler's
car by destroying its tags and then driving it somewhere where it
would be stolen and untraceable. Fred Knadler went on to explain
that he'd be giving King "a bundle" to put in the hole
he digs. "I'm not gonna tell you what's gonna be the bundle,"
said Fred Knadler, according to the report. "It will be wrapped
in a blanket or sheet or something."
Fred Knadler then began to tell King that his wife recently had
filed for divorce and was seeking a large settlement. "She
wants $2.3 million dollars," said Fred Knadler, according to
the transcript. "I don't have $2.3 million dollars. What I'm
doing is growing the company, keeping the employees employed
and all that sort of thing. And she wants like $600,000 now
or $50,000 a month for the next 12 months plus $7,000 a month for
the next 15 years."
As the conversation continued, King eventually agreed to the deal,
according to police, and Fred Knadler advised, "I gotta be
able to trust you, 'cause I don't want go to jail for the rest of
my life either."
He also advised King he'd be helping the company by assisting him.
"You're gonna save the company," said Fred Knadler. "That's
all there is to it."
At the end of the conversation, the two agreed that King would
start digging the hole that night, and they would be in contact
the following day to finalize plans. Fred Knadler also allegedly
gave King the initial $10,000 as part of the deal. However, according
to police, King took the $10,000, along with the tape, to police
A search warrant was issued shortly after, and police went to the
Knadlers' residence, where they told Libby Knadler that "there
had been some threats against her and that Fred [Knadler] was involved."
Fred Knadler was arrested at the residence and taken to the police
station for questioning.
In an interview that occurred later, Libby Knadler advised police
that she was not aware of any actions or plan by Fred Knadler to
kill her, "but that she has no idea what [he] is doing most
of the time and he doesn't talk to her about things." She also
told police they were in the midst of negotiating a final divorce
settlement, and that he would have to pay her approximately $2 million,
$25,000 of which would have been due on January 20six days
after the meeting with King is alleged to have occurred.
Fred Knadler denied the police's allegations regarding "the
plan to kill his wife and have her car disappear," according
to the report. "He basically said he had no idea what I was
talking about," writes Brian Hansen, the reporting officer
on the case, in the report. "He denied the allegations, even
when given the specifics of the meeting and the conspiracy with
her car and a hole in the desert."
Fred Knadler was charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree
murder and was arrested on January 14, the day of the alleged meeting
from the company shortly after his arrest. His son, Paul Knadler,
who took over as president upon Fred Knadler's resignation, spoke
with USGNN.com shortly after the arrest about the distinction
between his father, Fred, and the company he founded and how difficult
the whole ordeal has been on the company and its employees.
"It's important for people to realize that the core management
team has not changed," said Paul Knadler. "We have been
in place for more than 20 years. Robert Goodsell has been here for
21 years. My brother, Peter, who is vice president, and I have been
here for 25 years. We continue to run the company as we have during