Christian, (21 years old) who worked offshore on a tug boat called the Magnolia Marine, was discovered dead in the bathroom of his apartment on Feb. 26, 2014. Both his girlfriend and one of Christian’s friends were at his apartment that day. His family argues it was an intended murder and states that the crime scene inquiry took place for just 45 minutes. So…MURDER OR SUICIDE?
Christian started dating a 17-year-old girl named Whitley Goodman. She was wild with a bad reputation and did not appear like a decent match for Christian. His parents were worried about how compatible they were.
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Christian needed to save her
“She described a very chaotic childhood and I think that’s one thing that Christian needed to save her, wanted to come in and take care of her, and then after about the first-month things began to go downhill and I began becoming more and more anxious about the relationship,” said his mum.
Not even Whitley’s closest friends characterized her well. They called her manipulative, sneaky, and a cheater.
Due to his job with boats, Christian had a set life insurance policy. After an accident that took place at work, Whitley expressed that she wanted to be on the life insurance policy because she was concerned about what would happen to her and THE BABY if another accident occurred.
“It seemed from the text messages that she had told him she thought she was expectant, then she came back later, a couple of days later, said she wasn’t pregnant, but then she said ‘What if I was pregnant, who would take care of me and the baby because you know my mum wouldn’t,'” said Rae Andreacchio.
Ultimately, tension built up between Whitley and Christian’s parents so she was asked to leave. Christian decided that he would leave with her so they shifted into an apartment together. While living jointly, Christian had to leave on work trips a lot. While on these work trips, Whitley took advantage of it.
A few of Whitley’s actions when he was gone:
-Hung out with boys.
-Cheated on Christian.
-Used Christian cars and money.
-Invited unwanted people over.
On February 22nd, 2014, Christian was planned to leave for another trip. Nonetheless, the night before (February 21st), a quarrel took place between Whitley and him. Whitley went to a party and Chrisitan did not trust what she did at the party. The couple was not on speaking terms when he left for his trip the following morning. When he left, he took a lockbox in his car containing a gun and 7000 dollars. Did he not trust Whitley around this cash and gun? He reached his destination, parked his car in a secured parking lot for his work, and went on his work trip involving being on a boat.
While he was working, Christian began receiving desperate phone calls from a friend named Dylan Swearingen saying he needed to come home instantly. Christian met Dylan through Whitley. The trio hung out constantly, but keep in mind that Whitley knew him first. Dylan told Christian that Whitley was using his car to drive to meet a boy who was a known drug dealer. This pushed Christian over the edge so he decided he would leave his work trip, come home, and attempt to kick Whitley out.
Unbeknownst to his parents, on the night of February 25, 2014, Christian earned approval from his captain to leave the boat. His family says Dylan picked him up outside New Orleans and the pair drove back to Christian’s apartment. The strategy was to kick her out, get his car, and head right back to his work trip by 5 pm that exact day.
At 4:30 pm on February 26th, 2014, Dylan Swearingen called 911 saying Christian had committed suicide in the bathtub.
Christian was discovered face down in the bathtub. The entrance wound was on the right side of his skull right above his ear. The bullet and casing were both discovered in the bathtub but did not suggest that the bullet penetrated anywhere in the tub as if the gun was fired inside the tub. Nonetheless, there was a hole near an outlet right behind Christian’s corpse. The hole was never tested to see if it was a bullet hole. The tip of the bullet also looked like it could’ve had drywall on it.
Christian was right-handed and the entrance wound was on the right side. Nonetheless, the gun was discovered by his left hip between him and the bathtub. The barrel of the gun was also facing left (not probable if firing into the right side of the head). The gun was unchambered, but the gun utilized was semi-automatic which instantly reloads itself after a shot. Someone had to manipulate the gun after a shot went off.
The blood at the crime scene was dried, yet the predicted timeline of this suicide would have indicated he shot himself within the previous hour before the 911 call.
At 4:45 pm, police and other responders reached. Nonetheless, just 45 minutes later the Police Chief ended the inquiry by instantly saying it was a suicide. The only evidence taken was the casing and the bullet. An adequate investigation was never carried out.
When Christian’s parents got the call they were immediately suspicious. “He wouldn’t kill himself,” said Rae. “That’s not Christian. Why would he murder himself? He was coming home to run this girl off and get his car back,” said his dad.
“He intended to be a captain, the youngest captain at 27 years old,” said Rae Andreacchio, Christian’s mum. “They all say he would have made it because he was advancing pretty rapidly.”
“He had two vehicles, Jet Skis, plenty of cash in the bank, and was 21 years old. He had everything in the world to live for,” said Chris Thompson, Christian’s uncle.
After the incident, Christian’s brother was the one urged to clean up the crime scene, not the police. Christian’s parents reviewed the sight of where their son committed suicide and discovered a bloody towel stuffed behind the toilet and a knife covered in blood. His parents instantly brought the two items to the police to be tested…….but it was lost by the police.
Christian’s autopsy was deemed undetermined, not a suicide. He had a fracture on the back of his head and a small wound between his eyebrows which was verified to happen before death.
Both Whitley and Dylan were interviewed.
Dylan claimed that Christian reached the apartment at 11:30 am and argued with Whitley resulting in Christian putting a gun to his head asking “do you love me?” Nonetheless, he then clarifies that the argument calmed down and they all watched a movie. After the movie, Dylan decided to run some errands including pulling out cash “for Christian” and taking Whitley’s cell phone to get fixed because it was shattered during the argument. Before he left, he hid Christian’s gun behind a curtain so he couldn’t discover it.
An hour later, Dylan is observed on a bank security camera attempting to withdraw ALL of Christian’s cash. He told the police that he had gone to the credit union to withdraw all of Christian’s cash. And they said ‘Why did you do that?’ And he said ‘Because he wanted me to have it.’ Unfortunately for Dylan, Christian forgot to give him his account personal identification number so Dylan called a random friend to see if they knew what to do to get the cash-out….not Christian. Why would Christian provide Dylan his card if he wanted him to use it without giving an adequate pin?
Dylan said he came back to the home where Christian and Whitley then took a ride to chat about things. When he woke up, he saw Christian sitting on the couch smoking a cigarette and Whitley was sleeping in another bedroom. Dylan decided to leave once again, but before he left, he gave Christian his gun back. When police inquired why he did this, Dylan said “I couldn’t take it with me.” He never took it with him the first time he ran errands either though?
After running errands, he came back to Christian’s apartment around 4 p.m. He claims Whitley was napping at the time but Christian was nowhere to be noticed. That’s when he saw a light on upstairs so he knocked on the bathroom door instantly asking “are you alright?” He got no reaction. Dylan said he hurried to go wake Whitley up and let her know that Christian was in the bathroom and not replying to him.
When he opened the door, he found out Christian’s corpse slumped into the bathtub. He yelled to Whitley that Christian was dead without ever checking on him further. Whitley ran up the stairs screaming and held Christian as Dylan called 911.
When Swearingen made the first 911 call he said he had noticed blood spatter on the stairs. Now if Christian shut the door, put his head in the tub, and shot himself, why is there blood spatter outside the bathroom?
Whitley’s statement began by telling the police that Christian did not trust her and she was scheming on leaving him, but that she assured herself they could work it out. She said the night before Christian came home, he called her saying he was resigning from his job and coming back. This is the exact time frame where they were not on speaking terms.
His parents say this would not be something Christian would say. He liked his job and worked VERY hard to build up his career. He was devoted and motivated with no intention to quit.
Whitley never mentioned an argument that took place between the two where Christian put a gun to his head. Rather, she said they went on a ride to a park where Christian told her he felt like he couldn’t make anyone pleased. The last piece of her statement was that they got home and she took asleep with her dog.
When police inquired Whitley if Christian ever spoke about hurting himself she said, “I don’t think so.” So what about him putting a gun to his head earlier?
She claimed she napped through the gunshot. Did her dog react to this gunshot?
That is all the details she ever said.
Christian, Whitley, and Dylan were tested for gunshot residue on their hands. Whitley confessed hers would come back positive because the night before the incident she met up with a guy named Matt (the dude she stole Christian’s car to go see) and they were shooting guns. Nonetheless…gunshot residue just stays on someone’s hands for around 4-6 hours and less if they take a shower or wash hands.
Dylan’s test also came back positive and he said it was because he went through Christian’s pockets for cash. Dylan never mentioned doing this to the police though.
Matt came ahead and said Whitley only began talking to him once Christian left for his trip. Matt asked Whitley if she was still with Christian and she said no. Despite Whitley telling them she shot a gun with him, Matt refutes it and said that she was too frightened. The whole time she was sitting on his lap with her ears covered. Whitley and Matt ended up sleeping with each other before she headed back to Christian’s apartment.
When Matt got the news of Christian’s suicide (the day after), he called Whitley’s phone and she did not answer. He then called one of Whitley’s close friends who she ended up being with. Whitley told Matt that Christian found out she was deceiving on him so they rode around to chat about it, and then took a nap TOGETHER. Whitley told the police she took a nap by herself. More importantly, she told Matt that she woke up to the noise of a gunshot, ran upstairs to Christian, and discovered a bullet wound to his throat. She also confessed to Matt that Christian DID make threats to harm himself. Another chilling fact is when she discovered Christian’s corpse, she took a cigarette out of his pocket to go smoke it.