Woman Was Mad She Couldn't Fix A Picture Frame. So She Took Out Her Frustration By Killing Her Former Babysitter.

Source: Baxter County Jail; MEGA

Amber Runau.

Oct. 30 2022, Published 8:56 a.m. ET

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An Arkansas woman fatally stabbed her former babysitter family friend because she was angry she couldn't fix a picture frame. Now, she'll spend 30 years in prison.

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According to KTLO, Amber Lee Runau was recently sentenced to three decades in prison for the killing of 72-year-old Sharon Gayle Adler in Gassville, Arkansas. On Aug. 17, 2020, Runau called 911 to report that she had stabbed the woman who, according to the Southwest Times Record, was wheelchair bound.

KTLO reported that Runau admitted to authorities that she took her frustration of not being able to fix the picture frame on Adler. Runau remained on the phone with 911 and was told to leave the Elm Street house. Police say she described the events leading to the stabbing.

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According to a probable cause affidavit, Runau detailed the incident matter-of-factly to police and even told them she watched Adler's eyes as she died. When police arrived, they found Adler in a recliner with a kitchen knife stuck in her upper-left chest area, KTLO reported.


Runau had undergone psychological testing and treatment following the incident and at one point was deemed unfit to proceed. However, she was later deemed fit to proceed in the trial and was found guilty.

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Runau's sister had already been in prison, according to KTLO. Anna Runau is an inmate at the Wrightsville Women's Unit of the state prison system in Newport, Arkansas serving a 20-year sentence for attempted murder.

KTLO reported that in May 2016, Anna Runau pleaded no contest to stabbing a Salem man seven times at Lake Norfolk. Police said she and a juvenile had planned to steal the man's truck and head to Indiana.


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