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|Full name||Michael Stern|
|Cause of death||Stab wound to the neck|
|Partner(s)||Michelle Carnegie (fiancée)|
Alexandre Pierre (ex-boyfriend)
|Appears in||Criminal Case|
|First appeared||Case 7: No Time for Pillow Talk|
Michael Stern (1985-2020) was a suspect in the murder investigation of prostitute Alana Rockwell in No Time for Pillow Talk (Case #7 of Stonemoor) before being murdered in All Roses Have Thorns (Case #12 of Stonemoor).
Events of Criminal Case
The killer, and the Crimson Rose serial killer, would turn out to be therapist Maria Leroux.
Maria didn't deny the accusations, but instead she congratulated the pair on figuring it out. Maria insisted that she never wanted to hurt anyone but she had to, in order to protect the prostitutes from vile men. Maria admitted that when Alexandre broke up with her, it opened her eyes to the cruelty of men, saying that she would often hear stories of violence from the prostitutes visiting her for therapy. Maria started protesting Pierre Corner but to no avail, prompting her desperation to protect the prostitutes to strengthen. One night, Maria spotted a man forcing himself on a prostitute and to stop him, she killed him. Following that event, Maria birthed "The Crimson Rose", the "guardian angel" that would protect and save the prostitutes. Maria told the pair that when she saw Alexandre in her hideout, she tried to kill him but couldn't bring herself to do it, prompting her to try again later. At her trial, she told Judge South that she never wanted to hurt anyone but if their deaths meant young girls were safe, it was all worth it. For all her crimes, Judge South sentenced her to life imprisonment.