Fred Knadler, Valley Businessman, Arrested in Plot to Kill Estranged Wife

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Fred Knadler, the owner of Phoenix-based Arizona Shower Door, is looking at a pretty pricey divorce from his wife of 17 years. So, police say, he concocted a scheme to make her "go away."

Things didn't quite work out as planned -- a man he enlisted to help carry out the alleged murderous plot told police what Knadler was up to.

Knadler, 74, now faces a conspiracy charge.

According to court records obtained by New Times, on Saturday, Knadler contacted one of his employees and told him he wanted to meet with him about an "issue" that could potentially make him some money.

The employee later told police he had "strange feeling" that Knadler was going to ask him to kill his wife, Libby Knadler, so he brought a tape recorder with him to the meeting.

The two men met at a bank near the intersection of 7th Street and Thunderbird Road. Knadler got into the employees truck and the two got down to business -- as the tape recorder rolled.

Knadler told the employee he needed him to help him get rid of his wife's 2006 Lexus -- he told the employee he needed to remove the GPS device in the car and to leave the vehicle somewhere where it would be stolen and never recovered.

Knadler also told the employee he needed him to dig a 12-14 foot hole in the desert, and that Knadler would give him something wrapped in a sheet, or in plastic, that he was to bury in the hole.

As for compensation, Knadler promised the employee $10,000 for his help, and $10,000 a year after that to keep his mouth shut.

Knadler stands to lose millions in his divorce, despite having a prenuptial agreement -- so $10,000 a year is a drop in the bucket for the multimillionaire owner of a successful, multi-state business.

The employee was to get started on the hole right away, Knadler told him, because he needed it taken care of before his wife had a chance to meet with her attorney again.

The employee agreed, and Knadler handed him $1,000 as a down payment.

However, rather than heading to the desert and digging a hole, the employee left the meeting and told police about what Knadler was up to.

Knadler was picked up by police at his home on Sunday night. During his interview with detectives, he denied plotting to kill his wife. He did, however, discuss how his wife was gonna take him to the cleaners in the divorce.

Knadler was booked into jail on a $2 million cash bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for January 23.  

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Mr. Smith
Mr. Smith

How come nobody is mentioning that my man(snich) is a HERO! He most likely saved that womans life! He had the balls to do the right thing and it cost him his job. How many other people would have taken the money and ran or tried to blackmail the guy?  Blind or not Old or not. Its no excuse . This old man had the means, motive and opportunity to do the deed. He was actively conspiring to do it. He most likely WOULD have done it. This ia a case of an ungrateful, angry, bitter, GREEDY and cheepskate old man who got what was coming to him.  Seriously, the guy,s 74 years old with only about 15-20 years left...and he's woried about money!  Money his WIFE of 18 years has a solid right to? WOW..... Sad thing is that he probably wont do ANY time. He's got money for big time lawyers, they are already setting his defense up with the media.. saying he.s legaly blind... old...etc.He.ll probably walk with un-supervised probation.  CUDOS to the soon to be ex-wife. Hope she gets EVERY cent she is entitled to.  Karma is a bad mutha.

gusto
gusto

Worth millions selling shower doors?

Friend
Friend

I know these folks. The story leaves a lot out like that he is blind. I'd like to know how he got to that corner which is a long walk from home. He is worth multi miliions and did treat her like a slave. The least he could do is pay her the 2 million. Now she gets it all. I pray she is safe. You go girlfriend! 

Tubes Fan
Tubes Fan

And what a wierd figure. Why not say, 20K and be done with it?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

OK, if you have a "Strange feeling" that some body is going to ask you to kill his wife, are you really  going to let him get in your truck?

J DUB
J DUB

Finding it REALLY hard to understand why his wife had the "right" to his money, why she was "entitled" to the fortune he built - especially considering the pre-nup. She was in no way involved in that business. How does a woman deserve a man's wealth just by marrying him?

Rodloss
Rodloss

youre surprised?  is it because youre a retard?  or you have zero business acumen and will never amount to much in your life?  How hard is it, even for an imbecile to imagine all the home building and home improvement in the US thats gone on over the last 20 years, and see that its not only plausible but very likely that a manufacturer of fine glass sliding shower doors could be a multimillionaire?  He has like 8 plants all over the country and sells everywhere.

how dumb are you kid?

guest
guest

yes its true, cuz they pay the employees less than a McDonalds mop pusher

RC
RC

Who knows the hell they both have been thru

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

maybe, seems he did the right thing. He made a recording of it so the guy is screwed!

ppm
ppm

Entitled to a portion of it, by law, pre nup or not.  The figure to which was almost agreed upon just days before this near murder, was less than 10% of his assets.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

personally I find that hard to believe unless, of course they charge like 5K for new glass doors when a little kid breaks them.

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