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'Motive' and 'Mind' of Accused Wife Killer Will Be Revealed by His Many 'Other Women'

Allan Kustok was a loving husband, his defense attorney said, even though he had many affairs, and couldn't have shot his wife.

Allan Kustok, Anita "Jeanie" Kustok, their Orland Park home, and a .357 Magnum
Allan Kustok, Anita "Jeanie" Kustok, their Orland Park home, and a .357 Magnum

Did Allan Kustok lead a secret life that ultimately led him to shoot his wife Jeanie to death? Or was he the adoring husband of 34 years who looked forward to joining his daughter in planning a birthday surprise for his wife?

Did the philandering Orland Park man buy that gun as an anniversary present for his wife, as he's told police, so she could protect herself? And if so, why did she never tell members of her family about the weapon?

Opening statements were made Friday in the trial of Kustok, accused in the 2010 murder of his wife. Defense attorney Rick Beuke said the couple's daughter, sports reporter Sarah Kustok, will testify that she and her dad were texting about plans for a birthday surprise for Anita "Jeanie" Kustok the night of Sept. 28, 2010 — the night she died.

Beuke said testimony of family and friends will make it clear that the Kustoks were a loving couple in an "absolutely perfect marriage" despite the husband's repeated infidelities.

Prosecutors allege that Kustok was anything but the happy husband and was looking for a way out of his marriage when he shot his 58-year-old wife in the head the morning of Sept. 29, and then wrapped her body in sheets and drove her to Palos Community Hospital, claiming he awoke from the bed they shared to find her bloody body and the powerful handgun still in her grip.

Beuke called that handgun "Jeanie's protector," a gift Allan purchased for her in 2009 because she "worried excessively" about being alone in the house. Jeanie Kustok's younger brother, John Runko, however, testified on Friday that his sister never mentioned owning a gun.

Runko said he and his sister would talk every week and he's certain she would have told him about a gun if she had one. "She wouldn't know what to do with one," he said.

While the defense plans to put Sarah Kustok on the stand to talk about her dad, prosecutors intend to question several women bedded by Allan Kustok, some of whom claim they were told he planned to seek a divorce. Jurors already got a taste of such illicit dalliances Thursday when a Michigan woman, a standup comic and private detective, took the stand and offered details of her own one-night stand with the accused wife killer.

Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Lorna Amado-Chevlin in her opening remarks said Kustok “fooled everyone” in his circle of family and friends, but the women will give jurors “a glimpse into this defendant’s motive and state of mind.”

Beuke allowed that Kustok had many affairs after his wife lost interest in sex.

"I don't know what that has to do with anything," Beuke said. "That's the last desperate act of (the prosecution) to make you think he is a bad man."

Opening arguments were delayed for a while Friday when a juror was excused with a family emergency. But after proceedings got under way, the prosecution told the jury Kustok's version of the events of the night Jeanie died were "absurd."

He claimed he found his wife in bed, next to him, her arms crossed over her chest, the powerful handgun still in her hand even though a bullet had been shot through her head. Allan Kustok then waited before bringing his wife to the hospital, Amado-Chevlin said.

"For more than an hour, he did nothing to save Jeannie," she told jurors. "For an hour he kept her to himself and prepared himself to take her to the hospital.

“Jeanie did not deserve the death that this defendant chose for her.”

Coverage of the trial will resume next week.

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Krystle February 22, 2014 at 09:23 AM
"her arms crossed over her chest, the powerful handgun still in her hand even though a bullet had been shot through her head." Really??
Acajudi February 22, 2014 at 11:18 AM
Divorce is cheaper than lawyers and your life, when you kill others.
Acajudi February 22, 2014 at 11:18 AM
When you cheat, your spouse knows!
Susan February 22, 2014 at 03:38 PM
Just because she didn't want sex at 58 ?? What a loving and understanding dick he is. Maybe it's a good thing for her in case he brought home all his STD's. His picture makes me sick.
Jon Azavedo February 22, 2014 at 03:45 PM
Susan, a woman should put out for her man at any age, that's in the Bible. I agree about the picture, though. His financial problems apparently prevented him from seeing a good barber, and he resorted to using a flo-bee. By Ronco.
Susan February 22, 2014 at 03:57 PM
LOL !! Hey I agree with you about putting out. However, She was 58 and Post menopausal. You being a man can't understand how things just dry up. Maybe she didn't go and get the Hormone cream or just maybe, Alan disgusted her for some God only knows reason.
Lenny Kravitz February 22, 2014 at 08:48 PM
http://www.silverbox.com/krusty/images/krusty.gif
BKM February 22, 2014 at 08:53 PM
Pfft! Maybe she knew about his cheating and that's why she wasnt "putting out" I'm pretty sure putting out isn't in the bible. Respect, however, is.
Flora Dora February 22, 2014 at 09:39 PM
The bible was written by men for men.
Susan February 22, 2014 at 10:00 PM
Flora, I believe you are right. He sure had a lot of women. "What you try to hide will be revealed on the other side. "
BKM February 22, 2014 at 11:49 PM
Jon's bible is in his cave. SMH. Shame on you Jon. I hope you're kidding.
Terrence February 23, 2014 at 06:30 AM
A women should put out for her man at any age? He was a pig that slept with who knows what and she probably knew it .
Acajudi February 23, 2014 at 07:41 AM
Terrence: There are impotent husbands, and the wives do not kill them. We stay or divorce them, depending on what is best. This guy needed Viagra etc. to lust all those women. Viagra cannot help all, so they cannot put it out. If you do not have it in the hips, you better have it in the lips! lol ing
RALPH MALPH February 23, 2014 at 08:26 AM
There is no sticking up for this guy . He is a piece of shit who instead of divorcing his wife decided to end her life . Who is he to decide her life is over ?
Harry Callahan February 23, 2014 at 08:28 AM
This guy is a Psychopath,and as I mention before I remember this guy years back when his son was playing HS football and transfer to another school when he didn't live in the district because the present schools football program didn't fit in to what position the kid played and it wasn;t really about the kid it was all about the father to me there:s more in the closet about this guy.
NL Resident February 23, 2014 at 09:20 AM
Duh! Of course the daughter is going to testify in defense of the father. No one wants to believe their parent is capable of this. And, if she doesn't and he goes to jail, she lost both parents. The dumbest person in the world could have seen this move coming a mile away.
Susan February 23, 2014 at 01:49 PM
Allen is dumber than Drew Peterson. He will die in prison. He will be somebody's or everybody's Bitch !!
Dan February 25, 2014 at 03:37 PM
were pay the kankakee county jail system to keep this liberal locked up. it seems tom dart is worried about his safety. tom dart is the biggest scum bag around.
Dan February 25, 2014 at 03:38 PM
paying.
Dan February 25, 2014 at 03:39 PM
I think tom dart is driving do to the kankakee jail and making mid-night visits for a little some some with him.
Susan February 25, 2014 at 07:56 PM
Alan has anger issues. Punching walls ?
Roberta McNeill February 27, 2014 at 10:44 AM
He had to make sure she was dead before taking her to the hospital, he destroyed evidence by moving her . Why not call 911? If he is innocent?
Susan February 27, 2014 at 04:21 PM
Because he isn't.

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