A driving scholar is shot by her Olympian coach. Will he be discovered

Simply days in the past, former Olympic equestrian and coach Michael Barisone was again in a New Jersey courtroom. In 2019, he was charged with the tried homicide of one among his college students, Lauren Kanarek, and her boyfriend. At his trial, Barisone’s authorized staff tried a uncommon technique — the madness protection.  They argued Kanarek used social media to push him to his psychological breaking level. Barisone speaks out to “48 Hours” contributor Nikki Battiste, in his first tv interview because the finish of his trial.

Michael Barisone, 58, spent a lifetime standing proud within the winner’s circle.

Nikki Battiste: We see photos of you on the Olympics trying like a king.

Michael Barisone: Yeah.

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Michael Barisone on the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. 

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Nikki Battiste: After which we see you within the courtroom.

Michael Barisone: Yeah.

Nikki Battiste: Trying like a defeated man.

Michael Barisone: Yeah.

Nikki Battiste: How do you reconcile these two pictures?

Michael Barisone: I’m a defeated man.

However come spring 2022, he was in a Morristown, New Jersey, courtroom. He claimed on the time of the capturing he quickly misplaced his thoughts.

CHRISTOPHER SCHELLHORN | PROSECUTOR [in court]: He knew what he was doing when he loaded bullets into the gun.

Prosecutor Christopher Schellhorn made the case that Barisone was sane — that he knew precisely what he was doing when he took that pistol and tried to kill one among his personal driving college students, Lauren Shay Kanarek.

LAUREN KANAREK [in court]: He pulled out a gun and shot me as soon as, twice, straight within the chest.

But, with the assistance of emergency surgical procedure, Kanarek survived.

Nikki Battiste and Lauren Kanarek
“48Hours” contributor Nikki Battiste, left, and Lauren Kanarek.

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Nikki Battiste [with Lauren and horses]: Are you able to think about life with out these stunning animals?

Lauren Kanarek [pointing to horses]: No. No likelihood. See?

It’s a sensational trial, with Kanarek herself accused by the protection of intentionally driving Barisone insane.

ED BILINKAS | DEFENSE ATTORNEY [in court]: She did the worst factor any human being may do to a different human being.

Christopher Schellhorn: She was the individual that was shot and nearly misplaced her life that day.

A world famous person within the equestrian sport of dressage. Michael Barisone, charged with two counts of tried homicide, was going through 80 years.

Christopher Schellhorn: She sees his hand come up after which simply growth, growth.

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Michael Barisone’s trial started in spring 2022, over two years after the capturing.

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In court docket, the as soon as regal rider appeared as a raveled shadow of his former self.

It’s as far a fall from grace as his elite sport has ever seen. As Barisone awaited judgment, his fellow Olympians rallied round him.

Nikki Battiste: So that you can see him like that, how did it really feel?

Michael Poulin: It is laborious (cries). However we will get him again.

Now 77 years-old, in 1992 Michael Poulin took house a medal from Barcelona.

Nikki Battiste: You gained a bronze on the Olympics?

Michael Poulin: Yeah. Sure, ma’am.

Michael Poulin: I met Michael when he was 11 … Very energetic. And really intense to study.

Nikki Battiste: Had been you want a father determine to him?

Michael Poulin: I used to be his mentor.

Michael Poulin: It is uncommon to discover a younger man with that vitality and that need. … However Michael, boy, he hung onto it robust. He wished it.

Phillip Dutton is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, among the best on the earth.

Phillip Dutton: You bought the sensation that in the event you had been on Michael’s staff, he was gonna again you all the best way.

After which there’s Olympian Boyd Martin. He remembers first assembly Michael.

Boyd Martin: … had an enormous cowboy hat on, that was sorta marching round and yelling … And you are like, “Who the hell is that man?” you already know? And somebody stated, “Oh, that is Michael Barisone.” …  He was passionate. He was loud. However he was an enormous teddy bear, too.

Barisone knew he was a superb rider. He additionally knew he was a fair higher coach.

Boyd Martin: And as a coach, having somebody … that is acquired a observe document, that is been there and accomplished it … It is a great factor.

The demand for Barisone allowed him to accumulate two magnificent farms to accommodate a sport wealthy sufficient to chase the seasons.

Fifteen to 45 minutes outdoors of Palm Seashore, Loxahatchee, Florida, is Barisone’s winter headquarters.

Lara Osborne: Michael’s bigger than life.

Jordan Osborne: Whereas he’s that, he is additionally so right down to earth.

Jordan Osborne, her mom Lara, Chelsea Westra and their horses, too, have all been coached by Barisone in a sport that is all about self-discipline and restraint.

Nikki Battiste: Management?

Jordan Osborne: Uh-huh. Lot of management.

Hawthorne Hill
Michael Barisone owned two magnificent horse farms, one outdoors Palm Seashore, the opposite in prime New Jersey horse nation. He known as it Hawthorne Hill (pictured).

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Dressage desires additionally introduced all three girls to the jewel of their champion’s crown: 53 acres of prime New Jersey horse nation. An equestrian paradise. Michael Barisone known as it Hawthorne Hill.

Jordan Osborne: You had dozens of horses. These stunning rolling inexperienced pastures.  An outside area, an enormous stunning indoor area. The barn was enormous.

And are available 2019, Jordan Osborne and Westra had change into “working college students,” residing above the barn and taking good care of the horses 24-7 in trade for classes from an Olympian.

Chelsea Westra: Yeah. That’s the dream, you already know? … To coach with somebody who is among the greatest on the earth.

Lauren Kanarek had her personal dressage desires of turning into a champion.

Lauren Kanarek [with horse]: See it is good to bow your head after which they know that you simply imply them no hurt.

At 37, Kanarek knew precisely what she wanted and wished.

Nikki Battiste: In searching for a high coach what had been you searching for?

Lauren Kanarek: In searching for a high coach, I am searching for any person who I believe’s gonna push me, somebody who has been there and accomplished that.

It appeared to explain Michael Barisone to a T. So, Kanarek made her technique to Hawthorne Hill hoping Barisone was the one.

Lauren Kanarek: There’s 1,000,000 completely different causes or issues that might make a coach relationship work or not work.

However few may think about how Barisone and Kanarek would quickly conflict and crash and burn.


It’s their love for horses that led Kanarek and Barisone’s paths to cross. It might twist right into a street to smash — one thing neither may have imagined, when every first climbed right into a saddle.

Lauren Kanarek
Lauren Kanarek at a dressage competitors.

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Nikki Battiste: Inform me about Lauren Kanarek, the little woman who fell in love with horses.

Lauren Kanarek: It began in a barn (laughs).

“48 Hours” met up with Kanarek at a small horse farm in Wellington, Florida.

Nikki Battiste: How outdated had been you?

Lauren Kanarek: Most likely two or three once I first noticed or acquired — like rode on a horse. … And I like by no means stopped fascinated by them, principally.

Nikki Battiste: That was it.  

Lauren Kanarek: That was it.

Jonathan Kanarek: I did have somewhat woman dreaming of a pony.

Nikki Battiste: And her love for horses and driving started?

Jonathan Kanarek: Yep.

Lauren’s father, retired Wall Avenue lawyer Jon Kanarek, took quick notice of his daughter’s dedication.

Jonathan Kanarek: Lauren actually wished to do that.

Lauren Kanarek: I all the time knew I used to be gonna get my very own horse.

And on the finish of highschool –

Lauren Kanarek: You recognize, someday I used to be identical to, “that is taking place.”

Nikki Battiste: What was that like?

Lauren Kanarek: That was superb!

Jonathan Kanarek: The primary of her many desires which got here true (laughs).

Lauren Kanarek: It’s a fairy story, however with it comes nice duty. … ‘trigger you will have your horse to care for.

Lauren Kanarek took the reins and headed in direction of the ballet actions of dressage.

Lauren Kanarek: Dressage means coaching in French. … It is dancing with horses … It is about concord.

Jonathan Kanarek wasn’t fairly certain what dancing horses was all about.

Jonathan Kanarek: Nicely, my expertise with horses, you already know, was win, place, present. You recognize, like at Belmont.

As Lauren gained her first newbie ribbons, dressage famous person Barisone was a spokesman for the game, even educating a bemused Stephen Colbert on “The Colbert Report” in 2012.

STEPHEN COLBERT [“The Colbert Report”]: Is that this the way you begin it? You simply pull this like a garden mower?

Nikki Battiste: Do you suppose you’ve got gotten to that time the place you’re the greatest rider you will be?

Lauren Kanarek: Undoubtedly not.

In March 2018, the Olympian was internet hosting a clinic for aspiring riders at his Florida horse farm.  Lauren Kanarek signed up.

Christopher Schellhorn: And whereas she was there, Michael Barisone approached her, apparently noticed that … perhaps she had some aptitude, and requested her to return and practice with him at that time. 

Prosecutor Christopher Schellhorn and protection legal professionals Ed Bilinkas and Chris Deininger would ultimately change into adversaries, immersed within the lives of Barisone and Kanarek.

Nikki Battiste: Why did she wanna journey with Michael?

Ed Bilinkas: Everybody needs to journey with Michael.

Christopher Schellhorn: So, she determined to have her horses boarded at his farm and determined to go practice with him.

Jonathan Kanarek: Barisone stated, you already know, “We are able to go locations. Come up and, you already know, depart your self in my fingers.”

It was a suggestion that could not be refused.

Jonathan Kanarek: The association was $5,000 a month. She had two horses in coaching at that cut-off date.

Michael Barisone agreed to talk with “48 Hours” with the assist of his attorneys. On the day we talked with him, he appeared calm. Whereas he says he has no reminiscence of the crime, he does keep in mind the occasions main as much as it at Hawthorne Hill.

Michael Barisone: This was my life … That was my house. I constructed that from scratch. … That was a labor of affection.

Barisone offered housing there for Lauren Kanarek and her boyfriend, Rob Goodwin.

Michael Barisone: And I stated, “Alright. So long as they’re in coaching, I will throw in an residence.”

Nikki Battiste: That appears very beneficiant.

Michael Barisone: All of us have payments to pay.

In a single day, Lauren Kanarek wasn’t simply coaching with Barisone; she and Goodwin had been residing with him.

Ed Bilinkas: And that was completely different than every other association that he had with anybody else.

The residence was within the white farmhouse that Barisone shared together with his assistant trainers Justin Hardin and Mary Haskins Grey, a revered Grand Prix rider and a divorced mom of two.

Michael Barisone: We lived collectively. She was my companion. … I believed we had been going to have a life collectively.

Jordan Osborne: She was Michael’s girlfriend and the assistant coach on the barn.

Nikki Battiste: Mary had two younger kids that lived there together with her and with Michael.

Jordan Osborne: At instances, sure.

Nikki Battiste: How was Michael’s relationship with Mary’s younger children?

Jordan Osborne: He liked them. Yeah, he adored them. … And so they actually adored him.

Michael Barisone with Lauren Kanarek, on horseback, in 2018.


All of it should have given Lauren nice expectations. The kid who dreamed of a pony was now the coed of a dressage grasp.

Christopher Schellhorn: She was even posting photos on Fb of her and Michael Barisone.

Lauren Kanarek: I knew at the very least this might work out for a time and be good. So why not strive it out?

Jonathan Kanarek: And it was purported to be a fantastic relationship. And it was for a very long time.

Barisone discovered that Lauren might be demanding … nonetheless nothing uncommon.

Michael Barisone: All of us have tough shoppers. … They don’t seem to be all gonna be straightforward relationships.

Lauren Kanarek: You recognize there’s sayings like … “Go so far as you may see after which you may see farther.” And that is form of what I dwell by. Like I’ll problem myself each single day.

Lauren Kanarek was snug speaking about her horses and driving, however she selected to not communicate to “48 Hours” about Michael Barisone and all that occurred at Hawthorne Hill.  

However Jordan and Lara Osborne and Chelsea Westra say by summer time stress set in.  And that it began with these expectations concerning the diploma of consideration the coed would get from the grasp.

Nikki Battiste: Was a part of the deal that Lauren would practice completely with Michael?

Jonathan Kanarek:That was, you already know, Lauren’s understanding. … Everybody needs to be skilled by the title on the door.

Nikki Battiste: The Olympian?

Jonathan Kanarek: Yup. Precisely.

Michael Barisone: Simply because we have to set the document straight right here. I by no means completely skilled any of my shoppers. … you might be skilled by this group. Meaning Justin Hardin. It means Mary Haskins. It means me.

Jordan Osborne: And it is understood that the pinnacle coach will aid you generally, the assistant trainers will aid you different instances.

Ed Bilinkis: I believe she turned extraordinarily upset when Michael’s full consideration wasn’t targeted on her.

Lara Osborne: Mary Haskins was the one who, in her thoughts, was standing in her manner of getting her objectives.

Nikki Battiste: Two girls, each vying for Michael’s consideration as among the best trainers on the earth?

Lara Osborne: Yeah. Yeah.

The tranquility of Hawthorne Hill was on observe to being shattered.

Jonathan Kanarek: I simply occurred so quick. It was sorta — a really chilly struggle till August 1st. … It turned — a sizzling struggle.

MICHAEL BARISONE | 911 CALL | July 31, 2019: There is a struggle and it will be handled proper now. I’ve had sufficient of those individuals. I want them gone!


Nikki Battiste: How vital is belief in your relationship together with your horses?

Lauren Kanarek: It is actually vital.

Lauren Kanarek, Michael Barisone and his workers had the belief of their horses. However over summer time 2019, all human belief started to fray, and would quickly rip aside.

Christopher Schellhorn: The truth that they had been … throughout each other nearly 24-7 positively places some stresses on these relationships.

Nikki Battiste: How was Lauren’s relationship with Mary.

Christopher Schellhorn: I believe it was very strained.

Whereas a high coach, Mary Haskins Grey wasn’t the Olympic champion Lauren felt she had signed up for.

Lauren Kanarek: So, a coach must be somebody which you could belief. And … has one of the best intentions for you.

It was a special form of competitors — with Lauren and Mary Haskins on the heart of the competition.

Jonathan Kanarek: Jealousy. … Not romantic. You recognize, simply did not like Michael giving his consideration.

Nikki Battiste: She wished to be one of the best and did not need anybody else in her manner?

Ed Bilinkas: I imply Michael Barisone is one of the best and perhaps she hoped a few of that may rub off on her.

Chris Deininger: I nearly really feel as if there was some stage of obsessiveness there together with her curiosity in Michael.

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Michael Barisone

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However Barisone’s time wasn’t the one challenge. There was that $5,000 the Kanarek’s had been paying him each month.

Jonathan Kanarek: Michael wished his cash and he wished to maintain his girlfriend. He had an issue.

Lauren Kanarek was upset and wasn’t going to be quiet.

Nikki Battiste: At what level does social media change into a component to this pressure on this relationship?

Christopher Schellhorn: Most likely someday in July of 2019.

Nikki Battiste: Elaborate.

Christopher Schellhorn: Lauren was very energetic on Fb.

Lauren Kanarek launched her on-line offensive. She started by making a darkish Hawthorne Hill universe based mostly on a chess board. Michael Barisone, the “King,” has been “captured and killed.” Mary Haskins, the “Queen,” have to be “sacrificed to guard the citadel.”

What prompted Lauren Kanarek to take her grievances to social media?


Lara Osborne: Our heads cannot comprehend what she was considering.

Two weeks later her posts grew ominous: “Anybody who repeatedly kicks a resting beast will ultimately wake her up.”

Michael Barisone: There was a worry issue constructing.

Lara Osborne: She was utilizing it to terrify Michael.

Michael Barisone: She says, “It is struggle. I’ve declared struggle on them.”

The struggle raged on. Lauren advised her father she was involved about her horses’ security.

Lauren Kanarek: I imply they’re the rationale I get up within the morning, actually. They’re additionally the rationale I am unable to sleep at evening, actually.

She claimed that her animals weren’t being handled correctly.

Jonathan Kanarek: Lauren advised me that — her horses are being — misfed. … You recognize, they had been simply making issues — you already know, very tough for her.

Lara Osborne: You recognize, abusing the horses, not feeding the horses, overfeeding the horses. None of that was true.

Barisone’s supporters counter, it was Lauren violating barn guidelines.

Lara Osborne: She simply went within the barn in the course of the evening.

Chelsea Westra: There have been rumors that she was gonna do stuff to the horses and are available in the course of the evening.

However in response to Lauren, one among her horses wanted particular care. Then got here a disturbing discovery. And it had nothing to do with horses.

Nikki Battiste: When did you first study concerning the recording units Lauren put within the barn?

Jordan Osborne: About mid-July we began listening to rumors and began speaking.

Lauren Kanarek and her boyfriend Rob Goodwin had hidden small voice recorders at Hawthorne Hill. Lauren stated she was making recordings as a result of she was terrified of Barisone’s workers.

Nikki Battiste: What do you suppose Lauren was listening for?

Jordan Osborne: Something … to assist her in no matter plan she needed to destroy him.

Lauren Kanarek took to Fb and got here for Barisone’s profession. She branded him racist, homophobic and antisemitic — allegations Barisone passionately denies, however that might get him banned from the game.

Michael Barisone: There have been issues popping out on social media that had been horrific.

It shook him to the bone. The injury was accomplished.

Nikki Battiste: Had been the feedback on social media by Lauren impacting Michael’s status within the equestrian world?

Michael Poulin: Sure, completely. Completely.

Boyd Martin: So, I believe we dwell on this world now the place your status, or your profession, or your id will be modified like that (snaps fingers). … And it may be devastating.

The champion made his title going through down all challenges within the saddle. However he says this onslaught from Lauren Kanarek overwhelmed him. 

Michael Barisone: However have any person assault me, or any person harm me … and I crumble. I disintegrate. I run from confrontation.

Lauren Kanarek claimed it was simply the other.

Nikki Battiste: Lauren posted saying a 6’3″ man was bullying her, and he or she was fearful for her life. … Did you ever see Michael bully Lauren, threaten Lauren?

Jordan Osborne: In fact not. No. No.

Michael Poulin: By no means. By no means. Michael Barisone? I might stake my life and the whole lot I acquired –family and the whole lot.

Barisone says he felt unsafe in his own residence. He says residing below the identical roof as Lauren and Rob Goodwin turned inconceivable. Barisone and Haskins moved out of the farmhouse. Her daughter was away at camp. Now, her son was despatched again to his dad.

Michael Barisone: And I needed to hug him and kiss him and stated, “Buddy I really like you. You are my favourite man in the entire world. However I’ve to ship you house. It isn’t secure.”

Michael Barisone: We fled. … We moved 1 / 4 of a mile from the home to the stables. 

After welcoming Lauren Kanarek to Hawthorne Hill, it now appeared Michael Barisone wished nothing extra from her then to pack up, take her boyfriend and horses, and depart his farm.

Nikki Battiste: Why did not Lauren simply depart?

Jonathan Kanarek: Michael by no means requested Lauren to depart.

Nikki Battiste: Did you ask Lauren to depart?

Michael Barisone: Many instances.

Nikki Battiste: And he or she stated?

Michael Barisone. Refused. Many, many, many, many instances.

Nikki Battiste: And ultimately you name 911.

Michael Barisone: Sure …

On July 31, 2019, at 9 p.m., Michael Barisone makes what could be his first of 4 calls to police. The Olympian pleaded for assist:

911 OPERATOR 361: What is the handle of your emergency?

MICHAEL BARISONE to 911: They’ve chased us out of our home, and I want this handled tonight …

Nikki Battiste: Did you discover Michael’s demeanor begin to change?

Lara Osborne: Oh, completely. He was spiraling uncontrolled.

Christopher Schellhorn: His option to get a gun … a pink and black 9 millimeter handgun. … To level that gun at Lauren and pull the set off twice.


Michael Barisone says his paradise had turned to hell.

Michael Barisone: And I walked outdoors, and I walked round that constructing all evening each evening at nighttime. I by no means stopped.

Chaos changed management.

Lara Osborne: He wasn’t sleeping. He wasn’t consuming.

Michael Poulin: You possibly can hear it in his voice. He was cracking.

Lauren Kanarek saved up her on-line assault.

Nikki Battiste: You had been scared?

Jordan Osborne: Yeah. In fact.

Nikki Battiste: Scared to your life?

Jordan Osborne: At instances.

Once more, Kanarek took to Fb: 

“Everybody needs to be nervous. I am not accountable for something my different personalities do after they’re threatened.”

MICHAEL BARISONE TO 911 | August 3, 2019, 9:35 a.m.: They’re nuts. They’re stalking us, they’re harassing us.

And once more, Barisone took on-line threats critically and turned to police.

MICHAEL BARISONE TO 911 | August 3, 2019, 9:35 a.m.: And we’re in worry for our lives.

Native cops headed over however could have seen all of it as nothing greater than a landlord-tenant dispute.

Nikki Battiste: Whenever you discovered that 911 calls had been being made by Michael Barisone relating to your daughter, what are you considering?

Jonathan Kanarek: I am considering Barisone is making, you already know, bogus 911 calls.

However there was nothing “bogus” about what went down, because the solar got here up on August 7. Lauren Kanarek posted.

Michael Barisone [reciting the Facebook post]: “All my strikes towards them have been deliberate for months. … Every little thing I’ve accomplished to them to this point has been kid’s play.”

The struggle was about to get very ugly.   

Nikki Battiste: What put Michael over the sting?

Lara Osborne: I imply we won’t say for certain. My guess is CPS coming.

Michael Barisone: And I keep in mind a minivan driving in. And that was the woman From Little one Protecting Companies.

It was a caseworker from the New Jersey Division of Youngsters and Households.

Michael Barisone: And he or she stated, “I want to talk with Miss Grey.” And I yelled for Mary Haskins … I stated “She wants to speak to you. They’re gonna take the youngsters.”

Nikki Battiste: How did Little one Protecting Companies find yourself on the farm?

Christopher Schellhorn: Little one Protecting Companies was contacted by SafeSport.

SafeSport is a watchdog group licensed by Congress devoted to ending sexual and different abuse in sports activities. And Lauren Kanarek had filed a criticism with them.

Christopher Schellhorn: Lauren Kanarek had made a report back to SafeSport about a number of the bullying that she was experiencing by Michael Barisone and by Mary Haskins Grey.

Chris Deininger: And the way do you destroy somebody in that group? SafeSport.

Lauren Kanarek’s criticism alleged Barisone was being a bully and physique shaming her. The SafeSport kind requested: “Does this report contain allegations or issues of kid abuse, or baby sexual abuse.”  Lauren stated “Sure.”  She stated the abuse was verbal, not bodily.

Ed Bilinkas: The breaking level is when baby companies present up.

The case employee was there to examine on the welfare of Mary Haskin’s two kids, however by now each had been gone from Hawthorne Hill.

Nikki Battiste: Nothing worse than being accused of harming a toddler.

Ed Bilinkas: The worst factor that anybody may ever be accused of.

Nikki Battiste: Did you ever see any signal that Michael in any manner abused Mary’s children?

Jordan Osborne: No. Completely not. … He liked them. … And so they actually adored him.

Nikki Battiste: Have you ever ever seen any proof that Michael Barisone abused or uncared for Mary’s kids or any kids?

Christopher Schellhorn: I do not suppose there’s any direct proof was introduced out of that.

However a suggestion of potential baby sexual abuse was an excessive amount of for the Olympian to bear.

Christopher Schellhorn: He jumped to the conclusion that they had been to research him for sexual abuse … He acted emotionally … and determined that he was going to get the gun and finish it by killing Lauren Kanarek.

Nikki Battiste: There’s not a lot worse than being accused of harming a toddler.

Christopher Schellhorn: Maybe being shot.

Mary Haskins Grey and the caseworker had been in Barisone’s workplace.

Nikki Battiste: Do you keep in mind … going to get a gun at any level?

Michael Barisone: No. I keep in mind moving into my workplace.

Nikki Battiste: Was the gun in your workplace in a secure?

Michael Barisone: Sure.

Barisone interrupted the assembly with the social employee. He kissed Grey. He requested them each to attend outdoors. Then, he opened his secure, took that gun and went out the door. Michael Barisone headed right down to the white farmhouse. Precisely what occurred subsequent stays unclear. However at 2:13 p.m. that very same day, Lauren Kanarek known as 911—-gasping for air:

911 name: Lauren Kanarek shot by former Olympian Michael Barisone


LAUREN KANAREK to 911: I have been shot within the coronary heart!  … Michael Barisone shot me. Please assist, please assist …

Lauren was preventing for her life. Her boyfriend, Rob Goodwin, struggled to subdue Michael Barisone.

ROB GOODWIN [911 call]: Cease f***ing transferring! Cease f***ing transferring! Cease f***ing transferring! 

Within the chaos Lauren and Rob’s canine attacked Barisone.

Cpl. Derek Heymer: There have been two males on high of one another and a lady shot twice within the higher left chest and within the hand.

Corporal Derek Heymer had pushed alone, straight into an energetic crime scene.

Cpl. Derek Heymer: I rolled Mr. Barisone over and there was a gun subsequent to his left hand.

Nikki Battiste: What sort of gun?

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Within the afternoon of August 7, 2019, Michael Barisone grabbed this 9mm Ruger handgun out of a secure in his workplace, then drove to the farmhouse on the property the place Lauren Kanarek and Rob Goodwin had been residing. 

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Cpl. Derek Heymer: It was a Ruger, 9-millimeter Ruger handgun.

The cop grabbed the gun and tended to Lauren.

Cpl. Derek Heymer: She was fairly pale. Virtually gray.

Lauren Kanarek, bleeding out, acquired the primary ambulance. Barisone, crushed by Goodwin and cuffed by Heymer, got here subsequent. The horseman whispered 5 phrases that stated the whole lot.

Cpl. Derek Heymer: “I had a superb life.” And he repeated that a few instances.

The struggle at Hawthorne Hill was accomplished. Lauren Kanarek was struggling for her life.

Lauren Kanarek
Lauren Kanarek, bleeding out, was taken instantly to the hospital for emergency surgical procedure. Seen right here within the hospital with a ventilator, Kenarek says she was in a coma for 4 days and within the ICU for 3 weeks. 

Jonathan Kanarek

Jonathan Kanarek: They did not know if she had mind injury. … They stated, “We have put her in a medically-induced coma.” … And he or she had tubes in her — in all places.

The subsequent day Michael Barisone was charged with two counts of tried homicide.

Jordan Osborne: He is by no means been a violent individual.

Lara Osborne: I stated to the cops in my assertion that evening, she broke his mind. And he or she completely did.

Nikki Battiste: What was your response?

Michael Poulin: I cried.

Michael Barisone: I keep in mind wakin’ up in a hospital mattress. And I keep in mind pulling to maneuver out of it and my hand was handcuffed to the rail. 

Michael Barisone
Rob Goodwin stated he was in a position to deal with Michael Barisone to the bottom. Lauren Kanarek known as 911 whereas severely injured and gasping for air. When the primary cop arrived, he noticed Goodwin on high of Barisone, who was badly crushed as seen on this picture of taken on the hospital after the capturing

Ed Bilinkas and Chris Deininger

That element he remembers. However once more, Barisone says he doesn’t keep in mind capturing Lauren Kanarek.

Michael Barisone: Nothin’. Nothin’. I haven’t got any recollection of that. Nothing. I do not know what occurred.

Practically three years of authorized maneuvering would come to an finish in March 2022.

CHRISTOPHER SCHELLHORN | PROSECUTOR [in court]: He was livid. He was annoyed. … And he most definitely knew what he was doing was unsuitable when he … tried to kill them.

ED BILINKAS | DEFENSE ATTORNEY [in court]: “Assist. I worry for my life.” These are the cries for assist from Michael Barisone. These cries fell on deaf ears.

Quickly the jury would hear from Lauren.  And he or she wished to remind them that she was the sufferer.

LAUREN KANAREK [in court]: I used to be in a coma for 4 days, within the ICU for 3 weeks, unable to talk ‘trigger I had a ventilator shoved down my throat. … Like my life was nearly ended.

Bilinkas and Deininger set a uncommon technique: Michael Barisone was quickly insane.

Nikki Battiste: An madness protection just isn’t one we hear daily.

Ed Bilinkas: They infrequently work.

Nikki Battiste: You took a danger?

Ed Bilinkas: Yup, I took an enormous danger.

Christopher Schellhorn: I’ve had quite a few madness protection instances in my profession.

Nikki Battiste: Did you win them?

Christopher Schellhorn: This was the primary one which went to trial.


Michael Barisone wanted to promote Hawthorne Hill. His relationship with Mary Haskins Grey ended.

However she testified that the summer time of 2019 was his time of terror.

MARY HASKINS GRAY [in court]: He continued to change into increasingly fearful, to unravel, to be in panic, sheer panic.

As for Barisone’s relationship together with her kids, Little one Protecting Companies reported no points. And Haskins was emphatic.

MARY HASKINS [in court]: He was great to my kids. 

ED BILINKAS: Did Michael Barisone love your son?

MARY HASKINS: Very a lot.

The Olympians Barisone had skilled now stood by his aspect.

BOYD MARTIN [in court]: You recognize I really like the man … He was instrumental in serving to me get to my first Olympic video games.  … and nice mentor, coach, competitor.

The legal professionals’ battleground turned Barisone’s mind.  

Ed Bilinkas: In my thoughts I wished him examined by a top-notch forensic psychiatrist.

Docs Steven Simring and Charles Hasson spent hours inspecting Barisone.

Nikki Battiste: Why did he do it?

Dr. Steven Simring: She drove him loopy. She gaslighted him and he or she drove him over the sting.

Lauren Kanarek
Lauren Kanarek was requested throughout her testimony if she had a plan to destroy Michael Barisone. Kanarek replied, “In some unspecified time in the future, sure.” She was fast to ensure the jury understood that she was the sufferer — having spent weeks in a hospital, within the ICU with a tube down her throat.

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ED BILINKAS [in court]: Did you will have a plan to destroy Michael Barisone?

LAUREN KANAREK: In some unspecified time in the future, sure.

Dr. Steven Simring: She performed together with his actuality.

Dr. Charles Hasson: And he or she loved taking part in with him. … Toying with him.

Dr. Steven Simring: And he cracked below that strain.

Jonathan Kanarek: You’ve got your breaking level … You do not take a gun and attempt to kill two individuals.

Schellhorn had his personal technique and his personal forensic psychologist taking a bead on Barisone, his sanity and his story.

DR. LOUIS SCHLESINGER [in court]: He claimed that he does not have reminiscence just for the legal habits. Just for the legal, his reminiscence for the whole lot else is great are you kidding? … That is a pink flag!

Dr. Louis Schlesinger did not purchase that Barisone’s thoughts short-circuited.

DR. LOUIS SCHLESINGER [in court]: So, what does he not keep in mind? Getting the gun, loading the gun, driving to the place Lauren was … The one factor you do not keep in mind is the legal habits? Why is that?

Dr. Steven Simring: Robert Goodwin hit him on the pinnacle … which might be the more than likely purpose that he misplaced reminiscence.

Lauren Kanarek testified she felt she had been lied to — prevented by Barisone from reaching her lifelong dressage dream. Barisone’s authorized staff says her frustration fed her urge for food for revenge.

ED BILINKAS [in court]: You wished to smash his enterprise, appropriate?

LAUREN KANAREK: I believe lastly, yeah, that was in my thoughts.

And in response to Goodwin, if Lauren Kanarek did need issues resolved peacefully, she by no means acquired a remaining likelihood.

ROB GOODWIN [in court]: She did not get to say a lot to Michael earlier than he pulled out the gun. He wasn’t there for a dialog. He was there to kill us —

On the heart of this area sat Barisone. Silent. Teary. Ragged.

Christopher Schellhorn: He regarded very completely different on the time of the trial than he did at every other level earlier than that.

Jonathan Kanarek: It was a joke. … You recognize, that they had him prepared for the madness protection.

After nearly two weeks, the legal professionals rested. 4 tense days handed.

JUDGE TAYLOR: With regard to depend one, tried homicide of Lauren Kanarek what’s your verdict?

JUROR: Not responsible by purpose of madness.

Ed Bilinkas: Him crumbling and falling into my arms — I really feel emotional simply speaking about it. There’s nothing higher in life than that feeling.

Chris Deininger: It is unfathomable how satisfying it’s when it goes the appropriate manner and also you win.

ED BILINKAS [exclaims outside of the courthouse]: It is a fantastic day within the authorized system right this moment. Michael Barisone not responsible by purpose of madness.

Not responsible.

Michael Barisone
Michael Barisone hugs protection lawyer Ed Bilinkas after being discovered not responsible by purpose of madness.

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Nikki Battiste: What doesn’t responsible by purpose of madness imply?

Ed Bilinkas: It means he isn’t accountable for his conduct.

The jury dominated that on the time of the incident Michael Barisone was insane. They weren’t charged with deciphering the distressed man sitting earlier than them.

Nikki Battiste: What was Lauren’s response to the decision?

Jonathan Kanarek: Shocked. Dismayed. Could not imagine it.

Nikki Battiste: Lauren is the sufferer on this story. Has that been misplaced?

Jonathan Kanarek: I believe so sadly, that is been misplaced. … Folks within the sport suppose Michael Barisone has been vindicated.

Ed Bilinkas: She drove Michael Barisone loopy. … Who does that to a different particular person. Michael Barisone is a sufferer.


When “48 Hours” spoke with Barisone it was simply hours after the decision. Now not 80 years in jail, he appeared a special individual. He had simply checked in with the nurse.

Michael Barisone: And he or she stated, “How are you feeling? And I stated, “effectively, apparently sufficient, it is in all probability one of the best day of my life.” You recognize?

Then the fallen horseman turned reflective.

Michael Barisone: I am misplaced. I am a ship with no rudder. The world I knew is not any longer there. … So, I’ve to rebuild a brand new world.

That will not ever occur if lawyer Bruce Nagel has his manner. He’s suing Barisone on Lauren’s behalf.

Bruce Nagel: And I can let you know that the one momentary madness that was within the courtroom was in that jury field. He was a whole faker. A whole fraud. 

Lara Osborne: He was completely 100% not appearing.

Ed Bilinkas: No, no technique there. That’s Michael Barisone.

And inside weeks after of the decision, Barisone was transferred to a psychiatric hospital.

Michael Barisone’s supporters hope they may quickly get the prospect to welcome him house. 

Nikki Battiste: When you concentrate on the day he would possibly stroll again in right here, how do you envision that?

Jordan Osborne: Plenty of tears.

Lara Osborne: Yeah, a variety of tears from everybody. … They will be blissful to see him.

Lara Osborne: Completely. Horses are nice healers.

Nikki Battiste: In some unspecified time in the future your relationship with Michael modified.

Lara Osborne: Sure, it did.

Throughout the partitions of a jail, Lara Osborne and Michael Barisone turned a pair.

Nikki Battiste: Could not go on a date.

Lara Osborne: No No definitely could not go on a date … Hopefully that may change quickly.

Nikki Battiste: Have you ever discovered something about your daughter by all of this?

Jonathan Kanarek: She’s even harder than I believed. … it’s a miracle.

Nikki Battiste: The place will we see Lauren Kanarek in 10 years?

Lauren Kanarek: Hopefully nonetheless on a horse whereas I am 51 years outdated. … And hopefully I will have much more horses.

Michael Barisone: I would like everybody on this entire factor to go on and have stunning lives. Everybody. I solely need everybody to do effectively with the desires that they’ve.

Michael Barisone was evaluated on the psychiatric hospital.

Simply final week, a choose dominated that he needs to be transferred to a much less restrictive facility for the subsequent six months, when a listening to shall be held to examine his progress.

Produced by James Stolz. Alicia Tejada and Marc Goldbaum are the event producers. Michael Loftus is the sector producer. Gregory Kaplan, Wini Dini and Michael Baluzy are the editors. Peter Schweitzer is the senior producer. Nancy Kramer is the chief story editor. Judy Tygard is the chief producer.


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