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Posted on Wed, Jun 5, 2013 : 5:58 a.m.

TV crime show features man who dumped dead wife's body parts at Ann Arbor area McDonald's

By John Counts

A new series on the television channel Investigation Discovery will feature a case involving dismembered body parts turning up in a Washtenaw County McDonald's.

Thomas Craft and the 1999 murder of his wife, Lynette Quast Craft, will be the focus of the series premiere of the show "Most Likely To," which airs at 9 p.m. Wednesday.


Thomas Craft, as shown in his booking photo from 1999. files

Thomas, 50, was convicted of murdering Lynette and scattering her body around Michigan. A Toldeo Blade report from 2011 said that detectives from the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office found legs severed from the knees down at the McDonald's on Zeeb Road in Scio Township later the same day in July 1999 that the mother of two was reported missing from the couple's home in Ohio. Her drivers license was also found at that time.

According to the Blade report, Lynette had known Thomas since they were children and they had dated since high school in Wisconsin. Craft became a successful engineer and the couple moved to Ohio, where they started a family. Craft claims his wife killed herself and that he dismembered her and scattered the parts to assuage the shame of suicide.


Lynette Craft on her wedding day. files

The Quast family is convinced Craft murdered Lynette, according to a press release. They had been arguing the days before her disappearance, the Blade reported.

Thomas Craft eventually entered a plea deal in an Ohio court that sent him to prison for 12 years. He was scheduled to be released on June 20, 2011.

Two retired detectives from the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office -- Cindy Squires and Gordon Ralph -- were interviewed and will appear in the episode, according to a press release.

The show is on channel 111 on Comcast in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area. It's on channel 260 on Uverse.

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Sun, Aug 11, 2013 : 3:33 p.m.

12 years for murdering and dismembering your wife??? Looks like me and my wife are moving to OHIO!!!


Wed, Jun 5, 2013 : 10:54 p.m.

Here is the story from 2011 on the case.


Wed, Jun 5, 2013 : 6:22 p.m.

12 years? did I read that right? 12 years? ONLY 12 years?! this guy should never see the light of day again, the system is broken possibly beyond repair!


Wed, Jun 5, 2013 : 3:04 p.m.

Only 12 years?????

Craig Lounsbury

Wed, Jun 5, 2013 : 12:47 p.m.

Its shocking to me that he could get out at all let alone in 12 years. I understand that not all killings are "1st degree murder" but when chopping up a body and spreading it around gets tossed in to the mix that says to me the person doing the chopping has a disconnect from reality that we need to be protected from.


Wed, Jun 5, 2013 : 12:30 p.m.

Muder and body dismemberment equals only 12 years in an Ohio prison? What? I would think disposing of dismembered body parts in Michigan could result in charges here too - unless there is a statute of limitations on those potential charges. What happened?


Wed, Jun 5, 2013 : 11:59 a.m.

Didn't they literally find a trail of "body parts"from Ohio to here? Dumped in different locations?


Wed, Jun 5, 2013 : 7:15 p.m.

I guess we will find out tonight at 9pm!

music to my ear

Wed, Jun 5, 2013 : 12:38 p.m.


Hugh Giariola

Wed, Jun 5, 2013 : 10:24 a.m.

So he was scheduled to be released 2 years ago. Was he released?

Paula Gardner

Wed, Jun 5, 2013 : 11:15 a.m.



Wed, Jun 5, 2013 : 10:06 a.m.

John, there is a missing s on the word his in the 4th paragraph.

music to my ear

Wed, Jun 5, 2013 : 12:37 p.m.

and is there not a L missing from the beginning of your name. like what is eom just asking, no comment about the poor woman killed. may she rest in peace.

Paula Gardner

Wed, Jun 5, 2013 : 10:13 a.m.

I just fixed that. Thank you.