Real Name: Bonnie Lynn Pasciuto Haim
Nicknames: Bonnie Haim
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Date: January 6, 1993
Date of Birth: May 21, 1969
Weight: 110 lbs
Marital Status: Married
Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes
Details: When Bonnie Haim disappeared from her Jacksonville, Florida home on January 6, 1993, oddly her father stated he believed she may have just disappeared voluntarily; he also believed that Bonnie's husband, Michael, was not involved. Michael Haim's aunt, Eveann Haim, believes he was involved in her disappearance.
Michael and Bonnie had both worked for Eveann and her husband around the time of Bonnie's disappearance. According to Eveann, Michael was verbally abusive towards Bonnie at work; on at least one occasion, the abuse turned physical when Michael slammed Bonnie's hand in a car door. Bonnie had been planning to leave Michael for several months prior to her disappearance. She even opened up a bank account under her own name. In order to hide it from Michael, she had the statements mailed to work. When Michael found out, he was furious; he ordered Bonnie to close the account. Although Bonnie did close the account, she still planned on leaving Michael. She began leaving money with friends; she also put a deposit out on an apartment and attempted to enroll her son Aaron in a new preschool.
On the night of January 6, 1993, Bonnie arrived home from work around 7:30PM; she planned to go over to Eveann's home around 8PM. However, at 8:30PM, she called Eveann, telling her that she could not come over. Eveann noticed that Bonnie was crying and upset; Bonnie told her that she and Michael had gotten into an argument. The next morning, Michael called a co-worker and said that he and Bonnie would not be coming into work that day; he told the co-worker that Bonnie had left the previous night.
That same morning, Bonnie's purse was discovered in a trash bin behind the Red Roof Inn in Jacksonville with her money, credit cards, identification, and other belongings still inside it. When told of the discovery of Bonnie's purse, Michael reported Bonnie missing. Eveann noticed that Michael did not seem upset about Bonnie's disappearance, nor did he seem to care about her whereabouts. He seemed more concerned about the fact that she was hiding money from him. Michael has denied any involvement in Bonnie's disappearance. He stated that on the night of Bonnie's disappearance, she had left voluntarily around 11PM. He claimed that he had his mother come over later to watch Aaron while he went searching for Bonnie. He came back just forty-five minutes later and did not report her missing.
Authorities soon located Bonnie's car abandoned at Jacksonville Airport; the airport was in close proximity to the hotel where Bonnie's purse had been found. They noticed that the driver's seat was pushed farther back than what would have been comfortable for Bonnie; the seating placement instead fit someone of Michael's size. After examining the car, authorities found a shoe print on the driver's side floor. It was determined that the print belonged to the last person who had driven Bonnie's car. The print was found to match a specific type of athletic shoe that Michael owned. Bonnie's father, however, does not believe that the print is significant.
After her disappearance, Aaron made statements to a child psychologist indicating that Michael had killed Bonnie in a domestic dispute. Aaron also indicated that Michael had force him to come along when he disposed of Bonnie's body. Bonnie's father does not believe that his grandson's testimony was accurate. Investigators, however, claim that the overall testimony should not be discredited.
Bonnie's father is convinced that Michael is innocent and that Bonnie is still alive. Michael's aunt, however, believes that Michael murdered Bonnie and that Aaron witnessed it. Authorities consider Micheal the prime suspect in Bonnie's disappearance. Authorities also believe that Michael had an accomplice in the case. However, no one has been charged.
Suspects: Michael Haim is the prime suspect in Bonnie's disappearance. He allegedly was both verbally and physically abusive towards Bonnie. He became furious when he discovered that she had a bank account opened in her own name. On the night of her disappearance, his aunt noted that she was upset and crying after an argument with Michael. He called in sick the day after she vanished and did not initially report her missing. According to his aunt, he did not seem concerned about Bonnie being missing; instead, he was concerned about money she was hiding from him.
When Bonnie's car was found at the airport, the seat was pushed farther back than what would be comfortable for her; it appeared that someone taller, perhaps Michael had driven it. A tennis shoe impression was left behind by the last person to leave her car. Michael owned the same type of shoe; also, a mixture of sand and plant material taken from the impression was from the same source of material collected from his shoes.
Finally, and perhaps most damming, the couple's son Aaron claimed to have witnessed Michael kill Bonnie. However, the credibility of his statements have come into question.
Extra Notes: This segment was featured as a part of the January 12, 1996 episode. Michael Haim declined to be interviewed for the story. The case was also documented on Dateline after it was resolved.
Results: Solved. One claim made by Aaron as a child was verified in 1995. He told psychologists that his father had thrown a shotgun out of the car shortly after killing Bonnie. He eventually revealed to his foster mother the specific bridge that Michael had thrown the gun off of. The gun was located in the water below; it was determined to have been there since the time Bonnie disappeared. The gun matched another gun found in Michael's home. In 1999, Bonnie was declared legally dead. Aaron was adopted by his foster family and his name was changed to Aaron Fraser.
Michael's parental rights were later terminated. The judge felt that Aaron was at risk of abuse because he was the "only living witness to the murder of his mother". Aaron and his adoptive parents later sued Michael, claiming that he was responsible for Bonnie's murder. In 2005, a civil court judge ordered Michael to pay $26.3 million dollars to Aaron. According to him, he still recalls helping his father hide his mother's body when he was three years old. His aunt (Bonnie's sister) also recalls that Aaron told her that "Daddy shot mommy in the stomach". She also claims that his story did not change over the years; he always told her and investigators that Michael was the killer of his mother. As a child, he also drew pictures of his father shooting his mother. Furthermore, he wrote an essay in eighth grade, describing the murder of his mother and how his grandparents helped his father dispose of his mother's body.
As a part of the settlement, Aaron received the Haim home where he previously lived with his parents. During renovations in December 2014, he located the fragment of a skull under a concrete slab in the backyard of the home; the fragment was later identified as human. In August 2015, DNA tests on the skull fragment and additional remains that were found were positively identified as belonging to Bonnie Haim. Interestingly, on a 2000 lease for the property, Michael specifically prohibited renters from doing any landscaping or digging in the backyard. Also, a .22 caliber shell was found with the remains; at the time of Bonnie's disappearance, he owned a .22 caliber rifle.
On August 24, 2015, Michael was arrested and charged with Bonnie's murder. He was extradited back to Jacksonville, Florida, where he pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. After several delays, Michael's trial began on April 8, 2019. Several witnesses, including Aaron and the couple's relatives testified against him. Two jailhouse informants also testified that Michael had confessed to killing Bonnie and burying her in the backyard. One stated that he even feared for his safety while sharing a jail cell with Michael.
Michael testified in his own defense, denying any responsibility for Bonnie's disappearance and death. On April 12, he was found guilty of second-degree murder. On May 21, he was sentenced to life in prison.
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