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Husband kills his transgender wife and founder of Miss Trans America beauty pageant just 9 months after wedding

By Emily Lewis 1:49 PM February 6, 2018
Mark and Christa Steele-Knudslien

A husband lost his temper and beat his transgender wife with a hammer just several months after their wedding, according to police in Massachusetts.

The North Adams man was arraigned at the Northern Berkshire District Court on a murder charge.

47-year-old Mark S. Steele-Knudslien appeared before Judge Paul Vrabel and he pleaded not guilty in connection with the death of his wife, 42-year-old Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien, whose body was found inside their Veazie Street North Adams home on Friday evening.

Judge Vrabel ordered that he be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without the right to bail.

According to the police investigation, Christa was the founder of the Miss Trans America beauty pageant.

She was transgender and a big advocate for the LGBTQ community.

Nine months ago, Christa and Mark got married.

Police said that they have been called a number of times to the couple’s home.

On Saturday morning, Mark walked into a police station and confessed to killing his wife.

He said that he lost his temper.

Mark then grabbed a hammer and hit his wife in the head.

He then took a knife and stabbed her in the back.

Mark then took a shower and went out to buy liquor.

He drank a lot of alcohol and went to the police station to confess.