Diary entries found in Beverly Liggett’s home after her October death suggest the 56-year-old mother of accused murderer Ari Liggett may have struggled with a form of mental illness.
During Ari Liggett’s June 4 preliminary hearing, public defender Jennifer Ahnstedt quoted personal entries made by Beverly in the fall of 1999, suggesting she may have been depressed and contemplated suicide.
“I want to die,” wrote Beverly Liggett. “I have no life.”
Further entries hint the woman neighbors describe as very private “felt out of control” and took Tegretol, an anticonvulsant often prescribed to treat bipolar disorder.
Arapahoe County Sheriff’s deputy Craig Clark testified that Liggett’s fiance, Seth Masia, had confirmed with investigators that Beverly had a history of bipolar disorder, a mood disorder marked by episodes of manic behavior, typically alternating with episodes of depression.
However, statements made to investigators by those who knew Beverly suggest, at the time of her death, she was at her happiest, looking forward to a new career and a new life with Masia.
But it may have been those impending changes that put Beverly at odds with her son.
Sworn statements indicate Liggett denies killing his mother, but the 24-year-old college dropout is charged with her death and dismemberment of her body.
Although a court-ordered competency hearing in February deemed Liggett competent to stand trial, his father, Ron Liggett, has gone on record with local media stating that Ari is mentally ill and that the family has struggled to get him help for more than 20 years.
Ari Liggett was arrested Oct. 17 in Greenwood Village after crashing his mother’s gold Honda CRV at the intersection of Orchard Road and Dayton Street.
After eluding authorities on foot, Liggett was apprehended.
Investigators found Beverly Liggett’s dismembered body stored in two locked plastic tubs in the back of the vehicle.
Liggett later told investigators that he wanted to hide his mother’s body in order to use her credit cards.