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    When Candy met Joe Collier in St. Petersburg, Fla., in 2005, the two plunged into a whirlwind love affair. But the elementary school teacher had no idea that the man she had fallen for, was hiding a much darker past than she could have ever imagined.
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    Twenty five years earlier, Joe Collier was known in his rural Wisconsin town of Mineral Point as Peter Zimmer, the adopted teenaged son of Sally and Hans Zimmer.
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    In May 1983, police were called to a grisly crime scene at the Zimmer's farm house: According to the police report, Sally Zimmer had been stabbed to death and carried into a shed behind the house; Hans was shot; and their 11-year-old adopted son Perry was mutilated. Perry's body had been dragged through the hallways leaving a trail of blood, pictured here. Peter Zimmer, then 14, fled the scene and was later picked up by authorities in Missouri.
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    According to police, this was the knife Zimmer used to fatally stab his mother Sally through the face, lung and brain, and to stab his brother, Perry in the heart, face and lung. According to the autopsy report, Perry displayed "defense cuts of extremities." When Zimmer's father Hans returned home from work, Zimmer shot him five times. <P> Under Wisconsin law, Zimmer could only be tried as a juvenile despite the heinous nature of the crimes. He pleaded no contest to the killings, was found delinquent and there was no trial. Instead of being sent to the state penitentiary, Zimmer was sent to the Ethan Allen School for Boys. In 1987, he walked out of the Ethan Allen School a free man with a clean record and soon after, a new name -- Jovan Collier -- Joe, for short.
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    Adopted brothers Peter and Perry Zimmer are pictured together in happier times, at a Halloween party in the early 80s with some friends. Perry is dressed in a skeleton costume and Peter is dressed as G.I. Joe.
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    While Zimmer was at the Ethan Allen School, Collier developed a friendship with Belinda, a 19-year-old volunteer at the facility. Their friendship evolved into something more, and produced a daughter, named Nicole.
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    Nicole grew up oblivious of her father's past. "I understand that, you know, [my mom] was trying to protect me, didn't want me to like -- freak out when I was younger, like knowing all that stuff," said Nicole, 22. Collier reconnected with Nicole shortly before his past came to light.
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    But there were signs that Collier hadn't made a clean break from his past as Peter Zimmer. He left Belinda and Nicole for Leah, the woman whom he later married in Indiana. Here, Zimmer is pictured with Leah at a friend's house in Indiana; the same friend who introduced them. Leah and Collier have one son together. In 2005, he left Indiana, for Florida, where he met Candy, who he planned to marry next.
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    In May 2009, Candy discovered Collier was cheating on her and ended their relationship. According to those "20/20" spoke to, the rejection seemed to be more than he could handle and it awakened his deep-seated rage.
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    When Candy reached out to Collier's birth mother, with whom she knew he had reconnected, she learned another startling secret about the man she had planned to marry: he had brutally murdered his own adoptive parents, pictured here, and his little brother, back in 1983. "I was in shock," she told "20/20." I mean I, I knew he was a liar, but I didn't think he was evil."
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    Collier bombarded Candy with cards and e-mails, at first trying to sweet-talk his way back into her good graces. "You are the love of my life and I have been so happy to have found you," he writes. "Please see how this is really just a big misunderstanding."
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    But the emails numbered in the hundreds and the tone turned hostile."If I cannot be in your life, then I do not wish you success and happiness but the opposite," he wrote in another email. "You are a cold hearted, cold blooded bitch!" Candy also noticed small acts of vandalism at her home.
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    Collier was arrested and convicted of aggravated stalking. He is scheduled to be released from prison in 2013.
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