The death of a North Adams woman has been ruled a homicide


An autopsy revealed she had also suffered multiple blunt force trauma to the head, according to Mass Live.

Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien, the founder of the Miss Trans America pageant, was found dead at her house on Friday, Jan. 5. On Friday at 9:09 p.m., her husband Mark went to police to confess to killing his wife.

She was found Friday evening inside her home by North Adams police.

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Her husband Mark Steele-Knudslien is the primary suspect in the case. Mark is being held without bail.

The investigation is being conducted by State Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney's Office, members of the North Adams and Adams Police Departments and the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services Section. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Northern Berkshire District Court Monday morning.

Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien was a friend of mine on Facebook. According to reports, he says he and his wife got into an argument and he "snapped", stabbing her with a knife and hitting her with a hammer. She was an exuberant soul who just days ago shared about her new snow blower, home improvements while endearing encouraging her husband's efforts to quit smoking.

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The founder of the Miss Trans America Pageant was found stabbed to death in her MA home on Friday.

Reading Christa Leigh's Facebook page is a sad affair. "Noho Pride had the pleasure of working along side Christa at the time the Miss Trans Northampton Pageant was created, now the Miss Trans New England Pageant".

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