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Michelle Le murder suspect has volatile history, records show

September 23, 2011 |  9:29 am

Giselle Esteban
The woman charged with the murder of nursing student Michelle Le has a history of depression and violent behavior, according to court records cited by the Associated Press.

Giselle Esteban, 27, was involved in a turbulent, sometimes violent relationship with a man named Scott Marasigan.

The two were friends with Le, 26, and Esteban blamed Le for breaking up the couple.

Esteban was named a person of interest soon after Le went missing in May from a hospital in the East Bay city of Hayward. Security cameras in the hospital garage where Le parked showed that Esteban was in the structure about the time Le disappeared, Hayward police said.

They also said they found traces of Le's DNA on one of Esteban's shoes and cellphone records showed Esteban's and Le's phones traveled together in the hours after Le vanished.

Days after Le went missing, Esteban went on television and proclaimed her innocence while revealing she hated Le, a high school friend.

According to court records, Esteban's relationship with Marasigan, the father of Esteban's 5-year-old daughter, was marked by fights, breakups and police calls.

Three days before Le disappeared, Marasigan filed a temporary restraining order against Esteban. He alleged bizarre and threatening behavior against him and his family.

That same day, Esteban had broken into his house and went to their daughter's room, Marasigan reported. Esteban's ongoing battle with depression and their stormy relationship was described in the couple's 2010 custody dispute.

In 2008, a police report noted that Marasigan was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. He and Esteban were bruised and bloodied when police arrived. They both said the other attacked first.

Marasigan alleged in custody case filings that Esteban was suicidal. She denied the charge, claiming that Marasigan wanted to portray her as unstable to cover up his own violent behavior.

She said in the documents that she had a distant relationship with her family. She left home at 14 and moved from San Diego to San Francisco after high school.

"The Esteban women share three things," she wrote. "A quick temper, stubbornness (sic), and blaming."

Two psychiatric evaluations filed in the dispute in the summer of 2010 said Esteban has a history of depression.

They describe one incident when she was 20 in which friends called 911 after finding her asleep near an empty bottle of anti-depressants.

The evaluations said Esteban denied overdosing. They also found that Esteban was not a danger to herself or others.

Le's remains were found Saturday east of San Francisco by Carrie McGonigle, mother of Escondido murder victim Amber Dubois, 14, who was snatched outside her high school in 2009 and found dead a year later.


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Photo: Giselle Esteban appears in a Hayward courtroom Sept. 9. Credit: Paul Sakuma / Associated Press.