• Name: Craig Titus
  • Date of Birth: January 14, 1965
  • Height: 6 ft 9 in
  • Weight: 83 kg

WIKI of Craig Titus

Former IFBB professional bodybuilder Craig Titus' career was ended when he committed the heinous crime of killing a lady. He competed in bodybuilding competitions from 1988 to 2005, the year of the murder.

“Murderers are not monsters, they're men. And that's the most frightening thing about them.”

Early Life

Craig Michael Titus is an American ex-professional Bodybuilder. He was born in Wyandotte, Michigan, on January 14, 1967. Titus spent much of his early years in a place named Riverview, which is close to Detroit, Michigan. He is of French and Greek descent, having a French mother and a Greek father. He has a younger sister named Nicole and a younger brother named Kevin. Due to his small stature, he tried playing football in high school but did not fare well. He concentrated on wrestling instead. He was only 135 pounds and 5'6" tall when he was a senior in high school, when he was at his strongest. He began doing weights, and after a few years, he gained about 50 pounds. He was able to notice pretty good results very away. This is when he made the decision to take up bodybuilding.                   

Personal life 

Between July 2003 and November 2005, Titus penned a monthly column for Muscular Development. While both of them were serving time for Melissa James's murder, Ryan, a bodybuilder, petitioned for divorce from Kelly Ann Ryan. December 2009 saw the divorce's finalization.

Training

Craig Titus despite having a negative reputation as bodybuilding's "bad boy," his workout regimen is excellent if you want to gain strength and size.

Titus' training adage is "go hard or go home." But intensity doesn't always imply reaching your limit, he also says:

 "I used to lift as much weight as I could, which was foolish. Now, when I train Marter, I use heavier weights, do more repetitions, and concentrate on pumping as much blood into the muscle as I can.”

Nutrition

Titus has spoken about his diet in interviews. He says he eats a lot of fish and poultry but won't touch red meat until he's on a diet for a programme. He also enjoys almonds for their healthy fats, as well as fruits, rice, jam, and bagels. His goal was to go keto for three to four days before stocking up on carbs and simple sugars.

Bodybuilding Career

Titus had a height of 5'6 inches when he graduated from high school "and sixty kg At the age of 21, he stood 5 feet 8 inches tall "and 185 pounds of it. He made the decision to start competing as a bodybuilder once he began to see positive results from his weight training. His first bodybuilding competition was the 1988 Houston Bodybuilding Championships, which he won both the Men's Open Middleweight category and the overall title for.

Championships

  1. 2005 IFBB Iron Man Pro—6th
  2. 2004 IFBB GNC Show Of Strength—6th
  3. 2004 IFBB Florida Xtreme Pro Challenge—7th
  4. 2004 IFBB Grand Prix Australia—6th
  5. 2004 IFBB Arnold Classic And Internationals—6th
  6. 2004 IFBB Iron Man Pro—5th
  7. 2003 IFBB Night Of Champions—3rd
  8. 2002 IFBB GNC Show Of Strength—7th
  9. 2002 Mr. Olympia—11th
  10. 2002 Night of Champions XIV—5th
  11. 2002 Southwest Pro—7th
  12. 2001 British Grand Prix—9th
  13. 2001 Mr. Olympia—12th
  14. 2001 Arnold Classic—6th
  15. 2001 San Francisco Grand Prix—2nd
  16. 2001 Ironman Pro Invitational—5th
  17. 2000 Toronto Pro—5th
  18. 2000 Arnold Classic—10th
  19. 2000 Night of Champions—11th
  20. 2000 Ironman Pro Invitational—8th
  21. 1996 NPC USA Championships—1st Heavyweight and Overall (earning pro card in the IFBB)
  22. 1995 NPC USA Championships—2nd Heavyweight
  23. 1994 NPC National Championships—2nd Heavyweight
  24. 1994 NPC USA Championships—2nd Heavyweight
  25. 1993 NPC USA Championships—4th Heavyweight
  26. 1991 NPC Ironman/Ironmaiden—Overall
  27. 1990 NPC Tournament of Champions—3rd Heavyweight
  28. 1990 NPC Western Cup—Overall
  29. 1989 NPC Houston Bodybuilding Championships—Overall
  30. 1988 NPC Houston Bodybuilding Championships—1st Middleweight and Overall

Controversy

Breaking Rules

In 1996, after winning the NPC USA Championships, he received his IFBB professional card. There were several hiccups along the way to these early accomplishments. He once entered a guilty plea to distributing ecstasy and was sent to house arrest for 16 months while wearing an electronic anklet. When he was caught using anabolic steroids, he broke the terms of his probation and received a 21-month prison sentence, which ended his professional life.

Comeback

Titus started competing in more difficult events against the greatest athletes in the world in 2000, and he finished eighth at the Ironman Pro, tenth at the Arnold Classic, fifth at the Toronto Pro, and eleventh at the Night of Champions. He performed even better the following year, placing sixth in the Arnold Classic and twelve at Mr. Olympia. At Mr. Olympia in 2002, he improved to 11th place, and during the following few years, up until his final competition in 2005, he placed in the top 10 at numerous IFBB events.

Inmates and murder

Titus' personal assistant, Melissa James, was discovered burned inside his wife's Jaguar in December 2005. The way the victim died—after being beaten, tasered, and given morphine—was frightening. She and Titus had a relationship.

Titus said that Melissa was killed accidentally when he was high on narcotics. The murder also implicated his wife. Things "got carried away," he claimed.

Although Titus and his wife initially asserted that Melissa had taken their vehicle, the footage revealed a different scenario. They were captured on camera buying lighter fluid from Walmart. After leaving Las Vegas, the would-be Bonnie and Clyde couple travelled east to the other side of the nation. They were merely trying to survive at this point and worried that the murder would tarnish their reputations; they also feared that they would be apprehended in Massachusetts. The couple was feared to be escaping to Greece by the authorities.

The brutality of the murder made national headlines, and it was covered by numerous crime shows, including Crime Watch Daily.

Imprisonment

Titus and his wife first entered a plea of innocence, which left them open to receiving the death penalty. Anthony Gross, a third person, admitted responsibility and was given probation because he assisted in setting the car on fire, although he insisted that he was unaware that a murder had occurred.

Prior to the trial, Craig Titus and his wife Kelly Titus both amended their no contest pleas to guilty. Craig received a sentence of 21–55 years in prison, while Kelly received a term of 6-26 years.

In 2026, Craig will be first eligible for parole.