The glamorous equestrian accused of a murder-for-hire plot against her now estranged husband is said to have suffered a traumatic upbringing.
Those closest to Tatyana Remley have pointed to the harrowing details of her past in a bid to understand her desire to kill her second husband Mark.
She was allegedly sexually assaulted by her brother, pulled from school and starved of personal relationships while being raised by an alcoholic father and complacent mother.
Remley’s first husband was multi-millionaire biotech tycoon Kenneth Woolcott, who she married 2005.
He told the New York Post that the 42-year-old was born in Arizona but raised in remote Bend, Oregon where she only attended school until the fourth grade.
Glamorous equestrian Tatyana Remley, who is accused of a murder-for-hire plot against her now estranged husband, is said to have suffered a traumatic upbringing
Tatyana was embroiled in a custody battle with her first husband, multi-millionaire biotech tycoon, Kenneth Woolcott over their son (pictured together)
Tatyana married Mark (pictured together) – who inherited $26million from his parents – on March 18, 2011 but filed for divorce from him in 2012 and 2015 before reconciling each time
When her parents, Vera and Brian, moved to northern San Diego County’s Valley Center they didn’t enroll their daughter into school according to court documents obtained by the outlet.
‘My husband … wanted to do home school, whatever, once we came to California,’ said Vera in a 2009 deposition. ‘We had a lot of difficulties with [Brian].
‘If I could go back, I would undo everything, and see to it that she be in school … I’m very sorry, because I believe in school.’
Vera had been testifying on behalf of her daughter who was embroiled in a bitter custody battle with Woolcott over their son.
She claimed that her older child, a son named Vladimir, had allegedly molested Tatyana when she was a child, which she only found out from her daughter when she’d turned 13 or 15.
‘I was shocked and I really didn’t want to have much of anything to do with my son after that,’ Vera testified.
‘Before that I was suspicious because, I don’t know. He wasn’t doing good.
‘He is so damaged by the drugs. He talks funny and he hated my daughter when she was born, he hated her extremely, always trying to make some kind of way to make her cry or hurt or something.
‘Hated her, because he felt like she took him … she took me away from him.’
In his own deposition, Woolcott said Tatyana ‘lacked essential parenting skills because of her upbringing as he used the alleged abuse and parents’ religious beliefs as an example, he Post reported.
‘Tatyana was kept isolated/captive on rural property in Valley Center, without school, social activities and interaction with her community,’ Woolcott said.
‘Moreover, I now understand that [one] of their religious tenets is the rejection of traditional medicine and medical care professionals.
‘She also was denied access to childhood friends out of the parents’ fear any such friends would lead to discovery of her captivity.
‘Essentially, Tatyana was captive for about 10 years (9 – 20 years old) with little, if any, contact with the outside world, education, social interaction or structure.’
Tatyana wed the former Southern California attorney and bio-tech tycoon in September 2003 when she was six months pregnant with their son.
The couple met after she did some modeling and spent a summer working at a San Diego animal park.
But the marriage hit the rocks almost immediately and the couple separated just 11 months later, with Tatyana filing for divorce and begging for spouse support from her estranged husband’s $45million fortune.
Woolcott told the Post that Tatyana had revealed that she had an alcoholic father while calling her mother ‘dysfunctional in the extreme’ according to an affidavit obtained by the outlet.
‘It is unclear to me how they survived over the last decade with no discernible income or employment,’ Woolcott said of his former in-laws adding that he didn’t trust Tatyana with their young son. ‘This is a tragic set of circumstances.’
Court documents also revealed that Tatyana’s grandmother, Sasha, had alleged that her granddaughter and her family stole from her for years.
Sasha claims to have tried to reach out to Woolcott multiple times saying her family had control of her funds and wouldn’t let her access them.
Doug Cross, a close friend of Sasha, also provided a deposition corroborating her claims against Tatyana and her family.
‘Sasha repeatedly told me Tayana took the money, spent it on a trip to Italy for herself, refused Sasha’s request for the return of the money and has never repaid her or offered to repay her.’
The decades-long custody battle ended with the Judge siding with Woolcott.
Meanwhile, Tatyana gave birth to a daughter and had failed engagements with at least three different men, court documents obtained by the Post revealed.
The revelations come as the horsewoman remains in jail accused of asking a friend to arrange a $2million hit on her second husband after she fled their palatial $5.3million hilltop home in Del Mar, California, in May and started divorce proceedings.
She was arrested following a police sting on August 2 at a local Starbucks, where she met a detective posing as a hitman. Her court filings claim she used to splash out $50,000 a month but Mark cut her off financially.
For her first marriage, Remley signed a pre-nuptial agreement seen by DailyMail.com which broadly stated each person owned what they came into the marriage with – and she would not ask for spousal support if it ended.
However, Tatyana wrote to the court asking for temporary personal support, saying: ‘The respondent and I were married on September 12, 2003 and separated on August 30, 2004, after 11 months of marriage.
‘Before our wedding the Respondent asked me to sign a premarital agreement. At the time I was six months pregnant with our now 8-month-old son. The premarital agreement underscores the great disparity in our assets.
‘On Exhibit A to the premarital agreement the respondent’s net worth was estimated to be $36,608,540, My net worth as set forth on Exhibit B was estimated to be $32,000.
‘This figure comprised of two horses with an estimated value of $15,000 and cash of approximately $17,000.
‘I am 23 years old and unemployed. The respondent is 46 years old. I estimate his current net worth to be $45,000,000.’
Remley is accused of offering a friend $2 million to kill Mark (pictured together)
Remley is seen posing with her estranged husband’s luxury sports car
Tatyana gave clues to her background in a December, 2004, filing to reinforce her case for interim support, saying: ‘I am 24 years old. Our son is now 11 months old. I did not finish high school.’
At the time she met Woolcott, she said: ‘I worked for a summer at Wild Animal Park and did some modelling, but did not earn enough to even file a tax return.’
Woolcott, who still lives in Seattle and proudly posts social media pictures of himself with Spencer, now 20, had ‘grave concerns’ about the spending of his soon-to-be ex-wife, whose maiden name was Clark.
In a December 15, 2004, court hearing in San Diego regarding financials, the tycoon’s attorney told the court his client questioned how Tatyana was actually spending the $2,000 he sent to help with rent.
That led to further worries about her attitude to money, with the attorney referring to the time they were together, saying: ‘He (Woolcott) has grave concerns regarding her spending and how she was spending the monies.
‘During the marriage… what she was doing is go to Costco, Nordstrom, to various stores which she could use credit cards to buy things, and she would turn around and take the items back and get cash.
‘He found out after they had been separated that she had been doing this and stockpiling money.
‘She did come into the marriage with $17,000 ten months ago. When she signed her income and expense declaration (for the divorce proceedings) she had $35,000.
DailyMail.com can reveal then-separated Tatyana said in her financial declaration that she spent $4,500 a month on rent, $1,775 on groceries, $500 on eating out, $425 on utilities, $2,500 on clothes, $2,000 on ‘entertainment and gifts’. When other items were included, she said her monthly outgoings were $15,802.58.
She later added an attachment that revealed she also spent $50 a month on books, newspaper and magazines, $200 on hair and nail car and $450 on holiday decorations and gifts.
Woolcott put his position bluntly to the court, saying in legal papers: ‘The Petitioner and I were only married for a period of 10 months. Further, the Petitioner waived spousal support in our Prenuptial Agreement. Therefore, I am only obliged to pay child support.’
He listed his assets as $45,113,749 and his net worth as $36,608,540 after liabilities had been deducted.
Remley and Woolcott wed in September 2003 when she was six months pregnant with their son, but separated 11 months later
Woolcott, who still lives in Seattle and proudly posts social media pictures of himself with Spencer, now 20, had ‘grave concerns’ about the spending of his soon-to-be ex-wife, whose maiden name was Clark
The couple was finally divorced on April 15, 2006. But their legal wrangling over the care of Spencer continued in San Diego Superior Court until 2015, according to legal papers.
By that time Tatyana had wed previously-married Mark – who inherited $26million from his parents – on March 18, 2011, filed for divorce from him a year later, reconciled and then filed another divorce petition in 2015, which was also dropped.
The couple, who gained notoriety in 2012 due to their failed multi-million dollar ‘equine-human acrobatics show’ called Valitar, split again on May 23, 2023. Tatyana filed a third divorce petition a month later.
DailyMail.com has already exclusively reported she alleges in her July 11 petition to San Diego Superior Court that Mark stood laughing as one of his friends raped her at gunpoint, had drug issues and had chased her around their home with a knife.
‘I am in danger when around the Respondent. He has a history of prior arrests including a $50,000 bail on record, extreme verbal abuse, drug abuse and has very dangerous friends,’ she wrote.
‘In the past he has been ordered to see a mental health counsellor due to his mental instability…
‘On May 21, 2023, Respondent’s friends came into our house and broke open my bedroom door while I was locked inside. It was late at night and I was scared to death.
‘They forced entry into my bedroom and held me at gunpoint. I was raped by one of his friends, who also told me that he planned on killing me.
‘This happened while the Respondent watched and laughed, allowing his friends to proceed.’
The ‘murder-for-hire’ accused also alleged the friends then enacted a chilling scene from 1972 movie epic The Godfather. ‘They went on to break my expensive horse statue in the yard,’ she said. ‘And put the head of the horse in my bed, Godfather style.
‘I came back the next day with police and the police were horrified. Over $250,000 of property was stolen or destroyed…
‘Since this incident I have been in hiding in an undisclosed location as I fear for my safety. After being in hiding for long enough, I finally decided to try to come back to San Diego. Upon my arrival the marital residence burned down. The cause is currently unknown.’
Tatyana was referring to the fire on July 5 that has gutted large parts of the home and is still being investigated. She was arrested at the scene after the sheriff’s department got a call about the blaze at 7.30pm.
Deputies attending found her with three guns and ammunition, according to the sheriff’s department. She was booked into jail on suspicion of firearm-related charges.
In the couple’s first divorce battle in 2012, Mark described himself as ‘retired’ in his income and expense declaration obtained by DailyMail.com, adding he had $7.6million in stocks and bonds, $8.2million in property and $337,316 in cash and checking accounts.
He previously had a stormy marriage to Elizabeth Joy Remley, 57, which ended around the time he had an affair with their two children’s nanny. On his declaration he puts $7,802 for child support payments.
During the 2012 battle, he accused Tatyana of stealing four of his horses which were kept in various locations in Del Mar, including the $4.6million home where he used to live with Elizabeth.
Mark, too, had a premarital agreement with Tatyana but agreed the horses were not affected by it because they were bought after they married. However he claimed that his estranged wife was trying to sell them on website dreamhorse.com.
Tatyana wrote to the court asking for temporary personal support, saying: ‘The respondent and I were married on September 12, 2003 and separated on August 30, 2004, after 11 months of marriage. I am 23 years old and unemployed. The respondent is 46 years old. I estimate his current net worth to be $45,000,000’
In the couple’s first divorce battle in 2012, Mark described himself as ‘retired’ in his income and expense declaration obtained by DailyMail.com, adding he had $7.6million in stocks and bonds, $8.2million in property and $337,316 in cash and checking accounts
Additionally, he was demanding the return of her $11,000 platinum tanzanite engagement ring.
The divorce drama and reconciliation was playing out as the couple were preparing for the Valitar horse show that failed so spectacularly at Del Mar Fairgrounds – eventually leaving a trail of angry creditors who were owed millions.
By the time of the 2015 divorce application from Mark, Tatyana’s monthly spending had leaped to $18,933, according to her financial disclosure. This included $2,140 on a mortgage, $5,000 on healthcare, $2,100 on groceries, $600 on eating out, $2,800 on utilities, but a reduced $350 on clothes. They separated on October 14 that year.
DailyMail.com has already revealed Mark has vanished after being rushed to hospital on the day news of the alleged ‘murder for hire’ plot was revealed.
He roared up in his black Ferrari supercar to the marital home situated in a quiet cul-de-sac of exclusive properties in Del Mar on August 28 – but then desperately rapped on a neighbor’s door saying he was having a seizure.
‘He was highly agitated and looked absolutely terrible, like he might have been detoxing from something,’ a source told DailyMail.com.
‘He said he thought he was having a seizure so the neighbor immediately rang 911. He was taken away in an ambulance to the hospital.
‘The Ferrari was left there. Three days later two of his friends arrived, took the car away and put chains on the gates of the house. Forget him being 57, apparently the guy looked more like 77.’
The sheriff’s department has not confirmed exactly where Tatyana was arrested, simply saying she was seized the same day as the Starbucks meeting.
San Diego Sheriff’s Department SWAT team arrived at the house on the afternoon of August 2, as shown in an exclusive DailyMail.com photo. A SWAT team member was heard shouting, ‘come out with your hands up.’
After splitting with Elizabeth in 2009, Mark moved to the current Del Mar spread with Tatyana, who was known to be on the fringes of Del Mar’s polo community.
The couple quickly exhibited extravagant tastes, particularly in their choice of cars. This year, three Rolls-Royces stood resplendent on the drive way, along with the Ferrari and two black pick-up trucks.
Tatyana, who loved to flaunt pictures of herself on social media, said in her 2023 filing that she spent up to $50,000 a month and had unlimited access to Mark’s luxury properties, which include a $2.5million spread in Hawaii.
‘Wife is experiencing extreme financial strain. She is unable to maintain her realistic monthly expenses of just $12,000, much less (than) what she was accustomed to at $50,000,’ her attorney Tiffany Brown wrote to the court.
‘She has no income and does not have the same access to fund and assets that Respondent does.’
Tatyana is pictured holding a belt around estranged husband Mark’s neck and leading him around a party
The petition claims Mark owns vehicles worth more than $1.3million and details the couple’s previous extravagance, saying: ‘Some nights, the parties would spend $30,000 in just one night. The parties frequently engaged in high end shopping and dining and went on luxury cruises.’
Tatyana was arrested after admitting her plans to have him killed and his body disposed of to an undercover detective, San Diego Sheriff’s Department has said.
The accused wife brought a cash down payment for the hit and three guns to the Starbucks meeting, it added. ‘She provided detailed information on how she wanted her husband killed and his body disposed,’ said a spokesperson.
The sheriff’s department has not revealed how it knew of the ‘plot’. But it has been reported Tatyana approached a friend of the couple about the alleged plan and police were later informed.
Tatyana is charged with solicitation of murder and two weapons charges; carrying and concealing firearms not registered in her name in a vehicle and carrying a loaded firearm in a public place not registered in her name.
She pleaded not guilty during her arraignment at superior court in Vista two days after her arrest. A bid to be released on $50,000 bail was rejected by the judge and she remains at Las Colinas Detention Facility. She is due in court for a preliminary hearing on November 16.