KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The black internet widow convinced her internet boyfriend from Kansas City, Missouri, to travel to Michigan and murder her husband by falsely portraying him as abusive.
Sharee Paulette Kitley Miller spun a web of lies that trapped her internet boyfriend Jerry Cassaday and ultimately drove him to kill Bruce Miller. Cassaday relied solely on Sharee’s reports and had no personal knowledge of Bruce.
Bruce and Sharee lived in Flint, Michigan. Bruce, 47, owned a business called B&D Auto Salvage. Bruce initially hired Sharee, a 26-year-old single mother of three with one History of abusive relationshipsto work as his accountant. They quickly progressed in their relationship, moving from dating to living together and finally marriage.
Friends expressed concern about Sharee’s financial habits as she had maxed out her credit cards, which they believed she would not have had if Bruce had not worked hard to earn money. However, Bruce’s family disagreed.
In an episode of Snapped that covered the case, Chuck Miller, Bruce’s brother, revealed that Sharee continually praised Bruce as the best thing that ever happened to her. Judy, Chuck’s wife, said that Bruce thought Sharee was the “perfect woman.”
Due to her excessive spending, Bruce purchased a computer to help Sharee track her spending. Unfortunately, this is where Sharee began weaving her web – her introduction to the Internet.
Internet chat room
Sharee met Cassaday in an Internet chat room even before she married Bruce. Cassaday first met her in an online chat room while she was employed at a casino in Reno, Nevada.
Even after Sharee married her husband, she continued to talk to Cassaday and eventually traveled to meet him in person. Sharee and a friend were vacationing in Reno in 1999, where they had their first encounter. Cassaday’s acquaintances say Sharee came into his life when he was at his lowest point due to a failed marriage Getting used to single life.
As Cassaday’s feelings for Sharee grew stronger, they began an affair, and Sharee used her cosmetics company as an excuse to meet Cassaday during her “work trips.” She had this affair in the summer and fall of 1999 while she was still married to Bruce.
Sharee deceived Cassaday about her husband and falsely claimed that Bruce was abusive. She claimed that too Cassaday got her pregnant and Bruce’s abuse led to her miscarriage. She was never actually pregnant.
Sharee and her lover Cassaday conspired to kill her husband. She convinced Cassaday that Bruce was a dangerous figure in organized crime and that her life was in danger. They planned the details of Bruce’s murder together.
Shortly before the murder, Cassaday told his brother Mike that he was leaving town for a few days and told him to look under his bed for a briefcase in case he didn’t return.
Someone murdered Bruce on November 9, 1999. By December, Sharee had ended her relationship with Cassaday and started a new one.
The Missouri Connection
A year later, the case had a breakthrough after Cassaday died at his residence in Missouri. He left a note and a briefcase containing evidence and a confession about Bruce’s murder.
Cassaday wrote in the note that he killed Bruce and accused Sharee of planning the crime. They collected additional evidence from the Instant messaging during the murder and Sharee’s involvement in ensuring that Cassaday took Bruce’s wallet.
Sharee goes to court
During the trial, Sharee argued that Cassaday’s note was forged and denied any involvement in her husband’s murder. However, the rest of the evidence in the case did not reveal a motive for this Cassaday should make up for lies in his note.
Police determined that Cassaday had compiled the evidence before his death solely to determine whether Sharee had actually manipulated him into committing the murder.
At December 22, 2000The court found Sharee guilty of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and subsequently sentenced her to life in prison.
Sharee became short-term got engaged to Michael Denoyer in 2008 and they married.
In 2016, Sharee admitted to plotting her husband’s murder, 17 years after Bruce’s death. She acknowledged her commitment Bruce’s murder by sending a four-page, typed letter to Genesee Circuit Court Judge Judith A. Fullerton.
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