"A HUSBAND’S OBSESSION MAY HAVE LED TO HIS OWN DEATH,
BUT A JURY SHOCKS EVERYONE WITH ITS ASTONISHING DECISION…
“48 HOURS MYSTERY,” SATURDAY, MAY 17
From high school sweethearts to doting parents of three, Traci and Scott Rhode, seemed a devoted couple, even after 20 tumultuous years together. Then on October 15, 2003 the life they knew together ended when Scott suffered a gunshot wound to the head in the couples’ Brownsville, Texas home. And for Traci the ordeal was just beginning.
With Scott’s death, the couple’s picture perfect image was shattered. Traci described Scott as a troubled man, so possessive and paranoid she was cheating on him, that he moved the family several times. It was this dark side, she maintains, that led him to shoot himself.
Investigators believed differently. With Traci’s questionable relationship with a co-worker and Scott’s meeting with a divorce attorney, the case had all the ingredients of a classic murder plot – a love interest, a motive and the suspicious behavior of a pretty, young wife.
Was this a murder made to look like a suicide? To authorities it seemed as such and after a tireless two-year investigation, Traci was arrested in the death of her husband, which she says was a suicide being made by the prosecution to look like murder.
Brownsville was a community divided, some crying for mercy, others crying for blood. And Traci’s fate lay in the hands of the jurors, who were about to deliver a jaw dropping decision.
Harold Dow reports on 48 HOURS MYSTERY: "Point Blank," Saturday, May 17 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. This broadcast is produced by Liza Finley. Judy Tygard is the senior producer and Al Briganti is the executive editor. Susan Zirinsky is the executive producer.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
I copied this CBS press release from bloggin' all things brownsville. I'm going to try and remember to watch this tomorrow night.