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A Look at the Attack on Kaye Robinson; Doug de Silva Almost Convicted on Faulty Eyewitness Identification; Bob Bosley is Shot to Death
Aired August 25, 2016 - 19:00:00 ET
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PETER THOMAS, NARRATOR: Up next, a young boy witnesses a terrible crime.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She was stabbed. She`s been tied. Her hands were tied and everything.
THOMAS: The chief suspect virtually turns himself in.
DOUG HUDSON, INVESTIGATOR: He appeared exactly like the composite sketch we have him.
ROBERT HUDSON II, HOMICIDE DETECTIVE: With no alibi.
THOMAS: But forensic tests failed to tie him to the crime.
TONY WINDSOR, REPORTER: It was not a cheerful day for prosecution.
KAYE ROBINSON, VICTIM: I couldn`t believe they let him walk to possibly do this to somebody else.
THOMAS: Could forensics provide the answer?
The Laurel Village Mobile Home Park in Delaware was home to 32-year-old Kaye Robinson, a single mother living with her 11-year-old son.
HUDSON: Laurel is a farming town and a regular working class person lives there.
THOMAS: One night, around 2:00 in the morning, Kaye was awakened by someone banging on her front door.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Who`s there?
WINDSOR: She went to the door, looked out the window, and see this stranger out there. They said they want to use a television. They said the name was
Jack Wilson and they needed a ride, could they use a telephone.
THOMAS: Kaye refused to let Wilson inside.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You can`t come inside. I think you need to leave. You need to go.
PAULA RYAN, PROSECUTOR: Kaye Robinson called 911, and the Dover State Police did respond, but didn`t see anything out of the ordinary, so they
cleared the scene without any further investigation.
THOMAS: Thinking everything was all right, Kaye went back to bed. A half hour later, she was awakened again by a noise in her kitchen, that`s when
she saw the same man she had seen on her porch in her kitchen holding a butcher knife.
He chased Kaye through the house, grabbed her by the arm, put a knife to her throat, and told her to follow his orders. If not, he said he`d kill
her son who was in the adjoining bedroom. From that point...
WINDSOR: Little she could do. It was just completely three hours of torture, just horrific torture that she endured.
THOMAS: After sexually assaulting her, the man told Kaye that he lived in the same mobile home park and had two children. Then he stabbed her. Almost
30 times, and left her for dead.
Before leaving, the perpetrator checked on Kaye`s son who pretended to be asleep. When the man left the house, Kaye`s son rushed to their neighbor`s
house for help.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: 911, what`s your emergency?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My next door neighbor has been robbed and she has been stabbed. It sounded like they might have raped her.
THOMAS: Police arrived to find Kaye near death.
HUDSON: Her neck was cut as bad as anyone`s neck I`ve ever seen in my life. She was stabbed several times in her back. It was over 25 times. And her
neck was cut basically from side to side.
THOMAS: As Kaye was rushed to the hospital, paramedics noticed that her attacker had drawn a smiley face on her back in her own blood.
RYAN: The smiley face is one of those chilling details of a crime scene that seems to serve no purpose other than to sort of mock or demean the
victim of that attack.
HUDSON: You have to know that this person is very sick, very violent, and possibly a serial killer.
THOMAS: Miraculously, despite being stabbed 28 times, Kaye survived.
ROBINSON: When I woke up, I didn`t want to be there. I was furious. I was on life support. My throat was cut in 10 to 15 different places. I
basically felt like he was trying to decapitate me. I felt like I was in a horror movie.
RYAN: He did severe her carotid artery or her jugular vein or spinal cord, said that she would have been paralyzed or anything like that. She`s
WINDSOR: It just unbelievable, a miracle, in my book, and I think everybody felt that way.
THOMAS: Kaye not only survived. She said she`d be able to identify her attacker if she ever saw him.
ROBINSON: He didn`t blindfold me. I was making myself remember every little detail that I could about him, right down to the length of his fingernails.
THOMAS: All police had to do was find him.
THOMAS: Kaye Robinson will never forget the look on the man`s face who mercilessly stabbed her over and over again.
ROBINSON: He was asking, "are you dead yet, bitch?" and when I try to reply, I mean, he continued stabbing me with even more force. I knew right
away that I was going to have to pretend to be dead.
WINDSOR: This is a very brutal crime. And the way it happened, the random way it happened, and the horrific way it happened, led everybody to start
feeling a little bit uneasy and a little bit unsafe.
HUDSON: The intent was to kill. It was not to wound. It was not to leave a mark. It was to kill.
THOMAS: The attacker did something police found highly unusual. He left the bedroom light on throughout the attack. So Kaye was able to watch him over
an extended period.
From her description, police artists created a composite sketch which was released to the media. However, they didn`t tell the media about the smiley
face drawing the attacker made on Kaye`s back.
HUDSON: It was not part of any press release. Therefore, this would be something that would only be known to the attacker or be familiar to the
THOMAS: Kaye also said she made a mental record of everything he touched. The man took things to wipe off his fingerprints, but Kaye thought he might
have overlooked one of the items. A blue glass.
ROBINSON: He drank out of the glass, and then he made a point to take his sleeve and wipe the prints off of the glass, but then grabbed the glass out
of his hand and set it back on the table.
THOMAS: There were several prints on the glass.
RODNEY HEGMAN, FINGERPRINT EXAMINER: We thought it may have been some kind of a lubricant used by the perpetrator.
THOMAS: Fearful that the prints might smear or even melt, Hegman placed the glass in a freezer.
HEGMAN: The idea to put the tumbler in the freezer was actually to set the print, to cause it to become rigid, so we could apply powder at some point
in time and lift it.
THOMAS: Three full prints were lifted and photographed. Two weeks after the attack, police were called again to Kaye Robinson`s home, this time by
her neighbors. They said a man drove up to Kaye`s home, lit a candle, and got down on his knees to pray.
RYAN: He was very concerned that the person who attacked Kaye Robinson be apprehended and wanted to pray for that to happen and to assist police in
any way that he could.
THOMAS: The man was 38-year-old Doug de Silva. In his truck, taped to his windshield, he had a newspaper article about the case with a copy of the
attacker`s composite sketch.
HUDSON: When he was asked about that, why he had that, he said that so that he could drive down the road and look for the suspect and keep his eye on
the composite at the same time to try to find someone that looked just like that.
THOMAS: But someone did look just like that -- Doug de Silva. De Silva lived 100 miles away, but his ex-wife and daughter both lived in the same
mobile home park as Kaye Robinson. A year earlier, he was the suspect in the murder of a 16-year-old girl at a nearby high school.
Police brought De Silva in for questioning. In the middle of the interrogation, he did something very odd. He asked for a job application
because he said he wanted to become a state trooper.
HUDSON: We thought maybe he might even be taunting us at that point. We were very suspicious of that.
THOMAS: Police put together a photo lineup, and Kaye Robinson identified De Silva as the man who attacked her.
ROBINSON: It was more like an internal reaction. So with the physical appearance, and that, I was very confident that that was the person that
THOMAS: And Kaye`s son also identified De Silva.
WINDSOR: The man actually came into his room, and he was able to see him, but he pretended to be asleep. So he was able to also get a good enough
look at the person, that he was able to also identify him in a photo lineup.
THOMAS: When De Silva completed his job application to become a policeman, he turned it in. That`s when investigators noticed the most bizarre thing
they`d ever encountered.
RYAN: There was a smiley face on the bottom of the document, and that had the same chilling effect on the investigators because they knew that on
Kaye Robinson`s back, that the attacker had drawn a smiley face in blood.
THOMAS: Since this detail hadn`t been released to the press, investigators were certain they had their man.
HUDSON: Doug de Silva never did deny that he was involved in the Kaye Robinson case. He`d made several statements that he was sorry for what
happened to her, wanted to apologize for what happened.
THOMAS: But investigators and Kaye Robinson were in for a big surprise.
THOMAS: Just two weeks after Kaye Robinson`s vicious attack, she identified Doug de Silva as her assailant.
ROBINSON: From the photo lineup, I was very certain. I wanted to hear him say something to be sure that that was him. When I heard him speak, I
thought that that was the person that was in my home.
THOMAS: De Silva had no alibi for the night of the crime.
HUDSON: I`ve never been so sure in my life as a detective that Doug de Silva was the right person.
THOMAS: De Silva was arrested and charged with the attempted murder of Kaye Robinson.
ROBINSON: He said to tell her I`m sorry. I didn`t mean to do it. I remember going there, but I don`t remember stabbing her. To me, that`s a confession.
THOMAS: But then came the bad news. De Silva`s fingerprints did not match the prints taken from the blue plastic glass in Kaye`s home.
HUDSON: The fact that we didn`t get any fingerprints that matched Doug de Silva`s from the scene never led us to believe that he wasn`t the suspect.
Because a lot of times, we don`t find any fingerprints.
THOMAS: And perhaps the worst piece of news was that De Silva`s DNA profile did not match the evidence collected from Kaye Robinson`s rape kit.
WINDSOR: DNA evidence conclusively ruled out Doug de Silva as being involved in this crime. It was, I mean, almost like being struck in the
head by a 2x4.
HUDSON: We were extremely shocked. It was like someone had punched you in the stomach.
HUDSON: This was devastating. The investigators, the prosecutors in the case were just flabbergasted, did not know what to do.
THOMAS: In fact, they ran the DNA test twice just to make sure. Again, the DNA didn`t match.
RYAN: At that point, you can`t go forward with the prosecution of Douglas de Silva.
ROBINSON: Even though the DNA report said that this wasn`t the person that broke into my home, I was still convinced that it was. I couldn`t believe
they will let him walk to possibly do this to somebody else.
THOMAS: So Kaye decided to take matters into her own hands.
ROBINSON: I bought a gun. I found out where he lived. I went to his house. I sat outside of his home. I wanted to go to the door and knock on the door
and just ask him if he remembered me. And, I mean, I just wanted to take care of it myself.
THOMAS: But Kaye thought better of it.
ROBINSON: The primary reason was my son. I wanted to raise my son. I didn`t want to be in jail.
THOMAS: But if De Silva wasn`t the perpetrator, a violent sexual sadist was walking the streets, and police had no new suspects.
WINDSOR: I will never be able to understand why a man who is innocent of a crime allowed himself to get so close to the crime and allowed himself to
become so suspect.
HUDSON: You go back through your investigation because then you start to doubt yourself a little bit. Did I miss something? Did I overlook
THOMAS: Years passed with no solid leads.
HUDSON: The longer we worked, the colder the case got.
THOMAS: Then, nine years later, detective Rob Hudson got a call from detectives 30 miles away in neighboring Maryland.
HUDSON: They had a case that was very similar to the 1995 case with Kaye Robinson.
THOMAS: The Maryland victim was a single mother living in a mobile home.
MICHAEL RICKWOOD, INVESTIGATOR:She said she saw a man in her room, bedroom, and she thought she was dreaming. She saw a knife and rolling pin in his
hand, and he told her he was not going to hurt her if she gave him what he wanted.
THOMAS: The man tied her up, sexually assaulted her, and carried on a lengthy conversation. When she pleaded for her son`s life, the man`s
RICKWOOD: He begged her for forgiveness. And then he gave her some directions to not get up until a certain time and take a shower. Then she
was allowed to go to work but not to call the police.
THOMAS: The man`s point of entry, a broken window at the front of the house. 43-year-old Mark Eskridge was tied to that crime through his
TIMOTHY OSTENDARP, FINGERPRINT EXPERT: The known standards of one Mark Eskridge were identified to the latent prints that recovered from the glass
from the point of entry from the crime scene.
RICKWOOD: The Kaye Robinson case is similar in many ways. Single mothers in a trailer park with a son. Early morning hours, lots of conversation. A
knife was used in both.
THOMAS: And Eskridge looked similar to Robinson`s attacker nine years. Unfortunately, Eskridge`s fingerprints did not match the prints on the
drinking glass found in Kaye Robinson`s home. And Kaye Robinson said Eskridge wasn`t her attacker. Would this be yet another dead end?
THOMAS: Mark Eskridge was the prime suspect in the rape and attempted murder of Kaye Robinson after he committed a similar crime in Maryland.
A background check revealed that Eskridge, who was married and had a small child, lived in the same mobile home park as Kaye Robinson when the attack
RYAN: He lived, in fact, just a few streets away from Kaye Robinson. He may have had the opportunity to observe her and know that she resided in that
house with her son.
THOMAS: Investigators were sure that Eskridge was their man. But there was only one problem. Kaye Robinson was unable to identify Mark Eskridge as her
ROBINSON: That was not the man that broke into my home.
THOMAS: But it had been nine years since her attack. Memories change. And so did Eskridge`s appearance. Fortunately, investigators had the DNA of
Kaye Robinson`s attacker.
And when they compared Eskridge`s DNA to the biological sample from Kaye Robinson`s rape test kit, investigators finally got the answer they`d been
HUDSON: When I received the call that the DNA was a match, I couldn`t believe it. I was overjoyed. I couldn`t wait to call Kaye Robinson.
ROBINSON: I went through a lot of emotions. I thought, oh, my God, I`m glad I didn`t kill De Silva because it would have been the wrong guy. But, I
mean, he could have been his twin. They were identical.
THOMAS: Investigators believe Mark Eskridge targeted Kaye Robinson since they lived in the same mobile home park. And he probably knew she was a
single mother living alone with her son.
Prosecutors think that Eskridge knocked on Kaye`s door claiming he had car trouble because he wanted to make sure no men were in her home. Later that
night, he broke in and attacked.
He told Kaye that he lived nearby because he had no intention of letting her live. He attacked her repeatedly with a knife, but Kaye Robinson`s will
to survive was too great.
ROBINSON: I still had a life to live. And I wanted my life back. And I was going to take it back a piece at a time.
THOMAS: Eskridge left valuable DNA evidence behind. More reliable than any eyewitness. A decade after the crime, Mark Eskridge went on trial for the
sexual assault and attempted murder of Kaye Robinson. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years.
Authorities cite the case as a reason to be skeptical of eyewitness identifications, especially when the witness is under extreme duress.
RYAN: You have an eyewitness identification which is as certain as certain can be, but you have science and DNA evidence telling you otherwise.
THOMAS: Doug de Silva`s bizarre behavior and his equally bizarre resemblance to the actual attacker almost landed him in jail. Doug de
Silva`s whereabouts are unknown even to his ex-wife.
HUDSON: It`s still very, very strange and very puzzling as to why Doug de Silva had ever gotten involved in the case. Why he introduced himself into
HUDSON: You always know somebody`s going to get caught or you`re going to catch them. It`s just you don`t know when sometimes.
WINDSOR: So I just say, you know, hats off to DNA. It`s a great -- a great tool. And I tell you, in this case, to be able to free one man and convict
another, I say that says a lot for justice.
THOMAS: Up next, did an intruder commit this brutal murder?
MICHELLE SNODGRASS, PROSECUTOR: Could this have been even a professional hit?
THOMAS: And was the victim`s lifestyle to blame?
DAVID FICKENSCHER, INVESTIGATOR: When we find nude photographs, what role does she play in this?
THOMAS: But the evidence points in a different direction.
AUDREY BOSLEY, ROBERT BOSLEY`S MOTHER: Weren`t too smart, Bobby, you`d get murdered.
THOMAS: Roofing business can be very lucrative. 42-year-old Bob Bosley started his roofing business from scratch in his hometown in Alexandria,
Kentucky and grew it into a multi-million dollar operation.
BOSLEY: Bobby loved to help people. There was a woman that needed some repair work on her roof because it was bad weather, and she was more or
less worrying how she was going to pay for it, and he told her, ma`am, it`s Christmas, merry Christmas, don`t worry about it.
THOMAS: Bob and his wife, Amy, had two small children and lived a very comfortable life.
BARRETT CHAMPAGNE, DETECTIVE: He was very well-off. He had nice cars, nice home, loved boats. He had pretty much all the toys that anybody could want.
THOMAS: Until one night, something happened that changed their lives forever. Shortly before dawn, they woke to find an intruder in their
bedroom. Shots were fired. And the intruder fled.
AMY BOSLEY, BOB BOSLEY`S WIFE: Someone is breaking into my house and my husband...
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Stay on the line with me.
THOMAS: During the call, Amy could hear the intruder, who was still in the house.
BOSLEY: Oh, my God. I don`t know what to do. No! you can`t go up there with my kids!
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Where are they at, ma`am?
SNODGRASS: There was a loud thump, and suddenly, Amy was not on her end of the phone anymore.
THOMAS: The 911 operator called Amy back.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Is he in the house now?
BOSLEY: He just left and he shot my husband. Oh, my God. He shot my husband.
THOMAS: It took police only minutes to get to the scene.
FICKENSCHER: We found Bob Bosley face down on the mattress, his knees to the floor, kind of, I guess, a kneeling position, slumped over the bed,
face down, multiple bullet wounds, obviously deceased.
THOMAS: Amy`s clothes were torn, and there were abrasions on her chest and behind her ear. The children were unharmed in their bedrooms.
SNODGRASS: The most horrific part of this crime, to me, was the fact that it was committed when children were in the home.
THOMAS: Amy described the assailant as a white male about 5 feet, 6 inches tall, a 170 pounds, with a stocking over his face. She also said he smelled
of urine and had a speech impediment.
SNODGRASS: The house appeared to be ransacked. There were kitchen cabinets opened. There were pills that have strewn all over in the bathroom.
THOMAS: On the bedroom floor were shell casings from a 9-millimeter handgun. It appeared that the killer entered the house by breaking a window
in the back door.
CHAMPAGNE: We were looking for something that could have been used to break that window open.
THOMAS: Then investigators found something intriguing.
FICKENSCHER: When we find nude photographs in a safe of a man who`s married, he`s now deceased, it`s something we have to look at. Who is this
person? Why does he have nude pictures of her in the safe? What role does she play in this?
THOMAS: The photos gave investigators a whole new set of suspects.
KEITH HILL, CAMPBELL COUNTY POLICE: The only we ruled out at this point is the wife. We believe that a suspect entered at the Bosley`s residence, was
confronted by Mr. Bosley, shot Mr. Bosley, and then exited the residence.
SNODGRASS: The biggest concern was that there was a murderer on the lose in our county, and we needed to react quickly and find out what happened and
where this person might be to make sure that everybody else in our community was safe.
THOMAS: An autopsy revealed Bob had been shot seven times, but only two shell casings were found in the bedroom.
FICKENSCHER: When somebody`s shot seven times and we only find two shell casings, there`s only one explanation, somebody picked up the shell
THOMAS: Even though the house had been ransacked, the motive didn`t appear to be robbery.
FICKENSCHER: There was hundreds of dollars strewn across the floor that had been in a wallet.
THOMAS: Amy Bosley told police she thought the killer might be one of Bob`s clients or employees.
BOSLEY: Oh, Bobby. There`s times when Bob has disagreements with people. He`s pretty nasty. He`s very -- in their face. You definitely know where he
stands and what he thinks.
CHAMPAGNE: He had a high turnover rate, so someone was fired from his job, a disgruntled employee, that would be another area that we would have to
THOMAS: Amy told police about an argument Bob had with his friend, Noah Heim, just two days before the murder.
BOSLEY: Noah owed Bob money. And he gave him a check for like. He owed him, I think over a thousand dollars and he only pain him two hundred of it. I
remember Bobby saying, you keep (beep) around with people, you ain`t gonna have any (beep) friends left.
THOMAS: Noah and Bob grew up together. Bob employed him as a contractor and Noah served as best man at his wedding. When questioned by police, Noah
Heim denied any involvement. He also had an alibi for the night of the murder. Investigators started to doubt whether the killer was someone from
CHAMPAGNE: He would do anything to help somebody out. One of his workers would come up and say, Robert, I`m a little low on money this week, and he
would just pull out his wallet, pull out a couple hundred dollar bills, give it to him, pay me back whenever you get a chance.
THOMAS: Now, investigators turned to the racy photographs they found in Bob`s safe. Apparently, Bob Bosley worked hard and played hard. Both
parties on Lake Cumberland were his favorite escape and he take friends, clients, and lots of young women.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Was there nudity?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yeah.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A lot of alcohol?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yeah.
THOMAS: It was at one of these parties that Bob met Darla Cope, one of the women in the pictures. She was ten years younger than Bob, and there were
rumors they`d had an affair. But Darla told police she had an alibi for the night of the murder.
FICKENSCHER: There was no bad blood. There was no reason for her to commit this crime nor a jealous boyfriend or a husband that would have come in and
committed the crime, you know, because of her.
THOMAS: When questioned, Amy Bosley claimed that Bob did most of the partying, but the evidence contradicted that.
FICKENSCHER: She partook in the same type party atmosphere that he did. Was not uncommon for her to be on the houseboat with other people in some sort
of state of undress.
SNODGRASS: There were a lot of rumors surrounding Bob and Amy`s relationship in their marriage. I think that people thought that it was
possible that both of them were having affairs.
THOMAS: And when police interviewed the Bosley`s children, who were 7 and 10 at the time, they provided some new information about the night of their
FICKENSCHER: Amy Bosley`s statement was that an intruder broke in through the back door window, came in, shot her husband, and then fled. What the
children heard was somewhat quite the opposite. The children heard shots fired and then heard glass breaking after the shots were fired.
THOMAS: Investigators were convinced that the key to finding out who killed Bob Bosley could be found in the evidence at the crime scene.
SNODGRASS: The police were executing search warrant on the residence, and one of the areas where they decided to look was in the basement.
THOMAS: There, hidden beneath the stairs, investigators found an aluminum baseball bat with something embedded in the soft aluminum.
MAUREEN BOTTRELL, FORENSIC GEOLOGIST, FBI: The fresh scratches on the bat are important because that represents probably more recent damage. They
were shiny with very sharp edges, and they had some find white powdery material in them.
THOMAS: Forensic examiner, Maureen Bottrell, discovered that the material was glass. Bottrell compared it to the glass from the broken window at the
crime scene using what`s called a refractive index.
BOTTRELL: Refractive index is a measure of the speed of light through a transparent object.
THOMAS: The glass is placed in a silicon liquid, then heated. The point where the glass disappears is called its refracted index.
BOTTRELL: The fine fragments that had the same refracted index as the fragments that were recovered from the door are consistent with having
originated from the door.
FICKENSCHER: They came back with not only the glass fragments that matched the window panes, but also painted wood samples that were contained within
that ball bat which matched the doorway or the frame of that door.
THOMAS: But where did the bat come from? The Bosley`s children identified it as one of theirs. And it appeared that the glass was broken from inside
the house since most of the glass was outside the door. Investigators found something else hidden in the basement. Of all places, inside the clothes
CHAMPAGNE: One the officers found a towel that contained four shell casings, and it was rolled up and shoved to the bottom of a washing machine
that was full of clothes and water.
FICKENSCHER: I thought that we hit what we were looking for in the case.
THOMAS: The casings from the washing machine were compared to the casings found in the bedroom.
PAUL TANGREN, FIREARMS EXAMINER, FBI: I looked at the individual marks that the specimens had. I examined six cartridge cases, four from the washing
machine, two from the bedroom. I reached the conclusion that all six of these have been fired from the same fire.
THOMAS: And a closer look at the night shirt Amy was wearing on the night of the murder revealed an inconsistency.
FICKENSCHER: The shirt that she was wearing appeared to be torn by the bad guy. Forensic analysis of the t-shirt showed that it in fact had been cut
through the collar and then pulled apart.
THOMAS: And Amy`s injuries looked suspicious too.
FICKENSCHER: Probably with a pair of scissors and that she scratched her chest.
THOMAS: When questioned by the police, Amy denied any involvement.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did you shoot your husband?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You know I had to ask you that, right?
CHAMPAGNE: It`s not uncommon for criminals to lie. Happens all the time.
THOMAS: When the Internal Revenue Service heard about Bob Bosley`s murder, they called prosecutors with a possible motive. They told police that the
Bosley Roofing Company had not paid their corporate taxes for the last five years, and owed the government 1.7 million dollars. Amy was the company`s
SNODGRASS: Amy would withhold state income tax, federal income tax, workers` comp, social security, those items, but it was never sent to them.
THOMAS: But where was the 1.7 million dollars?
SNODGRASS: I think that`s the 1.7 million dollar question. What did Amy do with the money?
THOMAS: The IRS first met with Amy Bosley. Dissatisfied, they later wanted to meet with Bob too, but Amy wouldn`t allow it.
SNODGRASS: The IRS investigator insisted on talking to Bob, so Amy actually got on to the phone and started talking to this agent. She was disguising
her voice trying to sound like Bob Bosley, and what the investigator told us was it really sounded like somebody acting like hermit the frog.
THOMAS: The IRS asked Amy for her business records, and she promised to comply.
FICKENSCHER: She never provided the information or arrange a meeting between her husband and these agents.
THOMAS: But there was no indication Bob Bosley knew anything about the tax problem.
BOBLEY: Kind of know he didn`t know about the IRS. I think he would really have a fit if he knew he had owed any money.
SNODGRASS: She had their income tax returns prepared each year. She actually took them to Bob and had him signed these returns. In his mind, he
believed that everything was taken care of.
THOMAS: Amy could put off investigators for only so long. They demanded a meeting with her and Bob for the morning of Bob`s murder.
CHAMPAGNE: There was no choice. They were coming that morning, and she knew it.
SNODGRASS: Within a few short hours after her husband had been murdered, Amy had the wherewithal to make the call to that IRS agent. She said,
sorry, we`re not going to be able to meet with you today. Bob`s been murdered.
THOMAS: Investigators now believed that Amy Bosley murdered her husband because she didn`t want him to find out she hadn`t paid the income taxes
for their roofing business for the last five years.
SNODGRASS: This embezzlement had been going on for quite some time. The figure that we had received from the IRS was that the Bosleys had owed
approximately 1.7 million dollars in back taxes and federal liability.
FICKENSCHER: She didn`t want to sit down with her husband and explain to him that the business you spent your entire life building, I`ve destroyed
by not paying taxes. They`re going to take it all away from you.
THOMAS: Apparently, Amy mistakenly believed that Bob`s death would take her off the hook.
SNODGRASS: Amy thought that because Bob was the owner of the business, that all liability would fall on him. And if he was no longer there, there was
no one to accept that liability.
CHAMPAGNE: So if Bob wasn`t alive, the chances are that the IRS agents would just quit and go home.
THOMAS: Prosecutors believe that Amy panicked when the IRS demanded a meeting with her husband. Instead of telling Bob what she`d done, Amy chose
murder. The night before the IRS meeting, Amy put the children to bed and waited for Bob to fall asleep.
She took Bob`s 9-millimeter handgun and shot him. Then tried to clean up by picking up the shell casings, although she missed some of them. Amy then
ransacked the house to make it look like robbery. Broke the glass in the back door. Then hid the shell casings in the washing machine.
To make it look like there was a struggle, prosecutors believe Amy cut her nightshirt, then scratched herself with the scissors. Then called 911. She
gave an all-star performance.
BOSLEY: Someone is breaking into our house. Oh, my god. I don`t know what to do. No, you can`t go up there, it`s my kids!
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This morning, at approximately 10:45 a.m., the Campbell County Police Department arrested and charged Amy Bosley with the murder of
her husband, Robert Bosley.
THOMAS: But where was the murder weapon?
HILL: We have searched by land, we have searched by air, and we have searched by water rescue. There`s a pond out there. We dredged the pond
searching for the gun and we still have not been able to locate the firearm in question.
THOMAS: When police looked at footage of Amy Bosley leaving her home on the night of the murder, they noticed that Amy wasn`t carrying her pocketbook.
Her sister was. After Amy`s arrest, Amy`s sister finally got around to looking inside. When she did, she found a 9-millimeter handgun.
SNODGRASS: Her sister did the appropriate thing. She hired an attorney to turn over this key piece of evidence, and that`s how it made it to our
FICKENSCHER: She was hoping her sister would chuck it in the river or dispose of it.
THOMAS: Ballistic experts compared the handgun to the shell casings found in the bedroom and inside the washing machine.
TANGREN: They all had class characteristics that were like that produced by the submitted pistol.
BOSLEY: My name is Amy Bosley.
THOMAS: One year after Bob`s murder, Amy Bosley accepted a plea bargain. She pled guilty to first-degree murder in return for a sentence of 20 years
BOSLEY: I didn`t want the kids on the stand because I didn`t want to tear them any more apart than they were.
SNODGRASS: What did Amy do with the money? I don`t know if anyone can answer that except for Amy Bosley. I think that that 1.7 million dollars
probably went to support their lifestyle, probably went to help buy the big boat, to buy the property in Pendleton County, to help build their dream
home. I think that over time, their lifestyle might have gotten beyond their means.
THOMAS: Prosecutors believe that Amy Bosley might have hidden some of the money, but where remains a mystery.
BOSLEY: I would really love to know who`s got that. I would really love to know.
THOMAS: The Bosleys` children now live with their grandparents. Bob`s once thriving business died with him. Tragedy upon tragedy. Redeemed only by the
science that proved who was responsible.
CHAMPAGNE: If someone was to actually burglarize a house, they wouldn`t take the time to hide the shell casings. They wouldn`t take the time to
hide the baseball bat. So that just, you know, right there showed that, you know, she was just lying.
SNODGRASS: By her own actions, Amy made her children witnesses to their father`s murder. That, to me, is horrific. The mere fact that we would have
to use them as witnesses against their mother was appalling. And she did that. She`s the one that did that.