Deceived and Devastated

"I am 32 years old, divorced and have two children," were the first things that my boyfriend told me about himself. I dated my honey for just under two years. Throughout the relationship, it had its ups and downs, just like any normal relationship. There were times when he would accuse me of cheating on him, even though I gave him no reason to accuse me. I never thought much into it and just figured he may have been a little insecure, considering I was thirteen years younger than him. The relationship seemed to be going very well. We talked about marriage and starting a family in the near future after I graduated college. I loved the man with every inch of my soul and being, as I thought he loved me the same. We picked out engagement rings in December of 2003. I figured my life was set. In February 2004, my soon to be fiancé was arrested for murder. I was interrogated at my house by police and questioned about him. Since the day he was arrested, I found out that he was never divorced from his marriage, his two children were from two different women, and he had been intimate with his wife for the prior six months. I also found out that the house he and I were living in was purchased by him and his wife in December 2003. My heart is shattered into a million pieces and I have no closure with the man that I still love and probably always will. He now sits in a justice facility with seven felonies against him, including a first degree murder charge and two second degree murder charges. My life has been turned upside down by a man who I thought loved me. He is facing a death sentence. It will be determined if he is to be sentenced to death the day after my 22nd birthday. God Rest Your Soul, baby.

— Sandy, 21

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