How Sharee Miller used sex and lies to plan the murder of her husband Bruce
Even though 1999 is less than 20 years ago, it was a whole different world when it came to technology. Owning a cell phone was not a given, laptops were luxury items, and most people “surf the web” on bulky home computers, with large black “towers” attached to oversized monitors by a. confused network of wires and cables. Texting was not a common practice and social media as we know it did not exist.
Instead, people interacted with each other in online chat rooms. Some of them were adult in nature, places where you could go and flirt anonymously, share your fantasies, and indulge in virtual romances. Sometimes they would lead to real-world dating and business.
It was in one of those chatrooms that Sharee Miller met Jerry Cassaday, who she would later have an affair with and eventually convince to murder her husband, Bruce, according to “killer case“and”Broken” at Oxygen.
Bruce and Sharee Miller lived in Flint, Michigan, the blue-collar town that was once a vital cog in the Midwestern auto industry. While Bruce was an established and successful business owner, Sharee had grown up in a trailer park and had been on her own for 16 years. They met in 1997 when she got a job as an accountant for B&D Auto Salvage, Bruce’s company. He was 47 and she was a 26-year-old single mother with a three history of abusive relationships.
Despite their 20-year age difference, things quickly changed for the couple. They quickly went from dating to living together to get married.
Bruce’s brother, Chuck Miller, told ‘Snapped’ of Oxygen, “She always said Bruce was the best thing that ever happened to her. She eventually had a normal life and wasn’t out of place and had someone who could afford to make her happy.
Chuck’s wife Judy says Bruce was “blinded” by the pretty young blonde, whom he thought was “the perfect wife”.
Friends, however, began to have doubts about Sharee. They thought she was spending too much money too fast, maximizing credit cards she wouldn’t have had without her hardworking husband. Bruce didn’t seem to care, and anyway, Sharee was working too. She was a salesperson for Mary Kaye cosmetics, which allowed her to sell directly to customers, at home or while traveling across the country. In order to keep track of her accounts, her husband even bought her a computer.
Sharee Miller came across adult chat rooms by accident while using her home computer to research vacation destinations for a trip with one of her girlfriends. She quickly began to hook up and share her deepest sexual fantasies with complete strangers under a variety of suggestive screen names including Horny 7241, Love Me Slowly, and IWANTTOBELAID. Detective Kevin Shanlian, who investigated the Bruce Miller murder case, told “Snapped” that she has at least 25 different aliases.
Among the men Sharee Miller met online was Jerry Cassaday, whose name was RENODUDES. Cassaday was a former policeman from Kansas City, Missouri, who now worked as a pit boss at Harrah’s Casino in Reno, Nevada. According to court documents obtained by Dateline NBC, he had a history of drug addiction and suffered from depression.
In July 1999, Sharee and her friend went on vacation to Reno, where she and Jerry met in person. Her friend and colleague Carol Slaughter told “Snapped”, “Sharee walked into Jerry’s life when he was at its lowest, his marriage was falling apart, he was in a new neighborhood where he wasn’t. had no friends. “
Cassaday fell in love with the housewife, telling Slaughter that her new lover would “do absolutely anything in the room.” Sharee quickly began using her cosmetics business as a cover to travel to Reno for romantic liaisons with Cassaday throughout this summer and fall.
When they weren’t together in Reno, Sharee and Jerry exchanged sexually explicit instant messages and emails, including videos of Sharee masturbating. She then started telling him strange stories about her family life in Michigan.
She said her husband was a member of the Mafia who repeatedly beat and sexually assaulted her. She said she had been pregnant with Jerry’s child, even showing him an ultrasound, but had a miscarriage after being beaten by her husband. In fact, Sharee underwent a tubal ligation procedure in 1995 and was no longer able to conceive. At one point, Sharee started talking to Cassaday about the murder of her husband Bruce.
Back in Flint, Bruce Miller had no idea that something was wrong. Even though he knew she enjoyed flirting with men online, he came to accept it, along with the countless hours she spent on her computer and on business trips away from home. He was moving forward with plans to adopt his children, and according to family and friends, the Millers seemed to be having a happy and loving marriage.
On the night of November 8, 1999, Bruce Miller came home late from work and Sharee was worried. She called her brother, Chuck, and asked him to go to B&D Auto Salvage to check on him. When Chuck arrived, he found his brother dead on the ground. He had been shot in the chest with a shotgun at close range. When Sharee learned of Bruce’s death, she started screaming and crying, witnesses said.
Bruce was known to carry large amounts of cash on him, and the police initially thought his death could have been a robbery gone wrong. Miller was also under investigation for tampering with vehicle identification numbers at B&D, along with one of his employees, who at one point was a suspect in his murder, according to court documents. However, neither of the two angles produced any tracks and the case quickly became cold.
Meanwhile, in the words of her sister-in-law Judy Miller, “Sharee’s behavior did not fit most people’s notion of a grieving spouse.”
Detective Shanlian told “Snapped” that according to witnesses, “Two days after the death, the murder of her beloved husband, she supposedly dances in a bar in Otisville, Michigan, committing sexual acts on floor.”
A month after Bruce Miller’s murder, Sharee moved her new boyfriend into the house she previously shared with her husband. This new boyfriend wasn’t Jerry Cassaday, but a local delivery guy named Jeff Foster. Yet Sharee was never a suspect in Miller’s death since his alibi was “rock solid,” according to Shanlian.
At the time of Bruce Miller’s murder, Jerry Cassaday was back in the Midwest. He had moved to the Kansas City area in an attempt to get sober after being arrested twice in Reno and losing custody of his son. A few days after the murder of Bruce Miller, Sharee Miller is said to have severed his relationship with Cassaday. Three months later, on February 11, 2000, he committed suicide in his apartment in Odessa, Missouri, with a .22 rifle.
After Cassaday’s death, her brother Mike found a briefcase containing a suicide note in which Jerry confessed to killing Bruce Miller.
“I drove there and killed him. Sharee was involved and helped set it up, ”he wrote.
In death, he would seek revenge on the woman who broke his heart.
“I have all the evidence and send it to the police. She will get what comes, ”her letter said. To back up his claims, he included printed transcripts of his instant messages with Sharee. Between the sexually graphic passages, Sharee gave Jerry instructions to find B&D Auto Salvage, told him where to park and not be noticed and other vital information that – according to Detective Investigator Ives Potrafka – was a plan to the whole murder.
Lawyers for the Cassaday family quickly contacted the Genessee County Sheriff’s Department, passing on their information.
On February 22, 2000, police were waiting for Sharee Miller as she stepped off a plane with her boyfriend Jeff Foster. Ironically, they were returning from a pleasure trip to Reno. She was charged with second degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Despite a briefcase full of evidence, she proclaimed her innocence to the family of her late husband.
“She called my mom and told her they were going to fix this,” Chuck Miller told “Snapped.” It took two days for a jury to find her guilty and sentence her to life in prison.
With stories of adult chat rooms, masturbation videos, and incriminating emails, Sharee Miller’s case was one of the first to combine sex, murder and the internet. It inspired the TV movie “Fatal Desire”, made for Lifetime in 2006, with Anne Heche and Eric Roberts. The case has been featured on shows such as “Dateline NBC,” “Snapped” by Oxygen, “American Justice” by A&E and “Deadly Women” by Investigation Discovery.
In August 2008, Sharee Miller’s conviction was overturned after a federal court judge ruled that Cassaday’s suicide note should have been inadmissible as evidence. A new trial date was set and on July 29, 2009, she was released on bail. After several years of back and forth in Michigan appeals courts, Miller’s conviction was restored in August 2012 and she was returned to custody in 2012.
She is currently being held at the Huron Valley Women’s Complex in Ypsilanti, Michigan. She is now 46 years old.
[Photo: Michigan Department of Corrections]
After proclaiming his innocence for 17 years and binding the courts with his appeals, Sharee Miller was finally outspoken in April 2016. In a four-page typed letter sent to both Genesee Circuit Judge Judith A. Fullerton and the Genesee County Attorney David Leyton, Miller confessed his guilt and admitted to using sex and lies to manipulate Jerry Cassaday into killing Bruce Miller, whom she called “a great man” and “the only man who loved me for me “.
“I destroyed a lot of lives. It’s time to end the lies and tell the truth, ”Sharee Miller wrote in her letter, which was first reported by the Flint Journal.
She explained that she “lived two lives” and was afraid of getting caught.
“Instead of my family or Bruce’s family finding out what I really was, I thought I might cover it up by having Bruce murdered. I can’t deny it anymore,” she said.
She said she knew when Cassaday was about to kill her husband, and although she had “half past six to stop him,” did nothing to stop him.
After learning of her confession, Detective Shanlian told the Flint Journal, “I’m glad she came forward. I almost feel bad that she waited so long to tell the truth.”
[Photo: Genesee County Sheriff’s Depatment]