Divorce, Spending….murder? Let's ask Cheryl McCafferty

Newport Kentucky: Cheryl McCafferty is on trial for the murder of her husband Robert McCafferty, who, it is alleged, she was planning to divorce before the heat of passion/self-defense killing occurred. At the bottom of the issues seems to be a serious spending habit that Cheryl had trouble controlling. Says MSNBC:

Less than six months after she and her husband sold $45,000 in stock to pay off credit card debt, investigators said Cheryl McCafferty had run up an additional $30,000 in debt.

Cheryl McCafferty had developed a 12-step plan to bring her spending habits under control, prosecutors said, and begged her husband’s forgiveness in a pair of emotional writings read into the trial record.

Detective Brad Adams, who served as the lead investigator on the case for Fort Thomas police, said he began examining the couple’s financial statements in the hours after Cheryl McCafferty called 911 to say she had killed her husband in self defense.

We have done some posts about the effects of off the charts spending, or even, surreptitious spending, can have on a marriage. See our entries here: http://www.divorcesaloon.com/kathy-fuld-wife-of-lehmans-dick-fuld-on-the-vulgarity-of-divorce and this one too http://www.divorcesaloon.com/on-shopping-sprees-did-your-chronic-spending-lead-to-divorce

But we had no idea that it could be such a serious problem that someone could find themself in the soup that Cheryl McCafferty finds herself. It’s not even like she spent tens of thousands, or god forbid millions like, say, Charles Simonyi who “plans to make history this month by becoming the first tourist to travel to space twice.” He routinely drops $35 million dollars like it’s nothing just to fly to space as a tourist and “eat food, which is included in the price, [that] include Russian delicacies like tinned perch, curds with nuts and beetroot soup sucked through a straw from a plastic bag.”

Simonyi’s wife is putting her foot down about this spending. But McCafferty’s husband is dead. And she only used to spend a few dollars here or there.  She says it has nothing to do with the spending and everything to do with self-defense. But still. Scary. Check out the Reuters article here: http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE5244VT20090305