We have a very interesting yet convoluted story for you tonight, and one that involves none other than the internet. According to the Palisadian Post, a publication based in Pacific Palisades, CA,the story begins with a man named Tom Montgomery, who is a factory worker that lives in New York with his family. Tom, like many other men, likes to venture online for “extracurricular” activities. It just happened that one night, Tom started chatting with a female named Jessie with the online handle “talhotblond.” Jessi was a 18 year old from West Virgina. Tom, knowing that he wouldn’t be the most appealing prospect for young Jessi lied, telling her that he was a 19 year old marine sniper. The two hit it off, and their relationship got progressively closer. Jessi began to send Tom unclad pictures of herself, and eventually she even sent him a pair of underwear. Finally, Tom’s wife caught onto the cyber affair and sent Jessi a picture of the family, to hopefully dissuade her from continuing the relationship with Tom.
Jessi, obviously surprised by the news, contacts a co-worker of Tom’s, who goes by the name Brian Barrett, a 21-year old. Jessi develops an interest in Brian, while continuing her romance with the marine sniper. She eventually pins the two men against each other. Then, in January of 2009, news comes about that Barrett has been murdered. The suspect – none other than Tom Montgomery. Here’s the kicker – when police went to checkup on Jessi to make sure she was fine, they learned that Montgomery and Barrett were communicating with none other than her overweight mother – Mary Shieler. Apparently, Mary Shieler had become bored with her life, much like Tom, and decided to engage in some cyberspace fun.
Mary Shieler’s role in the murder is the subject of a new documentary by Barbara Schroeder, who apparently stumbled upon this perplexing yet disturbing story while searching for material for her second production.
There is little question that Mary Shieler should be held at least somewhat legally responsible for the murder that occurred. If she hadn’t impersonated her daughter and pinned the two men against each other, the entire situation could have been avoided. We are eager to see what sort of response this documentary will get once it has been released.