FLINT, Mich., and ODESSA, Mo. – Convicted murderess Sharee Miller thought that she could get away with murder.
And she almost did.
Born in Michigan on Oct. 13, 1971, she was attracted to, and excited by, the seedier side of life.
She was on her own at age 16 and just three years later she was married and already had one child under her belt.
That marriage ended and for the next nine years Sharee Miller bounced around from man to man.
Although she wasn’t beautiful, she was certainly attractive and had a wild side.
She would reportedly do anything and everything in the bedroom and had a way of making her newest conquest feel like he was the most important person in her life.
She went on to have two more children fathered by two different men.
Her second husband (Tribbey) was convicted of second degree child abuse for hitting their child so hard that it resulted in a number of skull fractures for which he received a short sentence.
He was also reportedly tried for sexually abusing her then six-year-old, but was found not guilty for lack of evidence.
That’s the type of element Sharee mixed with.
By 1997, the 26-year-old already had three children, all with different fathers, and was looking for someone that could take care of her.
Enter Bruce Miller
Sharee used a number of names:
Sharee Paulette Duvall
Sharee Paulette Kitley
Sharee Paulette Tribbey
Using one or a variation of the aliases, Sharee accepted a job in 1997 at B & D Salvage in Vienna Township, just outside of Flint, Mich.
The salvage yard was owned by Bruce Miller.
Working in a salvage yard was a great fit for Miller who had a penchant for dealing with the rough and tumble crowd that generally did business with, and frequented, salvage yards.
Bruce Miller had some money, owned his own business and was likely besotted by the woman who was 20 years his junior.
Sharee Miller figured he could provide her with some stability and money.
He’d do for the time being.
By 1999, she had her hooks in Bruce Miller and they got married.
There were people who knew Sharee that did not even know she was married because they said she flirted shamelessly and acted single.
Sharee Paulette Kitley Miller, or whatever name she was using at the time, helped out at the salvage yard and also sold Mary Kay cosmetics.
She spent a lot of time on the computer engaged in chat and, not too long after getting hitched for at least the third time, met Jerry Cassaday in an online chatroom.
Cassaday was a former Cass County, Mo., cop who at one time had aspirations of becoming an FBI agent.
His plans were derailed after he exposed alleged wrongdoing within the department.
In retaliation for his complaints, he was shunned, demoted and eventually left the force.
His marriage crumbled, he drank too much, dabbled in drugs and was looking for a fresh start.
He ended up in Reno, Nev. employed as a pit boss at Harrah’s Casino and Hotel.
Although somewhat lonely and troubled, most thought of him as a nice guy.
The two continued to communicate online until they could find a way to meet in person.
That opportunity presented itself when Miller traveled to Reno, Nev. for a Mary Kay convention.
Their online affair turned into a physical affair and Cassaday thought that his life was going to change for the better.
She told him she was a rich businesswomen, living with a disabled husband and he believed everything she told him.
He also had no qualms sleeping with a married woman.
Cassady, a former cop, should have known that he was being had.
For unknown reasons, he didn’t.
Perhaps it was too much booze or too many drugs.
All he knew was that he was crazy about Sharee Miller.
After their initial face-to-face meeting, the two continued their provocative online relationship exchanging hundreds of emails, with a few more in-person visits.
The sexually explicit photos that Miller sent, along with emails professing her love, seemingly blinded Cassady.
Whether he was just gullible, impaired or broken, he was an easy conquest for Miller and it did not take too much to convince him that he needed to kill her husband.
She weaved a web of deceit and:
Her manipulations worked.
Cassaday did not know that Miller could not have any more children because she had a tubal ligation and was devastated over the loss of the twins.
Miller directed the hit of her husband that she had only been married to for seven months.
She told Cassaday where to find her husband, how much money he would have on him and called him to tell him when to enter the business.
On November 8, 1999 Bruce Miller was murdered at his auto salvage business.
A blast from a shotgun was the cause of death.
The cunning Miller tried to cover all bases and arranged for her brother-in-law Chuck and his wife Judy to find the body.
She had called them, after she knew he was dead, to say she was worried because her husband was late.
They went to check on him and found his body.
Those that knew Miller, and even the police, noticed that she did not seem too upset after her husband was murdered.
Just two days later, she was dancing in a bar in Otisville, Mich.
Within two weeks she had a live-in boyfriend and it wasn’t Jerry Cassaday.
After the murder of Bruce Miller, Cassaday likely thought he would be with the woman he loved.
After all, he killed for her.
But, that did not happen.
Miller started to distance herself over the next month from Cassaday, and even taunted him about her new relationship.
She completely broke it off in December leaving Cassaday devastated.
At this point most people believe that the realization finally struck Cassaday that he murdered an innocent man in cold blood and was wracked with guilt.
Although that might be somewhat true, Cassaday also felt sorry for himself that he didn’t get the “prize” (Sharee Miller) he was promised for killing her husband.
Already on leave from his job and staying in a ground floor apartment at the home of relatives in Odessa, Mo, Cassaday decided to end his life.
Before killing himself, he wanted to make sure that Sharee Miller would be held accountable for her role in the murder.
On Feb. 11, 2000, Cassaday was found dead.
He may have been dead for one or two days before family members found his body in an easy chair with an open Bible in his lap.
Days after his body had been removed, the family was cleaning the apartment when they found a briefcase under the bed with three suicide notes and an envelope taped to the outside of it.
Inside the briefcase, he left behind enough information that would ultimately convict Sharee Miller at trial including a hard copy of an instant message conversation he had with Miller only hours before Bruce Miller was murdered.
In that conversation, Miller provided Cassaday with directions to the salvage yard and also told him where to park.
She even called Cassaday to let him know when it was time to drive into the salvage yard and murder her husband.
He emphatically stated,
I drove there and killed him.
The suicide note he left for his parents that was taped to the outside of the briefcase, said that Sharee lied to him and that he was in a deep depression.
Miller was arrested after the evidence he had compiled was found and verified.
On Jan. 29, 2001, Sharee Miller was sentenced to life in prison for conspiracy to murder, and received 54 to 81 years for second-degree murder.
Being in jail did not slow Sharee Miller down.
Miller never had to go long without male company and admirers.
Even with her much more hardened looks and weight gain, she still attracted men.
Michael Denoyer of Bourbonnais, Ill. was one of those men.
The then 56-year-old man was sitting at home one day in November 2007, watching Snapped on the Oxygen network when he saw Sharee Miller.
There was something about her murderous eyes that beckoned him. He said,
I saw something in her eyes that broke my heart.
He was so besotted with the convicted murderer that he saw on a television show featuring women who killed their husbands that he wrote her a letter.
She responded to his letter and in 2008, he visited her in prison.
On that very first visit he proposed and Sharee Miller accepted.
Some reports state that the two were actually married in April 2008, although there is absolutely no proof of that union.
We reached out to Denoyer to ask him about it and if a response is received, we will post it.
Denoyer comes from a close-knit family so it is surprising that a seemingly normal individual would want to be with a convicted murderer that he saw on television.
A person who claims to be Denoyer’s nephew attempted to explained the attraction when he commented on an online article. Here is what he said,
He has had his fair share of broken marriages and its not fair for anyone to critisize based on information you “found” or “heard” from the internet. He has told all of us that “there was something in her eyes” and we have all watched the “snapped” episode as well as the “ID” episode and we can’t see what he sees. He swears up and down she is innocent. I don’t believe its my business why he “chose” her but he did and its not up to me to decide if its right or wrong.
Denoyer currently lists himself as single.
Ironically, Sharee Miller was granted a new trial because of the suicide note left by Cassaday.
Cassaday wanted to ensure that Sharee Miller paid for her part in the crime and that very plan temporarily backfired.
The court ruled that since Cassaday could not be cross examined, because he was dead, that the suicide note should not have been admitted.
After much legal wrangling, on July 29, 2009, Sharee Miller was released from the Genesee County Jail on a $100,000 recognizance bond while awaiting her new trial.
She had spent more than 10 years behind bars.
Miller was out of jail and up to her usual antics.
Partying and meeting men. The usual.
She maintained a variety of accounts on social networks just for this purpose.
in 2011, she claimed on her personal Facebook page that she was working at the Comedy Shop as a video and photo editor.
Using her personal account, Miller reveled in posting inspirational messages, joined a deadbeat dads group and appeared to be filled to the brim with excitement that she would soon be a grandmother.
She enjoyed her freedom to the fullest.
She visited with her children, other family members and friends.
She enrolled in photo classes, maintained a highly visible presence on social media and was heavily involved in planning her daughter’s baby shower.
She professed that she was a changed woman.
She readily admitted that she had bad morals and told dateline, just “because my morals were so bad, that doesn’t mean I was capable of murder”.
She received mental health counseling and admitted to doing a lot of bad things but did not admit to murdering her husband.
She said that she missed many years of her children’s lives because her mother raised them and claims that the Bible changed her life.
She was a new and improved woman.
On the Casaveneracion website, a person who claims to be Sharee Miller responded to an article about her.
Sharee Miller •−
I am still home and free, It will be two years this month. I have won at every level, thank God. There is more to the system then people care to learn. Whether you believe my innocence or you believe I am guilty doesn’t affect me. I want to thank those who spoke out for me, I appreciate the voices of knowledge speaking out. Everyone has an opinion in this life. But some opinions are not based on the HARD facts. Whenever there is a “shadow of a doubt” in a case in our justice system then there should be a not guilty verdict. Those are the instructions that are given. We cannot find people guilty based on our feelings or opinions of that person. I am now in the US Supreme Court still fighting for a fair and just trial. If it would have been fair and the laws would have been followed by the Judge (who by the way should have known the laws) then maybe the outcome would have been different. I remember watching several people being released from prison once DNA WAS A FACTOR. So many people spent so many years in prison when they were innocent. How many of you judged those very people guilty of those crimes because the prosecutors case LOOKED good? Only now to find out after many many many many years in prison they were ALL INNOCENT? So sad that we live in a world full of judges, so sad that so many people judge others when really, honestly, we ALL have only one judge…Our Lord and Savior. Have a blessed and safe life.
Miller even received support from Monica Jahner, an outreach worker with A.R.R.O., Advocacy, Re-entry, Resources Outreach.
Jahner spoke at the Lansing State Capitol about the importance of providing help to former inmates once they are out of prison.
And then it was all over.
After three years of frolicking in her freedom, Miller was ordered back to jail in August 2012 to serve out her original sentence.
Her legal team is appealing.
According to Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton,
In my opinion, justice has once again prevailed and Sharee Miller is where she belongs.