8 Nov: The Instant Message Murder

Bruce Miller appeared to be the victim of a violent robbery at his salvage yard when his body was discovered on 8th November, 1999 – but he had actually been killed as part of a disturbing love triangle; one that led to his wife, Sharee Miller, being imprisoned for second degree homicide in a case frequently labelled ‘the internet’s first murder’.

Sharee, 20 years Bruce’s junior, had been flirting in AOL chatrooms with Jerry Cassaday, a 39-year-old former homicide detective, whom she convinced that her husband was abusive. She told Cassaday she was pregnant with his child, and presented fabricated evidence to support her story, along with instructions of how to kill her husband.

In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly reveal how Sharee meticulously plotted the murder from afar; explain how the prosecution used computer forensics for the first time in a murder case; and discover how Sharee initially tried to frame another man, but ultimately confessed from prison… 

CONTENT WARNING: murder, abuse, suicide.

Further Reading:

• ’Sharee Miller: An internet black widow’s deadly deception’ (KTVI-TV St. Louis, 2023): https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/sharee-miller-an-internet-black-widow-s-deadly-deception/ar-AA1j3nzI

• ‘Who is Sharee Miller and where is she now?’ (The US Sun, 2022): https://www.the-sun.com/news/4659758/who-sharee-miller-where-now/

• ‘Cross-Examination of Sharee Miller – Sex, Lies And Murder’ (CourtTV, 2001):