Man Kills a Second Wife 22 Years Later

Murder of first wife didn't worry her, pastor said
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Mar 4, 2009 3:50 PM CST
This 2000 photo released Tuesday, March 3, 2009, by the Illinois Department of Corrections shows Richard Wiley.   (AP Photo/Illinois Department of Corrections)

(Newser) – An Illinois man has killed his second wife after serving 13 years for killing his first, the Chicago Tribune reports. Richard Wiley, who gunned down Kathryn Wiley-Motes with a Civil War replica rifle this weekend, then murdered his 17-year-old stepson and turned the rifle on himself. Wiley-Motes married Wiley months after he got out of prison 9 years ago, dismissing concerns from the minister who married them.

"I have played out every scenario that I can possibly think of, and I think I can deal with it," Motes, a student pastor, had told the reverend before the wedding. Wiley-Motes was a secretary at a church Wiley attended since childhood. "Did she think she could help him?" the minister asked. "When you have that kind of pastoral spirit, let's face it, we're caregivers, we're helpers."

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