A chance encounter in an online chat room led to a romance between a beautiful 18-year-old girl named "Jessi" and a handsome young Marine. But what she didn't know was that her "sweet sexy Marine" was actually a balding, 46-year old married man, Thomas Montgomery.
What Montgomery didn't know was that the beautiful temptress was actually a 45-year-old home-maker Mary Shieler, posing as her daughter "Jessi" without her knowledge.
Unaware that they're both not who they say they are, "Talhotblond" and "MarineSniper" flirted in an online chat room for nearly two years, exchanging photos, gifts, phone calls and love letters. Their flirtation escalated into an intense virtual relationship, which Montgomery told "20/20" felt "more real to me than real life."
Click here for love letters sent between "Jessi" and "Tommy"
But when Jessi learned who her online love really was, she broke it off with Montgomery and took up with his young hunky co-worker, Brian Barrett. It was only a matter of time until the "MarineSniper" enacted the ultimate revenge.
On Sept. 15, 2006, Barrett was found dead in the parking lot where he worked, shot three times by a military rifle. News among co-workers spread of the love triangle and when police couldn't find Montgomery, they feared he was heading to "Talhotblond's" house in West Virginia.
Montgomery was sentenced to 20 years in jail in a plea deal for Barrett's murder.
An excerpt of one of "Talhotblond" and "MarineSniper's" intimate IM conversations is below.
MarineSniper1000 (6:26:40 PM):on friday or sat u can say goodbye forever to me and tommy
TalHotBlondbig50 (6:26:53 PM): why
MarineSniper1000 (6:27:03 PM): we r leaving for good
TalHotBlondbig50 (6:27:07 PM): no
MarineSniper1000 (6:27:29 PM): yes jessi u r having fun in ur life now so its time for us to leave
TalHotBlondbig50 (6:27:42 PM): no tom
TalHotBlondbig50 (6:27:51 PM): dont take tommy
MarineSniper1000 (6:28:09 PM): hes going with me u replaced him with timmy
TalHotBlondbig50 (6:28:29 PM): please dont say that
TalHotBlondbig50 (6:28:32 PM): its not true
MarineSniper1000 (6:28:50 PM): according to the text i got it is true
TalHotBlondbig50 (6:29:01 PM): no it isnt
MarineSniper1000 (6:29:31 PM): so its time for tommy to be put to rest
TalHotBlondbig50 (6:29:52 PM): i will leave
MarineSniper1000 (6:29:56 PM): i wish i had a perfect life like u and brian do
MarineSniper1000 (6:30:10 PM): that is up to u jessi its ur choice
TalHotBlondbig50 (6:30:15 PM): what does brian have to do with this
TalHotBlondbig50 (6:30:34 PM): ur not going to forgive this one
MarineSniper1000 (6:30:36 PM): he left a few copies of ur conversation on my tool box today
MarineSniper1000 (6:30:52 PM): half the company knows now
TalHotBlondbig50 (6:31:00 PM): knows what
MarineSniper1000 (6:31:09 PM): what u 2 talked about
TalHotBlondbig50 (6:31:14 PM): no tom
MarineSniper1000 (6:31:25 PM): how u told him im a ******* loser and predator
MarineSniper1000 (6:31:38 PM): i dont have a life
MarineSniper1000 (6:31:57 PM): 3 hours u 2 were talking about me
TalHotBlondbig50 (6:32:01 PM): what did u say to him
MarineSniper1000 (6:32:07 PM): i didnt
TalHotBlondbig50 (6:32:12 PM): why not
MarineSniper1000 (6:32:22 PM): its not worth it anymore
TalHotBlondbig50 (6:32:58 PM): i will get out of ur life tom ..... i have done to much damage to be undone now.... im so sorry