Amy and Bob Bosley were like local royalty -- they owned a million-dollar roofing business and were active volunteers in their community. But a phone call one spring morning would devastate their Campbell County, Ky., domain.
"Someone is breaking into my house," Amy frantically told a 911 dispatcher. "Oh my God, he shot my husband!" she exclaimed.
Police rushed to the scene and discovered the Bosleys' cabin in shambles. The back door was broken in, shattered glass was everywhere and in the bedroom they found Bob Bosley dead -- shot seven times. As family and friends wondered who could have committed such a grisly murder in their small community, especially against someone as popular as Bob, his wife, Amy, the only eyewitness, was forced to expose the most intimate details of their marriage to police.
Detectives questioned Amy about rumors of the couple's allegedly open marriage. They also asked her about Lake Cumberland -- a beautiful place to relax, drink, and do things you might not do at home -- where Bob would spend weekends cruising around on his boat.
Amy revealed that Bob kept secrets from her and would disappear to Lake Cumberland for days at time. "He liked to have a lot of women and have big parties on his boat," said county prosecutor Michelle Snodgrass. The lake is notorious for wild parties; when "Primetime" visited, some women were going topless for Mardi Gras beads.
During their investigation, police uncovered graphic photographs of Bob with other women. They were able to confirm at least one extramarital affair but Detective Dave Fickenscher doesn't think that was the couple's biggest issue. "The big secret was the financial downfall of the business," he said.
The Money Trail
For years Bob had built up his chimney sweep and roofing business, eventually turning it into somewhat of a local empire with Amy right beside him handing the bookkeeping. But during the investigation into the murder, police discovered something suspicious in Amy's car: hundreds of unmailed checks to the IRS totaling about $1.7 million in back taxes, according to prosecutor Jack Porter.
Weeks before the shooting, Amy met with an IRS agent who informed her they were investigating Bob for nonpayment of taxes. Amy went to great lengths to keep the tax problems from her husband even going as far as to impersonate him over the phone, according to police. "She was screwing up his business, that was probably one of the worst things you could do to Bob," said Snodgrass. "Her thought was, 'He'll absolutely leave me. There's nothing worse I could do to him than screw up this business.'"
That notion, coupled with something Amy once said, haunts Bob's sister Debbie Webb. "She told me if Bobby ever left her that she would shoot him in his sleep." Debbie says she didn't take the comment seriously but it always hovered in the back of her mind.
Crime Scene Staged?
Throughout the investigation, police, prosecutors, townspeople and even the Bosley family had their suspicions about who committed the crime -- Amy Bosley, something she vehemently denied. "I had no reason to shoot him," she told police. But the Bosley's unusual marriage, the looming IRS investigation, Amy's story of an intruder and her behavior following the murder just didn't seem to add up.
"Her actions weren't appropriate. He's dead just two hours and she's bashing him in a police interview," said Fickenscher. Prosecutors felt her crying was forced and not at all genuine. "Her husband had just been killed and even though she would do the same crying out, no one saw a tear fall from her eye," said Snodgrass.
Authorities said even the crime scene looked staged. Around the body police found just two bullet shell casings; the others were found in the most unusual of places, like the bottom of the washing machine. According to Amy's lawyer, Jim Morgan, those casings were old, probably left in Bob's jeans from target practice. "Just like coins typically fall out of your pocket in the washing machine, the shell casings [did too]," he said.
Police don't buy that explanation and had their own theory. The day of the murder, the IRS was coming to audit the business's books, potentially exposing Amy's secret. Police say Amy might have felt that the only way to make the tax problem go away was to kill her husband. "The IRS was investigating Bob Bosley and if Bob Bosley couldn't tell them otherwise, then he could be at fault," said Fickenscher.
Ten days after Bob Bosley was shot and killed, Amy was arrested for the murder. She insisted she was innocent, but a week later another piece of incriminating evidence turned up in Amy's purse -- a Glock handgun. It was the same type of gun used to kill her husband. Even though police had no doubt they'd found the murder weapon, authorities couldn't definitively match it to the lead slugs that struck Bob Bosley because the slugs were too mutilated.
The Surprising Outcome
While there was a mountain of circumstantial evidence against Amy, prosecutors admitted they didn't have a slam dunk. But statements Amy's children, Morgan, 9, and Trevor, 6, gave to police following the murder would become the strongest piece of evidence. "The first thing that woke the children up was gunshots," said Snodgrass. "The children heard the glass breaking after the gunshots," Snodgrass added, which would contradict Amy's story of an intruder break-in.
Their testimony was crucial, but no one wanted to force young children who had already lost their father to testify against their mother. As a result, prosecutors reluctantly offered Amy Bosley a deal -- the minimum sentence of 20 years if she pleaded guilty -- and to everyone's surprise she took the deal. "Amy entered a plea for one reason, and that was to save her children from testifying," said Morgan, who maintains his client is not guilty.
Bob's family is certain Amy did it and speculate that the motive involved that missing money from his company. They believe Amy was siphoning off the cash and hiding it in the backyard of the family farm. "I think that there's money buried, and when she makes parole, one of the first stops she makes is to go get that," said Snodgrass.