"PERFECT CRIME" COMES UNDONE
"Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive" (to commit murder for profit) goes the old phrase. It's very true today in the mysterious death of an Air Force colonel on a highway in Texas some two and a half years ago.
When Bexar County Medical Examiner, Dr. Vincent - "Let's call it a suicide. Yeah, that's the ticket!" - DiMaio ruled almost immediately that USAF Col. Philip M. Shue "killed" himself in an auto crash April 16, 2003, eyebrows were raised in Boerne, Texas, but most folks in San Antonio weren't surprised.
Since then, DiMaio's dubbed the shooting death of retired Army Brig. Gen. Bernardo Negrete a "suicide" too, despite the widow's various versions of what happened (the late general was her fourth husband) and the presence of two shell casings, one on the floor, another in the wastebasket nearby. The casings were from two different handguns in the bedroom where the well-respected flag officer allegedly "killed" himself.
Are we to presume Gen. Negrete deposited the casing in the trash bucket after fatally wounding himself with each gun? Were the weapons both fired that night, September 16, 2005? And did the police screw up, intentionally or otherwise, when gunpowder (paraffin) tests weren't conducted promptly, like it says in the police manual? Get real!
When MilitaryCorruption.com asked to speak to someone in the detective bureau, the PD flacks said "No." Maybe it's time for the San Antonio media to demand a little more "accountability" from the local gendarmes. Or is the law in that city, "above the law?"
Only in San Antonio, not noted for corruption-free cops or law and order, can an "M.E" like DiMaio operate with impunity. His word is "the law," even if what he says is patently absurd.
In the case of Col. Shue, the controversial and corpulent forensic pathologist declared Shue must have killed himself. Why he "aimed" his car at a clump of trees on I-10 after torturing himself - cutting off both nipples and slicing a six-inch gash in his chest - wearing his seat belt when he crashed! Sure.
We have the answer to that - the seat belt - but that'll come later in this latest installment in one of the most troubling criminal cases we've ever covered. And we've been "up and down the waterfront" more than a few times.
LEAVING OUT A FEW IMPORTANT FACTS
When Tracy Shue first contacted us asking for our help, she indignantly told us her late husband's first wife - Nancy Timpson - had a million-dollars in life insurance on Col. Shue. "Why, that's an incentive to commit murder!" she declared. We agreed with her then, and we still do now, although no hard evidence has yet been produced linking the first Mrs. Shue to the colonel's death.
But what about the $1.5 million in insurance Tracy had on her hubby, not counting the $250,000 in SGLI (Serviceman's Group Life Insurance) and various other "monies" that would come her way if anything happened to her spouse? That's close to two million dollars, not counting the monthly DIC (indemnity compensation payments), death gratuity, etc. If you "follow the money trail," the cash winner isn't the first "frau."
That's not the only thing the "Widow Shue" didn't clue us in on. For example, when she told us back in 2003 she was suing Nancy to try and stop her from collecting the million bucks insurance policy after her ex-husband's death, we were filled with admiration at the spunk the little lady showed.
Why, she was going to defend the honor of her beloved husband! Nobody was going to "profit" from his tragic death. No sir! It was only later - much later - when we obtained a copy of the initial suit - did we realize Tracy is very smart indeed.
Just 76 days after the shock and surprise of her husband's terrible demise, the "Widow Shue" and her first lawyer were in court trying to get the $1 million for themselves, using a little known provision in the Texas Insurance Code.
It's called the "Slayer Statute." We thought we'd reproduce it here for all you folks that like to watch Court TV and read crime thrillers:
Forfeiture of Beneficiary's Rights
You gotta read the fine print. "Nearest relative." And who might that be? You got it! Tracy Shue.
It's all there in black and white. Paragraph 19 under the "Prayer" says: "Plaintiff (Tracy Shue) seeks an Order that Defendant (Nancy Timpson) has forfeited the right to payment of proceeds and said proceeds be paid in accordance with Texas law to the nearest living relative, who is the Plaintiff in this action."
In other words: " Gimmee the money!!!"
In addition, Tracy Shue sought the following: actual damages, special damages, prejudgment and postjudgement interest, attorney fees, costs of suit and all other relief in law and in equity, to which plaintiff may be entitled.
But, alas, it did not end well for wife number two. No proof was offered or established that Nancy Timpson engaged in activity that "willfully," or in any other way, brought about the death of Col. Shue. Thus, a quiet settlement was made, and Nancy got her money plus interest, while Tracy, instead of becoming the "three-million dollar woman," lost out and got a lesson in life's hard knocks.
However, the Widow Shue is determined to fight on. She is now engaged in a multi-million dollar battle with the deep-pockets USAA Insurance Company of San Antonio, Texas. Tracy contends that the company is negligent in carrying the huge life insurance policy on her late husband in view of his notification to them by letter - we have a copy - he had received a series of threatening letters and feared his ex-wife was out to see him dead.
That one will drag on for a while longer, while the legal fees pile up.
SUPPORT THE "TRACY SHUE FIND THE KILLERS FUND"
We feel sorry for poor Tracy, having to spend so much money to get more. In fact, we feel while she is engaged in trying to separate USAA from a few million bucks to add to her pile, we should do our part to make sure the focus is not entirely lost on who killed Col. Shue.
Ever since MilitaryCorruption.com entered this case, our aim has been to help clear the colonel's name from the "suicide" slur and find those responsible for his horrible death. They deserve to be executed.
So to help out the "Widow Shue," we passed the hat here and came up with $10.35. Not much loot, but then we'll never make it to the millionaire (or "millionairess") class. So it's a start. But we do have a great idea for raising funds. We're going to ask our readers to please chip in and help Tracy out. Send your spare change to the TRACY SHUE "FIND THE KILLERS FUND." We promise to list the total amount collected to date in future articles and send on the money to Tracy whenever she thinks she needs it.
Hey, "O.J." Right, you there on the golf links. Yeah! We know you read us down there in Florida (along with several thousand other clever, informed people in the Sunshine State). You know how tough it is to track down killers. You've been on the trail of who sliced up your wife and her boyfriend for, how many years now? Do you think you can spare a few bucks for Tracy Shue? Why not. What's a couple hundred to a guy like you? Just send it to us in a postal money order, OK? We don't want to get stuck with any rubber checks. Thanks, Bro.
Just so you don't get the wrong impression and think she's a greedy, grasping shrew, out to milk every last dime from her husband's death, we really like Tracy Shue. We're even fond of her. And we haven't the slightest suspicion she had anything to do with what happened to Col. Shue.
It's true, we were disappointed that she (and Nancy Timpson, as well) didn't take us up on our generous offer to fly the battling widow and ex-wife out to Phoenix for an all-expense-paid, four-star, resort hotel vacation while we hooked them up - separately, of course - to a polygraph run by one of the Los Angeles PD's best retired cops.
Nancy refused an earlier chance to take a polygraph (which is her legal right), but we were disappointed Tracy didn't take advantage of our offer so she could "show up" Col. Shue's first wife and at the same time, answer a few questions that would help clear up the case.
Since she's apparently declined our kind offer, we'll just have to ask some questions publicly. Maybe she'll send her replies by e-mail. You folks will be the first to know.
QUESTIONS THAT DEMAND ANSWERS
Anyway, here's some queries for Tracy Shue:
Well, that's just a few of the questions we wished we could have asked you. There's plenty more.
SOME NEW REVELATIONS IN THE SHUE CASE
We spoke of "new revelations" in our headline and we don't want to disappoint our many readers, so here goes:
It seems a certain someone was seen in the basement of Wilford Hall Medical Center a few weeks before Col. Shue's death, walking out with a medical "kit" under their arm. Inside are all the implements - scalpels, clamps, syringes - that might come in handy if someone was going to be doing some "cutting" on someone else. Hmmmm.
The morning Col. Shue died, at around 0800 hours, a female driver passed the colonel's 1995 Mercury Tracer, strangely parked on the side of the access road leading out from his home in Boerne to Interstate 10. She noted a maroon-colored, Nissan "Pathfinder" parked very close behind the first car with two occupants inside, a tall male with "salt and pepper" hair and a petite female with a short haircut.
When the lady came back through, about 15 minutes later, she saw both vehicles were gone. As she proceeded down I-10 in a westerly direction, she was shocked to see the Mercury, now piled up in a clump of trees. Col. Shue was dead, but the mystery that lingers to this day had just begun.
Our sources tell us the couple in the SUV had more than a passing interest in the officer who appeared to be "sitting up" behind the driver's wheel of the Tracer.
MCC's THEORY ON WHAT HAPPENED THE DAY COL SHUE DIED
Here's, for what it's worth, is our theory on what may have happened the day the colonel died.
First of all, we agree with the "Widow Shue" he may have been incapacitated by a chloroform-soaked rag. That would take just a few seconds. But we disagree on where it happened. She thinks he was "abducted" on the winding road from his home to the main highway. We don't.
To "surgically remove" Col. Shue's nipples (like evenly slicing a stalk of celery with a steak knife) and cut the six inch gash in his chest, one needs an absolutely safe and secure "environment." A place where prying eyes won't be focused at that time of the morning. A place where a co-conspirator can arrive as planned and help in doing the torture and mutilation to make it appear, perhaps, that the officer was the victim of Satanist or Devil Worshipers. And is it true, those "stories" we heard, that wife number one may have been a Wiccan back in Florida?
Anyway, after the victim was rendered unconscious - no struggling or moving around, thus the perfect cutting "sans" (for you French readers) any jagged edges - the colonel may have been placed in the Mercury Tracer at the spot where the woman driver reported seeing the car parked and an SUV close behind.
The colonel might have been meant or expected to "come out" of his drugged state and try to flee. The large amount of Lidocaine in his system could have been injected in an inconspicuous place, like his armpit. But being in shock and suffering from loss of blood and horrified at what had been done to him, Col. Shue could reasonably be expected to panic and try and drive away from the scene as fast and as far as possible.
Here, we have eyewitnesses saying they observed the Mercury Tracer erratically going "all over the road" and hitting a guardrail before finally smashing into a clump of trees. Despite the air bag's inflation and him wearing a seat belt - we think that was because his torturer's needed to "strap him in" to keep him "upright" so he wouldn't attract attention from passersby while parked off to the side of the access road - Col. Shue was killed.
The motive for the torture was to make it "appear" someone else had done the carving and cast suspicion elsewhere than Boerne, Texas. It didn't work.
As for DiMaio's asinine theory that Col. Shue mutilated himself and intended to die by vehicular crash, can you imagine anyone cutting off both nipples with absolute surgical precision - no jagged edges - enduring unspeakable pain, gouging a six-inch gash in one's chest, slicing off the tip of one finger, pulling on a brown undershirt, then donning the top of a BDU uniform shirt, buttoning it up and finally reaching across and fastening an automobile seat belt - all while fleeing from "captors?"
No way did that happen! Whoever "cut" on the colonel also "dressed" him and placed him behind the wheel of that car. Find them, and you find who did this.
AN OFFER YOU CAN'T REFUSE
We know the person(s) who did this to Col Philip Shue read this web site. They can't afford not to. So we offer you this option. Get "out in front of this" right now. Don't hesitate another day. Dial (210) 225-6741. That's the FBI Bureau in San Antonio. Tell them you want to "talk." We can't speak for the U.S. Attorney's Office, but it's a safe bet the first person who implicates the other in this horrific crime will escape the death chamber in Austin and perhaps even a lengthy prison term. Whoever is still "holding out" after the first person comes forward will be plumb out of luck. Again, we can't emphasize enough, you will be caught. MilitaryCorruption.com is closing in on you and so are certain members of law enforcement. Don't think that "suicide" ruling is going to protect you. It won't. Your window of opportunity is fast closing. Don't wait until someone else "rats you out."
A TRIBUTE TO A WONDERFUL MAN
As another Christmas comes and goes without the presence of Col. Philip Shue among those who loved and respected him so highly, we feel we should make it crystal clear, despite whatever venom and vitriol is poured in our direction by those who seek to hide behind a smokescreen, that we have always had the highest admiration for Col. Shue.
Rarely have we ever written about a person that no one, we repeat, no one ever had a bad word to say about. Which makes his torture and death all the more outrageous. This web site will continue to work around the clock to bring his killers to justice. No matter who they may be. We "salute" Col. Shue's 26 years of service to his nation in the U.S. Air Force and honor the kind, thoughtful and gentle man that he was.
EDITOR'S NOTE: If Tracy
Shue feels we have made any inaccurate statements in the article above,
MCC stands ready to correct them once proof
is provided. We also wish to afford the "Widow Shue" full
and equal space on these pages to present her views if she so wishes.
We are certain she shares our desire to make sure those responsible for
what happened to her husband are hunted down like rabid dogs and severely
punished for their crimes.