Kill One Wife, Go to Jail, Get Released, Get Remarried, Kill the New Wife

Unfortunately, this is not a joke. I'm really starting to think that people shouldn't even get married. A hint to the hateful second-wives: listen to the ex-wives/ex-girlfriends...they have life-saving secrets to tell you...

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Man in Wilmette murder-suicide had killed before

Richard Wiley, 54, the man who police believe killed his wife and teenage stepson in their Wilmette home today, was convicted of the 1985 stabbing death of his then-wife, records show.

Court records show Wiley appealed his conviction four years later, calling on the state appellate court to reduce his conviction from murder to guilty of voluntary manslaughter but mentally ill and his sentence to 20 years from 30. The court rejected his plea and upheld the lower court's conviction and sentence.

According to the court's written opinion, the man claimed that his wife provoked him by confessing that she was having an affair with another man.

On April 12, 1985 at about 6:10 p.m., according to the court opinion, the man called police after he argued with his wife. His wife told him she was having an affair.

He told police "that when their argument intensified, he lost control, picked up a 'ceremonial' knife from the drafting table in the living room, then stabbed his wife several times," according to the opinion.

The deputy medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Wiley's wife testified at trial that she was stabbed 23 times. At his trial, Wiley testified that he had been drinking "wine and whiskey" for about four hours prior to the argument.

The appellate court rejected Wiley's plea, ruling that his wife's statements didn't constitute sufficient provocation to warrant reducing his conviction, that the mental illness he claimed was not a "serious mental impairment" and that he was not legally insane at the time of the killing.

Wiley was paroled on Jan. 12, 2000.

--Andrew L. Wang

Man Who Murdered Wife Decades Ago Found Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide

In 1987, Richard Wiley was sentenced to 30 years in prison for stabbing his 25-year-old wife to death. He served 15 years, and was released in 2000, apparently remarrying around that time.

Yesterday, his body, his current wife's body and her 17-year-old son's body were found in the parsonage of a church in an upscale Chicago suburb, where his wife worked as office coordinator. Although an investigation has not yet been completed, it seems clear that Wiley shot his wife and stepson to death before shooting himself to death, according to the Sun-Times.

Wiley, 54, had unsuccessfully asserted an insanity defense based on his "intermittent explosive disorder" at trial for the murder of his previous wife, the newspaper writes.

His current wife, Kathryn Wiley-Motes, had worked for about a decade at First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette and was studying to become a Methodist minister. Her son, Christopher Motes, was a senior at New Trier High School and was on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout.

Wiley apparently killed his wife and stepson on Saturday, using a Civil War replica muzzle-loading gun that might have belonged to the teen, the newspaper writes. Wiley then committed suicide, probably on Sunday, according to a note he left that said he wasn't going to return to prison. It indicates that Wiley and his wife argued before the murders, and that the teen may have been shot to death after his mother was killed.

Rev. Sarah Sarchet Butter, who is the pastor of First Presbyterian, said this morning that the couple met in church. She and deputy police chief Brian King said Wiley-Motes had never reported any prior incidents of domestic violence by Wiley.

Forgiveness is one thing, ignorance is another. When it comes to life or death save yourself and your child. I don't mean to insult you, second-wives, but this undying passion and commitment that you have for your husbands, this same love that causes you to spit hot fire at your husband's ex...please, sit down, reflect, listen to your conscience and truly evaluate the situation.

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