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Fatal Error

1 rating: 3.0
A book by Mark Morris

Details the shocking true story of Sharee Miller, a pathological liar, who, using sex and promises of love, convinced ex-cop Jerry Cassaday to kill her supposedly abusive husband, but when Jerry discovered that he had killed an innocent man, he took … see full wiki

Author: Mark Morris
Genre: True Crime
Publisher: Kensington Pub Corp
Date Published: January 01, 2003
1 review about Fatal Error

Fatal Error – sex on the internet? Surely you jest

  • Sep 8, 2003
Pros: quick read, detailed

Cons: none

The Bottom Line: _________

Nothing gives me chills more than that message that blips across your computer screen “You have performed a fatal error” – scares the bejesus out of me. Well, even though I find I generally have done nothing wrong, Sharee Miller can’t say the same thing. Sharee Miller definitely made a fatal error when she tempted and teased Jerry Cassady, an ex-policeman, to the point of murdering her husband.

Fatal Error was written by journalists Mark Morris from the Kansas City Star and Paul Janczewski from the Flint Journal, newspapers in their respective cities. These two newspapers are represented because the temptress Sharee Miller resided in Flint, Michigan with her salvage yard owner husband, Bruce, and Jerry Cassady lived outside Kansas City, in Odessa, Missouri. The principles, Sharee and Jerry, met over the internet in a sexual related chat room. From that chat room, a romance, of sorts, blossomed, at least for Jerry. Sharee had ulterior motives.

Included are 16 pages of black/white photos, not all of them are investigating staff thank heavens. Janczewski & Morris go into great detail outlining the lives and deaths of the parties involved. Many interviews were conducted with surviving families, court officials, jury members, investigating officers, and finally with Sharee herself.

Sharee led Jerry down an unsuspecting path of murder, playing on his devotion to her, as well as his drug and alcohol problems. What she didn’t take into account was Jerry’s determination to see things set right, even after he suicided. He had meticulously saved, on his hard drive, hundreds of emails and IM’s between he and Sharee over the 4 month torrid affair. The most damning was the private chat room correspondence that spanned the night of November 7 through the early hours of November 8 – the day before he drove to Flint and murdered Bruce.

In addition, he had saved pictures she had emailed him, and one very explicit video, which changed the entire outcome of the trial.

That Sharee was a money grubbing snake and guilty as sin is never doubted. Even her interviews after sentencing are laced with more lies than truths. Perhaps it is as her brother-in-law suspects, tell yourself a lie often enough and you believe it. Sharee believes, or pretends to believe, that she is innocent.

The authors did a complete and outstanding job of covering this investigation – before, during and after the crime. It comes in at 334 pages and is a quick and interesting read, very detailed. Probably the most important thing I learned – watch what you write and who you write it to, don’t commit your own Fatal Error.

ISBN #0-7860-1524-1, Pinnacle Books, Kensington Publishing Company.



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