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Friday, May 16, 2008

48 Hours to Broadcast Traci Rhode Case

I know The Herald has this already, but I thought I'd supplement it with the preview video and the accompanying CBS presss release. ~Melissa




From high school sweethearts to doting parents of three, Traci and Scott Rhode, seemed a devoted couple, even after 20 tumultuous years together. Then on October 15, 2003 the life they knew together ended when Scott suffered a gunshot wound to the head in the couples’ Brownsville, Texas home. And for Traci the ordeal was just beginning.

With Scott’s death, the couple’s picture perfect image was shattered. Traci described Scott as a troubled man, so possessive and paranoid she was cheating on him, that he moved the family several times. It was this dark side, she maintains, that led him to shoot himself.

Investigators believed differently. With Traci’s questionable relationship with a co-worker and Scott’s meeting with a divorce attorney, the case had all the ingredients of a classic murder plot – a love interest, a motive and the suspicious behavior of a pretty, young wife.

Was this a murder made to look like a suicide? To authorities it seemed as such and after a tireless two-year investigation, Traci was arrested in the death of her husband, which she says was a suicide being made by the prosecution to look like murder.

Brownsville was a community divided, some crying for mercy, others crying for blood. And Traci’s fate lay in the hands of the jurors, who were about to deliver a jaw dropping decision.

Harold Dow reports on 48 HOURS MYSTERY: "Point Blank," Saturday, May 17 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. This broadcast is produced by Liza Finley. Judy Tygard is the senior producer and Al Briganti is the executive editor. Susan Zirinsky is the executive producer.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

After watching the 48Hour show, two things bothered me: 1. With all the displacement of items from the crime scence by the EMT's and the two conflicting pictures of the prosecution's smoking gun evidence, the jury couldn't find reasonable doubt. 2.) I find it odd that the reporter only featured maybe 10-15 seconds of the jurors that agreed to speak to him. If the sentence was the most shocking aspect of this, why not spend a little bit more time on the jurors. Were they not able to articulate their reasoning beyond the children's testimony? Did the reporter not question them on their quilty verdict?

Whether she did it or not, the jury's inconsistency should concern all of us.

Patricia A.

Saturday, May 17, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I found interesting was how from the beginning she kept up with her story. She never had different stories nor did she deny she had marital problems, in fact......she even admitted after ten days of Scott being dead she had en encounter with Sean Michaels at a Red Roof Inn! This is one of those very tough cases to crack.....part of me is yes and part of me is no......I see her Monday's Wednesdays and Thursdays leaving her son at Taekwondo.....a very devoted mother.....I just find it hard to believe that she committed such a crime!

Sunday, May 18, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What you should find even more troubling is the fact that the story told by CBS was very one sided, and the fact that CBS paid people for their interviews. There were individuals that wanted to talk to CBS, but CBS would not interview them. It would have ruined the sensationalism of their story. Even the part about the DA taking over 2 years of investigation before he could indict was not true. The DA that indicted Traci Rhode wasn't even in office until 7 months prior to the indictment in 2005. The former DA was up for re-election in early 2004, and didn't want to rock the boat with a high-profile case from late 2003, when Scott was murdered, until after the election in March of 2004. The former spineless DA was voted out, but served as a lame duck until Jan 2005 when the new DA took office. The former DA left such a backlog of cases that it took the new DA, Armando Villalobos, months to clean up the mess. Villalobos cleaned house when he took office, and brought in a whole new staff. No one worked on the case for two years as what was so irresponsibly reported by CBS because the people that were in the DA’s office when the crime occurred were canned in Jan 2005. Traci Rhode was indicted in Aug 2005 for murdering her husband, Scott Rhode; 7 months after the new DA took office, in spite of the backlog of cases that was left by the former DA. Why did CBS fail to report those basic facts that are technically public record? Why did CBS make that part of the show sound like it was something different by saying the DA worked on this case for 2 years? The jurors that did talk did not say that they made a mistake. They did not denounce their decision that Traci was guilty of murder. They simply confirmed the fact that the defense did their job and tricked the jury into feeling sorry for the kids. The defense attorney, Ernesto Gamez, even admits to using that tactic in the Brownsville Herald article dated April 30, 2008 - 4:29PM. He specifically referred to the Rhode case. To claim that Traci Rhode never denied being involved with her co-worker simply means that you do not know enough of the facts to be defending her. Traci Rhode denied the relationship right up until Shawn Michaels took the stand and confessed the relationship. She got caught in a lie. She claims that she met with Michaels at the IHOP so she could talk, but the police made her nervous. Why was she so nervous? Why did she feel that she had to go and confide in her lover? She claimed that all of her family was 24 hours away, but in reality she had adult members of her family staying with her at her home at the time she met Michaels at the hotel. If this meeting was such an innocent meeting, why did she have to go somewhere else to meet? What would have been wrong with meeting with him right in her own kitchen? Was she afraid that the kids would see her with this guy? Was she afraid that the other family members would see her with this guy? Give me a break. She went to a hotel room with a guy to talk. What a crock! She knew what she was doing was wrong, so she attempted to hide it. As for her keeping her story straight, she had over four years to rehearse it, and even at that, she did not keep it all straight. Only the parts that were aired were kept straight. Remember, Traci Rhode is a real live person that talks too much. Her story varied, depending upon whom she was talking to. So many people want to express their opinions based upon a tabloid show that is simply concerned about ratings, rather than portraying the truth. Before this airing, I use to find 48 Hours an interesting show. Now that I have seen how they twist the facts, I will never watch the show again. It is all BS. They pay people to fit into a story line that will sell. It has nothing to do with the truth.

Friday, June 06, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Traci going to appeal the case and try to clear her name? I knew her in when the family lived in Kennett. We had kids the same age. They seemed like the perfect family. I just can't believe this whole story!

Saturday, September 20, 2008  
Anonymous Concerned said...

A devoted father who meets with Traci and his lawyer 1 day before he dies...tells his wife he wants his son, she freaks out...then the next day Scott is brutally killed...
Hmmmmm....not too hard to know what really happended...10 days later she is with another man in a hotel...Hmmmm...I know people don't want to believe it, but the man loved and wanted his children and was done with Traci...obviously she was done with him too...

Saturday, October 25, 2008  
Anonymous FriendOfSparky said...

It has been well over five years since someone good was taken from us. Today marks the celebration of Scott Rhode’s life. For those of us that had the pleasure of knowing Scott, we will remember him as being genuine, down-to-earth and good-natured. We will remember his humor, his enthusiasm, the excitement when he told a story, his pride and concern for his kids, his devotion to family, and his love for his wife. For those that wish to cast stones, cast as you might, but understand this. You cannot change the hearts and minds of those who knew Scott. Those memories are etched in stone and the man that we know as Scott Rhode lives on in those collective memories. We miss you brother.

Friday, March 06, 2009  

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