In 1996, Roger and Penny Scaggs celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. To outsiders, it appeared to marriage blessed by the hand of God. Roger was a successful businessman in the world of technology. And Penny, although considered a homemaker, devoted much of her time teaching young women how to be the perfect Christian wife and visiting with the elderly in nearby nursing homes.
Of course, things aren’t always what they seem.
Within the last few years, Roger was giving in to what seemed to be a midlife crisis. He grew distant from his wife and adult daughter, Sarah. He took up sail boating and flying. He carried on a rather torrid affair with a much younger woman.
But Penny Scaggs was a Godly woman. She did not believe in divorce. She believed that marriage was “until death we do part.”
Sadly, death would come sooner than she expect.
On March 6, 1996, as Penny played her beautiful baby grand piano in the couple’s Austin, Texas, home, she was bludgeoned in the back of the head. Then her killer slashed her throat and stabbed her repeatedly with one of her own kitchen knives. Hours later, Roger Scaggs would discover his wife’s body.
But did he really discover her, or was it just a smokescreen? After all, who else could have wanted Penny did? She was well loved by the young and old alike but her husband stood to lose half of all he owned and be burdened with a lifetime alimony payment should he leave marriage.
Would a man who spent 35 years in a marriage to a wonderful woman reach that far for freedom?
Author Clint Richmond shares the story of Mr. & Mrs. Roger Scaggs and the secrets that lay behind their closed doors. Although the story seems to have all the elements of a dime store romance novel, Richmond shares the story in such a respectful, elegant manor that it is anything but cheap.
The Good Wife is a well written, detailed and expertly organized account of the life of Penny Scaggs and the sins and eventual conviction of her husband, Roger Scaggs.
As a fast paced nonfiction with only 338 pages, this book is definitely a true crime classic and should be a top pick for any fan of the genre.
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UPDATES FROM THIS BOOK:
Roger Scaggs remains imprisoned at the Duncan Prison Unit in Diboll, Texas. He will be eligible for parole in November 2014.
Limited information was available for Vanessa Ann Ferguson, but it is believed she continues to live in Texas.