I am sick and tired of mothers (and fathers, but today I focus on Mom) who murder an ex or current spouse, or someone else who they deem detrimental to their child custody plans, then spout off about being a good mother and how they deserve a continued relationship with their children.
But I’m especially tired of Judges who agree.
Like Judge Nancy Whittenburg of Iowa, for example.
Tracey Richter-Roberts was convicted of murdering a young neighbor boy in a plan to frame her ex-husband, Dr. John Pitman III, with whom she was in heated custody battle over their son Bert – and which Tracey would have lost $1,000 per month in child support.
On December 2001, Bert Pitman frantically called 911 to report a home invasion and that his mother had killed one of the intruders. When police arrived, they found 20 year-old Dustin Brett Wehde in a puddle of blood in Tracey and her current husband’s bedroom.
In her statements to police, Tracey claimed two intruders had actually broke into her home and strangled her with a pair of pantyhose before she was able to break free, unlock a gun safe, and pump nine bullets, from two guns, into Wehde’s body – three of which were to the back of his head. The other intruder fled the scene after Tracey began firing.
All the while, her children were in the home, just feet away from the shooting site; the youngest two were 3 and 1, at the time.
Tracey claimed she acted in self-defense and was hailed a hero by some gun rights advocates and TV personality Montel Williams, who applauded her story on national television. Tracey bravely told her story to anyone who would listen.
After an investigation by the local sheriff’s department could find no possible identity for the second intruder, the case lay dormant for years. In the meantime, Dustin’s parents divorced under the stress of his death and his father, so distraught over the loss, committed suicide at his son’s gravesite.
But in 2011, Sac County, Iowa got a new prosecutor who took a second look at the case. To make a long story short, Tracey Richter-Roberts was charged with premeditated murder and, in December 2011, sentenced to life in prison.
One piece of key evidence used by prosecutors during Richter-Robert’s trial was a pink notebook in which Dustin Wehde allegedly wrote of his being hired by Dr. Pitman to kill his ex-wife. However, Dr. Pitman denied such allegations and prosecutors believe Tracey Richter actually wrote the entries.
Not unconvincing, since Tracey has twice been convicted of forging documents to her benefit. And likely, because Tracey scrambled to explain the journal entries by claiming her husband at the time of the shooting, now ex-husband, had frequently talked in his sleep about a “journal” that would cover him in case they “got caught.” (My, how convenient!)
This woman is absolutely amazing, and I don’t mean that as a compliment. When she and Dr. Pitman divorced, she accused him of sexually abusing their son to gain custodial favor. Then when the war rages on, she is willing to resort to murder to win again. And would have gotten away with it if not for dogged detectives and a brave, new prosecutor.
And then, to beat all, last week Judge Whittenburg rules that Michael Roberts, who had moved with his two children to California following the conviction of his ex-wife, in part because he feared for their safety after it was learned Tracey had provided social security numbers and other information to help in locating her Roberts and her children to an incarcerated sex offender, must pay to transport the children three times to the prison in Mitchellville during their mother’s appeal and he was also forbidden from relocating to his native Australia during this time – despite his VISA being expired. Tracey was also granted a 30 minute phone call with each of their children on their respective birthdays. (Anyone want to guess what those phone calls will consist of? I’m placing my money on her spending the duration of the call berating their father.)
In her ruling, Whittenburg referred to Tracey as an “excellent parent” who had a “long, positive history” with her children by Roberts, now ages 14 and 12.
You do understand Lady Justice is blind but not stupid, right?
Here we have a mother who accused her first husband of sexually abusing their son, used aliases to fraudulently collect welfare, been convicted of passport fraud, started a blog to falsely accuse Michael Roberts of being a deadbeat dad, and passed her children’s names to a convicted sex offender?
Where in the hell are you seeing a “long, positive history”?
What does Tracey Richter-Roberts have to do to make you realize she is anything but a positive influence on her children? Kill someone?
Oh wait, she did that too. Has even been convicted of it.
You’re ruling, Judge Whittenburg, is nothing but a reinforcement of this type of behavior. You’ve essentially told every crazy ex-wife in Iowa they can lie, manipulate, and murder and still be deemed an “excellent” mother.
I can’t help but to wonder, Judge, how would you feel if she had murdered your son? Especially when it was for nothing more than to trump an ex-husband? Would you still feel the children’s well-being is best served by forcing them to visit that heartless bitch of a mother in prison? The one who seemed to care none that they were in a room across the hall when she murdered a young, special-education boy?
Somehow, I suspect you wouldn’t. The viewpoint is a lot different down here – just ask Mona Wehde.
UPDATE: After writing this story, I began to notice odd phrases used in searches that ultimately brought visitors to my post on Tracey Richter. Curiosity got the best of me and I decided to Google some of these same phrases and see what information was out there. Wow, oh wow, oh wow!
Seems Tracey Richter is able to spin insanity even while behind bars – and her “groupies” (for lack of a better word, thought quite appropriate, don’t you agree?) seem to be having a blast working an online smear campaign against Michael Roberts.
Now, folks, you know, when it comes to divorce situations, I’ll kick the duffs of any parent who can’t suck it up and be grown-up enough to co-parent – Mom or Dad. Looking at everything I could find online about this case, I’m going to outright say Tracey Richter is an evil witch who should have her parental rights terminated.
The very fact that Tracey’s cronies are working so hard to ruin Michael Roberts speaks volumes. Any reports of abuse by Roberts was made by Tracey; in other words, unreliable. And that’s all they have. Oh, wait – there is also claims of a failed lie detector test. But, hold up, there is a reason lie detector tests are not admissible as evidence – they are (like Tracey) unreliable! Being too nervous, i.e. fear of being wrongfully accused, can result in negative results; pathological liars can pass them without difficulty because they have no conscience. So there goes that!
Tracey groupies, if you want me to feel differently about Michael Roberts and Tracey altogether, you’re going to have to give me more than just utter crap. AND you’re going to have to present it in a respectable, well thought-out manner. Hmmm, much like this rebuttal from Roberts himself which I found. (That’s right, some of us are smart enough to look below the surface.)
Get a life, people. Your girl is crazy. She’s always been crazy. She’ll always be crazy. Give her children a chance at a normal life free of their mother’s damaging legacy.