She Killed A Man to Frame An Ex But She Is Still A Good Mom

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.

Tracey Richter-RobertsGag, gag, gag!

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.

“J.P. wants me to get/force his ex T.R. to kill her son Burt and then commit suicide, and if that plan fails Plan B is to make it appear as though T.R. had committed the murder of her son & then committed suicide,” [Dustin] wrote. (source: Case asks: Is she a heroic mom or a shrewd killer? by Ryan J. Foley)

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.

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148 Responses to “She Killed A Man to Frame An Ex But She Is Still A Good Mom”

  1. Ann says:

    have you watched the same trial as i did? Were was any evidence against her. It was all hearsay. Rember Michael failed the lie detector test on whether he knew the 2nd intruder and if he had anything to do with the breakin. Her fingerprints were no where on the notebook and her ex Michael admitted on Dateline he hated John Pitman and wanted to kill him because of all the things Tracey told him about him. Which proved he knew everything that was in the notebook. Why did Smith have him in hiding during the trial. He could not afford to have him questioned since he was helping Michael get loans and there is a connection between them.
    Look up Michael Roberts up on the internet and you would have to be an idiot to not see he is a con artist. All facts, not hearsay. He would profit from Tracey’s death. Look up Dr. John Pitman III and you will see what a scum bag he is and he also would have profited from Tracey’s death. Mona was trying to have her son removed from the home because she feared for her life. What does this tell you. Her lover fit the description of the 2nd intruder and he disappeared right after the incident. He lied about were he was that night. He joined the army in order to get out of the USA. I would love to see just one reporter report the facts and not hearsay. The whole trial was hearsay. Maybe you need get off your butt and investigate instead of listening to people who have an agenda.

    • Teresa says:

      Hey, bitch…. ONE DO YOU KNOW Dustin Brett Wehd, I know him he has a Iq of an 6-8 yr old.. and you think hes a mastermind.. when I first heard the story, I was thinking it was drugs and Dustin too much and afraid he would tell someone, The story of him breaking in,, anyone in this area, knows that shit was false from day one, and now I know why she killed him, so she could frame her husband, for attempted murder charges, to get custody of her son, you pple dont know Dustin, and the bitch is gulity, she is where she belongs, I was so happy when she was convicted, everyone in this area knew her story was a LIE, because we actually knew the victim !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Taz says:

      Ann, you are a dickhead.

  2. Kim Cantrell says:

    Or how about you get off your duff and look at the RECORDED CRIMINAL HISTORY of your pal Tracey and realize she’s as much of a scumbag as the two men at which you point the finger. AND, in addition, she MARRIED those two, of her own free will, so I’d say that makes her appear to be quite the horrific one of the bunch.

    And even by your own admission, Wehde was a dangerous man so how does this point back to the ex-husbands of a CONVICTED con artist?

  3. Karen says:

    I agree with Kim and I think this Ann is not just a friend but Tracey’s Mom. Who can blame a mother for taking their child’s side as the last thing we want to admit to ourselves is someone we gave birth to could be this person the evidence clearly supports. A good mother should eventually come to the realization that yes based on all the evidence and supported by many many people she effected that the truth is her child is responsible. A good mother should also realize her child is not really evil but has severe mental problems. I have also listened to Ann the mother and I think anyone who listens to her will realize that Tracey and her mom are exactly alike in the mental problems…they both need therapy for the rest of their lives. I think one feeds the other. I feel if the judge wanted to do the right thing, she should positively end any and all parental rights Tracey or her mother have to the children. They deserve to leave that part of their tragic lives in the past and move on with their lives. They should be given sole custody to Michael and he should be allowed to take them back to Australia. After all isn’t it about the best interest of the children…and how can a convicted murdering mom be considered a “good mom and role model” if that is the case.
    Ann should also learn to keep her mouth shut and move on.

    Michael I hope you get justice someday!
    That’s all I have to say

  4. ann says:

    I agree with you. I also hope Michael gets justice for beating his wife(oh I’m sorry she made that up even though her children witnesses it). He broke his stepson’s nose(that was an accident when he was putting his seatbelt on). He left welts on his son’s behind when he beat him with a switch(he must of been allergic to the sap). He remarried while still married(sorry again I forgot he said “I divorce thee” three times so he was no longer married to Tracey). So yes I do want to see him get justice.

  5. Ann says:

    I find it odd that you have so much to say but do not know the facts. Who was murdered?? Surely not Dunstin. He has been violent from early childhood. His father put him in a foster home and they sent him back saying he was more disturbed then they were told.(I heard he tortureed some of their animals) His mother, at the time of the breakin, was trying to have him removed from the home because she feared for not only her safety but the safety of her daughters. There is evidence he had harmed them in the past. Tell me one fact of why you think Tracey is quilty. I mean fact and not what her ex has put all over the internet. Remember he is one of two people to benefit from her arrest and failed the lie detector test on if he knew who the second intruder was and basically if he had anything to do with it. Where is his new wife. Has she left him yet after, no doubt, he drained her dry of all of her finances like he did Tracey. He had claimed of making millions of dollars yet in court he cried poverty.

    Also from what I have found out her ex John Pitman was only paying $500 in child support when he is a well known plastic surgeon. It was raised to $1000 but not sure if he ever paid that amount. If he were taken to court he would be paying between $5000 and $6000 a month. So explain why she would want him in jail rather then take him to court? There is no way she would not have won. Have you looked up John Pitman on Google? He is a slime ball. How long before his new wife divorces him. I heard she had moved out years ago and has lived separately. Why? Let’s see. John Pitman needed to get rid of Tracey before she took him back to court. He needed to get rid of his son, so he wouldn’t have to pay for his college(which he hasn’t even though court ordered to do). He needed to get rid of his wife so he wouldn’t have to keep paying her $5000 a month(and their not even divorced, that’s just hush money). He wouldn’t have to pay child support for his other 2 children and if his parents should die he would get an inheritance to spend on his mistresses(strippers half his age). Hmmm.Now tell me who the victim is.

    Remember give me facts not hearsay. That is what she was convicted on and that is what will get her out.

  6. Kim Cantrell says:

    Ann, I understand you’re a mother and can’t see the forest for the trees when it comes to your daughter. BUT Tracey has a long history of lying and manipulating people to get what she wants. Her history, not hearsay which is not permissible in Court, of forgery and the pink diary in which experts are certain Tracey wrote “the” entry. Additionally, she shot Wehde in the back head three times. To have shot him in the back of the head which means he was fleeing.

    As for the child support, I feel rather certain Tracey would have pursued the $5/6k per year if it was obtainable. Whether it wasn’t because she had already angered the Court with her fraudulent activity or maybe Pitman wasn’t making as much money as she (and others) believe, I don’t know. But considering the history, if she could have gotten it, she would have already been going for it.

    So John Pitman is a scuzbucket. A married man who cheats with women half his age. Quite frankly, Tracey chose him to father her children. He was good enough then, get what I’m saying? Really, viewing it as a third party, Tracey and John Pitman was like bringing two sticks of dynamite together. I’ve seen these relationships before and they never end well, and always with fingers pointing.

    A jury took ALL of the facts, put them together, and found her guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. She may not get her parental rights terminated but I doubt she’ll be getting out of prison short of a parole.

  7. Ann says:

    There were no aliases. She has a legal name change and it was proven to be legal. The only welfare she was on was food stamps which she needed since her ex was not paying child support and she was working by cleaning other peoples toilets and washing floors for money to help support her children. Now her ex while living in Aurelia was on food stamps and when DSS found out how much he was making they just discontinued his food stamps. No felony brought against him. Again why? Double standard? If you have other names that you say she was using, print them for me. Remember she was arrested in Omaha for buying a used car and making all of the payments. Sound crazy? Well it was. She spent 10 days in jail for that and when the title was published showing it was in her name and payments were never late, and that the dealership did not bring any charges against her, it was just law enforcement and the charges of criminal impersonation were dropped. The salesman who sold her the vehicle said detectives came into his store and had him for hours in a back room yelling at him trying to get him to committ perjury and bring false allegations against her but thank God he was not letting them intimidate him and kept to the truth. What next?

    • Carmen says:

      If all charges were dropped and there was no fraud then explain this.

      STATE OF NEBRASKA VS. RICHTER, TRACEY A
      1 CRIMINAL IMPERSONATION: $1500/MORE (11324);2 THEFT
      BY DECEPTION OVER $1500 (11231);3 WELFARE
      ASSISTANCE FRAUD OVER $500 (21272)
      INFORMATION
      Defendant appeared with counsel, Glenn Shapiro. State appeared by
      James Masteller. Defendant requested and was given leave to
      withdraw previous plea of “Not Guilty”. Defendant arraigned.
      Defendant voluntarily, knowingly and intelligently entered a plea of
      No Contest to Count III Welfare Fraud, a Class IV FELONY and
      thereupon was adjudged by the court to be guilty as charged.
      Presentence investigation ordered. Counts I and II of the information
      dismissed.

      • Kim Cantrell says:

        Carmen, thank you for posting that information. It’s very much appreciated!

        I’ve personally decided I’m not going to engage with Ann anymore because she’s obviously in denial about her daughter. While not unusual (take Diane Down’s father for example), there just comes a point where arguing with them takes more energy than I’m willing to spare.

      • Ann says:

        Remember the name Det. John Pankonin. His father is retired from some position in the FBI and his wife is a judge. He appears to have a vandetta against Tracey and he is the one who arrested her for buying a car in her name and paying for it. When he got caught falsifing that and it was dismissed he brought numerous false claims against her. she was told by her attorney to pick one, doesn’t matter which one, because this Det. John Pankonin was not going to stop. The judge said he did not feel she did anything wrong but being that Det. John Pankonin wife is a judge no one would go against him. So she picked the wefare fraud. Now to show what a snake this Det. John Pankonin is, I had Nebraska Furniture Mart bring a civil suit agains me for buying items on their charge and not paying and trying to smuggle them out of Douglas County. It came from a man Brad Ivener, who works for NFM and he said he had PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE of this. The few things I bought from them I paid for. If you look up Brad Ivener you will see that he does worik with the sheriff’s dept. Hmmmmm. I wrote to the judge, Brad Ivener, their attorney and the CEO of NMF. I told them the items they mention were taken from my daughters home while she was in jail and the sheriff’s dept, where Det. John Pankonin works out of, had them all. Civil charges were dropped. . I still want to know why Michael Roberts was not charged for welfare fraud being he was a CEO of a company at the time and supposedly making between $5000 and $8000 a month. Is it because he is doing work for the law enforcement? I don’t know about you but I find this very disturbing. What did they do to him when he stole her ID. Again nothing. I haven’t even scratched the surface of his deeds yet he hasn’t spent one day in jail for them. Look who is BFF is. My only hope is that every person who went to jail due to Det. John Pankonin’s testimony or evidence he found gets reopened. This is my goal. They tried intimidating me and it didn’t work.

  8. Jimmy Rustle says:

    Tracey Richter shot Dustin Wehde 9 times – including three times in the back of the head. That fact alone should raise concerns for most people. An intruder coming at you, attacking you, ends up with three bullets in the back of the head. That’s execution style shooting. Tracey was standing over Dustin when she shot him 3 times in the back of the head…That’s called murder, folks.

  9. Ann says:

    I guess no one knows what they would do if they were in her position. Hopefully some crazy person will come into your house with your children and try killing you and then we’ll see what you would do. When your scared out of your wits after being choked unconsious and your adrenaline is running wild when you come to, it’s hard to say what you would do when you are put int the same position. People, like you, who know absolutely none of the facts but just what they read in the paper(and all articles written were from Michael Roberts) should not judge. Remember Michael was Dustin’s friend and taught him how to shoot.He practiced with him on how to do home envasions. He made sure he was out of town at the last minute. He hated John Pitman with a passion. He was trying to take away John’s rights over his son.He would block JP’s visitation with his son and was not shy about letting people know how much he hated him.Everything in the notebook were things Michael knew, He had all that information in his office. He admitted telling Dustin bad things about Jp. He failed the lie detector test on if he knew who the other intruder was and if he had anything to do with the breakin. Hmmmm. There is no doubt the truth will come out of who was behind this and who was trying to frame JP. Who came into a lot of money after Tracey was arrested? So until you know ALL of the facts be careful of judging others. When Michael could not get full custody of his children(there was no reason why he could not jointly raise his children) he told someone that he would see Tracey dead or in jail. So who had a motive? He did not want to pay child support. Where are the children now? From what I heard they are in a living hell. Even though he was the force behind Tracey getting arrested he is still terrorizing her and her family. He got what he wanted but still wants to be a celebrity and victim. If anyone is a victim it is Tracey and her children. There is so much documentation of people changing their testimony after talking to Ben Smith and his buddy Michael Roberts. So if you believe that everyone in law enforcement is honest then you need to get a life.There is no doubt this case will bring people down and the only person they can blame for it will be Michael Roberts and their own stupidity for being his puppet. I’ve seen first hand how dangerous Michael can be. How he terrorized his wife and children when they were living together. How everyone in Early thought he was crazy. He was known as Crazy Mike.We always knew that the only way Tracey would get out of that marriage would be in a body bag. Keep tuned there will be a hell of a lot more coming out.

  10. Rita N says:

    Ann,
    I understand she is your daughter but geez, face the facts. Have you listened to the tape from 60 minutes. You seemed to think your daughter was pretty batty on that phone recording where you are bashing her. She is GUILTY!! GUILTY!! GUILTY!! You can love a child without having to love the mess they have made of their life, and what a mess she made. My sincere heartfelt condolences to the family of the young man this beast murdered. She should have been out away years ago for her actions before an innocent young man was murdered.

  11. Ann says:

    I refused to listen to 60 minutes because from what I heard they did not want the truth.They did not present facts I gave them so much documentation to show that what they were going to present was untrue. Did they present it? NO. As for the so called tape of me, I doubt it was factual. The only mess Tracey made of her life was marrying Michael Roberts. Dustin was not murdered he was shot while trying to kill Tracey and my grandchildren. If you saw Dustin”s medical records you would not be so fast on condemning Tracey. He should have been in a institution years ago. Remember his own parents did not what him. They put him in foster care and when he was to old they were trying to get him removed from their home. It is documented that Mona was afraid of him and she could not leave him home alone with her daughters. Why??? Maybe because she knew he was dangerous.She seemed to forget this when she was on the stand.Mona and her daughter made him out to be this sweet loving son and brother. Hopefully I will be able to post his medical records for the world to see what a mess he was. There is do much that I have not printed because I am not getting into a pissing match with people who have a closed mind. His own father never even mentioned him in his suicide note. He did make sure to mention all of his wife’s affairs. So until you know all the facts and not believe all the crap Michael is spreading keep your big mouth shut. So I say INNOCENT, INNOCENT, INNOCENT. Just because a jury found her guilty doesn’t mean she is. I truly believe if the jury was sequestered she would not be in jail today. I’ll make sure I let you know when more documentation comes out to prove her innocence. Stay tuned.

    • Dean Jameson (@JustDeanJameson) says:

      “Ann” is, by far, the biggest reason that her daughter turned out to be a narcissistic murderer. She enables her evil behavior, explaining everything away as someone else’s fault. Nothing is her daughter’s fault. Well, Ann, know this: your daughter is where she is because of you and your awful parenting.

      • Maya says:

        Well said Dean……..the mother seems to make excuses for her daughter and she is innocent of everything. “Ann” wake up and smell the murderer. Stop making excuses and see your daughter for what she really is. Tracy has some form of mental problems and angry issues, oh she also seem to like a lot of drama in her life.

        • Carrie says:

          Agreed, the mom whose daughter never did anything wrong her whole life. It was always everybody else’s fault. Poor Tracey, a victim her whole life.

  12. ESSEE says:

    It must be a terrible thing to realize that you have given birth to and nurtured a person who is capable of no good. If my child was a monster, I might momentarily be in denial, but soon common sense would kick in and instead of justifying and enabling her evil, I would seek to stop her reign of terror. Please think of her children. Even if you are as crazy as your daughter, give the kids a chance to be normal decent human beings.

  13. City of Chicago Independent police review Authority complaint:

    Complaint Report
    Your personal information
    Complaint ID : OPS-9432
    Name : MICHAEL
    ROBERTS Sex : MALE
    Race : WHITE Age : 45

    Officer John B. Richter is a Chicago detective (Badge Number #20768) and I have recently provided this info to Iowa law enforcement.

    Until now I have hesitated about providing this information to Chicago authorities as I was told by a third-party, who apparently has a connection within the Chicago police establishment, that the Richter family were behind what he referred to as “The Blue Curtain”. He suggested this was related to an organized crime element within Chicago Police department that extended into Internal Affairs. L See: Iprachicago.org case: 1054402 & 1054403

    Officer JOHN B. RICHTER is a Chicago Detective and is the brother of recently convicted murderer Tracey Richter. He is also the son of deceased Detective Bernard Richter who confessed in my hearing, and in the hearing of others, that he “put niggers in jail who were innocent of the charges, but guilty of other stuff they got away with”.

    Detective Richter Senior also bragged about illegally confiscating weapons from people on the streets of Chicago for his own collection. I have personally seen these firearms his home in Chicago (now owned by John Richter), as well as hidden in the walls of his hunting cabin in Wisconsin.

    On October 29, 2011, on the Saturday immediately following the 1st 5 days of his sisters murder trial, officer John Richter filed a false crime report against me alleging that I called him and made death threats. This unfounded crime report was made on false pretenses in order to gain an advantage against me for child custody issues, it was also presumably an attempt to interfere with the Iowa murder trial which was not going well for his sister. Moreover, and most concerning, it was an attempt to circumvent the “Safe-At-Home” protection that is been given to me by the California Secretary of State for victims of domestic abuse. Fortunately, I had already warned the Californian Secretary of State administrators of this program to expect such behavior, and they had enacted failsafe precautions.

    I am in fear for my life because I believe the Richter family wishes to kill me before I have an opportunity to terminate the parental rights of my children’s mother who has been imprisoned for Life without the possibility of parole in Iowa.

    On 2/2/2012, Officer. John B Richter signed an affidavit under penalty of perjury attesting to certain false allegations about myself. More concerning is the fact that he cited numerous personal and private facts that have been presumably obtained by his abuses of his position as a police officer. These facts included aspects of my credit history, residential addresses, and other personal business issues, which are not customarily available to commercial credit checks. Furthermore, I was advised by credit reporting agencies that the information contained within Det. Richter’s affidavit was most likely obtained through some type of law enforcement inquiry.

  14. I do not know the disposition of this case, but if the plaintiffs claims are accurate, it is very telling:

    IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
    FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
    EASTERN DIVISION
    CHRISTOPHER CAIN, )
    Plaintiff, )

    vs. ) Case No.

    CITY OF CHICAGO, DETECTIVE JOHN )
    B. RICHTER (Star No. 20768), )
    DETECTIVE SCOTT REIFF (Star No. )
    20847), DETECTIVE JOHN FOSTER )
    (Star No. 20288), and
    DETECTIVE DAVID )
    BISHOP (Star No. 20254), )

    Defendants. )

    COMPLAINT AT LAW

    ALLEGATIONS COMMON TO ALL COUNTS
    Introduction

    1. This case is brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 to redress the deprivation under color of law of Plaintiff’s constitutional rights, as well as various state law claims.

    2. Specifically, as a result of egregious police misconduct described below, Plaintiff Christopher Cain was charged and prosecuted with the crimes of armed robbery with a handgun, theft and assault. Cain was found not guilty of the charged crimes in December 2007, but not before spending six months in jail.

    3. The false prosecution complained of here was the direct result of misconduct by members of the City of Chicago police department including, but not limited to, the following Chicago Police Detectives who falsified police reports to make it look like Plaintiff was identified as a participant in the alleged crimes: John B. Richter (Star No. 20768), Scott Reiff (Star No. 20847), John Foster (Star No. 20288), and David Bishop (Star No. 20254),(collectively “Defendant Officers”).

    Defendants’ actions were taken with the belief that they could summarily arrest, convict and imprison a young African American man from a working-class family without any repercussions and they did so in order to close the case.

    4. This frame-up has caused severe damage to Plaintiff and his family including severe emotional distress

  15. fuzzywzhe says:

    I have a question:

    This woman married 2 men and had an affair with a 3rd. Basically, they were all ultimately screwed over by her.

    I’m curious out of those 3 men, which went on to have stable relationships, and which stopped having relationships altogether.

    Just out of curiosity. I ask, because I bet most of the men avoided getting into another relationship once they were in one with Tracey – just as a guess – because of trauma. She seems like she’s borderline personality, which is a nice way of saying psycopathic and very emotionally abusive.

    People who have been in relationships with deranged people like this generally do not want to jump into another relationship. For the people supporting Tracey, you should inspect what happened to the men in her life after the relationship ended. I think she’s genuinely crazy – that she’s a sociopath.

    Go look into what happened with the men she was involved with. Some people can recover from such emotional abuse, but a lot do not. You have 3 to inspect it with.

    Borderlines are manipulative, cunning, ammoral, and devoid of any sense of right or wrong. Such a person would certainly exploit any people supporting her without regard for their welfare. She’s not an idiot, she just doesn’t have any sense of guilt, shame, or loyalty.

    That is, if she’s nuts. It’s hard to diagnose. Sociopaths aren’t easy to diagnose, they can fake having a sense of humanity – but it’s entirely calculated.

  16. Ann says:

    To answer your question. Tracey never screwed over her ex’s. She was working 10 hour shifts while pregnant while her 1st husband was not just working but playing golf and going on vacations with his parents. She put the down payment on the house in Chicago while he was fooling around with Lisa Frank who was a secretary at the hospital, who he left Tracey for. Lisa and John Pitman have not lived together for years due to his fooling around. He can’t seem to keep his pants up. Look up one of his girlfriends, who is only in her 20.s while he is in his 50′s. Her name is Allison Tucker and her rap name is Lachesis. Look up Lachesisonline.com and see who he left his present wife and children for. John Pitmans own family disowned him.As for Michael, Tracey worked 3 jobs for months while he played video games all day. It was her money that got their company going. She also paid off all of his debt he left in Australia. He beat her and the children and there is documentation of this and he admitted it in court. Did she find someone? Yes but only after she found out Michael was engaged to Andrea Berger in Florida. So who was emotionally abused?? The only thing Tracey is guilty of was her pick in men. Where is Michael’s latest wife? This is his 3rd. Has he drained her of all of her finances like he did Tracey.? Until you know the facts, don’t make judgments. The only person who was exploited in her two relationships was Tracey.

  17. Carmen says:

    Ann, you can try to make Michael look bad for having 3 failed marriages and playing video games, but it still won’t change the fact your daughter is a murderer and committed welfare fraud or make her look any better. Murder and welfare fraud are by far worse than sitting around playing video games all day and failing at marriage.

    • Ann says:

      She was accused of committing welfare fraud by Det. John Pankonin, who is the man who arrested her for buying a car in her own name and making all the payments. He charged her with Criminal Impersonation. Sound crazy?? Well it is.He needed her in jail so he could get into her house but that is another story which will come out. We later found out he was in contact with Michael and Ben Smith. As for the welfare fraud – she called Amber Sullivan who worked at DHS and told her that her son who lives in Virginia sent her money to keep for him since his dad stole money from his account. Ms. Sullivan told her that since he did not live with her she could keep the money in her account and not claim it. But our good friend Pankonin said she couldn’t and charged her with fraud. When she called Ms. Sullivan she was told she no longer works there. I know people don’t want to believe she is innocent of all of her accusations but more facts are coming out. Did you know that Michael was collecting welfare while he was working and when they found out how much he was making they just discontinued his food stamps.Hmmmmm. No charges. tracey was collecting food stamps for her children since Michael refused to pay child support. Maybe you need to look up Tracey Richter.Com and see facts. Everything on that site has documentation to back it up. That he has accused her of trying to kill him yet can’t remember how many times. Every interview he does is different and he never accused her of anything until he didn’t get what he wanted. As soon as she refused to divide up her children and sign off her parental rights to Noah is when all these crazy stories started. I truly believe not only are reputations going to be ruined but careers are going to be ruined. Will his minions stand behind him then?Until you have dealt with Michael you have no idea who he is. I have a court document were he admits he lies, he does not know why he lies but he can’t help himself. Michael, do you remember saying this in court? it was an exhibit during your divorce. You told it to Dr. Rumberger. He thinks he can say what he wants with no repercussions. When people respond and catch him in his lies he goes beserk. He is always accusing people of trying to kill him. He always makes himself a victim. He has accused my son and I of trying to kill him. That’s why he had to leave the country He had to leave the country because he knows the truth is coming out about that night. He accuses Tracey of hiring a hitman to kill him while she is in prison. He has, so called journalist, write stories and when I prove that they are not true and Michael gets caught in his lies he says they misunderstood him or they made up the article.In other words he throws them under the bus. .The truth is coming out that there was no murder committed. Tracey defended herself against one vicious crazy man. You don’t find it odd that the attorney who charged her is friends with Michael.The previous attorney said he would never charge Tracey because he knew she was innocent. I know, no matter how much proof that comes out people refuse to see the truth and he was threatened by Ben Smith to keep his mouth shut .Why??????????????????/ I think a lot of people are going to feel very foolish when it comes out who was behind the break in. People need to quit being afraid of Michael and come forward with what they know. I just heard someone put up a $25,000 reward for information . I have received calls from attorneys all a over the country asking me to send them the information I have regarding Ben Smith and Michael. This is not going away. More and more people are getting involved.

      • Carmen says:

        Hmmm, maybe Tracey is nuts because she was raised by a nut. You sound like a Schizophrenic.

        Here is an interesting quote by you, ” So if you believe that everyone in law enforcement is honest then you need to get a life”. You would know about the bad apples in law enforcement considering your son is corrupt and a dishonest police officer. Who was he raised by? Oh that’s right it was you. Guess you raised two criminals. You must be a proud mama.

      • Anna said: “The previous attorney said he would never charge Tracey because he knew she was innocent.”

        Whereas, Tracey Richter’s mother Anna Richter, offers a foundational argument for her daughter’s innocence by claiming that the previous County Attorney, Earl Hardisty, believes Tracey is innocent.

        I have never released this March 22, 2004 audio recording before now, it has been kept secret. However, it does not leave much room for doubt as to what “The previous attorney” really thinks.

        This recording was made in a meeting between myself (Michael Roberts), ex-County Attorney Earl Hardisty and Sheriff Ken McClure. This was made shortly after I decided to file for divorce, BUT I still wasn’t convinced of Tracey’s guilt. It was at this meeting that I first realized that Tracey Richter murdered Dustin Wehde. Evidently, the investigators thought I was protecting Tracey, they told me later that “we knew the case wouldn’t break until your marriage broke”.

        http://authorizedstatement.org/people/Tracey-Richter-Convicted-Murderer-Dustin-Wehde/20040322-Earl-Hardisty-Tracey-Richter-Murder-Audio-Recording.php

        I do not know if Earl Hardisty still publicly defends Tracey. Notwithstanding, if he does state this as his position, I believe it is only to compensate for his embarrassment for sitting on his hands for 10 years while Dustin’s family grieved. I believe this was also the factor that resulted in his testimony at the murder trial. Before he was voted out, Earl Hardisty personally told my that Tracey “is the most cold-blooded killer in Iowa”.

      • Forgive me if this shows up more than once. It appears the comment goes to moderation if it contains a link. You can visit the link referenced herein by doing a Google Search for “Earl Hardisty” and choosing the result “NEW EVIDENCE: Earl Hardisty Knows Tracey Richter Murdered Dustin Wehde”.

        Anna said: “The previous attorney said he would never charge Tracey because he knew she was innocent.”

        Whereas, Tracey Richter’s mother Anna Richter, offers a foundational argument for her daughter’s innocence by claiming that the previous County Attorney, Earl Hardisty, believes Tracey is innocent.

        I have never released this March 22, 2004 audio recording before now, it has been kept secret. However, it does not leave much room for doubt as to what “The previous attorney” really thinks.

        This recording was made in a meeting between myself (Michael Roberts), ex-County Attorney Earl Hardisty and Sheriff Ken McClure. This was made shortly after I decided to file for divorce, BUT I still wasn’t convinced of Tracey’s guilt. It was at this meeting that I first realized that Tracey Richter murdered Dustin Wehde. Evidently, the investigators thought I was protecting Tracey, they told me later that “we knew the case wouldn’t break until your marriage broke”.

        I do not know if Earl Hardisty still publicly defends Tracey. Notwithstanding, if he does state this as his position, I believe it is only to compensate for his embarrassment for sitting on his hands for 10 years while Dustin’s family grieved. I believe this was also the factor that resulted in his testimony at the murder trial. Before he was voted out, Earl Hardisty personally told my that Tracey “is the most cold-blooded killer in Iowa”.

  18. BOMBSHELL AUDIO RECORDING – Earl Hardisty, ex-county attorney

    I have never released this March 22, 2004 audio recording before now, it has been kept secret. However, it does not leave much room for doubt as to what Earl Hardisty really thinks.

    Tracey Richter’s mother Anna Richter, offers a foundational argument for her daughter’s innocence by claiming that the previous County Attorney, Earl Hardisty, believes Tracey is innocent.

    This recording was made in a meeting between myself (Michael Roberts), ex-County Attorney Earl Hardisty and Sheriff Ken McClure. This was made shortly after I decided to file for divorce, BUT I still wasn’t convinced of Tracey’s guilt. It was at this meeting that I first realized that Tracey Richter murdered Dustin Wehde. Evidently, the investigators thought I was protecting Tracey, they told me later that “we knew the case wouldn’t break until your marriage broke”.

    http://authorizedstatement.org/people/Tracey-Richter-Convicted-Murderer-Dustin-Wehde/20040322-Earl-Hardisty-Tracey-Richter-Murder-Audio-Recording.php

    I do not know if Earl Hardisty still publicly defends Tracey. Notwithstanding, if he does state this position, it is only to compensate for his embarrassment for sitting on his hands for 10 years while Dustin’s family grieved.

  19. Ann says:

    Your reaction shows who the schizophrenic is. As for my son if you would have looked anything up you would have found out that the person who was arrested had. a long criminal history and the charges against my son and the other otficers were dropped. Hopefully you have no children. It would be a shame to bring other morons into the world. . I hated to drop down to your lever put it seems that is the only way to act with people like you. There is a way of disagreeing with someone without being mean and nasty. It shows what kind of people believe in Tracey’s guilt. Low class and ignorant as you have proven to me. Good-bye

    • Carmen says:

      Shouldn’t you be at visitation right now visiting your daughter and buying snacks from the vending machine in visitation for her. Don’t forget to put more money on her books so she can write to more chimos and send them pictures of children. James Landa is a convicted child molester who Tracey wrote to for help with her defense claim. She sent him pictures of children. The letter showed diagrams of the home where the shooting happened and a car where evidence was found.

      Speaking of people who should not have children seems to be your typical rant. You know like the recorded phone conversation where you say Tracey should not have children because she doesn’t care about her kids. (Which was probably the only truth you have ever spoken in your miserable life). You are a truly delusional a$$ bag.

      • Ann says:

        Thank you. You just proved my point.

        • Carmen says:

          All of your ramblings about all of the conspiracies against Tracey proved my point that you are schizophrenic. According to you the whole world is in a big conspiracy to frame her. Tell her Hi! when you see her for visitation tomorrow. I’m sure you are one of those tools that go to visiting 3 times a week and sit there for all 8 hours. Don’t forget the money for her books so she can continue to contact child molesters and send them pictures of children in the hopes that they will giver her an alibi.

          • Carmen,

            Anna is not schizophrenic, she is a grieving grandmother who has lost her only grand children, please try and balance empathy with logic and reason, put yourself in her shoes.

            That being said, Anna is a liar, perjurer and an enabler of ongoing criminal activities. I cannot determine if this is a result of malice aforethought, or just the denial that parents often have in wanting to think their kids can do no wrong. I feel for her, but she has hurt me and my family terribly as a result of her desperation and lies.

            Although I have great sympathy for Anna, I need to maintain healthy boundaries for my famiy’s sake.

            Respectfully submitted,
            Michael Roberts

  20. More New Evidence Just Released

    TrueCrimeZine gets two scoops this week. I just uploaded more never before released evidence:

    EVIDENCE: Tracey Richter, Convicted Murderer More Documents Released From Pitman Divorce

    —- Begin Authorized Statement —-

    December 21, 2013

    The following PDF documents are available for download from the link at the bottom of the post:

    (1) 1992 Private Investigator Surveillance of Tracey Richter while Dr. Pitman was out of town.

    (2) 1993 Roger Mills letter about Tracey Richter’s abuse of her son Bert Pitman

    (3) 1994 Deposition of Gary Olinger, Tracey’s lover while married to Dr. Pitman.

    (4) 1994 Forgery confirmation Tracey Richter’s fraudulent life insurance policy on Dr. Pitman

    (5) Defamatory notice left on all cars in carpark where Dr. Pitman worked. Tracey told Michael that her mother Anna Richter was responsible for distribution.

    - See more at:
    http://authorizedstatement.org/people/Dr-John-Pitman-iii/EVIDENCE-Tracey%20Richter-Convicted-Murderer-Documents-dr-john-Pitman-Divorce.php

  21. Now that the “Earl Hardisty believes Tracey is innocent” argument has been demolished, the next move will be that the jurors had been manipulated. Let’s cut that one off at the pass:

    On July 27, 2010 Tracey Richter was convicted of perjury in Clay Count Iowa District court. Whereas, on Wed, Aug 18, 2010, at 6:48 PM a person pretending to be a juror from that case posted the following:

    “I was a juror at the 7/12/10 trial. Her lawyer did not even show us a legal name change and presented no evidence. During lunch break I googled her and learned the truth about her. There was no way I was going to let her walk.”
    [Ref: http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/story/1519312.html

    Tracey then tried and failed to obtain a new trial.

    On June 1, 2012, about seven months after Tracey’s murder conviction, the following was posted on the Virginia Gazette website:

    “One person purporting to have been a juror in the Richter murder trial claims to have Googled Tracey Richter and what they located online made them decide to convict her.”

    It is time to get some new material…..

    • Carmen says:

      I cannot put myself in her shoes and have empathy for someone who has no empathy for others. She has smeared other peoples names online such as the prosecutor and the dead boys mother. If Anna was a normal person and not a narcissistic sociopath like her daughter and son she would do what most family members of criminals do which is just support their criminal loved one with visitation and legal avenues. Instead Anna chooses to spend her time on the internet trying to make others look bad by spreading lies. Anna is a waste of space like her daughter. Look at what Tracey did to Joseph LaSpisa.

      Tracey committed cold blooded first degree murder. On top of all that during her miserable like she managed to commit blackmail, check fraud, falsifying information in a passport application, felony welfare fraud, and perjury on a driver’s licence application. These are just the crimes she was caught on. How many has she committed that she got away with?

  22. Ann says:

    Michael you can say all you want against me and my family. I know the truth and I know the children will come back when they are of age. I would like to know when my son and I threatened you, according to Ben Smith. I have found evidence were Trent Vileta lied. Every time you opened your mouth in the custody and contempt of court case you committed perjury. We have proof that Ben committed perjury. It’s nice to see that they are now giving DA’s jail time. It’s about time people wise up to see the corruption. I see you been hard at work trying to embezzle people again. What was it this time? I heard $100,000. How’s Heidi? Has she figured you out yet? Another question. How did you get that yellow car of yours out of the country with a lien holder on it? That had to be a big crime .Felony at least. Wasn’t it 2 cars you basically bought and quit making payments on? They got the one back you had hid in Texas and you paid off the one who snuck out of the country when they contacted the police out in Finland. Am I correct? So people living in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

    • Ann says:

      I’m sorry I used the word embezzle but I meant extortion. As for the Storm Lake Pilot, I wouldn’t believe anything that Dana Larson writes. Is he another one of your lovers. I almost forgot the best lie of yours. Remember the article that Glick wrote? That’s were you tell him that when you and Tracey drove home from the hospital after the incident, she had you pull over and wanted sex and you.made a comment about it being the best sex you had. Well, she must be very good because she drove to our house with my husband, the children and myself. You also said in a statement they you drove with Ray Friedman. So again. WHO IS THE SICK INDIVIDUAL.

    • Taz says:

      Stop whining, bitch.

  23. Anna, Journalist Daniel Glick is a liar:

    http://www.authorizedstatement.org/people/michael-roberts/statements/journalistic-ethics-logical-fallacies-project-daniel-glick.php

    I didn’t tell Glick we had sex in the car. I told him Tracey wanted to have sex at your home when we went to bed.

    I drove with Ray from Minneapolis to the hospital, he drove home with his wife in her car.

    You guys drove the kids, I drove Tracey in Ray’s car because our cars were within the crime scene.

    As we were about to enter Early, Tracey said she “needed a coffee”. I stopped at the truck stop on the south side and went in; 30 seconds later Tracey was in there showing her self-inflicted rope burns on her neck to the clerk. That seemed really weird at the time, I put it down to some kind of stress related poor judgement.

    Next?

  24. FBI “PASSPORT FRAUD”: Tracey Richter Indicted for Passport Fraud

    On Sept 12, 2011, Tracey Richter a.k.a “Sophie Edwards” was indicted by the FBI in the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska for:

    COUNT I
    On or about the 2nd day of January, 2009, in the District of Nebraska, the defendant, TRACEY ANN RICHTER, willfully and knowingly made a false statement in an application for a passport with intent to induce and secure for her own use the issuance of a passport under the authority of the United States, contrary to the laws regulating the issuance of such passports and the rules prescribed pursuant to such laws.
    ~In violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1542.

    The charges were later dismissed so as not to waste tax payers money after Richter was convicted of murder in the first degree in November 2011 (Iowa), and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

    A copy of the Passport Fraud indictment can me downloaded here:

    http://authorizedstatement.org/people/Tracey-Richter-Convicted-Murderer-Dustin-Wehde/Tracey-Richter-FBI-Passport-Fraud-Indictment.php

  25. Mary says:

    Wow!! This is an incredible exchange!! I’m speechless……

  26. Ann says:

    Well if the sheriff any any balls he would come out and defend Tracey on this but then he lied according to Michael saying he never talked to Tracey but we have proof he did.That is the time you threatened to kill yourself if Tracey didn’t come home from a meeting with the sheriff. Both Mary Higgins and the sheriff heard you. Anyway we have him on a recording saying there was no way for Tracey to know he was a sex offender. All she knew is that he was in jail on a drug charge. Their correspondence was talking about finding Christ.The picture was a prayer card that children in India made and sent to her from a missionary. They decorated the picture and said that they are praying for her. It was to be past on to others in need of prayers. Why can’t they find the picture now?????. They took a copy of it but then it would prove they are liars since they first tried to say it was a picture of Tracey’s children. Again libel and perjury since it was said in court. Michael if you are trying to intimidate me with the word Libel across your picture, your are dealing with the wrong person. If I state something as fact, I have documentation to back me up otherwise I will ask a question. Remember Michael, you accused my husband of committing suicide. Oh yea the paper miss understood you. Well it looks like 2 papers misunderstood you. Again you threw the reporter under the bus when caught in a lie. you still haven’t answered my question of why you would print that my son and I are trying to kill you. When????? How????? Another time you gave out false information. Now that is LIBEL.Like I said earlier people have to look up Tracey Richter.Com and also go to Ripoff Report. That is the only place you can not take down the information no matter how hard you try. You have to realize that when you put up all of your garbage on Utube there will be repercussions .

    • The reporter, Tuck Thompson, admitted the suicide reference was a mistake on his part and said as much in a later story I think.

      I never suggested it was suicide, although several thought the timing was odd considering he died on or about the day Tracey was found guilty, you were in town for the murder trial (you had moved to Omaha while he remained in NW Iowa), you had recently two filed abuse charges against him (apparently), you had separated from him, you needed cash for Tracey’s defense, and that you apparently get his police pension even after he passes.

      I do not know any more than what is in the Iowa court search, what others suggested to me is by no means an indicator that I adopt their opinions as my own. I believe he died of a fall, or slip on the ice etc.

      https://www.iowacourts.state.ia.us/ESAWebApp/DefaultFrame

      Title: STATE OF IOWA VS. RICHTER, BERNARD PAUL
      Case: 03111 SMSM042890 (BUENA VISTA)

      Title: STATE OF IOWA VS RICHTER, BERNARD PAUL
      Case: 03111 SRCR040821 (BUENA VISTA)

  27. Carmen says:

    Isn’t it funny how all offenders find Christ in prison? She writes to a child molester to discuss Christ and discussing Christ required her to mail him diagrams of the house that the murder occurred in and also diagrams of where the pink notebook was found in the car. And this Godly discussion revolved around her saying if you know anyone who may have been involved the statue of limitations has run out so they can come forward and admit guilt. Also this religious correspondence between them required her sending personal identification information about Michael Roberts. What religion were they exactly discussing? Ann you would make your daughter look more innocent if you stayed off the message boards with your stupidity. You just make her look worse. You are still a tool and a waste of space. Have a good day in visitation :)

    • Ann says:

      Ok, lets talk about stupid. What was wrong with her questions for him. .How in the world would what she told him about Michael help in finding him today. She told him what he looked like in 2001, what car he drove in 2001, the license plate in 2001, where he lived in 2001. Just from certain things you’ve said I truly believe you are either Michael or Ben Smith. There are to many things you’ve said that show me you are not who you say your are. As for the pink notebook remember everything in that notebook Michael knew and he admits it and he said anyone could have gotten that information from his office. Most important is why did he show up at the crime scene instead of going to the hospital. When asked why he was there he said he was looking for his wife(according to documents) when he already talked to me at the hospital and knew his wife and children were there. What was he doing????? There were 2 officers that said he was there on separate reports Why?????????? This is my last reply. No use wasting my energy on ignorant, stupid morons. So say what you want I will not be reading anymore of your comment. I’ll just let you continue to make a fool of yourself. Good-bye

      • Anna said: “Just from certain things you’ve said I truly believe you are either Michael or Ben Smith. ”

        Not me, I have been on a plane for the last 12 hours or so. Not a nice way to spend Christmas day (we are 18 hours ahead of Iowa), but at least we are doing it as a family.

      • Carmen says:

        Anna you are the one who is a fool. A few posts ago you said they were in contact for religious purposes and now even you admit she gave personal information about Michael to the chimo. Don’t forget the diagrams she drew and the pictures of children she sent to the child sex offender with the comment “aren’t kids cute”. You say I know so much, but isn’t everything I know public knowledge? Have you not read any news articles online which say exactly what I’m saying. That is how I got my information. From reliable news sites and not your ridiculous Tracey site or ripoff site that is full of imaginative lies produced by you and your sicko daughter where you even go so far as to smear the name of the victims mother. Have a good Christmas in visitation you miserable hag :) Oh, and I bet you will comment again because you are a tool that is easy to spin up. You will get the last word because I’m getting bored of you. I found you mildly entertaining to me for a few posts, kinda like a pet monkey with the shits or something.

      • Tammy says:

        Ok, so I see this post and all the stuff after so I’m asking you Ann, if “she was telling him what Michael looked like in 2001″, “what he drove in 2001″, ” what his license plate was in 2001″..etc..Why did she do all that? Your words, not mine. Your going to tell me it wasn’t so she can give info of the crime scene to be later used in court if she can manipulate him enough to get him to find someone to say they were working with Michael Roberts to frame her? Or even perhaps claim they were the second intruder. Tracey gave details of the crime scene and Michael Roberts”? I want to know why would someone do all that just by sending religious materials? I wonder how many other prisoners she’s writing to and you too until you find some chump stupid enough to go along with your story.

  28. Anna, Ray was dropping me off at the house to get our car so I could drive the rest of the way to the hospital and retrieve my family. I knew they were at the hospital, and the house was on the way.

    Less is more Anna, you are “kitchen sinking it”. If you want the lies to be believable you need to give me some credit for common sense, and be more selective in where you want to attack me. That was Tracey’s MO, and why she got away with it for so long.

    • Ann says:

      Tuck Thomson did not make a mistake. He wrote exactly what you gave him. Remember it was in 2 newspapers word for word which means you wrote it out and sent it to the papers. As for my husband, I was taken out of the house and they refused to let me back in. I contacted the police to help me in that after Bert’s stroke he had mental problems. I wanted their help in getting him in a hospital to be tested for brain damage due to his behavior.When they told me it was best I not stay in the house I told them he could not be left home alone. if he fell outside there is no way he would be able to get up.(and that’s what happened) The county attorney’s office did not care. It took over 5 months before they dropped the order of protection THEY took out against Bert.I never asked for it. I believe he would be alive today it wasn’t for the county attorney’s office. I truly believe they killed him. We lived separately, not our decision, but talked on the phone regularly. What about your dad. Why is he on the internet pretending to be single? Why did he abandon your mother? Why did he move to Thailand? Isn’t that where middle age men move to have sex with children? Now for having sex with Tracey after she came home from the hospital. Again I remind you she drove with us and all 3 children slept with her in the bed that night. They were traumatized and if you remember we did not have the bedrooms downstairs at that time. When you arrived at the house I gave you a pillow and blanket and you slept on the floor next to the bed. Your the one with the problem on telling the truth. Everything you have on utube can be shown to be a lie with documentation to back us up. Why are you even using the program for Single Dad’s when you are married? Again taking advantage of government programs like when you were on food stamps here.Does the name William Posters sound familiar to you? I have that too. I could go on and on. You are so easy to prove a liar. If you look at your reply on Dec. 23 you say your drove with Ray and he drove home with his wife. Now you say he dropped you off at the house to get your car. Which is it???????? Hmmmmmm. It’s hard keeping your stories straight when you lie so much. You proved my point. Also I have never attacked you. I only respond to your vicious lies.

      • Carmen says:

        Interesting you mention Tracey’s dad. I wasn’t gonna go there, but since you mentioned it, I will. Was kinda odd that he died on the day that Tracey was found guilty of murder. Appeals suuure can be expensive. At the time, you were separated from him and had filed two abuse charges against him. He ends up dead from a fall /wink and you get his pension o.O

      • Anna,

        Tuck Thompson wrote the following, it was the last paragraph in the story:

        “Richter’s trail of blood left other victims – Wehde’s father killed himself at his son’s graveside in 2002 and Richter’s own father killed himself after her conviction.”

        http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/dad-free-at-last-from-killer-wife/story-e6freoof-1226198313225

        The article was published on November 18, 2011

        That very same day I left him a voicemail telling him it was an error, but he was away from his office. Four days later, when he returned to Brisbane, he sent me the following email. I hope this clears up the issue for you.

        Tue, 22 Nov 2011 11:20:33 +1100
        Tuck Thompson
        To: Michael Roberts
        RE: Tracey’s Perjury Conviction – Appeal Denied

        Hi Michael,
        I’m back from leave – was in Melbourne for the Presidents Cup gold
        (great result for the yanks).

        Got your message about the dad dying of “natural causes” – strange
        timing, was it a heart thing? Did he have a dodgy heart? We can make it
        clear it was natural cause in next yarn… ["Yarn" is Aussie for "Story"]

        So how are things going with your situation – will there be an emergency
        hearing? Is the Australian Government helping with your plight?

        Cheers, Tuck

      • Anna,

        (1) Ray & I drove back from Minneapolis in his car after we received news of the killing at a business dinner there.

        (2) On the way to the hospital we stopped at the murder scene so that I could pick up one of our cars. This was so that Ray and his wife could go home as it was very late. BUT, law enforcement said the cars were inside the crime scene and I could not take one.

        (3) Ray then drove me to the hospital.

        (4) Ray drove his wife home in her car, and left his car for me to use.

        (5) You drove the kids home while Tracey and I talked to police.

        (6) I drove Tracey back to your house after you left. We stopped at the truck stop south of Early because Tracey said she wanted coffee.

        (7) I went inside assuming Tracey would want to stay in the car, considering what she had been through.

        (8) To my surprise, Tracey came into the truck stop. The clerk said how sorry she was about what Tracey went through. Tracey then pulled down her zipper to show the clerk the rope burns on her neck.

        (9) I interrupted Tracey’s story and said “I really want to just get you back to your mums”

        (10) We arrived at your home, we stayed up and talked to you and Bert for at least an hour.

        (11) Tracey & I went to bed in your guest room in the double bed. Tracey wanted to have sex which really weirded me out, especially after I told her she had clotted splattered just inside her ear a few minutes earlier.

        This is a matter of public record.

      • Anna,

        To avoid ambiguity. I do believe Bert died of natural causes, he was an alcoholic and a smoker and was clearly going down hill. The reason I brought it up was to demonstrate that I have ample material to act in malice and embarrass you, but have not. I only engage to counter your defamatory assaults, in defamation law I am obliged to mitigate the damage you do to me where I am able. The time line clearly show I react to your and your co-conspirators’ assaults, I am not the aggressor.

        I am sorry for the sorrows that have befallen you, in so far as those that you have not brought on yourself.

        Sincerely,
        Michael

  29. Tammy says:

    Ann, you can say all you want about everyone being out to get your daughter and bringing up every person who is connected to the case all their personal problems and calling them liars but even if all what you say is true about John Pittman’ s private life and not being a great husband or Michael Roberts a liar, the FACTS are your daughter is a murderer, liar, sociopath, narcissistic and histrionic. They are not the liars, your daughter is and has been proven in court. Such a cold hearted woman who was very self serving. As far as the whole Weade family and their personal issues does not mean a young man deserved to be be murdered and all for your daughters self gain so she can make her lies believable. Poor Michael was standing behind everything she said until he seen her true side. As far as the website you keep putting on here for us readers to “finally see the truth” is nothing except for self serving lies and defaming everyone connected to the case. There is something certainly wrong with you and not just trying to stand by your daughter while she’s in prison, cause every mother would do that but making it like the whole world has it wrong and everyone is out to get poor Tracey is getting old. Nothing you state is correct. Michael has shown court records of things he can prove. You don’t prove anything. He failed a lie detector? So what? They certainly are not accurate and the whole world knows that. It’s used as a tool but it doesn’t indicate what one is saying is a lie. They can’t even be used in court. Your daughter is in jail where she belongs and should’ve been there long before.

    • Thanks Tammy. The polygraph is a good point. As for me believing Tracey, I am not sure what I believed, I thought initially it was self defense, but that she lied about the existence of the second person to make her story better. I have witnessed many lies in our time together up to that point, usually to make her stories better.

      One of Tracey’s family’s favorite quotes is “Michael failed a polygraph, it was 99% deceptive”.

      There were three questions in the polygraph for which I volunteered (against the advice of Tracey’s retired detective father), the questions and results are listed below:

      Question Ans Result
      1. “Did you help plan the attack on your wife on December 13, 2001″ “No” TRUE
      2. “Did you help plan with anyone else to break into your home on December13, 2001?” “No” TRUE
      3. “Do you know the identity of the second person involved in the attack on your wife?” “No” INCONCLUSIVE

      Tracey et al also cites Sheriff Ken McClure who said on 60-Minutes that I “failed” the polygraph. Whereas, Ken McClure was not sheriff at the time of the murder, furthermore, he sat on his hands for almost 10 years while Tracey walked free. They conveniently omit the Dateline NBC quote from one of the two heros who did the job that Sheriff McClure ignored; namely, Special Agent Trent Vileta.

      Trent Vileta said of the inconclusive results:

      “It’s hard for Michael to answer a question as to: ‘do you know the identity of the second intruder?’; if he doesn’t believe there was a second intruder”.

      ~Special Agent Trent Vileta
      Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations

      Furthermore, there was never a reference to or use of the word “failure”; in the polygraph results, the operator determined the results to be “inconclusive” — this does not indicate deception but rather confusion or anxiety in this case. There were three questions in the polygraph, although I initially strenuously defended my ex-wife’s actions in the 2001 homicide, the evidence I saw with my own eyes planted seeds of doubt as to the veracity of her account of that fateful night. I never really believed there was a second intruder. The investigators told me later that this belief was most likely the reason the results were ambiguous.

      • Tammy says:

        Thanks for clearing that up Michael. There is a difference between “failing ” a polygraph and having it inconclusive. Another one of Ann’s lies to make her case sound more believable (if it could ever sound remotely believable). She’s just trying to pass the blame onto you because there’s no one else she can point the finger at other than her daughter. I’m surprised I haven’t heard her say the judge and jury were out to get poor Tracey too. You have great strength to have gone through everything. Kudos to you!! We can all be deceived and manipulated by the right person given the right circumstances and a woman like Tracey seemed like she had it all. Beauty, smarts, the whole package. Too bad that package ended up being nothing but a devil in disguise. I am also in complete shock of the things Ann says about the Wehde family and how no one wanted Dustin anyway?? She will say anything about anyone to make her story better. Didn’t seem to me his family didn’t want him. He may have been a troubled kid and Tracy took full advantage of that but I’ve seen Dustins mom in interviews and that’s not a mother who didn’t want or care about her son. Ann will go to any lengths to make defaming remarks at whoever she can for personal gain. It also made me chuckle a bit as she accused the person Carmen to being you or Ben Smith. She’s in such denial what others think I was just shocked she made that accusation but than again I’m not. She goes to great lengths to make others look bad when in the long run she just makes a fool of herself. Stay strong Michael!!!

        • Ann says:

          Sorry Tammy but it was not inconclusive. HE FAILED. 99,9% DECEPTIVE. Duh. Michael can spin it anyway he wants but he FAILED. It should be posted so look it up. Where in the police statement does it say the 3rd answer was inconclusive and he passed the 1st and 2nd question? NO WHERE. Put your reading glasses on and take your dunce cap off.

          Thank you again for proving my point.

          • Tammy says:

            Proving your point to what? My own eyes and ears do not deceive me. I saw the actual paper from the 60 minutes show that you participated in as well. On the show, the host had the lie detector results in his hand and it showed that it was inconclusive and the host read it too. I heard your quote as well saying “Tracey is a better mother in prison than Michael is a free man”. I think it’s time you took your dunce cap off Ann cause the facts are the facts and they don’t lie. People lie and spin them the way they want others to believe them. Michael has court records as proof. Where is Tracey’ s court documents of proof? They don’t exist. What about all the life insurance policies she took out against Michael’s life and how the insurance company cancelled one because they feared for his life? Those issues don’t get brought up do they? It’s because it’s all documented proof of what the facts are. I see no facts, just always playing the victim role and paranoia. I give both sides to provide facts and I’m sorry to say Ann, I’ve seen no proof for anything you or Tracey have ever said. If you wanna bring up the fact her son can verify that cause I heard the 911 tape, I feel he’s just going to say what he fully believes but it’s because that’s what his mom told him to say and told him what happened. What child don’t believe their mother? His mom was and probably still is his best friend. Which is great. It’s not enough proof to me or the jury who convicted her. Provide fact and not fiction or speculation.

          • Carmen says:

            Proving what point? That you are a pathetic loser who spins lies. Ann you are not the sharpest tool in the shed and should stay off the internet. In one post you say that Tracey wrote to the convicted child molester for religious discussion and then in another post you state she wrote this to him “She told him what he looked like in 2001, what car he drove in 2001, the license plate in 2001, where he lived in 2001.” Which was it? Was it a religious discussion or a discussion of what Michael looks like and the car he drives? Get your lies straight at least before you spew them on the internet. Internet message boards should come with a warning label for stupid people to stay off them. Then you go on and lie about the lie detector results.

            Now two examples of you fabricating and modifying the story (either on purpose to create drama or because you lack brain cells to remember the truth)…you are either not very smart or just plain stupid. Which is it? We’ll shall see in your top notch swell reply coming hither (my word back off!!!). Also how worked up you get, because again no one readily believes your ramblings is quite the entertainment. Keep it up, you’re making yourself look really credible there you mental midget..

  30. Thanks Tammy, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…

    You said:

    “I’m surprised I haven’t heard her say the judge and jury were out to get poor Tracey too. ”

    They have indeed tried that, twice, once for the perjury conviction, and then for the murder:

    On July 27, 2010 Tracey Richter was convicted of perjury in Clay Count Iowa District court. Whereas, on Wed, Aug 18, 2010, at 6:48 PM a person pretending to be a juror from that case posted the following:

    “I was a juror at the 7/12/10 trial. Her lawyer did not even show us a legal name change and presented no evidence. During lunch break I googled her and learned the truth about her. There was no way I was going to let her walk.”
    [Ref: http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/story/1519312.html ]

    Tracey then tried and failed to obtain a new trial.

    On June 1, 2012, about seven months after Tracey’s murder conviction, the following was posted on the Virginia Gazette website:

    “One person purporting to have been a juror in the Richter murder trial claims to have Googled Tracey Richter and what they located online made them decide to convict her.”

    • Tammy says:

      I did hear about the one where someone was pretending to be a juror who googled Tracey and immediately decided to convict her. It amazes me what lengths they will go.

  31. Carmen says:

    I like how Ann throws around words like moron and dunce to posters on here that do not agree with her. Ann you’re slewing together random put downs and thinking you’re hot shit on a message board. You offer ZERO proof that ANYTHING happened in regards to ANYTHING you have said. Get it? Do you? Or are you going to call me a retard, moron, nerd, dunce or perhaps accuse me of being the prosecutor again? I can guarantee you that i’m not the only person who isn’t believing a word of what you say to be true, is actually true. In fact i think everyone who has had the unfortunate displeasure of having to read the ridiculous drivel that is the first post in this thread didn’t believe a word of what you said to begin with. The fact that you say look at ripoff report and tracey roberts site. Well guess what’s even more lame than that? Not having proof and coming to a server board crying about something like “oh woe is me, Tracey is innocent and didn’t deserve it” is about as laughable as every single one of your posts and preconceived notions that you are somehow making anyone look stupid on these boards aside from yourself. People don’t generally follow around delusional f*ckwads like yourself, did you ever wonder why you have no supporters? Are you truly as delusional as you sound? Just remember Ann you started the flame war by calling me a moron, but you won’t win it. Have a great New Years in visitation and don’t forget to keester the drugs in for Tracey and her prison girlfriend ROFL :))))

    • Tammy says:

      Thanks Carmen cause I couldn’t agree with you more and you said it perfectly. I’ve never left any comments on a message board before but definitely felt the need because I was so outraged at the crap that Ann says about everyone. I was actually doing a Google search to see if there is a book about this case and it brought me here but no book that I can find to date. What she said out Dustin Wedhe and his family not wanting him was the worst thing I’ve ever heard. Blame the victim. Ann makes it worse for herself the more she spews crap out of her mouth. The whole sex offender thing too was just ridiculous. As you pointed out she has different stories about that cause how can she explain that Tracey wrote to a sex offender pointing out what Michael looked like and the drawings of the scene of the crime which prison officials took photos of and once again have proof. How can it be for religious reasons when your drawing a map of the crime scene? It’s because it’s not. She can spin it anyway she wants and nothing sounds right. I’m not sure if you ever heard Ann’s recording on YouTube of her ranting to Michael about how she ( Ann) was going to kill Michael when she found out he was divorcing Tracey for trying to murder him but my opinion is he got out before she took action and actually killed him. I truly believe if Tracey got away with it all Michael would be dead too. To top it off you seem to know too much about the case for you to be an actual person who’s outraged about a case, instead she accuses you of being Michael or Ben Smith which actually made me chuckle which this is no laughing matter but it just proves all of our points that she is just blind. Like I mentioned before, any mother who’s child committed murder would still love them and support them but she takes this to a whole new level when she blatantly lies about every person who’s connected to this case with some very derogatory remarks and that’s what’s so awful. It’s everyone else!! And as far as her website that’s supposed to make us all believe that Tracey is innocent and will be out of prison is nothing but more derogatory remarks about others in this case and their personal problems but no proof. There’s no proof because it doesn’t exist. What about the oral surgeon who lost his practice due to Tracey trying to extort money from him and didn’t win but took his whole life from him while trying to prove a lie? Very self centered, only out for herself and no one else. Welfare fraud? All of these are proof of her manipulative self serving ways and Ann has a rebuttal for it all. Tracey sure left alot of victims in her warpath of self gain, money, or just plain narcissism. Ann, you let her get away with all her lies for so long I believe you have a huge part in creating the monster!!! You better get used to prison visits because she will never be free. Oh and one more thing Ann. When her son goes to her to ask her to let him and his sister to go to Australia with his father and she refuses to sign those papers, that is also selfish and very self serving because as a mother, I would want what was best for my children even if I had to sacrifice my visits to make them happy. SELFISH!!! I’m sure they would still stay in touch and possibly build a stronger relationship but you wouldn’t even consider that because that’s how a normal person thinks and you Ann and Tracey just aren’t normal. You believe Traceys a better mother in prison so I’m sure this last part will go right over your head just like everything else.

      • Ann says:

        This is to your statement regarding the polygraph test. So take off your dunce cap and look at the report. It is not the test from the police dept. It was from a test that Michael paid for. Again 60 Minutes lied. What was best for her children was not to be ripped away from the only family they knew and who took care of them. Michael had said numerous times he will not allow the children to contact us, which is fine because when they become of age there is no doubt they will come back to us. So who is SELFISH???? Michael was court ordered to allow Tracey to talk to them on their birthdays, WHICH HE HAS NOT. He was court order to give their address so she could send presents, WHICH HE HAS NOT. When I saw my grandchildren fro a few minutes Noah apologized to me for what is going on. I told him it is not his fault what his father does. That we loved him and Mason and not to ever forget it and to believe in their mother. Michael refuses to allow even their half brother to contact them who they were very close to. So who is SELFISH?

        • Carmen says:

          Ann, Do you want a huggles? You seem a tad wound up~ But i must admit that post was a zinger! hot damn you pwned me so hard by saying I wear a dunce cap. I can barely sit down after that arserush. But seriously Anne, Just stamp idiot on your forehead and call it quits.

  32. By the way, the owner of Ripoffreport.com sued me for my boycott against him and those who support him.

    He lost…if anyone is interested, the judges ruling in my favor is linked below. This may also help you understand why this website has given Anna and her family millions of dollars worth of advertising space as part of their RICO conspiracy against both myself and the other witnesses in Tracey’s murder trial (although I was not called):

    The Ripoffreport attorney/general counsel testified in November that my boycott is costing the website about $30,000 in lost revenue:

    http://authorizedstatement.org/ripoffreport.com-documents/

  33. Ann says:

    This just proves what type of person you are. You go after anyone who believes in Tracey. Why? You prove my point of being a vicious person. You have to control everyone and you have always been like this. You and your minions thought once she went to jail it would be over. You never dreamt we would fight back. As for Trent saying that you didn’t believe there was a 2nd intruder is a laugh. Remember when you posted a email from Sheriff McClure saying the only time he talked to Tracey was when she came to his office to tell him she was leaving you and she had a vivid imagination? IF he said this then this proves he is a liar. There is a report where he met her at the Higgins house and both Mary and he state that you called there repeatedly screaming at Tracey to come home. You threatened to kill yourself if she didn’t. This is documented So who are the liars? You can not stand anyone disagreeing with you or not believing in you. 60 Minutes Australia was a joke.But that’s ok because it was you that was up there giving out false information. Remember everything we say we have documentation to back us up. And not false or made up documentation. I truly believe the reason you will not allow the children to contact any of us because they are unhappy with you. Hopefully they are strong enough not to be brainwashed by you. They are old enough to see and figure out who you are. And I believe they will NEVER forgive you for what you have done. Russ was a better father figure to them then you EVER were or could be. You are using them as pawns. You can intimidate and threaten people all you want. We will not back down. How many of your minions stand behind you now? I truly believe Tracey will get a new trial and that is what you are afraid of. One more thing, were have any of the witnesses against Tracey been threatened??????? We just proved they lied. No threats just facts. I also find it interesting that someone from Australia has been trying to get into not only my email account but Bert’s, John’s and Donna’s. Hmmmmmmmmmm.

    • Carmen says:

      Ann I like how you call others a dunce when you are clearly the mental midget. Stop lying about why Tracey contacted a child molester and sent him pictures of children with “aren’t kids cute” on it. You are never going to be believed when you do nothing but lie. Again stop spewing lies on a message board that is open for everyone to see how stupid and delusional you are. Off topic, how many times have you keestered in drugs for Tracey in prison? Curious minds want to know. How many general and major infractions has Tracey gotten in prison to date? Is it true that she is failing to program in prison? I heard from someone that she has been busted for making pruno several times.

      I remember seeing an article some time ago that talked about Tracey’s mom Ann having an affair with a child molester when Tracey was a child and Tracey saying he molested her and her mom did not believe her and continued the affair with the child molester. Can someone point me in the right direction so i can reread that article.

      Ann you raised two monsters for children and then come onto a message board and cry about how the world is against you and everyone is wearing a dunce cap. Look in the mirror and you will see who is wearing the dunce cap. Next response from you will probably contain the word dunce again. Come up with new material if you are going to flame others. If anyone out there is thinking of dating Ann remember her husband conveniently fell and died and she got his pension at a time when she really needed the money for appeals. Be careful because the apple did not fall far from the tree. Suspected murderous mother (hopefully there will be a new investigation into his death), convicted murderous daughter and corrupt son who has been on trial. Family full of sociopaths.

    • Carmen says:

      Seems to me that nobody stands behind Tracey. I have not ever seen one post from anyone who believes in her other than from you her mother. She has zero supporters. Kinda sad cause I think Gary Ridgeway the green river killer actually may have more than 1 supporter. Here is the link for dateline mystery twisted about the Tracey Richter case. Every comment left was against Tracey. Open your eyes Ann. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsdUNoBil_U

  34. Logical fallacies used by Anna:

    Primary:
    “Mind projection fallacy” – when one considers the way one sees the world as the way the world really is.
    Shotgun argumentation
    Proof by Verbosity

    Secondary:

    Straw Man Argument
    Affirming the consequent
    Argument from ignorance
    Argument from (personal) incredulity
    Argument from repetition
    Argument from silence
    Argumentum ad hominem
    Argumentum verbosium – (Proof by verbosity)
    (shifting the) Burden of proof
    Circular reasoning (circulus in demonstrando)
    Circular cause and consequence
    Fallacy of composition
    Fallacy of division
    False dilemma
    Fallacy of many questions
    False attribution
    False authority
    Kettle logic
    Onus probandi
    Post hoc ergo propter hoc
    Psychologist’s fallacy
    Red herring
    Thought-terminating cliché

  35. Carmen says:

    News article about Tracey writing to the convicted child molester in prison.
    Richter befriends Wisconsin prisoner

    Monday, April 9, 2012
    By RYAN J. FOLEY / AP
    (Photo)
    Tracey Richter, left, along with defense attorney Robert Powers, listen to closing arguments Friday morning, Nov. 4, 2011 in Webster County District Court her first-degree murder trial for the Dec. 13. 2001 shooting death of Dustin Wehde in her Early, Iowa home.
    [Click to enlarge]
    A mother convicted of a high-profile Iowa murder wrote to a Wisconsin child sex offender in an attempt to find a witness to bolster her legal defense, but the letter was alarming because it included a photograph of children and personal information about her ex-husband, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
    The prosecutor who convicted Tracey Richter said he was concerned enough that he alerted an attorney for the ex-husband, Michael Roberts, who is locked in a custody dispute over whether he can move with their two children to his native Australia. The letter included information that could be used to find Roberts, such as his Social Security number, date of birth and physical description.

    “She’s dangerous and everybody keeps underestimating her,” Sac County Attorney Ben Smith said. “I feared for Michael and his kids.”

    Richter was convicted of first-degree murder in November for fatally shooting her neighbor, 20-year-old Dustin Wehde, at her home in Early, Iowa, in 2001. Richter claimed self-defense, saying Wehde and another man broke into her home while she watched her children. Prosecutors argued that Richter tricked Wehde into coming over, shot him and planted a notebook in his car to implicate him and her first husband in a murder-for-hire scheme.

    Richter’s attorney didn’t return a message seeking comment.

    Days before she was sentenced to life in prison, Richter sent the letter and photo to Wisconsin prison inmate James Landa, who was convicted of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl. Landa had written to Richter after her trial, saying he supported her and had been following the case because a fellow inmate who hails from Iowa subscribed to a local newspaper.

    In her response, Richter repeatedly asked Landa if his friend had personal knowledge of the crime. She said she included the photo of other children because it might cheer him up, and asked: “Kids are cute, huh?”

    The letters have become public as Roberts seeks permanent custody of their two children, who are 12 and 13, and permission to leave the country. Richter and her relatives oppose the request. A trial is scheduled for next month.

    In an affidavit supporting Roberts, Smith said the letter was one of many examples showing “that putting an ocean between them and the above-demonstrated harm is in the best interests” of the children.

    Smith said it was obvious Richter was trying to solicit testimony to help her win a new trial, but that the carefully worded letter did not amount to a crime. He said it was not clear whether Landa received the letter, which was was copied by a jailer before Richter’s mother left the jail with it in late November. The photo was found in Landa’s prison cell, but the letter wasn’t, he said.

    The letter also included personal information about Wehde and another man whom Richter claims was the second intruder, along with detailed sketches of her old home and the car where the notebook was found. She told Landa it was “possible there was another lookout person.”

    Smith said the only reason she would include such details was to help someone come up with testimony.

    “The intentions were clear. She’s not stupid. This is her Doug Flutie toss in the end zone,” he said. “She has to get information for a new trial.”

    Landa wrote Richter several letters telling she was pretty and that he wanted to be her friend, even including poems expressing his love for her. When Richter wrote back, he responded that her letter was like getting a Christmas present.

    In a second letter to Landa — the one that alarmed Smith — Richter told him: “My trust must be earned over time. And actions speak louder than words.”

    She said if the other inmate knew something, “the statute of limitations has run out on assault and burglary, so there is nothing to lose if someone feels bad and wants to do the right thing.”

    Her letter said her lawyer could put his friend in touch with a television show covering the case. She included a police file that mentioned Roberts’ former home, adding: “The details provided are given in case you need to confirm something.”

    Tracey’s mother, Anna Richter, told the judge in the custody case that her daughter asked her to check out Landa’s background. She said she did not remember the letter.

    “No way did Tracey ask me to give a pedophile information on my grandchildren,” she wrote to the judge last month. “For one thing, we have no idea where they live.”

    Ann told the judge she did not remember the letter. Again Ann lacks enough brain cells to keep her lies straight. On here she posted the letter was about religion. A few posts later she admits the letter was about personal information on Michael such as his license plate number, type of car, etc…Ann is stuck on stupid.

    • Ann says:

      Hopefully you will meet Michael and marry him. You deserve each other but then he does not like fat ugly women

      • Carmen says:

        Ann there you go saying another fib. Of course he likes fat ugly women, didn’t he marry Tracey? Oh, my bad..I see he never liked her is what you meant. Prolly cause she is fat and ugly haha!

        • Carmen says:

          Lol you still suck at flaming. I’m hardly fat since I just got out of the Army recently. I do believe i’m in top shape and not out of shape like you, although I guess since you are like what 78, i guess you can use that as an excuse. Tracey is a little chunky and has lots of grey hair. Although she doesn’t look all that bad for 60, she looks more like 55ish years old. Back at the topic at hand…haha you lied about the letter and it is here in your posts for all to see you f*ckstick.

          You keep trying to hook everyone up on a date who posts on these boards so I will do likewise for you and write a description of you to help you find the man of your dreams.
          Hi, I’m Ann Richter, possibly the biggest ass to ever live. I have 2 sociopathic kids, one who is convicted of murder and in prison for life. I have a so-so pension from my husband falling to his death at home at a convenient time when I needed the money for appeals. My son is a corrupt cop who was on trial for his corruption his name is John Richter and he is on the police force in Chicago. My grandson is also a psychopath who lied in court for Tracey and will soon follow his mothers shoes and be in prison. I like dating child molesters like Landa and sending them pictures of children to make sure they do not program in prison. I look like an 80 year old Olive Oyl but with red hair (dyed of course cause I’m fully grey), I wear glasses that are so thick that when I look at a map I can see people looking up waving at me. My nose is exactly the same as Olive Oyl and my hair is really short and butch looking. Oh, did I mention I’m a mental midget. My favorite activities include keestering drugs into prison for my daughter Tracey and I also use my woman purse to bring the drugs in also. I like lying to visitation staff anytime they catch me with something I’m not supposed to bring in. My favorite response to them is always well, last time the officer let me bring this in. I’m too stupid to realize that this response is a big pet peeve for officers.

          Good Luck Ann in finding the guy who will have you. Maybe you can find someone who will date you for that pension roflmao.

          • Ann says:

            If you think you upset with this you are wrong. It just proves my point of you being a VERY SICK INDIVIDUAL.

            Thanks again for proving my point.

    • Ann says:

      You know who I am so give me your last name so we can look up what mental institution you are in.

    • Tammy says:

      So Ann, then tell us all why Tracey gave all the crime scene info including a diagram and the info about Michael? Why give the details of the crime in case in something needs confirmation? So Tracey knows who the 2nd intruder is now too? Amazing!!! If this was truly a prisoner who was possibly a look out or something why does he need info on Dusin Wedhe? She should already know him correct?? So come on, I wanna hear this one. If this wasn’t to earn a new trial or to set up Michael Roberts than what was it?? How funny everyone conveniently “forgets” important details like a letter. Also if she knows who the 2nd intruder was than were is that person?? Wouldn’t that be her ticket to a new trial?? She wouldn’t have to write to sex offenders to feed them info to give others so they could possibly take the blame..how many other prisoners are you and Tracey writing to until you get some chump who is willing to take money or something???

  36. Carmen says:

    Tracey Richter, whose father was a homicide detective, has had brushes with law enforcement since 1992, when she pleaded no contest to unlawfully discharging a firearm during an argument with her first husband in Colorado. She later accused him of sexually abusing their son. A judge ruled in 1996 there was no evidence to support those claims. Tracey’s criminal record dates back over 20 years starting in 1992. Includes welfare fraud, falsified passport, lying on a drivers license application, and then finally murder. Wonder what a background check on Ann Richter would uncover?

  37. Ann says:

    if yo\u read the police report you would of see John Pitman was not home when the gun went off. Tracey was contemplating suicide due to all of John’s affairs. John’s second opinion shows he did molest his son and according to Michel John Pitman was a “son fucker”. He told me that Bert should never forget this and he even went to St. Mary’s school and told the principle this. He recorded it and it was put up on the internet put Michael took it down. . Tracey was on food stamps because Michael refused to pay child support. She never lied on her D/L, She had a LEGAL name change. You watched 60 Minutes Australia which has nothing to do with 60 Minutes here..Let’s talk about what would be uncovered on a background check on Michael. I know mine is clear. The only mistake I made is when Tracey wanted to send Michael back to Australia after a few months because she said he was nuts and he came to me crying like a baby begging me to talk to her telling her he would change. He blamed his behavior on his 1st wife who had affaris with his two best friends. I told her to give him another change. Like I said look up Tracey Richter.com

  38. Carmen says:

    I did look up Traceyrichter.com and the spun lies were quite amusing. I still like the lie about Tracey writing to the child molester for religious purposes and then you stated those religious purposes included Michaels license plate number, type of car he drove, etc…You really are stuck on stupid Ann.

  39. Carmen says:

    Hopefully Ann will stay away so the adults can get back to discussing the Tracey Richter story. What I find amazing is that the Buena Vista County Sheriffs Dept. was so quick to declare Bernard Richter’s death as an accident without doing a full investigation. After all Ann had a lot to gain from his death. They were estranged and he was probably going to divorce her which means she would lose out on the pension he was receiving (her only income at the time). Ann said in a recording that she couldn’t find work in that town and was upset with Tracey moving and leaving her there. To me it seems that there was plenty of motive (her being unable to find work, desperate for money for appeals) for her to have him killed and make it look like an accidental fall.

    • Ann says:

      To let you know it was investigated and even if my husband and I divorced I would still have gotten not only half of his pension but I would have gotten the house also being that we were married for 47 years and it was my money I saved from working to buy the rental property we owned. Again you show what a sick individual you are.

      • Carmen says:

        Half the pension is not as good as the entire pension now is it.
        You can’t go without trying to show everyone that you are the victim. Actually you are a victim, of your own stupidity. Even in your own delusional world it has to seem strange that SO MANY people have a problem with you. Maybe the problem isn’t us.
        Guess the shit in your head won’t let u think that hard.
        Go ahead Ann, flame me back and call me a dunce. You know you have issues and you are doing nothing but trying to push them off on myself and others that you have crossed in the past.
        Here’s an idea…

        1) Turn off your computer and donate it to someone that could really get some use out of it.

        2) Put away your bongs and bowls and stop buying the dirt weed and give your brain some time to heal.

        3) Check into a mental health clinic and have some testing done. You might find it nice to see the world with one personality eventually.

        Go ahead Ann, flame me back and call me a dunce. You know you have issues and you are doing nothing but trying to push them off on myself and others that you have crossed in the past.
        Here’s an idea…

        1) Turn off your computer and donate it to someone that could really get some use out of it.

        2) Put away your bongs and bowls and stop buying the dirt weed and give your brain some time to heal.

        3) Check into a mental health clinic and have some testing done. You might find it nice to see the world with one personality eventually.

        Kudos you chemically-imbalanced waste of air.
        You make me want to lobby for prozac in the water supply.

  40. Carmen says:

    I noticed on John Richter’s facebook page he doesn’t mention being a police officer. He lists the CJ degree from NEIU though. Perhaps he has finally been fired from the police force. One can only hope because even just one corrupt officer gives all officers a bad name. I have no problem with people who ink, but he has two full sleeves of tattoos and usually in most departments you cannot have that much ink because it is not supposed to show in uniform. Maybe he got both sleeves after being fired?

  41. Carmen says:

    Found another site that Ann has posted on and here is two of her posts. All I can say is wow. I see she has had legal trouble herself. Also on there she mentions the police busted into her 3 bedroom apartment and yet a few posts ago on here she claimed to own two homes when discussing her estrangement from her husband. Odd someone would rent an apartment while owning 2 houses. Perhaps another fib by Ann?

    anna richter on September 8th, 2011 4:13 pm
    I notice Michael Roberts gave the info of John Pankonin to notify to get information regarding his ex-wife Tracey Roberts. Let me tell you about Det. Pankonin. I had a law suit against me from Nebraska Furniture Mart. A Brad Invener said “under oath” that he had personal knowledge that I had a whole page of items in my possession that I got from NFM and was going to smuggle them out of Douglas County. I NEVER had said merchandise in my possession. When I asked the attorney for NFM were she got her information from, she told me the Douglas County Sheriff’s Dept. When asked who on the DCSD she replied Det. John Pankonin. Of course all these charges were dismissed since I NEVER had any of these items in my possession. If you look up Brad Ivener you will see that he is connected to law enforcement and no doubt Det. John Pankonin. Hmmmmmmmm. There is no doubt Tracey will be found innocent of all charges against her and that John Pankonin and Michael Roberts are behind everything. So I wouldn’t believe anything that John Pankonin told you. Remember he had her arrested for buying a car in her own name and making all the payments. Hard to believe??? But it is true and this is the person Michael Roberts is dealing with. Birds of a feather fly together. I know there will be a back lash to this put bring it on.

    anna richter on September 10th, 2011 3:10 pm
    Another thing on my dealings with Det. John Pankonin. One afternoon after going through papers regarding Michael Roberts, that I got from Tracey’s apartment after she was arrested for buying a car and making all payments(these charges were NOT brought against her from the dealership but from Det. John Pankonin),there came a pounding on my door with Det. Panknonin yelling Sheriff’s police. When I opened the door, remember I was 63 years old at the time, he came in with 2 or 3 other detectives(I was so upset I can’t remember how many for sure) with guns drawn on me yelling at me if I had a weapon. When I told them no the female officer pushed me out in the hallway and up against the wall and frisked me. They would not let me back in my 3 room apartment for at least 20 minutes while they supposedly searched it. When I was allowed back in Pankonin asked if I had a shredder. It was holding my bedroom door open. No way anyone could have missed it during a so called search. He asked what I took from Tracey’s apartment and I showed him everything I took regarding Michael Roberts. He told me I had no idea who my daughter was and I told him he had no idea who Michael Roberts was.He took everything I had on Michael and two days later is when I had Nebraska Furniture mart bring false charges against me.

    Now for Annie O. Sheriff McClure from Sac County said I threatened him in a blog signed Annie O. I had no idea what he was talking about. Anything I have to say I sign my name. I’m taking for granted Annie O is the stripper dealing with Michael. Why did you threatened McClure and what did you say to him that he thought it was me???
    If it was not you then let’s take a guess on who it could be. I’m asking Annie to respond to this and not someone pretending to be Annie.

    • Carmen says:

      Here is the link to the site. Not sure if some of the posts on there are really from Tracey or if they are from her mom pretending to be Tracey. http://www.monashreport.com/2006/04/25/online-libel-one-public-policy-problem-that-is-less-bad-than-it-appears/

    • Ann says:

      After reading what you had to say only makes me believe you are Michael Roberts using one of your assumed names. You can deny it all you want but look at the time you posted this. You have mentioned to many things in this and your past posting that the average(and I use that word loosely) person wouldn’t know. Get a life. I couldn’t figure out why you have gone on this rampage against me until I read the latest posting on RipOff regarding you. Hmmmmmmmm.

      • Carmen says:

        What latest posting on ripoff regarding me? I just googled my name and ripoff report and nothing comes up about me. You don’t even know my last name so please. Everything I have posted is public knowledge on the internet that anyone can google. The post that I quoted of yours is on a website I found which I linked but it is still awaiting moderation to show up. It will prolly take 3 days to show like my post with the youtube link. Gay, but that is how this site is set up.

        What is so significant about the time I posted this. You really are WHACK!

        Here is the website written without a link and you can see the posts for yourself without waiting for the 3ish days.
        w w w . monashreport. com/2006/04/25/online-libel-one-public-policy-problem-that-is-less-bad-than-it-appears/

        • Carmen says:

          Ann,
          Hey genius I’ll break it down barney style for you. You have to delete the spaces between the w’s and the .com I did that to avoid the moderation waiting period.

  42. Carmen says:

    IN THE COURT OF APPEALS OF IOWA

    No. 1-749 / 10-1952
    Filed November 9, 2011

    STATE OF IOWA,
    Plaintiff-Appellee,

    vs.

    TRACEY RICHTER ROBERTS,
    Defendant-Appellant.
    ________________________________________________________________

    Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Clay County, Patrick M. Carr,
    Judge.

    Tracey Richter Roberts appeals from her conviction for perjury.
    AFFIRMED.

    John C. Heinicke of Kragnes & Associates, P.C., Des Moines, for
    appellant.
    Thomas J. Miller, Attorney General, Jean C. Pettinger, Assistant Attorney
    General, Michael J. Houchins, County Attorney, for appellee.

    Considered by Vogel, P.J., and Potterfield and Danilson, JJ. 2
    POTTERFIELD, J.
    Tracey Richter Roberts appeals from her conviction for perjury under Iowa
    Code section 327.217 (2007). We affirm the conviction because (1) substantial
    evidence exists from which a jury could find Roberts knew her statement of name
    change was false; (2) defendant has failed to prove trial counsel was ineffective;
    (3) the court did not err in not submitting the law as jury interrogatories; and
    (4) the motion for new trial was not timely filed.
    I. Background Facts and Proceedings.
    A rational jury could have found the following facts:
    Tracey Richter Roberts applied for a duplicate driver‘s license and name
    change on February 19, 2008, claiming she had lost her old license and also that
    she wished to change her name on the driver‘s license. Roberts filled out an
    Iowa Department of Transportation form stating as follows:
    I hereby state that my name has been, and I have been
    known as: Tracey Ann Richter and I hereby state that I have legally
    changed my name to: Sophie Corrina Terese Baronin von
    Richterhausen Edwards and I will hereby use this new name
    exclusively. I further state that such name change is not made for
    fraudulent purposes.

    At the bottom of the affidavit and just above Roberts‘s signature appears the
    following: ―I certify under penalty of perjury and pursuant to the laws of the State
    of Iowa that the proceeding is true and correct.‖
    As documentation for the name change, Roberts presented a file-stamped
    divorce decree signed by a judge ordering that ―Tracey Richter Roberts . . . may 3
    resume use of her maiden name Sophie Corrina Terese Baronin von
    Richterhausen Edwards.‖1

    A later investigation showed that Roberts‘s divorce decree did not contain
    the order for a name change quoted above. During a search of Roberts‘s
    Omaha, Nebraska apartment, police found a document purporting to be a
    dissolution decree with the added language and the judge‘s signature taped to
    the bottom of an altered page. The search also yielded the earlier issued driver‘s
    license Roberts claimed to have lost.
    Roberts was tried and convicted of perjury pursuant to Iowa Code section
    327.217, and she now appeals.
    II. Discussion.
    ―A person who applies for a new driver‘s license . . . or a duplicate license
    or card to replace one that is lost or destroyed shall submit proof of age, identity
    and social security number.‖ Iowa Admin. Code r. 761-601.5. Subsection three
    of that rule is applicable to name changes and reads:
    The name listed on the license or nonoperator‘s identification
    card that is issued shall be identical to the name contained on the
    primary document submitted unless the applicant submits an
    affidavit of name change on Form 430043.[2]
    The affidavit must be
    accompanied by one of the following documents:
    a. Court-ordered name change. It must contain the full
    name, date of birth, and court seal.
    b. Divorce decree.
    c. Marriage license or certificate.

    1
    In 2005, Roberts had signed a DOT application for name change from Tracey
    Richter Roberts to Tracey Anne Richter, referencing a court order from the same court
    file.

    2
    There is no explanation for the difference in Form number used in the
    regulation and used in this case─Form 430052, which contains both and Affidavit and
    Agreement For Issuance of Duplicate License/ID and Affidavit of Name Change
    Application. 4
    This rule is intended to implement Iowa Code sections 321.182 and
    321.189.

    It is a serious misdemeanor to ―[u]se a false or fictitious name in any
    application for a driver‘s license or nonoperator‘s identification card or to
    knowingly make a false statement or knowingly conceal a material fact or
    otherwise commit fraud on an application.‖ Iowa Code § 321.216A(4). ―Any
    person who makes any false affidavit, or knowingly swears or affirms[3]
    falsely to
    any matter or thing required by the terms of this chapter to be sworn to or
    affirmed is guilty of perjury, a class ‗D‘ felony.‖ Id. § 321.217.
    A duplicate license4
    may be obtained ―upon payment of a fee of three
    dollars for a driver‘s license‖ and ―furnishing proof satisfactory to the department
    that the driver‘s license . . . has been lost or destroyed.‖ Iowa Code § 321.195;
    see also Iowa Admin. Code r. 761-605.11(1) (―To replace a valid license that is
    lost or destroyed, the licensee shall submit Form 430052 and proof of age,
    identity and social security number. The replacement fee is $3.‖).
    Section 321.182, provides in part:
    Every applicant for a driver‘s license shall do all of the
    following:

    3
    Iowa Code section 622.1 provides:
    1. When the laws of this state or any lawful requirement made
    under them requires or permits a matter to be supported by a sworn
    statement written by the person attesting the matter, the person may
    attest the matter by an unsworn written statement if that statement recites
    that the person certifies the matter to be true under penalty of perjury
    under the laws of this state, states the date of the statement‘s execution
    and is subscribed by that person. . . .
    2. The certification described in subsection 1 may be in
    substantially the following form:
    I certify under penalty of perjury and pursuant to the laws of the
    state of Iowa that the preceding is true and correct.

    4
    The department of motor vehicles ―shall not issue a driver‘s license . . . [t]o any
    person holding any other driver‘s license.‖ Iowa Code § 321.177(2). 5
    1. a. Make application on a form provided by the
    department which shall include the applicant‘s full name, signature,
    current mailing address, current residential address, date of birth,
    social security number, and physical description including sex,
    height, and eye color. The application may contain other
    information the department may require by rule.
    . . . .
    2. Surrender all other driver‘s licenses and nonoperator‘s
    identification cards.
    3. Certify that the applicant has no other driver‘s license and
    certify that the applicant is a resident of this state as provided in
    section 321.1A.

    See also Iowa Admin. Code r. 761-601.1.
    5

    A. Sufficiency of the evidence. Roberts first contends there was
    insufficient evidence that she knew her statement ―I have legally changed my
    name to Sophie Corrina Terese Baronin von Richterhausen Edwards‖ was false.
    We review challenges to the sufficiency of evidence
    presented at trial for correction of errors at law. In doing so, we
    examine whether, taken in the light most favorable to the State, the
    finding of guilt is supported by substantial evidence in the record.
    We find evidence substantial if it would convince a rational fact
    finder the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. We draw

    5
    Rule 761-601.1 provides:
    (1) General. In addition to the information required under Iowa
    Code sections 321.182 and 321.196, the information in this rule is
    required from an applicant for a driver‘s license. Additional requirements
    for a commercial driver‘s license are found in 761—Chapter 607.
    (2) Name. The applicant‘s full name shall be given on the
    application. Civilian and military titles and nicknames shall not be used.
    . . . .
    (7) Signature.
    a. The applicant‘s signature shall be without qualification and
    shall contain only the applicant‘s usual signature without any other titles,
    characters or symbols.
    b. The applicant‘s signature certifies that the statements on the
    application are true and the fee collected was correct.
    c. The applicant‘s signature acknowledges that the applicant is
    aware of the requirement to notify the department of a change in mailing
    address within 30 days of the change.
    d. A driver‘s license clerk or examiner will initial the application as
    witness.
    This rule is intended to implement Iowa Code sections 321.182,
    321.196 and 321C.1, Article V. 6
    all fair and reasonable inferences that may be deduced from the
    evidence in the record. In assessing the sufficiency of the
    evidence, we find circumstantial evidence equally as probative as
    direct.

    State v. Meyers, 799 N.W.2d 132, 138 (Iowa 2011).
    The jury could have found Roberts signed an affidavit ―under penalty of
    perjury‖ stating ―I have legally changed my name to Sophie Corrina Terese
    Baronin von Richterhausen Edwards‖ and submitted an altered dissolution
    decree as documentation. Police found in Roberts‘s apartment an altered
    dissolution decree. Also found in her apartment was the driver‘s license Roberts
    claimed to have lost. The jury was free to infer from this evidence that Roberts
    knew her statement made under penalty of perjury was false. The evidence
    presented was sufficient from which a rational juror could infer and conclude
    beyond a reasonable doubt that Roberts knew the statement was false. Cf. State
    v. Carter, 618 N.W.2d 374, 377–78 (Iowa 2000) (finding certification on
    application with Board of Pharmacy Examiners that information provided ―is true
    and correct‖ did not constitute an oath or affirmation as it was not made ―under
    penalty of perjury‖).
    B. Counsel was not ineffective. Roberts next asserts trial counsel was
    ineffective in entering into a stipulation. Two elements must be established to
    show the ineffectiveness of defense counsel: (1) counsel failed to perform an
    essential duty; and (2) this omission resulted in prejudice. State v. Graves, 668
    N.W.2d 860, 869 (Iowa 2003). A defendant‘s inability to prove either element is
    fatal. Id. 7
    Roberts claims trial counsel was ineffective in stipulating that certain
    documents were found in her apartment and thus waiving objections as to
    foundation. The record, however, contradicts the premises of the claim. While
    trial counsel did stipulate that certain items ―were found in defendant‘s apartment
    in Omaha, Nebraska,‖ the stipulation specifies that defendant ―reserves the right
    to object to its relevance, and admissibility.‖ Roberts‘s trial counsel did in fact
    object to the admissibility of the dissolution decree with the substituted final page
    that had the judge‘s signature taped to it on grounds of relevance, and argued
    the witness could not testify ―where it came from‖ or ―if it‘s a true and accurate
    copy of the original.‖ Roberts does not claim on appeal that the documents were
    not found in her apartment. Nor does she claim the evidence had been
    tampered with, substituted, or altered. See State v. Biddle, 652 N.W.2d 191,
    196–97 (Iowa 2002) (noting foundation required to admit physical evidence the
    State must show only ―circumstances making it reasonably probable that
    tampering, substitution or alteration of evidence did not occur‖). The defendant
    has failed to show counsel breached an essential duty and thus her claim of
    ineffective assistance of counsel fails.
    C. Jury instruction was not improper. Roberts also argues the district
    court erred in not submitting Instruction No. 16 as a ―series of interrogatories for
    the jury to answer.‖ Instruction No. 16 was comprised of statements of Iowa law:
    Paragraph A contains Iowa Administrative Code rule 761-601.5(3); Paragraph B,
    Iowa Code section 321.9; Paragraph C, Iowa Code section 622.1. None of the
    statements of law were subject to fact finding by the jury. 8
    D. Motion for new trial was not timely. Roberts moved for a new trial
    claiming the verdict was against the weight of the evidence and that there had
    been jury misconduct. She argues the trial court abused its discretion in
    overruling her motion for a new trial. The motion was properly denied as
    untimely having been filed more than forty-five days after the guilty verdict. See
    Iowa R. Crim. P. 2.24(2)(a), 2.24(3)(b).
    AFFIRMED.

    • Carmen says:

      muhahaha During a search of Roberts‘s
      Omaha, Nebraska apartment, police found a document purporting to be a
      dissolution decree with the added language and the judge‘s signature taped to
      the bottom of an altered page. The search also yielded the earlier issued driver‘s
      license Roberts claimed to have lost. I lol’d when I found this from the Iowa court of appeals online.

  43. Carmen says:

    A091 (Rev. 01109) Criminal Complaint U.S. DISTRICT CQURT
    lllilRi§T 9r !lESRASi\A
    United States of America
    v.
    TRACEY ANN RICHTER
    Defendant
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    )
    Case No. 8:11MJ195
    CRIMINAL COMPLAINT
    I, the complainant in this case, state that the following is true to the best of my knowledge and belief.
    On or about the date of 01102/2009 in the county of in the District of ———— ———–
    Nebraska , the defendant violated 18 U. S. C. § .:..::.15–=42 ___ ,an offense described as follows:
    COUNT I
    On or about the 2nd day of January, 2009, in the District of Nebraska, the defendant, TRACEY ANN RICHTER, willfully and
    knowingly made a false statement in an application for a passport with intent to induce and secure for her own use the issuance of a
    passport under the authority of the United States, contrary to the laws regulating the issuance of such passports and the rules
    prescribed pursuant to such laws.
    In violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1542.
    This criminal complaint is based on these facts:
    Qf Continued on the attached sheet.
    Complainant’s signature
    Sworn to before me and signed in my presence.
    City and state: Omaha, Nebraska Ii TEJUDGE
    Thomas. en
    u.s. Magistrate Judge
    8:11-mj-00195-FG3 Doc # 1 Filed: 09/12/11 Page 1 of 4 – Page ID # 1′” Affidavit In Support of a Criminal Complaint and Arrest Warrant
    I, Adam Russo, being duly sworn, depose and state:
    1. I am a Special Agent with the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security, currently assigned
    to the Chicago Field Office. I have been employed as a Special Agent since October of 2009. I
    completed the Diplomatic Security Training Center’s Basic Special Agent Course and the Federal Law
    Enforcement Training Center’s Criminal Investigators Training Program where I received specialized
    training in conducting investigations of federal offenses, including passport fraud, visa fraud, and
    identity fraud.
    2. This affidavit is filed in support of an arrest warrant and criminal complaint charging Tracey Ann
    RICHTER, also known as (aka) Tracey RICHTER ROBERTS, aka Tracey RICHTER ROBERTS PITMAN, aka
    Sophie Corrina Terese EDWARDS with willfully and knowingly making a false statement on a passport
    application in violation of 18 USC §1542.
    3. This affidavit is based on information obtained from law enforcement and government
    personnel: witness statements; my personal knowledge and observations; and my examination of
    various reports, documents, record, and computer databases. Unless otherwise indicated, when the
    contents of a documents, or an individual’s statement, are reported herein, they are reported in
    substance and part and are not intended to be a verbatim recitation of the document or statement.
    Because this affidavit is being submitted for the limited purpose of establishing probable cause to
    support the issuance of an arrest warrant, it does not include all of the facts known to me or other
    government personnel.
    4. According to the U.S. Department of State (DOS) passport regulations (contained at 22 CFR part
    51), a passport applicant is required to submit a passport application and to truthfully answer all
    questions and state every material matter of fact pertaining to his or her eligibility for a passport. All
    information and evidence submitted in connection with a passport application is considered part of the
    application. Passport Acceptance Clerks must undergo mandatory ongoing training in the acceptance
    process of United States Passports. Acceptance Clerks are required to insure the passport photos
    submitted with the United States Passport application are a likeness of the applicant who is applying in
    front of them. The Acceptance Clerk is also required to insure the photo identification submitted with
    the application is a likeness of the applicant. If the photos submitted or the photo identification
    presented does not resemble the applicant, the application is still accepted, but referred to the passport
    agency’s fraud division for further review.
    5. According to DOS records, on 01/02/2009, an individual submitted a U.S. passport application
    (DS-11) #316405975 to the United States Post Office, Boystown branch, 139 S. 144th St. Omaha, NE
    68154. The individual identified herself on the passport application as Sophie Corrina Terese EDWARDS;
    born on 05/15/1966, in Illinois. For proof of identity, the individual presented Iowa driver’s license
    #706XX3673, issued 04/19/2005, in the name Sophie Corrina Terese Baronin EDWARDS. The applicant’s
    signature appears below a declaration that states, in part, that the statements on the application are
    true and correct, the applicant has knowingly or willfully made false statements or included false
    documents in support of the application, and the photograph submitted with the application is a
    genuine and current photograph of the applicant. The passport application included a photograph. On
    8:11-mj-00195-FG3 Doc # 1 Filed: 09/12/11 Page 2 of 4 – Page ID # 201/12/2011, the Charleston Passport Center (CA/PPT/CPC) mailed RICHTER a “Request for Further
    Information” letter and a US Dept of State “Affidavit Regarding a Change of Name” (DS-60) form,
    purportedly signed by Lisa ROBERTS, her former sister-in-law, to further substantiate her claim to
    identity. RICHTER mailed to CPC a photocopy of the Iowa driver’s license #706XX3673, issued
    04/19/2005, in the name Sophie Corrina Terese Baronin EDWARDS, a Wells Fargo Bank Gold Check card,
    issued in 2008, in the name of Sophie EDWARDS, and a Social Security card, SS#480-39-1835, issued on
    12/03/2008, in the name of Sophie C. EDWARDS.
    6. On 04/17/2009, Deputy John PANKONIN, Douglas County Sheriffs Office, Douglas County,
    Nebraska, contacted the US Diplomatic Security Service Chicago Field Office (CFO) duty agent Ryan
    Schiesser. PANKONIN advised Special Agent Ryan SCHIESSER that he believed RICHTER obtained two US
    passports issued in different names with different social security numbers (See Attachment 1). Deputy
    PANKONIN informed SA SCHIESSER that on 05/13/2009, the Douglas County Sheriffs Office discovered
    two US Passports that appeared to be issued to the same person while executing a search warrant on
    RICHTER’s address, 1851 N. 115th Plaza #3108, Omaha, Douglas County, NE. Deputy PANKONIN stated
    the US Passports were issued in the names Sophie EDWARDS and Tracy RICHTER. (See attachment # 2
    [page 5, items S343-8 and S343-9]).
    7. SCHIESSER queried CFO databases and advised PANKONIN that RICHTER was issued at least four
    different US passports with two different social security numbers. RICHTER applied for, and was issued
    passports on 02/28/1996 (issued in the name of Tracey PITMAN, PPT#025526363, SS#334-70-6880),
    02/04/1999 (issued in the name of Tracey RICHTER-ROBERTS, PPT#159646481, SS#334-70-6880),
    11/16/2005 (issued in the name of Tracey RICHTER aka Tracey ROBERTS, PPT#215711750, SS#334-70-
    6880), and on 02/03/2009 (issued in the name of Sophie EDWARDS, PPT#453750483, SS#480-39-1835).
    8. PANKONIN telephonically interviewed Liesa Marie DEVINE (incorrectly spelled “Usa ROBERTS”
    on the DS-60). DEVINE, prior to marriage, was known as Liesa Marie ROBERTS. RICHTER listed DEVINE
    as the witness on the DS-60 form submitted with DS-11 #316405975 on 01/02/2009 in the name of
    Sophie Corrina Terese EDWARDS. DEVINE advised PANKONIN that she was a current resident of
    Australia. DEVINE advised PANKONIN that SHE traveled to the US in 09/2000 for a three week visit.
    DEVINE informed PANKONIN that SHE never signed affidavit regarding a name change of Tracey
    RICHTER to Sophie EDWARDS.
    9. RICHTER is currently going through court proceedings for an unrelated first degree murder
    charge in Sac County, IA. R’CHTER’sattorney stated in the NResponse to State’s Resistance” that
    RICfiTERadmitted toritsivingandusing a US passflort i”the name Sophie EDWARDS (State of Iowa vs.
    Trate\’ MrlRJCHTER-ROBIRTS,case”‘. FECR 011900, section 8.11, See Attachment #3),
    10. Based on the foregoing information, there is probable cause to believe that on or about
    01/02/2009 Tracey Ann RICHTER willfully and knowingly made a false statement in an application for a
    passport with intent to induce or secure the issuance of a passport under the authority of the United
    States, either for her own use or the use of another, contrary to the laws regulating the issuance of
    passports or the rules prescribed pursuant to such laws in violation of 18 U.S.C. §1542; to wit: she
    represented on a passport application that her name was Sophie Corrina Terese EDWARDS, with a date
    of birth of 05/15/1966, and a place of birth of Illinois, when her name was Tracy Ann Richter, with a date
    of birth of 05/15/1966, and a place of birth of Chicago, Illinois and presented an Affidavit Regarding a
    Change of Name” (DS-60)that was fraudulently signed.
    8:11-mj-00195-FG3 Doc # 1 Filed: 09/12/11 Page 3 of 4 – Page ID # 3· .
    11. Based on the foregoing information, I respectfully request that this Honorable Court issue an
    arrest warrant for Tracey Ann RICHTER, also known as (aka) Tracey RICHTER ROBERTS, aka Tracey
    RICHTER ROBERTS PITMAN, aka Sophie Corrina Terese EDWARDS.

    • Carmen says:

      Hmmm, 4 passports under 2 different social security numbers at a time she was charged with murder. Accidentally forgot social security number and made a new one up or tried to get a false passport to flee the country and avoid the murder trial? Tough one to figure out, but not really. ROFLMAO

      • Ann says:

        She had only one legal passport. The other passports were voided out due to one was in her married name of Pitman. This was voided when she was married to Roberts and then this was voided when she had a LEGAL NAME CHANGE. The perforated ones were shown on the internet proving that Ben Smith is a liar. Her SS# was changed when Michael stole her identity and order computer equipment. If you would look up both numbers you would see they both go to Tracey’s name. But no matter what the truth is you would rather believe a corrupt officer of the law. I have printed out all of vile accusations that you posted so I can show them to Noah and Mason once they become of age. They need to know what type of person believes in Michael. By the way Michael I know you own this website. Why do you keep using women’s names.

        • Carmen says:

          I doubt Michael owns this blog. It appears that it is owned by Kim Cantrell who wrote it. Again you are stuck on stupid in your own delusional world. I don’t doubt for a minute that you will print out this flame war and show it to your grandchildren. That is the kind of person you are. Doesn’t matter to you how it will effect them as long as you can stick it to Michael or as long as you can feel good. To heck with the emotional scars it could cause them, this world is all about you. You are the most important person in this world and everyone in it is just actors on your stage. I get it, you are a sociopath, and unfortunately you will never get it.

          • Ann says:

            The children are already emotionally scarred due to Michael ripping them away for the only family they had. Mason was screaming when they forced her out of the house. Noah has been abused and them sent away because Michael could not control him. Remember Michael had Noah in 60 Minutes Australia. What kind of parent would allow that to happen. Not a loving and caring one. I print all of your responses because it proves my point.

        • Carmen says:

          Back to the passport topic. I don’t know much about passports because anytime I have traveled OCONUS it was with military orders, and therefore no passport was required. If i’m not mistaken though you have to turn in your old passport to get a new one so they can mark it cancelled before returning it to you, kinda like you have to turn in your old military ID to get a new one so the old one can be marked as no longer valid. Federal government is kinda funny like that. In fact correct me if I’m wrong but don’t you even have to report your old passport lost if you don’t have it when renewing (isn’t there even actually a specific form you fill out for that?) Clearly hers were not lost though. 4 passports were found inside her apartment and none were canceled. I guess Tracey is special and doesn’t need to follow the laws that the rest of us have to follow. She feels she is above all that and can defraud, blackmail (Laspisa), extort, make false identities to get car loans, steal, commit welfare fraud, murder etc.

          So, my butch mental midget (my new name for you), in a much earlier post you said Brad Ivener worked for the sheriffs dept. and it was all a set up by them. I did a search on him and find nada as far as him having ever worked in any law enforcement agency. He was however the recovery manager for Nebraska Furniture Mart. Let me explain this to you Barney Style. When you buy a bunch of stuff on credit (and don’t make payments), or write a bad check for lots of merchandise a recovery agent will repossess those items or sue you civilly. Conclusion, you are a deadbeat that tried to get a bunch of free crap and got caught. Don’t forget to print this post also for your grandkids to see you heartless ass clown.

          • Ann says:

            You do not hand in your old passport when you get a new one. They perforate the old one. I have all of my old passports. As for Invener I said he did work for the sheriff’s dept. I found that on the internet. My case was dismissed since Det. John Pankonin lied. Everything I have in my house was paid for with my personal credit card. Get a llife Michael. I know this website is yours and funny how the only case showing is Tracey’s.

        • Teresa says:

          TRACY R IS A LIAR… I KNEW IT FROM DAY ONE..@!@@ I KNEW DUSTIN AND HE WOULDNT HURT A FLY,, SHE WHERE SHE BELONGS

    • Ann says:

      quit using female names. have the balls to write under your own name. I’m starting to think you’d rather be a woman then a man. Is this why you can not have your relationships with the female sex last?????

      • Carmen says:

        1. I am a female and unlike Tracey I am not going to do an illegal name change nor will I do a legal name change. I like my name. If I had a plain name like Ann I would change my name.

        2. I don’t have any male balls, but I do have a basketball /shrug. Does that count?

        3. I am a woman and would never want to be a man. Nothing against men, just personal preference.

        4. I have never had a relationship with the female sex. I see on your pics and videos you look kinda butch. Please don’t come on to me cause if I ever turned gay I would be a lipstick lesbian and not date a butch one like yourself. Speaking of lesbians, how is Tracey and her prison girlfriend doing? Tracey staying busy munching carpet?

        • Ann says:

          This again shows what a SICK INDIVIDUAL your are. why is it that only sick people believe in Michael????????????????????????????

          • Carmen says:

            You are the sick individual. Your response to emotionally scarring your grandkids with flame wars was this quote “The children are already emotionally scarred due to Michael ripping them away for the only family they had.” So you justify scarring them further with the idea that they are already scarred. ..SICK! SICK! SICK! Your kind can justify anything even murder. Pathetic piece of crap.

            Back to the passports. Exactly what I said in my earlier post. I was under the impression that a passport would be marked cancelled, void, etc. whatever. You admit that they perforate them (that would be marking them as null and void you genius). Her 4 passports were not perforated. Get that through your thick skull. In fact get some thicker skin to match your skull. You get butt hurt when others flame you back, but all is fine and dandy when you insult others, but the minute it happens back to you, you cry foul. Typical fookin sociopath.

            Your answer to every person on the internet that doesn’t believe your or traceys story is that they are Michael. Wake up from your delusional world and face facts. I guess your answer to Traceys conviction must be that Michael had 12 disguises and was playing musical chairs in the jury box and was actually all 12 jurors too.

            You proved my point that you have multiple personalities among other psychiatric conditions because in half your posts you say we are sick individuals who believe in Michael, the other half you say we are Michael. Which one is it for fooks sake. Make up your mind. Oh, don’t forget to print this post also to show the kids you heartless, twisted, mental midget.

            You said you did find Brad Iveners online working for the Sherriffs department then link it. I want to see the LinkedIn or whatever site shows his professional work to have involved a law enforcement agency particularly that sheriffs dept. And i’m not talking about a link to one of your posts on another site where you claim he worked at the Sheriffs dept. I googled and found nothing of the sort. Show link or it didn’t happen you lying ass bag.

            “Still lobbying for prozac in our water supply to try to help people like Ann.”

  44. Carmen says:

    Published Sep 22, 2011
    Published Thursday September 22, 2011
    Murder suspect accused in fraud
    By Jason Kuiper
    WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
    Richter
    An Omaha woman who is set to stand trial in a 2001 Iowa homicide now faces a federal charge in connection with passport fraud.
    Tracey A. Richter, 45, is currently jailed on a first-degree murder charge in connection with the shooting death of Dustin Wehde.
    Wehde, 20, was shot multiple times in Richter’s Early, Iowa, home, including three or four times to the back of the head. Richter has pleaded not
    guilty and will go on trial next month.
    A federal grand jury indicted Richter this week on the passport charge.
    An affidavit filed by a U.S. State Department special agent alleges that Richter made a false statement on a passport application in 2009.
    State Department records showed that she was using the name Sophie Corrina Terese Edwards and had been issued four passports using two
    different Social Security numbers.
    If convicted on the federal charge, Richter faces up to 10 years in prison.
    Richter, then known as Tracey Roberts, claimed in 2001 that two men, one of them Wehde, broke into her house in Early while her then-husband,
    Michael Roberts, was out of town. She said she opened fire to defend her three children.
    She went on Montel Williams’ national television talk show to give her account of the Dec. 13, 2001, shooting. She said the second man fled, and he
    has never been found.
    Investigators say they recovered evidence that shows Richter planned Wehde’s death. A key piece of evidence that has not been disclosed was found
    inside her vehicle that was parked outside the home.
    Richter was arrested in July in Omaha and is being held on $1 million bail.
    She was convicted in 2010 of vehicle licensing perjury in Clay County, Iowa, following allegations that she used an Iowa driver’s license under a
    different identity to obtain financing to buy a Lexus.

  45. Carmen says:

    Off topic…How do i get an avatar on here?

    • Carmen says:

      that’s gay it is supposed to be animated. I used an animated gif and yet it is just a pic.

      • Mary says:

        You are too funny, Carmen……using the term ‘gay’ after that Mental Midget Bull Dyke accused you of being gay….this has been quite enetertaining and that last post made me spit out my iced tea……

        • Ann says:

          Well Mary, again you prove my point, If your are Mary. I still believe the only one posting anything on this website is Michael and me.

  46. Mary says:

    Well, you believe WRONGLY, Ann…..and nothing I can say will sway you from your beliefs. I don’t know you, Carmen, Michael or anyone else who is in this chat. I am just a true crime buff who happened on this site. it seems your daughter has manipulated you as well as many others. I understand how a parent can come to the defense of their child, even if that child is indefensible. However, you take it to a new level. Your devotion is blind and that is truly sad. Documents have proven, time and again, that Tracy is not who you purport her to be. Even her own actions show that she has consistently lied. You seem to suffer from Alex Kelly Parent Syndrome. YOU KNOW she did it, you just can’t bring yourself to ADMIT IT. You’re not a stupid woman. You’re misguided. I’m sorry. I apologize for my previous comment because it was cruel and inaccurate. You WANT to believe Tracy because admitting she is a killer makes YOU look bad. People look at YOU as a bad parent, don’t they? In the supermarket, sidelong glances. The beauty salon, they whisper. The neighborhood, they stare, right? As much as you can say you don’t care about what other people think, YOU DO. WE ALL DO. It’s lonely being the only champion for a lost cause. And it’s THANKLESS, but I’m sure your daughter thanks you DAILY for fighting for her honor, right? She should. I hope she does or this will all be for naught. I hope you lay down the gauntlet and wash your hands of the blood that’s now spilling on to you in these forums. Good luck to you.

    Mary
    Long Island, NY

    • Carmen says:

      I agree Mary. I am like you and a crime buff and when I watch a true crime show on TV I usually google the guilty to just get more information that may have been left out of the show so that I can see more facts and come to my own conclusions. I have never posted on any sites where I have looked up a criminal, until I came across Ann. She has turned her daughters case into a shit show. She has made up lies about the victims family which is why I started responding to her. Ann has even gone so far as to now threaten to show the flame war posts between her and I to her grandchildren to try to evoke some sympathy. It is truly sad when an individual knows no limits and will use anyone they can no matter the pain and suffering they will cause them. Her grandchildren I’m sure still love their mother no matter what because she is their mom and therefore any negative comments about their mom will hurt them. Ann also posts so much negative and what appears as false information about Michael online. Again this hurts her own grandchildren. I read an article that said Michael was having a hard time at one point finding a job because of the ripoff sites misinformation that Ann had written. Michael’s financial stability effects his children. If he has no money they have no money. Ann should really rethink her course of actions and how they effect the innocent ones like her grandchildren. If Ann would stop posting lies online to make others look bad and use that energy instead for supporting Tracey in prison with programming and encouraging her to utilize the programs prison have to offer she could make a difference and make Tracey’s life in prison better while making her grandchildren’s lives better and happier.

      • Ann says:

        This will be my last response to your vile depraved postings. I think I have proved what type of person your are. Michael should not blame others if he can not find work. Remember Tracey had to change her name, because of all of Michael’s harassing her over the internet, in order to find work. Michael told the judge he had to move to Australia and that he had jobs waiting for him down there. Believe me Michael lives a high life style. There is no false information on line regarding Michael. Why do you believe everything he says with no documentation but you are blind to the other side of the story. Michael never gave a rat’s ass about his children. I will always say he is using them as pawns to fleece any country he is living in. Michael is by far poor or he wouldn’t be traveling all over the world. My husband and I helped support my grandchildren and my husband was on a pension. We made sure they had a happy childhood. No one turned his children against him but he himself. I never talked bad about him to his children. When they asked me if I like their dad, I told them that was between him and I and had nothing to do with them one way or the other. I will make sure they know that we never stopped loving them and we were refused any contact with them. I truly believe that their lives are not happier or better with their dad or he would allow them to talk to family. What is he scared of? The truth coming out? Michael has been behind every article that has been printed about Tracey (and this can be proved).Remember every article in the papers were given by Michael. I believe if Tracey would have given up Noah as Michael wanted her to do, she would not be in prison today. She refused to divide the children like furniture. Who would even ask a mother to do that? If you look at her accusers you will see that Michael was behind them all. You can link Det. John Pankonin back to Michael. She never had a problem in Omaha until Michael got involved. You can trace Michael to Trent Vileta and of course he BFF Ben Smith. He got these men to put their reputations and careers in jeopardy. Why are they all so scared she is going to get a new trial? Remember she was convicted on all circumstantial evidence. As for the Pink Notebook, that was such a big secret, we are finding out that just about everyone knew about it. And if it was suppose to be a secret why was Smith talking about it to Mary Higgins???? Questions, questions, questions. So many questions in this case. So many cover ups. I also find it interesting that of all the people in Early, that were interviewed, had nothing bad to say about Tracey but they all thought Michael was crazy and he thought he was better then everyone else. They all thought he was involved according to Mona. I’m sure you will have a sickening, vile response to this but I don’t care since I will be deleting them without reading them. Have a good day

        • Carmen says:

          I have proven what type of person you are. You will hurt anyone including your grandkids if it benefits you. Still no link for Brad Iveners working at the sheriffs dept., again a lie by you. Why do I not believe you? You contradict yourself every other post and show no evidence for your side. You lied about the content of the letter between Tracey and Landa, you lied about Brad Iveners, you have made up false stories of the VICTIM and his FAMILY, you lied about the passports, etc, etc etc. You call posters a moron and a dunce and then when you get flamed back you cry foul and threaten to show the posts to your grandchildren knowing that any negative comments about their mother and father will hurt them. You have more than proven my point Ann, thank you.

  47. Carmen says:

    http://www .omaha. com/article/20111205/NEWS97/712059922

    Here are a few excerpts that are interesting:

    With the help of Douglas County sheriff’s investigators, Iowa authorities solidified their case against Richter. They learned that she had threatened Omaha-area law officers who investigated the photo incident. A search of her Omaha apartment uncovered materials on producing the toxic chemical ricin and evidence of past forgeries.

    Gentile said he treated Richter with “kid gloves” in the interview, based on information he had received from Trent Vileta, an Iowa investigator who had reopened the Wehde case in 2008. Gentile was careful not to do anything that would harm the murder investigation.

    Vileta had been carrying on a correspondence with Richter during his investigation. Two hours after Gentile interviewed Richter, Vileta received an email from her in which she thanked Vileta for being a professional. “Gentile is not,” she wrote. “He made a huge mistake by sitting across the table from me and lying to me while he looked me in the eye and accused me of planting a photo in my car.” The email sender’s address identified her as Tracey von Richterhausen — one of several aliases authorities say the Chicago native used. Several paragraphs later in the email, authorities say, she threatened Gentile and his family.
    “One day Mike is going to hurt someone,” she began, referring to her ex-husband, Michael Roberts. “When he does, I will have the joy of sitting back and saying ‘I told you so.’

    “At this point, even if it is me … it will be worth having his true character exposed. I just pray he never hurts our children. Wouldn’t it be lovely if Mike hurt that (expletive’s) kids?”

    Vileta saw the email and contacted Gentile. Vileta was concerned she was plotting to kill Gentile and his children, then blame it on Roberts.

    Gentile contacted his children’s schools and his neighbors, showing them pictures of Richter and asking them to call 911 if they saw her in his neighborhood.

    Through Pankonin’s investigation, authorities found Richter was using aliases and receiving food stamps without disclosing bank accounts she had opened under an alias.

    A search warrant executed at her Omaha apartment turned up a copy of “The Poor Man’s James Bond,” a bible of the survivalist movement; miscellaneous papers, including price lists for various chemicals and one document titled “How to Make Ricin”; credit cards for herself (and Sophie Edwards) and Roberts; a stun gun; a stamp of Roberts’ signature; and a binder that had three drafts of her forged divorce decree.

    Pankonin and Gentile have unanswered questions about Richter.

    Why did she take several trips to England? A boarding pass from a trip to England was found in her car.

    An official with the British Embassy said Richter’s claim that she was a British citizen was investigated and was not credible. Pankonin believes Richter was preparing to flee the country because of the murder investigation.

    Investigators also found Richter’s address book. In it was Pankonin’s home address.

    It’s an unlisted address.

  48. Carmen says:

    www .omaha. com/article/20111205/NEWS97/712059922

    Here are a few excerpts that are interesting:

    With the help of Douglas County sheriff’s investigators, Iowa authorities solidified their case against Richter. They learned that she had threatened Omaha-area law officers who investigated the photo incident. A search of her Omaha apartment uncovered materials on producing the toxic chemical ricin and evidence of past forgeries.

    Gentile said he treated Richter with “kid gloves” in the interview, based on information he had received from Trent Vileta, an Iowa investigator who had reopened the Wehde case in 2008. Gentile was careful not to do anything that would harm the murder investigation.

    Vileta had been carrying on a correspondence with Richter during his investigation. Two hours after Gentile interviewed Richter, Vileta received an email from her in which she thanked Vileta for being a professional. “Gentile is not,” she wrote. “He made a huge mistake by sitting across the table from me and lying to me while he looked me in the eye and accused me of planting a photo in my car.” The email sender’s address identified her as Tracey von Richterhausen — one of several aliases authorities say the Chicago native used. Several paragraphs later in the email, authorities say, she threatened Gentile and his family.
    “One day Mike is going to hurt someone,” she began, referring to her ex-husband, Michael Roberts. “When he does, I will have the joy of sitting back and saying ‘I told you so.’
    “At this point, even if it is me … it will be worth having his true character exposed. I just pray he never hurts our children. Wouldn’t it be lovely if Mike hurt that (expletive’s) kids?”

    Vileta saw the email and contacted Gentile. Vileta was concerned she was plotting to kill Gentile and his children, then blame it on Roberts.
    Gentile contacted his children’s schools and his neighbors, showing them pictures of Richter and asking them to call 911 if they saw her in his neighborhood.

    Through Pankonin’s investigation, authorities found Richter was using aliases and receiving food stamps without disclosing bank accounts she had opened under an alias.

    A search warrant executed at her Omaha apartment turned up a copy of “The Poor Man’s James Bond,” a bible of the survivalist movement; miscellaneous papers, including price lists for various chemicals and one document titled “How to Make Ricin”; credit cards for herself (and Sophie Edwards) and Roberts; a stun gun; a stamp of Roberts’ signature; and a binder that had three drafts of her forged divorce decree.

    Pankonin and Gentile have unanswered questions about Richter.

    Why did she take several trips to England? A boarding pass from a trip to England was found in her car.

    An official with the British Embassy said Richter’s claim that she was a British citizen was investigated and was not credible. Pankonin believes Richter was preparing to flee the country because of the murder investigation.

    Investigators also found Richter’s address book. In it was Pankonin’s home address.

    It’s an unlisted address.

  49. The entire un-cut 43 minute interview of Sac County Attorney Ben Smith (conducted by 60-Minutes) has just been uploaded to Youtube.

    To watch it, simply click on my name above this comment and it will take you there.

    Or, go to Youtube and search for:

    “UNCUT 60-Minutes Sac County Attorney Ben Smith Describes Tracey Richter”.

  50. 60 Minutes TV Interview Michael Roberts Uncut – Ex-Husband of Murderer Tracey Richter has been uploaded to YouTube

    Just click on my name above to Launch the video.

  51. The following video is the uncut footage from Channel 9 60-Minutes TV Interview with Michael Roberts, the ex-wife of convicted murderer Tracey Richter how executed Dustin Wehde in 2001:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDK1EncBdbk

    The second video is the uncut footage of the interview with Ben Smith, Sac County Attorney, who is one of the heroes responsible for Tracey Richter’s conviction almost 10 years after the crime:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuKUHFhjU78

    • Carmen says:

      Thank you for linking the 60 minutes uncut with Ben Smith. It is amazing that when Tracey’s father died and she called her mother to tell Ann about the death, Tracey was excited because the death would allow her to have another special visit with Ann and her fiance. According to Ben Smith, Ann was upset about the death of her estranged husband and Tracey was thrilled that it gave her the opportunity for a visit. Yet Ann still defends Tracey by smearing good peoples names by telling lies about them. Maybe Ann should wake up and realize that the day she dies Tracey will be thrilled that she can get another special visit due to her death. Tracey cares about nobody but herself and is a true sociopath.

      I liked the part where Ben Smith was asked about Darren Meade and his response was he could not talk about him due to there possibly being an investigation. I would love to see Darren Meade finally get his. Darren Meade (Tracey’s biggest supporter) smears everyones name, but a quick search on him shows he has been sued many times in the past for failing to pay bills, fraud, etc…

  52. Rose says:

    What’s going on with Darren Meade? He wrote me under a false name, asking me to send him all of his [Meade's] court information, including lawsuit numbers. It was signed as a journalist to a newspaper. That guy is insane. Clearly he actually believes people care enough to go to all that trouble for him. When I replied, “You have to be joking, Darren!” The address that he made up did not exist to receive my reply. I’m an English graduate. No journalist is going to turn to a stranger for critical information. He underestimates everyone else, which results in annoyance, to say the least.

  53. The Scribber says:

    Here you go, just click on my name for a link to all of the confirmed crimes by Darren M Meade. Someone should interview his ex-wife and step child.

  54. Rose says:

    For some reason I assumed that Darren Meade was gay. But it does not surprise me that his wife is now an ex. In my few Internet dealing with him and research on his practices, he is one vicious man. It’s bad enough that Dustin Wehde never lived to be old enough to buy a bottle of wine, but for Darren Meade and Tracey’s mother to attach his character when Dustin’s mother and Dustin’s sisters have already been through so much, words can not express their unnecessary pain. Tracey Richter is a life ruiner. After researching her story, certain little known facts made me sick. Facts that I won’t repeat because Dustin’s mother has been through enough.

    I first heard about Tracey Richter on Dateline. The episode, “Twisted” usually has a format to build suspense. Point the finger at the wrong person to create suspense in a “Who done it?” real life drama. Darren Meade took snippets of the part where Michael Roberts looks like the suspect, and created many name smearing YTube videos that could influence those who don’t know the entire story to conclude that Michael did this crime. Darren would do well working as a politician. But he’s less likable then any of them.
    Regarding that Dateline episode devoted to Tracey Richter, even though they build suspense, I noticed something very odd with Tracey’s story from the get-go. Her accusation that after being choked, she blacked out. That and she never knew it was Dustin Brett Wehde that (she claimed/lied) attacked her. You do not black out after being choked like that. Quite the opposite. Your heart pumps, your super strong, you fight.

    I am surprised that it took a decade to jail this sociopath. But very grateful that someone was tenacious and brave enough to take her on.

    The story about the dentist she extorted is rarely talked about. He lost his family practice, and never really got back on his feet. When Tracey Richter was found guilty, he was quoted as saying, “It’s a shame that they don’t offer the death penalty in Iowa.”

    I hope Mona Wehde, and her two beautiful daughters find peace. Seeing good people defend her son on this thread is life affirming in itself.

  55. tracy isa murder says:

    It’s too bad iowa doesn’t have the death penalty. I think she should hang.

  56. Jai Hughed says:

    Short and sweet, I live in the area where this crime happen. To the point, fuck em all. Waste of everyone’s time, and energy by arguing. Remember the real victim, is the young man shot, by this waste of space. Now that I just wasted two minutes I can’t get back on the topic. Anyone have a cigarette?

  57. Robin says:

    I just came upon this story and I read through all the comments; I want to give you a bit of personal history with Earl Hardisty. Before he was county attorney in Sac County he was in Adams County. While he was there he refused to do his job (which is why he is not there anymore). His niece was referred to his office multiple times by Iowa DHS with them recommending felony child abuse charges be brought against her for severely abusing her twin sons. Every time he refused to prosecute saying there was lack of evidence. Only days after the last denial to prosecute from him, she MURDERED one of the boys by pouring lighter fluid on him and setting him on fire! Finally after that he recused himself from being involved in any charges brought against her from that point on. Had he done his job this may have never happened, but I guess we will never know now. In case you are wondering how I know this, I am the wife of the twins father. My point is he is a spineless coward who has NEVER done his job properly!

    Also want to say my condolences to the family of Dustin Wehde and anyone else who was hurt by the actions Tracey Richter; she is exactly where she belongs now.

  58. Taz says:

    The woman was bang to rights.

  59. There's a bounty on DMs head says:

    Tracey Richter is nothing but a trailer trash sociopath, and her little cult of psychos is going to end up meeting justice face to face and the result will not be pleasant for them.

    Interesting little quirk in the law, the case precedent being set by a matter involving a child molester in Nebraska being found tied up in front of an Iowa police station, thus sparing the state the expense of extradition.

    Be a crying shame if something similar happened to someone involved in the unlawful harassment and psychotic persecution of innocent people, being drug from California to Iowa where they have warrants sounds like something they live in fear of.

    Maybe what’s needed is for someone to arrange for the whore Richter to experience some of the misery she’s responsible for while she rots like a maggot in an Iowa prison, pimped out by some 400 pound dyke.

  60. Golden says:

    Wow, sounds like two people who deserved each other met and married and had children together.

    Michael, it is better to remain silent and thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.

    Anne – same to you.

    All of this he said/she said is bad for the children/grandchildren and yet here are both of you slinging more and more mud. The children will someday be able to search for and read this garbage you are both spewing. If either of you really cared, you would be quiet and and keep family matters private (i.e. “offline”). So would the rest of you.

    What a vulgar display of ‘one-upman-ship’ from all of you.

  61. H says:

    The comments from Ann Richter are hilarious to read now after reading the just released affidavit from the prosecutor. Looks like Ann, her son, Darren M and her band of crazies are in some pretty hot water. Ann will be in prison right next to her daughter, lol.

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