Woman Claims Husband Is A Bigamist
BROWN DEER - Cynthia Stokes Murray thought she had the perfect husband, then she found out she might be sharing him with another woman.
Cynthia married Keith Murray in 2002. The two never lived together. According to Cynthia, Keith claimed he was called up to active duty in the military. He was living in St. Louis while she continued her life in Milwaukee.
Still, he visited several times a month. Cynthia says she never suspected he may have another life, until this year.
She says Keith was supposed to be having surgery in Milwaukee. He canceled at the last minute. Cynthia was angry and confronted him. She claims he changed his story several times and that's when she became suspicious.
On a hunch, she checked out the Missouri Court System Web site. She thought her husband may be hiding a financial problem. What Cindy found rocked her world.
She found a divorce record. Keith had divorced another woman just a year earlier, while he was married to Cindy.
"Now I feel like I've lived a lie for the 10 years since I met him," she told Lauren Leamanczyk.
When she dug further, she found a marriage license that showed he'd married the other woman after marrying Cindy.
"I cried all the way home," she remembers.
Now she wonders who her husband really is. She thought he was a military man with a romantic side. Now, nothing is certain.
She wants to know what happened, but Cindy accepts that she may never learn the truth.
"I have this big hole inside myself. How could you hurt another person like that? How could you do that?"
Keith Murray's attorney refused to comment on the case except to say they believe they have a "strong defense."
Bigamy is only a misdemeanor in Missouri.