Good Wife: The Shocking Betrayal and Brutal Murder of a Godly Woman in Texas

Good Wife: The Shocking Betrayal and Brutal Murder of a Godly Woman in Texas

by Clint Richmond
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Good Wife: The Shocking Betrayal and Brutal Murder of a Godly Woman in Texas by Clint Richmond

Roger and Penny Scaggs seemed a poster couple for family values. Evangelical Christians living in booming Austin, Texas, in the mid-1990s, they were respected leaders in their church and community. As Roger diligently worked his way up the high-tech corporate ladder, Penny kept a pristine home and coached similarly devout young women on how to be perfect wives. But on a windy March evening, this godly woman met the devil head-on. And when the police discovered her lifeless body—repeatedly bludgeoned with a lead pipe, then mutilated with a knife from her own spotless kitchen—they were shocked by the rage and savagery behind her slaying.

The Good Wife is a startling true story of greed, hatred, betrayal, and an unimaginable murder—a tale of the dark decay that can be hidden behind a facade of saintliness when a marriage seemingly made in heaven descends into hell.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380797431
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/31/2007
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 650,914
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

This account of the murder of Penny Scaggs and the trial of her husband, Roger, is the ninth published nonfiction book written by Clint Richmond. His 1995 Selena!, the tragic story of the murder of the young Tejano music star, was #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. His 2005 collaboration, Red Star Rogue, was also a New York Times bestseller. Richmond, a former Dallas Times Herald news reporter, covered the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the trial of Jack Ruby for the murder of accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. He was assigned to federal and state courts and law enforcement beats in Dallas for a number of years. Later, as a freelance journalist, he covered the Rocky Mountain and West Coast regions for such publications as People magazine and has been a contributing writer to Time, Newsweek, and numerous other periodicals. The author lives with his wife, also a freelance writer, in Austin, Texas.

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Good Wife 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
PatsyAnn More than 1 year ago
If you like true crime stories this is a good one. It is an interesting case and a disturbing one. All murders are disturbing but this one seemed even more so. Check it out and you decide.
Betty27 More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down, well written but hard to believe so much evil
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truly a shocking story! What makes it more shocking is knowing it actually occurred in our society. A woman so involved in her church activities who teaches a class to many other women from her church and from elsewhere, of how to connect with a husband by being sort of ¿subservient¿ to him. A wife should cater to her husband and try to accommodate him at all times, according to these classes. For the thought that a husband of a woman so much in love with her husband and daughter could be treated so terribly after many years of marriage. ¿The Good Wife¿ was Penny Scaggs who was brutally slain while playing her piano in her own home. The attack sent shockwaves through the community. No one believed that this loving and caring wife could possible be brutally killed in a terribly messy way. Very hard blows of a pipe bashed her head in repeatedly followed by the knifing on several areas of her body to complete the killing as if she wasn¿t dead by the pipe blows. Her bedroom had been ransacked also making the police think it could have been a robbery gone bad. The husband, Roger Skaggs, was very highly thought off by friends as well as his business in which he was an executive. Roger couldn¿t have done this to anyone, and certainly not Penny. They were both very active church members as well as liked by their friends in the community and nothing this brutal could have happened to them. As things went along with the investigation, the police connected Roger more and more with the brutal murder of his wife. Penny¿s friends started thinking about some things that were said and actions Roger had taken recently and started to wonder themselves what could have occurred and by whom? Rogers¿s friends, especially those at his work, denied any accusations against Roger. He was too good a husband and man to do such an atrocious thing. The Austin, Texas area was shocked and in tumult when authorities questioned many of them about their relationship with Roger and Penny. Many things came out that shined more light on the case. Roger had, over the past few years, purchased an airplane and a boat, both of which he tried to get Penny to enjoy. She would go with Roger sometimes just to be a perfect wife to him. She did not really want to do either activity but she felt obliged. The reader does not get bored. This story is greatly detailed but not in a way that puts one to sleep. Clint Richmond tells the story in a way that keeps the reader involved in the investigation from beginning to the end. Do not hesitate to purchase this book and read it. You will enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a well written book, it drawls you in..a tragedy to a wife who lost her life at the hands of a monster....Bn
RoboND More than 1 year ago
The book is somewhat formulaic, but easy to read and keeps your attention. It was the perfect book for an airplane ride!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an interesting sad story.  But some of the details were unnecessary so I skipped through some of it.  I would have liked more information on the mistress and what became of her.  Seems like there is more of a story  there.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I just could not get into this book. Some many things bothered me about the story. Why wasn't anything ever said to the daughter? She KNEW her father was having an affair and actually gave her dad the use of her apartment so he could sleep with his mistress! Just a total lack of conscience with father and daughter.