Psych Crime Reporter

May 26, 2010

Psychologist jailed for husband’s murder in ’04 now in solitary on suspicion of plotting prison break

Convicted murderer Michelle Theer has been placed in an isolation cell while officials investigate whether she was plotting a prison break.

Theer, a former Fayetteville psychologist, has been in prison since December 2004, when she and her lover, former Army Staff Sgt. John Diamond, were convicted of murdering Theer’s husband.

Theer has been held in a single cell since April, when prison officials discovered that she tried to mail a map of the prison and other documents to someone on the outside, said Annie Harvey, warden of the N.C. Correctional Institution for Women in Raleigh.

“We take anything that could cause someone to escape very seriously,” Harvey said. “The best defense is to take everything seriously on the front end.”

Harvey declined to provide details about the map or the other documents that she said Theer appears to have been trying to mail.

She said prison officials regularly screen inmate mail that appears suspicious. The smell or size of a package could trigger a closer examination, Harvey said.

She said Theer, who is 41, initially was placed in administrative segregation. Her status was changed to disciplinary segregation when prison officials determined that enough evidence exists to investigate her case further.

Theer has pleaded not guilty, Harvey said.

If Theer is found to have been plotting an escape, Harvey said, the punishment would likely be maximum-custody confinement and a loss of privileges.

Theer’s husband, Air Force Capt. Marty Theer, was shot to death in December 2000 on a stairway outside Michelle Theer’s second-floor office on Raeford Road.

Prosecutors said Theer lured her husband to the stairwell so Diamond could ambush him.

Diamond was sentenced to life in prison in a military trial in 2001.

Michelle Theer was indicted in May 2002 and went on the run. She hid in south Florida, where she had plastic surgery done to her face, lived under an assumed name and planned to change her identity several times to start a new life. U.S. marshals apprehended her in August 2002.

Source: Greg Barnes, “Michelle Theer in isolation, officials probe possible prison break,” Fayetteville Observer, May 18, 2010.

8 Comments »

  1. She is soooooooooooo guilty. I looked at her web site and it makes her look like a perfect person. Booo hooo pooor Michelle, She had a great life and wanted a better life. I hope she found her better life in prison.

    Comment by Lisa — January 28, 2012 @ 7:22 pm | Reply

  2. I read the book, “The Officer’s Wife,” that is based on this story. IMO Michelle Theer should’ve gotten the death penalty. Nomatter who pulled the trigger on her murdered husband the man wouldn’t be dead if not for Michelle. I don’t pity her.

    Comment by shern — September 27, 2012 @ 7:32 am | Reply

  3. I am currently reading “The Officer’s Wife”. Michelle Theer through a wonderful life as an officer’s wife away for prison? If she was so bored with life when her husband was temporarily out of the area, Michelle as a PSYCHOLOGIST, could have volunteered her spare time. I can’t imagine she ever really helped people as a PSYCHOLOGIST; she’s a manipulative bitch! I hope she and John rot in prison and both are so bored they can’t stand their life!!!

    Comment by Samantha Johnson — October 3, 2012 @ 4:06 pm | Reply

  4. I HAD HOPED JOHN WAS NOT GUILTY. TO HELL WITH HER. SHE WASN’T EVEN PRETTY. WTH??

    Comment by JUANITA — July 24, 2014 @ 11:58 am | Reply

  5. I just read that John “ScumSucker” Diamond is suing the United States prison system because he they will not allow him to get porn letters. He said they were from his wife but she has nothing to do with him. His family has lied about her because she testified against him.

    BUT…..my real question is…on the TV they kept talking about how attractive this couple was and the actors portraying them WERE but then I look up the real thing and I am just not seeing it. Sad story because the man who got killed seemed like a good man who just wanted to have a job and create some security for his family. It doesn’t matter who pulled the trigger, they are both guilty and should never see the light of day.

    Comment by bubbabru — October 16, 2014 @ 7:11 am | Reply

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  8. Yea, The people who does these things are normally ugly , ugly on the ouside and ugly on the inside . Some people are just so evil. Smh

    Comment by Lillydrew — January 29, 2018 @ 1:32 am | Reply


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