Amy Bosley was the archetypal American dream wife...attractive, kind and funny, a devoted mother, a valued business partner to her husband, an untiring charity worker and community stalwart in the small town of Campbell, Kentucky.
But that dream became a nightmare at dawn on a May morning in 2005 when 38-year-old Amy rang police in floods of tears to report that an intruder had broken into their holiday cabin, fatally shot her husband, terrified their two young children and was still lurking somewhere in the house Patrol cars rushed to the remote luxury cabin deep in woodland in Campbell County — and found a scene of appalling violence.
Bob Bosley, a 41-year-old businessman, was lying dead on the bed in the master bedroom, his body torn by at least seven revolver bullets. The room and the rest of the cabin, had been ransacked - possessions and clothes strewn around the doors and windows broken.
Indeed, surveying the wreckage, one hardened detective muttered to a colleague:"This is overkill...No intruder would kill the guy like this and then destroy the place."
The Bosleys' two sons, Trevor, nine, and Morgan, six, asleep in a first-floor loft bedroom had not been harmed although they had been woken by the commotion and told to stay in their room by their mother.
Police searched the house and grounds, but no intruder was found. Amy Bosley in a state of shock, was taken to the house of friends.
"It was a very bloody scene," Detective Dave Fickensecher said later. "You could see bullet-holes everywhere. The once immaculate cabin was a shambles. Whatever had gone on was extremely violent."
Sniffer dogs were brought in but failed to find anything and helicopters searched the heavily-wooded area look anyone resembling Amy Bosley's description of "a white guy in his thirties, very tall and with a pointed very mean face." But no one was found.
Not surprisingly the case was headline news for in the town of Campbell, Bob and Amy Bosley were the nearest they had to royalty. They owned a million-dollar roofing business, had sports cars, horses, their own plane and a 50-ft motor-yacht. They also planned to build a castle-like mansion on their 35-acre estate.
It was on this land, mainly remote woods, that the Bosleys had built their weekend retreat, a luxury cabin, which was now the scene of the first murder in Campbell County for more than 15 years.
About the only piece of evidence detectives had was a transcript of the initial emergency call, made at 5am in which Amy Bosley said:"Someone is breaking into my house. What can I do? Help me, help me."
Then, before the dispatcher could reply, Amy cried: "Oh my God, he's shot my husband. He's shot Bob. I think he's still in the house." He wasn't. But that didn't mean he was not still in the Campbell area and mounting panic gripped the community. Locals fearing that a crazed killer was on the loose kept their children at home from school the following days.
Said a neighbour, Bobby Wahoff: "I can't believe what's happened. Bob was the nicest guy you could find. He would give you the shirt off his back if he had to."
The day after the murder, police chief Keith Hill told the media:" We believe that a white male suspect entered the Bosley cabin through the back door which was broken.
"The strange thing is that nothing appears to be missing and no gun or shell casings have been found. We have no motive at this time and no explanation as to why Bob Bosley was killed.
At the same press conference, Amy Bosley made a tearful statement in which she said:"We have every faith in the police department and the investigation to find this killer. We are helping the authorities in every way we can. "Unfortunately as of now all I can remember is that I woke up and was on the floor. I heard shots and I saw a man leave the house."
Soon afterwards police investigations began to reveal that the Bosley marriage had not been as idyllic as Amy claimed it to