For the better part of two decades, I've been fascinated with the wave of true crime shows, such as 48 Hours and Dateline, among others. Two of my favorites are Snapped and Deadly Women, mainly because they center around female murderers. Headline News airs another series, Forensic Files, on a daily multi-hour loop, and Peacock happens to have all of the classic episodes. The show tells some twisted true crime tales, and some of them include some unhinged and fiendish villainesses. One episode I ran into very recently centered around one such murderess: Amy Bosley.
Amy Bosley was born as Amy Pape in 1967, and was raised in Alexandria, Kentucky; the only child of a working class family. Similar to a vast percentage of this country's population, Ms. Pape longed for a better life, though her road began with her work as a waitress at a diner when she was only 17, and later took business administration classes at her community college. It was during her time as a waitress that she met 23-year-old Robert Bosley, who was running his own chimney sweeping business, and sparks flew between them.
After four years of dating, Robert and Amy became husband and wife in 1990, the same year that Amy became a bookkeeper and office manager in her new husband's business. The business thrived with the Bosleys working together, and so did their family, as the couple welcomed a daughter, Morgan, in 1996, and a son, Trevor, three years later in 1999. Things continued to improve over the years, but they started to go south at some point in 2005.
During that year, Robert's company was being investigated by the IRS. Why? Turns out that they owed the government $1.7 million! How? Well, at some point, Amy began dipping into the proverbial till. She had embezzled that exact amount over a period of time, using the money to fund her lavish lifetime (most likely). In April of 2005, Amy was visited by the IRS and subpoenaed office records--they were never sent. On May 16, IRS agents called Amy and demanded to speak directly to Robert. And they did...sort of. What they heard as Robert was actually Amy attempting to imitate her husband, with immense emphasis on "attempting." Amy was said to have sounded like Kermit the Frog during her terrible imitation, and having had enough shenanigans, a direct meeting with the couple was set for the following day.
Now Amy was in trouble. Her greedy heel turn was about to be unveiled right in front of Robert, if he hadn't suspected already. After all, Amy was the only one who had access to the company's finances and their records, and all calls to Robert were forwarded right to her. Amy feared that she would be divorced with absolutely nothing if Robert found out, so that left the villainess with an even more diabolical choice: murder. After the kids were put to bed, Amy waited until Robert was fast asleep in the very early hours of May 17, 2005, and once he was, the villainess took her husband's 9mm pistol and entered the bedroom, where she shot Robert to death--firing six shots.
Afterwards, the evil Amy acted fast to cover her tracks. First, she placed the shells in--of all things--a washing machine, then she ransacked the house to make it seem like an intruder had broken into the house, which also included the backdoor window. Finally, Amy had to act the part of a victim who survived the attack; tearing her shirt and cutting herself before making her distress call. After the police were informed, Amy gave a description of the "intruder": a 5'6" White male. Overall, Amy thought her problems were over, but there was one thing: police stopped buying her story within days. It only took ten days to figure our that Amy was lying through her teeth, and there was still evidence left of her role, as (according to that episode of Forensic Files) she didn't get all of the shells.
Amy was arrested and officially charged with her husband's murder, and the trial lasted a year until Amy took a plea deal. She pled guilty to killing her husband and accepted a 20-year prison sentence, with the conviction coming on November 2, 2006. She became eligible for parole in 2022, and on May 18 of that year, Amy Bosley was released. She was quite the fascinating villainess; she longed for a good life, married a young business owner, thrived in their business...and tore it down with her greed. Even worse, Amy resorted to the craziest of lengths to make sure her villainous secret would remain hidden, and when she had no way out, she became even more villainous and decided to eliminate the very person who couldn't know the truth. I truly hope Lifetime makes a thriller based on Amy Bosley, or does a true crime film about her. I could see Tara Spencer-Nairn playing Amy; she's done the fictional villainess thing before in Evil Stepmom.
There is, of course, one lingering thing in this whole crazy tale: the money. Where, oh where is that $1.7 million that Amy had stolen from her husband's business? Unfortunately, there's only one person who knows the answer to that...and she's been out of prison for less than a year, and to borrow a line from Sanford and Son, "She's sitting on top of a gold mine." Wow.
About the Creator
Born on March 18, 1985. I am an avid fan of sports and wrestling, and I've been a fan of female villains since the age of eight. Also love movies--especially comedy and horror--and among my favorite TV shows are The Simpsons and Family Guy