Born in 1962 in Knoxville, Tennessee, Lisa Whedbee was the sort of high school girl many of her peers wished they could be: a pretty, blonde cheerleader with a stream of male admirers. She met and began dating Rob Whedbee a former football team captain, a stereotypical perfect match. They wed and Rob went to work in the insurance business. Lisa went to work alongside him as a clerk. It didn’t take long for Rob to make his fortune and the two became quite wealthy. Ironically they moved into a pretty suburb called Camelot.
In 1986, Lisa gave birth to a beautiful, blue-eyed boy named Justin. In 1990, the couple had a little girl, Britney, who was born with Down Syndrome. It seemed as though Lisa was never the same person again. Britney had a heart defect and over the following three years underwent several surgeries. Despite her mother’s detachment, she was Rob’s little princess. Lisa was unable to cope with her daughter’s mental condition and the ongoing surgeries. Her unhappiness overshadowed the marriage which was soon troubled. Lisa spent time away from home, and became more active in her church. She usually brought the children but Rob seldom attended.
In time, Lisa joined the choir and met Michael Frazier, the church organist and a reporter. Michael saw a good story in Lisa’s struggle to cope with a special needs child and he wrote about Lisa’s challenges in raising Britney, although in reality she had little to do with her child. Lisa’s excessive time at choir practice began to trouble Rob. On 8 June 1994, Justin spent the night at his grandparents and Britney was asleep when her father returned from work. That night, Lisa and Rob started a peaceful evening, Lisa surprising Rob by making love with him. Before 2 a.m., Rob awoke and realized Lisa wasn’t beside him, but he was aware that someone else in the room with him. A man holding a butcher knife attempted to cut Rob’s throat. The intruder cut Rob’s arm and hand, but Rob managed to break free. Lisa appeared in the door with a baseball bat and Rob implored Lisa to hit the intruder. Lisa ignored Rob’s pleas and strangely, the attacker yelled at Lisa that she “had to do it, and do it now.”
Rob overpowered his attacker, ran from the room with Lisa’s bat and ran into the garage. The attacker appeared before him and Rob recognized him as the director of Lisa’s church choir. Suddently, Frazier turned and ran back into the house, locking the door. Covered in blood, Rob went outside the house and began to beat the gutters with a bat. Mercifully, a neighbour called the police but Fraser had disappeared. Lisa remained in the house, appearing as shocked by Rob about the attack. Rob denied this and told the sheriff’s deputies his beliefs. She was promptly brought to the police station. Police officers tracked down Fraser and charged him with attempted murder.
Under interrogation, Frazier confessed to his affair with Lisa Whedbee, and to his role as the attacker against Rob Whedbee. Lisa was formally charged with attempt murder and. She faced a possible 30 years in prison. Rob sued for divorce from Lisa. Frazier took the stand first. Lisa didn’t appear and she refused to testify. Rob Whedbee offered his testimony on 14 August 1994.
On 15 December 1994, Fraser gave his testimony, claiming that Lisa manipulated him by presenting Rob as an abusive husband, who threatened to kill Lisa and her best friend. The prosecution pointed out that Lisa had never told anyone about Rob Whedbee except Frazier. Frazier was found guilty of attempted manslaughter, punishable by a maximum of only 4 years in prison. Manslaughter suggests there was no intent even though clearly, Frazier’s actions implied there was significant intent. Lisa accepted a plea deal in which she didn’t admit guilt, and she received less than a year in prison, followed by 3 years’ probation. Lisa has since remarried and made a new life in another state without her children.