As the Seattle Timesreported on Saturday, ex-beauty queen Peggy Sue Thomas was sentenced to 4 years in prison for her role in the slaying of Russell Douglas.
And as implied in the Seattle Times piece, our own Rick Anderson wrote one hell of a profile of Thomas back in 2011, with a good chunk of background in the Times piece drawn from Anderson's feature.
That's not a criticism of the Times. We here at the Daily Weekly have been known to nip some copy off the backs of those writers (with proper attribution, of course). But it is to say that Anderson's piece is worth the read.
Here's a little teaser to whet your appetite.
After attending beauty school as a teen, doing a hitch in the Navy, coaching a girls' basketball team, and working in an auto-repair shop, she hired on as a Vegas limo driver and later helped run a horse ranch. Her Lexus bore the personalized plate FIRYRED, and she lived in a gated community in a Vegas suburb. She married and split with several husbands, one leaving her bankrupt, another--whose horse won the Kentucky Derby--making her a millionaire.
She endured tragedy out of the norm as well: Her father's wife was murdered, as was her stepbrother. Another sibling died young, while a stepsister took her own life.
But Thomas' most extraordinary moment came just a few weeks ago on another stage. On Halloween, now 46 and no longer pageant-svelte, she walked into a Whidbey Island courtroom, where a judge asked the formerly drop-dead-gorgeous beauty contestant if she'd helped murder a 32-year-old man named Russel Douglas, who had been shot once in the head while still strapped into his car's seat.