"MONEY-GRUBBING" TRACY THE SHREW TRIED
TO SCORE BIG BUCKS FROM VICTIM CRIME
COMPENSATION BOARD IN BOERNE, TX. - WEALTHY
WIDOW OF COL PHIL SHUE FLEW INTO TANTRUM
WHEN DENIED PAY-OUT - RETIRED AIR FORCE
NURSE "ERUPTED" WHEN TOLD SHE INELIGIBLE
FOR MONEY RESERVED FOR FOLKS OF MODEST
MEANS - WE PROUD TO HAVE FORCED "TINY
TERROR" TO RETURN $12,000 SHE BLED FROM
DEAD HUBBY'S ELDERLY PARENTS - MILLIONAIRESS
RECENT "STAR" OF FAWNING "48 HOURS" TV SHOW
PORTRAYING ANGRY WOMAN AS "JOAN OF ARC"
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Now it can be told.
We have nailed down, with "double-confirmation," this part of the Tracy Shue saga you're about to read now. So, with the wealthy widow unable to deny the facts, here's yet another example of her "money-grubbing" ways that will prove, for some people, no amount of "moo-lah" is ever enough.
Those of you reading about this bizarre death case for the first time and unfamiliar with just who Tracy Shue is, go to the SEARCH THIS SITE button on our MilitaryCorruption.com home page (left hand side above LINKS list). Then type in: Tracy Shue.
You'll be in for many hours of fascinating reading, as you see the numerous articles written on various developments in this crime mystery.
Also, be sure to click on to the "related stories box" at end of this article, and all previous stories linked there as well. It's better than a paperback novel, only these stories are true, and the "soap opera" continues to this day, with no way of knowing if the real culprit(s) will get away with their evil deeds.
We say "crime," because literally "millions" of dollars in insurance money; accusations of "suicide" and "murder," and imperious and suspicious behavior on the part of the "Tiny Terror of Boerne, Tex." are mixed into one of the most baffling "who-done-it's" in many a year.
"METHINKS THE LADY DOTH PROTEST TOO MUCH" - SHAKESPEARE
Hold onto the seat of your pants. Here we go!
Let's say you were a doting wife, living in a "fairy-tale marriage" (the Shrew's own words), with your "soul-mate." Ah, wedded bliss! Isn't it wonderful? Why, one of the neighbors gushed to an MCC reporter that Tracy and Phil were "love-birds."
Now, suddenly and shockingly, on a hot, humid day in April, 2003, your darling husband ends up dead in a mysterious car crash. His body had been surgically mutilated and his wallet missing. The colonel's car was smashed up against a tree, the 54 year-old officer and Air Force psychologist suffering fatal head injuries.
If you are the worshipful wife described above, what would be one of your first stops after getting news of his demise? Church? A trip to Ohio to comfort your dead husband's aged parents?
Or the Kendall County Victim's Crime Compensation Board? Not likely. Most grieving widows wouldn't even be aware of such an agency. But Tracy Shue didn't waste time beating a path to their door. You see, they have MONEY to dispense. That is, if you are deserving and eligible to receive it.
A FAILURE TO "CASH IN" FOLLOWED BY A TEMPER TANTRUM
A matter of days after Col. Shue's death, there was Tracy, a sorrowful look on her face, wiping away a tear now and then, telling her story of woe to the lady in charge.
That woman, (now living out-of-state and not wanting to be the object of the Widow Shue's ire) will not be identified by name in this article. But what we are about to describe really happened, and a witness from across the hall confirmed it.
When Tracy was asked what her financial situation and annual income was, it soon became apparent that this retired lt. colonel nurse, receiving 55% of her officer's base pay, plus an 80% (tax-free) "disability" pension, living in a $350,000 house; driving a luxury automobile; and having considerable assets, wasn't eligible for the one-time pay-out to the poor spouse of murdered husbands, an amount of money that could reach as high as $50,000.
Those funds are earmarked for folks of modest means. Not for rich widows to add to their already hefty bank accounts.
We are told that the Shrew did not take the turn-down kindly. Such a "commotion" arose, and the Tiny Terror's anger was so loudly kindled, that a female working in an office across the hall worried for a moment whether she would have to call the police to have the irate, pint-sized woman removed.
Tracy, you know this happened, so you can hold your youthful and very well-paid attorney back on his leash. It will do you no good to deny the truth.
Some people might say we are nit-picking here. "Leave the woman, alone," they'd intone.
Well, we think that previously unreported incident of "money-grubbing" sheds light on the mind-set of Col. Shue's widow. Is she a sainted "victim," simply trying to "clear" her husband's name and having no interest in amassing huge amounts of money? Or is she, in actuality, a scheming, calculating, greedy, high-maintenance female, trying to "cash in" every way she can?
We don't know. That's up to a real police investigation to decide. Certainly the Keystone Kops farce that transpired at the Kendall County Sheriff's Office in 2003 didn't get the job done right.
"GRAB UP THE MONEY!" - UTILIZING THE TEXAS "SLAYER STATUTE"
Here's another example of "money-grubbing" that sets off our BS meter "big-time." Tracy Shue went to court, weeks after her husband's sudden death, utilizing an obscure, little-known law called the "Slayer Statue," trying to "grab up" the one million dollars in life insurance policies that Col. Phil Shue's first wife, Nancy Timpson, had on the Air Force colonel.
The way the law reads, (see our related stories box for previous articles on this), if it can be proven that the holder of the policies caused the death of the insured, the total pay-out in force would automatically go to Philip Shue's "nearest living relative." And that, dear readers, is Tracy the Shrew herself!
The wealthy widow failed in her effort to get those bucks, and strangely reached a confidential settlement with the first Mrs. Shue that resulted in Nancy getting all the disputed insurance money, plus interest.
Odd, isn't it, that a fiery woman like Tracy, who declared to one and all she would hunt down whoever "murdered" her husband, would be so sure of who was responsible, condemn the woman verbally and in print as being chief suspect, and then inexplicably let "her" off the hook.
GOING FOR THE BIG BUCKS - A FAILED LAWSUIT AGAINST
USAA INSURANCE COMPANY
But there was bigger fish to fry. By filing a lawsuit against the "deep-pockets" USAA insurance Company of San Antonio, Tex., Tracy Shue could have a shot at the really BIG money. We're talking multi-millions, here. No set amount was disclosed, but you can be sure that when she lost the case and her sister said, "We didn't want their filthy money, anyway," they might have been persuaded to haul a few million in money bags to the vault.
MilitaryCorruption.com has been covering this case from day one. Early on, we were duped by the smooth-talking widow, whom we felt was battling evil to try and find out who "killed" her husband. After all, there are many cases in the military of "suicide" being used by investigators to cover up the real cause of death.
It was more than a year after we took the case, that we were stunned to learn the Widow Shue had neglected to tell us she got nearly TWICE the amount of insurance money on dead Col. Shue that his first wife had collected.
We'd been led to believe the only cash that came in was the SGLI (Serviceman's Group Life Insurance) $250,000 at the time (which pays off "suicide" or not); a one-time death gratuity amount; a monthly tax-free indemnity compensation check (the colonel died while on active duty), etc. That was a considerable amount of money, but nearly TWO MILLION MORE DOLLARS? That's the real jackpot
"AN INCENTIVE TO COMMIT MURDER" - TRACY SHUE
The old rule for all investigative reporters is "follow the money trail."
Tracy said something to us in 2004, when we were still unaware of her true financial condition. "Do you know my husband's ex-wife (Nancy) has a one million dollar insurance policy on Philip's life? Why THAT"S AN INCENTIVE TO COMMIT MURDER."
You don't say. Then what is twice that?
TAKING MONEY FROM HUSBAND'S ELDERLY PARENTS
Another disgraceful example of "money-grubbing" occurred when we discovered Tracy had bled $12,000 from her late husband's elderly parents, whining she needed the money to "pay the lawyers." The implication was clear. If she couldn't "afford" to hire them, it may never be known what happened to their son. Despite being retired and living on a small pension, the loving parents scraped together the cash and sent it in three separate checks to Texas.
Here is the text of a note then 90 year-old Bruce Shue sent his daughter-in-law:
When we sent you several checks, totaling $12,000, we did it in good faith, under the impression you were in need. You will recall, you had complained to us about your legal fees. We have learned since that time, you've collected nearly $2 million in insurance money from our son's death and did not really require the financial sacrifice we made for you.
My wife and I are 90 years old. We live modestly on a fixed-income and think it would be the decent thing to do if you would return the money.
At the Memorial Service at Arlington, you promised to send a copy of the video of the service in a few weeks. It has now been 3 1/2 months since the service. Please let us know how we might obtain a copy. Philip's memory is very important to us.
MILITARYCORRUPTION.COM SHAMES WIDOW SHUE INTO RETURNING $12,000
The Shrew did return the loot, sending back the $12,000, undoubtedly at the suggestion of her hot-shot attorney, who knew having questions about such a crass act thrown at Tracy during the upcoming USAA trial would not result in good public relations.
Tracy later described the amount (caught on tape) as "chump change." The wealthy widow really wouldn't miss the cash. She had plenty more.
Mr. Shue has thanked us "from the bottom of my heart" for our helping publicize Tracy's methods and getting he and his wife back their money. We have done many things to be proud of in the nearly ten years MilitaryCorruption.com has been online, but that one thing, is among the most satisfying of all.
MONEY JUST DROPS OUT OF THE SKY, IF YOU'RE TRACY SHUE
Talk about being lucky! Here is a quote from MILITARY OFFICER magazine's February 2006 issue:
"ACTIVE-DUTY DEATH BENEFITS: The military death gratuity is increased to $100,000 for all deaths in the line of duty (not just the combat-related deaths covered in current law), including ALL DEATHS SINCE OCT. 7, 2001 . . . "
[Col. Philip Shue died while on active duty, traveling to his military base, on April 16, 2003.]
" . . . In addition, survivors of all members who died in the line of duty (rather than just combat deaths) since Oct. 7, 2001, will be eligible for the recent $150,000 increase in the maximum Service members' Group Life Insurance (SGLI)."
[The top amount was $250,000 in 2003. The new total is $400,000.]
Now, we were never good at math, but we think if you add the numbers correctly, the wealthy widow gets another $87,500 over the original (2003) death gratuity she received, and $150,000 over the original $250,000 in military life insurance. The combined increases come to something like $237,500.
Woo! Hoo! Congratulations, Tracy. If it's indeed a fact you got all that money. Many people will work a lifetime and not amass that amount of cash. You are SOOOOO fortunate.
Just as we were finishing up this story on deadline, we learned that a key development in the case may have Tracy walking the halls at night.
It seems an investigative reporter and author in Texas who also has a law degree and is a very smart individual, has just turned up some information in the case that could make headlines coast-to-coast.
We wish him well, and can commiserate over his latest message from the Widow Shue's lawyer that he is not to have "contact" with Tracy Shue in the future. We guess that doesn't apply to her frenzied three-hour phone calls since then to his home. Anyway, perhaps there is "light at the end of the tunnel" after all. And it's a locomotive, coming right at the person who thought they were in the clear.
Watch this space for further developments as they happen.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Despite Tracy's slander - "serial-killer, predator, bottom-feeder" etc.- and vicious attacks on the character of our editor-in-chief, in the spirit of fairness and objectivity, we wish to offer the "Tiny Terror" equal time and equal space on this web site if she thinks we have printed falsehoods or misrepresented her positions. All we have ever sought to do in this case from the start was find out the truth. Let the chips fall where they may.]