The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


September 27, 2013

General Sadler and the Black Widow - part 2



The Sadler family launched a new 9-million dollar civil lawsuit against her -- a “wrongful death” case not unlike the Goldmans’ civil action against O.J. Simpson. This time, the family prevailed -- recovering $450,000 in life insurance, plus a binder that any profits from books or movies must be given to charity. Best of all, in the family’s eyes, Mary Faye Craft Sadler at last had relinquished her right to be buried with Robert at Arlington National Cemetery.


Mary Faye Craft Sadler, though indicted for 1st Degree murder, was acquitted in criminal court. Looking back, David Sadler admits, that might have been a tactical error. Were lesser charges leveled, she may have been convicted and gone to prison. The evidence, though strong, did not convince jurors beyond the shadow of doubt required.


But it was testimony from Mary Faye’s own son that destroyed her defense -- a fitting condemnation for this mysterious woman with too many husbands and too few scruples. Why is it that some people choose fraud/ manipulation/ and violence in preference to honesty/ negotiation/ and love? We may never know the answer to that or, indeed, why lovable Major General Robert Sadler (who many Clinton senior citizens went to high school with) was fated to meet with such a treacherous and untimely end.


Elizabeth Luttig, Attorney for the Commonwealth of Virginia summed up Mary Faye’s life as one showing a calculating and criminal mind. And, an independent Air Force investigator described her as a classic narcissist and sociopath. Yet, for all her skill and cunning, she proved no match for the Sadler family’s bulldog tenacity in vindicating their brother’s and father’s good name.


Epilogue: Family members plan to request more information on Mary Faye Craft Sadler (through the Freedom of Information Act) after her death. They’ve been told by some sources that said materials may make this incident, horrible as it was, clearer to them. To date, Mary Faye lives in Florida... where she still draws a military widow’s pension.

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