Cops: NC Man Killed Wife After She Admitted Affair

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina man who police say didn't report his wife missing for four days after she disappeared has now been charged with first-degree murder.

Multiple media outlets report 40-year-old Winfred Scott Simpson is being held in a Greensboro jail without bail.

Authorities say Simpson reported his 42-year-old wife Retha missing Tuesday, saying he hadn't seen her since she admitted she had an affair four days before.

Investigators found what they think is Retha Simpson's body Wednesday. It was dismembered and burned and placed in trash bags on a Guilford County road.

Police say they found Winfred Simpson shampooing the rugs at the couple's home when they came to question him Wednesday.

It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.


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  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Mar 29, 2010 at 01:39 PM
    What she did was bad, but what he did was worse. He needs to get a stiff sentence for what he did. I'm sure he was angry at her. For something like that, he should have took the thing to divorce court. He was not too smart. Even that, he could possibly have made up the fact that she had an affair with someone. There is so much behind closed doors just like most situations like this are.
  • by Still Hurting on Mar 29, 2010 at 11:15 AM
    Pirate Lady: I am so glad to know that there are people like us who still support the VICTIM. And you are exactly right, all we know is what the killer said. There hasn't been any proof revealed that I know of! This poor woman was traumatized to death. My condolences to the family. May God bless you all !
  • by SassyMom Location: ENC on Mar 29, 2010 at 09:05 AM
    Cheating is wrong, plain and simple. But it doesn't have to be your sin too. Let the cheater be judged on judgement day and get on with your life. Now, this guy will be right along side of his cheating wife because he too broke God's law. Boy, he really showed her didn't he?? He could have made a bigger impact had he moved on, used it as a learning experience, got himself someone who would be faithful, and really showed that cheating wife that he could do better. Now, he'll rot away in a jail cell. What a waste!
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Mar 29, 2010 at 07:13 AM
    Okay, people. First of all, do we really know she had an affair? All we know is what the killer has said. Until her lover steps forward or someone who witnessed it or knew of it, we don't know the whole story. Likewise, who's to say that this man wasn't abusive towards her and maybe that's why she sought someone else before leaving her husband? Point is, we don't know the facts, so stop condemning this woman, the VICTIM. She did not deserve to be chopped up and placed into bags like trash! This man is sick and evil! But he'll probably plead "crime of passion" and get 20 years or less because of it.
  • by Norma Stitz Location: Greenville on Mar 29, 2010 at 06:09 AM
    To C: Sad thing is even after her infidelity and if he'd taken her to divorce court, he probably would have been screwed there too since the our judicial system favors women anyway. Nothing worse than her having her new man and half your things to start the new life. But she certainly didn't deserve what happened to her!
  • by Still Hurting on Mar 29, 2010 at 05:34 AM
    Some of you people are so disgusting!!! My mother was murdered because some insecure woman accused her and started a rumor that was NOT TRUE causing her husband of 25 years to murder her. Before you pass judgement on this woman, how about you think about her family (children, parents, siblings) that have been left behind to suffer the loss without ever knowing the real reason the loved one has been taken from them! You honestly think they want to read that "she didn't deserve much better."" She could have been an innocent victim and it could have been a rumor or just the story her husband made up to cover a rage of domestic violence!! Have a little compassion people!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2010 at 05:17 AM
    Just ask for forgiveness and you will be saved.
  • by Renee Location: Winton on Mar 29, 2010 at 04:35 AM
    Nobody deserves to be dismembered and burned. The old testament also states Thou shalt not murder. God is the judge of all sins. Cheating on someone is wrong, but for someone to kill you over it is against the laws of mankind. How awful for the families involved.
  • by Hmmmm Location: NC on Mar 28, 2010 at 09:15 PM
    Don't think she deserved to die. But, read the old testament of the bible and get back with me. She didn't deserve much better. IMO.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 28, 2010 at 04:00 PM
    This makes me think of the saying in the bible, 'the wages of sin is death'. Ya know, that is probably the most painful thing you could do to another person. This is not a surprising response to me. Hate to say it but you better think before you make an immoral decision like that and what the consequences will be for your 'feel good' problem you are experiencing. What you may feel later might not be so good...Its not worth it folks.
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