Monday, February 14, 2011
Dateline Sunday: Freddie and Sherry Chason
at 11:02 AM
Freddie and Sherry Chason were happily married couple by the accounts of all those who knew them. They were married for more than twenty years, and Freddie was known to call his wife "Ms. Sherry." His friends said they never heard him raise his voice to her...so what happened in 2008 was a big mystery. Sherry was a nurse and worked 12 hour shifts in a Tennessee hospital. Because Freddie snored, they slept in separate bedrooms.
Sherry Chason tells Dateline NBC Sunday night that she last saw her husband watching TV on Thursday night before she retired to bed. She said she clearly remembered him eating onion dip and drinking a soda as she said goodnight and retired to bed. On Friday morning, Sherry says she hollered to Freddie as she was "fixing to go out the door". I hollered and said, "I'm gone, Freddie. He didn't answer, I heard Freddie snoring, but I heard the alarm turn on right before I went out the door."
Read moreI immediately find it odd that she is talking to Freddie without knowing if he is awake or not. What kind of relationship did these two have?
Sherry worked a 12 hour shift Friday, and Freddie was again in his own room according to Sherry, and she said when she came in at 8 PM, "Freddie was asleep... to my knowledge." Kate Snow asked, "Did you go in and say hello." Sherry says he was snoring and "I didn't go wake him up or anything."
"To my knowledge?" Notice the pause? Why didn't she tell us the first time, "When I came home, I heard him snoring." Snoring appears as an afterthought, doesn't it? It's notable.
You would think Freddie would be up at 8 PM, wouldn't you? He wasn't sick or dying, and he was only 52 years old, so why was he in bed all the time? It oddly doesn't seem to phase Sherry. From what I gathered on Dateline NBC, Freddie even owned a business, so how come it was so normal for him to be sleeping all the time? This flags me.
On Saturday morning, Freddie hadn't gotten up and she says, "... he had not gotten up and I didn't hear an alarm or anything.... which seemed a little unusual to me. I was going across the dining room to his bedroom, and I hollered, 'Hey Freddie, I thought you were going to get up' and when I rounded the corner into the room, that's when I found Freddie, and I called 911.
Yet to 911, Sherry says, "Yes ma'am...I just went in to check on my husband because he sounded funny, and he's all swoll up and he's got something coming out of his mouth and...I don't know what's wrong with him, but he's got something wrong." Dateline cuts the call and then you hear Sherry in a totally different demeanor say, "Can you hear that--that's him breathing!"
She is a nurse, mind you, and she wants the 911 dispatcher to hear how he is breathing? I find this very odd. I also find her change in demeanor striking.
When Kate Snow says, "You're a nurse (Sherry laughs and says "Yeah, "), when you saw that, what went through your head?" I thought he had a stroke, maybe or something because of his high blood pressure. I didn't really know."
I would think it is not common for something to come out of your mouth if you had a stroke, and a nurse would know that...
Yet in the 911 call Sherry continues, "I come out of the bathroom and I ran in there and I was going, 'What's wrong with you?'" It's a completely different story than what she told 911.
In Sherry's account to Dateline, she said she didn't hear the alarm go off, and she was "going across the dining room" when she hollered at Freddie, "I thought you were going to get up." She doesn't talk about hearing anything "funny". Yet in the 911 call, Sherry says she came out of the bathroom and ran in there going 'what's wrong with you'? because Freddie sounded "funny."
These are two very different accounts, and strongly suggests she doesn't have a true memory that morning or she wouldn't give us to very different stories. This is very telling to me.
It was later discovered through toxicology reports that Freddie died from taking a diabetes drug that put him into a coma, and he wasn't known to have diabetes. He was on life support and it didn't take but a couple of days before Sherry wanted it removed.
Sherry said, "I was afraid he was going to die...and I was afraid he was going to live........and be a vegetable." Notice the pause in her speech? And how the thoughts trail after that? If you are afraid someone is going to be a vegetable, you can take time to make the right decision, can't you? This statement bothers me.
Sherry says, "Anybody would know there was something really badly wrong, but I didn't ever suspect what was really wrong come to find out." This is a very odd statement.
I do not believe Sherry Chason's story. She seems to have no care in the world to figure out what happened to Freddie, either. If he ingested these diabetes drugs that were found in his system, was it her error? Did she ever bring that drug to her house from her mom's house (as we know that is the drug her mom took)? Could she have messed up his drugs as she was the one who dispensed them?
Most people would be devastated and would have recounted their steps 1000 times. They would have questioned if they did something by accident, but not Sherry. Yet we know she had access to this drug because her mom took it for her diabetes. And if she didn't do it, what on earth happened? You would think Sherry would want to know, but we don't see that side of Sherry. If she didn't do it, and he didn't have access to the drug, she should wonder if someone ELSE tried to murder him, but she doesn't care about that, either, apparently. She seems quite content accepting that she doesn't know what happened. Most wives wouldn't rest until they figured out what went wrong.
Sherry also is missing anger. If you are accusing me of killing my loved one, I am going to be angry and upset that you think I violated someone I loved, but we don't see any of that either. Nothing from where I sit makes sense.
Something is very fishy, if you ask me! A jury, however, did not convict Sherry Chason. She is a free woman still trying to clear her name...