Violent husband killed his wife

December 03, 2001 11:00 pm
In Her Shoes included this display at the Baker County Courthouse remembering Glenda McDermott-Roe.  (Baker City Herald photograph by S. John Collins).
In Her Shoes included this display at the Baker County Courthouse remembering Glenda McDermott-Roe. (Baker City Herald photograph by S. John Collins).

By CHRIS COLLINS

Of the Baker City Herald

On display at the Baker County Courthouse are the shoes of Glenda McDermott-Roe.

She is pictured as a fresh-faced 18-year-old on the day she was married to her first husband.

The photograph is placed on a red silhouette that serves as a silent witness to her life and death as a domestic violence victim. She was killed by another husband just two months after their marriage.

According to the exhibit, Glenda was the kind of woman who would give a kid the shoes off her feet.

She gave the shoes on display to her 7-year-old stepson after his father threw the childs shoes into a campfire in a fit of anger. Later, she was beaten to death by the same man, leaving the boy to worry about how he would ever return her shoes.

Thirty-one-year-old Glenda McDermott-Roe, who was born on May 13, 1968, died on June 12, 1999, at the hands of her husband, Scott. Her story is told in the exhibit, which was on loan from Malheur County along with the In Her Shoes domestic violence training program presented in Baker City last week.

Glenda was Scotts fourth wife. He killed her in a forest camp west of Unity where the two had been living during the summer of 1999.

Although Scott knew he became violent when he drank or used drugs, he had been drinking heavily that day, according to information compiled for the exhibit. The two began arguing and as the argument accelerated, Scott began hitting and choking his wife. The next day she was dead.

Scott pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and was sentenced in Baker County Circuit Court to 10 years in prison. During the sentencing, Glendas mother, Caroline Corning of Richland, urged Scott to get help for his anger as well as his drug and alcohol problems.

If not, years from now another mother will get a call like I did, tearing her heart apart, she said.

Scotts two sons, ages 7 and 9, visited the campsite the day before Glenda died, according to the exhibit.

McDermott-Roes former mother-in-law tells of how Scott threw the 7-year-olds shoes in the fire during a temper tantrum. The boy had no other shoes, so Glenda gave him hers.

Glenda took her shoes off and told him that he could return them when they came again, the boys grandmother said. I dont know what she wore. I do know that my grandsons really loved Glennie, a name they called her.

The boys grandmother wrote this tribute to Glenda McDermott-Roe, which is included in the exhibit:

Glendas shoes serve as a reminder of her heartfelt mothering of my grandsons. For this I will be eternally thankful to her for protecting them.

A dark blue ribbon on the display case housing the shoes carries this message: Justice For All Even The Victim.