Woman Moved 4000 Miles To Marry A Double Murderer And Had A Baby Later On.
On 15th February 2021
Sigrid, 39, originally from France, has now moved to Florida to be closer to convict Alan Wade - who is serving out his sentence an hour away at Union Correctional Institution.
Alan Wade was convicted alongside Tiffany Ann Cole, Michael James Jackson and Bruce Kent Nixon on July 8 2005 for robbery, kidnapping and the first degree murders of a retired couple living in Jacksonville. The foursome had planned to rob Reggie and Carol Sumner just days before the crime, after Tiffany past on information about the pair that she had gathered while being their neighbor.
In preparation, the group found a place to dig a large hole and purchased materials including rubber gloves, duct tape and a large role of plastic. Wade and Nixon gained entrance to Reggie and Carol's home by asking to use their phone. They then tied up the victims and began searching for financial documents. Reggie and Carol were then walked to their Mazda car and driven to the large hole, where they were buried alive by Wade and Jackson.
The crime was discovered after the couple's daughter reported being unable to contact her parents. Investigators found evidence after tracking the group down in a South Carolina hotel and noted that $8,000 from the Sumners’ account had been made payable to Alan Wade. Since being convicted of his crimes, Alan has tried to motion for a mistrial citing 12 issues including that his trial counsel was ineffective during jury selection and argued against a number of testimonies given.
“When I started to realise I was having feelings for him and him for me, we both got scared. We took a step back and we tried to stop writing to each other and we were both miserable, and after six weeks he wrote back - his first words were I love you.”
“My family was not happy, they were really scared for me. They thought he was the worst person ever. When people learn about my relationship, most of the comments I have is that I don’t care about the victims. It’s hard to be in a relationship that is based on something that is so tragic." she added.
Wade was convicted in 2005 and sentenced to death. With the help of a friend, Sigrid has now set up a penpal site so that other people can write to people on death row.
“I like to respond ‘he is in prison, but I’m not."
"He makes me happy and I don’t get why it bothers people so much. While Sigrid is extremely happy in her relationship, she admits that being married to an inmate is extremely difficult as they can only speak on the phone once a month. When I go to visit, it’s always bittersweet,” she adds, “I’m really happy I (get to) spend six great hours (there) and we can touch, which is really important."
Alan proposed to Sigrid during one of her visits to Florida State Prison, a year after they began talking. Following the wedding, Sigrid sent out 80 announcement cards, but only received a handful of congratulations and even had friends delete her on Facebook.
“I understand that it’s really hard to understand” she says, “I would just like a few people to really understand me.
Speaking about their 2016 wedding, she said: 'He made a little speech, saying how much he loved me and how much I mattered to him, that he really wanted to spend the rest of his life with me.
Sigrid, who doesn't want to reveal how she got pregnant with him behind bars, said: “I started writing to death row inmates because I was against the death penalty.
“I think it’s important that we can sit and explain to my son how he was conceived before someone else does it for us.
“I will tell him that his dad is not who people are going to tell him he is. He is an amazing person who is really caring and sweet and that he loves him very very much. Speaking of being aware her son is now growing up without a dad she said: “Everybody who has a baby knows how much they grow in such a short amount of time. I try to send short videos, but it’s not the same.
She said: “We really truly believe that people are more than the worst action of their life. Being with Alan has changed everything in my life because I’ve really embraced who I am completely."
“I’m loved unconditionally by someone who I love the same way. This is something that I would have never wanted with anyone else.”