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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Cheryl with four husbands, two suicides, one heart

1st pict. BIZARRE: Sonny Graham got the heart and wife, Cheryl, of transplant donor Terry Cottle. Both men shot themselves in the head.
2nd pict. In this photo provided by Michelle Graham Crozier and taken by Kevin Crozier, Sonny Graham, center, is seen with his daughter Michelle Graham Crozier and his son Gray Graham outside the restaurant, The Steeple Chase, in Vidalia, Georgia on August 12, 2006
3rd pict. Heart transplant recipient Sonny Graham, left, and his wife, Cheryl, pray during a moment of silence in this Dec. 1, 2006
There’s something about Cheryl with four husbands, two suicides, one heart.

RALEIGH (North Carolina) — One morning in south-east Georgia,69-year-old Mr Sonny Graham picked up the shotgun and pulled the trigger on himself.

Almost exactly 13 years before this, Mr Terry Cottle suicide
had given Mr Graham whose heart muscle was damaged a second chance at life with the former heart.

But the two men were to share more than just an organ. Nearly a decade after the transplant,Mr Graham married Mr Cottle’s young widow, Ms Cheryl Sweat.


Mr Terry Cottle in 1988 was married and living with his wife and their two young daughters in South Carolina before falling in love with Cheryl — a petite beauty with auburn hair and hazel eyes,his boss's daughter. Cheryl, who had recently had her three-year marriage annulled on grounds that her husband was married to someone else got married to Terry Cottle in May 1989, nine days later after he divorced his wife.(Divorce granted)
Picture-FIRST TRAGEDY: Cheryl, with suicidal first hubby Terry Cottle.

After a huge argument on March 15, 1995 where Cheryl told Mr Cottle that she couldn’t stay married to a man who made less money than she did as a nurse, Mr Cottle went to the bathroom and shot himself.Four days later, Cheryl, now a 30-year-old widow, agreed to take him off life support and donate his organs The donor heart went to Mr Remus T “Sonny” Graham who had been waiting more than a year for — Mr Cottle’s.





Graham later confess in a letter he fell in love with Cheryl the first time they met for dinner at a restaurant in January 1997 with Elaine, his wife of 38 years.

The feeling was apparently not mutual — at least, not at first. That April, Cheryl married husband No 3, Mr George Watkins. But by October 2001, Cheryl and Graham had separated from their respective spouses, and had moved in together.

However,in May 2002, Cheryl left. She got married to Husband No 4, Mr John B Johnson, Jr.The union was short-lived following a divorce in August 2004. Then, Cheryl and Graham got married on Dec 8, 2004.

Mr Johnson, husband No 4, says: “One day she hates you and one day she loves you and the next day she hates you. I guess I am lucky to be alive.” Also added thatanyone who gets involved with his ex-wife is in for an emotional roller coaster ride.

In March 2008 Mr Graham’s loaned heart would stop beating for good.Apparently, Mr Graham had run up large debts trying, as he once put it, “to keep Cheryl in the style she wants to live” Those who know her say she did not act like a grieving widow.Shortly after Mr Graham’s death, she posted a man’s photo identifying him as her “new boyfriend” in her MySpace account. A flirtatious message on the man’s webpage, from her account, was dated March 26 — six days before Mr Graham’s death.The man confirmed to The Associated Press that agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation had interviewed him. He told them he no longer sees Cheryl.

The Toombs County coroner ruled Mr Graham’s death a suicide; the Georgia Bureau of Investigation still has not closed the case. Interviews by investigators on all three of Ms Cheryl Graham’s surviving exes reveals that Johnson wasn't the only one with a gun story to tell. During a 2005 dispute over custody of their grandchildren, first husband Mr Isaac “Bo” Carter had said that Cheryl threatened to “blow my brains out with her .38 pistol ...” A protective order was granted.
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2ND HEART & EERIE SECOND LIVES
2 men, 2 suicides, 1 heart and 1 widow

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