The Wife Who Killed Her Abusive, Police-Sergeant Husband

Aired on 05/14/2009 | CC tv-pg
In 2009, Barbara Sheehan's life was hanging in the balance as she awaited trial for the murder of her husband, Raymond, in what she describes as an act of self-defense. While out of jail on a $1 million bond, Barbara appeared on the Oprah Show alongside her daughter, Jennifer, to detail the 16 years of physical, emotional and psychological abuse she endured at Raymond's hands. Barbara says she never filed a police report against her husband for one reason: Raymond was a police sergeant, and he reminded her of that all the time. Here, she describes the moment when she knew she had to shoot Raymond to save her own life—and why she shot him not once, but 11 times.