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On the day of the murder-suicide, Scott Edgerton sat in his Chevrolet truck gripping a Kel-Tec 380 handgun while he scribbled on a notepad. Edgerton, 63 years old, had just discovered that his wife of 26 years, Sharon Bellingham, was cheating with her gray-haired and handsome colleague, Michael Wodchis.
So on that April morning, this affluent Boca Raton mental health counselor reflected while outside her accounting firm, CBIZ MHM, on Military Trail in Boca Raton. His never-before-disclosed notes bring sharp focus to one of South Florida's more unusual and high-profile murders in recent months.
Early in April, according to a police report, "Bellingham told... her husband [she was] having an affair and she was going to leave him." So at 6:45 the following morning, Edgerton called Wodchis' wife in Texas and asked her if she knew their spouses were sleeping together. Afterward, Edgerton started dialing Sharon, who was having breakfast with her lover at a Marriott in Fort Lauderdale.
"She stated that her husband was very irrational, that there were guns in the house," according to the police report.
Hours later, while sitting in the car before entering the accounting firm, Edgerton scribbled: "Adultress. Lying. I really do love you. Can you give him up? I don't want details. Photos — are you kidding me? This wasn't some one night stand. Holy shit. What am I doing?"
His thoughts shifted to her explanation. "I asked her if they've been in the same city since Las Vegas, and she told me it was texting only. I told her I can't forgive what I don't know. And she said she didn't think it would hurt me so badly. I said you weren't thinking about me. 'You're right,' she said. And that was a knife to my heart.
"We can't be the same," he continued. "Retribution — I can't have it."
But he would. When Bellingham arrived at her office that morning, she told a receptionist not to admit Edgerton. But after finishing his notes a few minutes later, he walked right past the receptionist "in a daze," according to police reports. He pushed into his wife's office and shot her twice in the chest. Then he shot himself in the head.