Army Spc. Anthony Riggs Fatally Shot Outside Michigan Home; Wife Toni Cato Riggs Guilty of Murder, Sentenced to Life, No Parole (March 18, 1991)

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Spc. Anthony Riggs, U.S. Army (photo: Investigation Discovery)

‘Love, Blood, and War’ (S3,E4) features the military murder case of Army Spc. Anthony Riggs who was gunned down in front of his Detroit, Michigan home on March 18, 1991. Spc. Riggs was packing up his family to move to Fort Bliss, Texas when he was murdered therefore his death on active duty status included a hefty life insurance policy. Since the name of the show is in and of itself a “spoiler alert,” it should be no surprise that wife Toni Cato Riggs conspired to have her husband murdered. Although she would pretend to be the grieving widow initially, her greed and evil caught up with her in the end. Check out the show and learn more about the modus operandi of female killers. Given the make up of the military (85% male & 15% female) and the fact they are targets because of their guaranteed salary and benefits, we tend to see higher rates of female crime in this population. Research has revealed the Servicemen’s Group Life Insurance is a common motive for murder. [Happily Never After, Investigation Discovery]

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Toni Cato Riggs (photo: My Life of Crime)

Investigation Discovery:

Sparks fly when Toni Cato meets Army soldier, Anthony Riggs. But soon after wedding bells chime a – shadowy gunman shatters their future with five bullets to the head. Police are left with a twisted tale of family betrayal, greed, and deception. -Love, Blood and War, Happily Never After (S3,E4)

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Love, Blood and War | Happily Never After | Investigation Discovery (website)
Love, Blood and War | Happily Never After | Investigation Discovery (Amazon)
Deadly Duo: Toni Cato Riggs had her husband, Army Spc. Anthony Riggs, killed by her brother, Michael Cato; sentenced to LWOP

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