Former Marine Arrested, Suspected Of Killing Man He Believed Was Messing With His Wife

Posted on September 29, 2012


New York (The Gaslamp Post) – Police have apprehended a man suspected of killing a school superintendent last week in far west New York state.  Authorities say Anthony Robert Taglianetti II, 42, and father of 4, drove from his home in Virginia to Clymer, New York, in order to kill Keith L. Reed Jr., 51, whom he believed was having an affair with his wife.

Taglianetti (pictured left), a former Marine, was pulled over after U.S. Marshals who had been searching for him spotted his car.  He was reportedly boxed-in by officers and taken into custody without incident.

Inside Taglianetti’s vehicle officers found a handgun they believe was used in the murder of Reed, as well as printout emails described as “intimate”, exchanged between Reed and his wife, Mary Jenks Taglianetti.  His car was also reported to have been loaded with camping and survival gear.

Taglianetti is said to have made the over 6 hour drive to Chautauqua County, in order to kill Reed, a small school district superintendent, on September 21, 2012.  Reed’s body was found 3 days later by a K-9 unit in a grassy field behind his home.

Mary Jenks and Anthony Robert Taglianetti. Image – The Buffalo News

It is believed that Reed met Mrs. Taglianetti online, during a period of separation from her husband.

Mary Jenks Taglianetti reportedly named her husband as the suspected murderer to police.  She was then placed under police protection while the U.S. Marshals Office Fugitive Task Force hunted for Anthony Taglianetti.

A co-worker told police that Taglianetti showed up to work this past Tuesday, “disheveled looking”.  He reportedly quit his job as a historian with the United States Marine Corp’s History Division in Quantico, Virginia, stating that he took another position elsewhere.

It was later discovered that he had been camping in Shenandoah Valley National Park in Virginia, staying in the woods in order to elude detection.  He was spotted and taken into custody near the national park this past Friday.

Taglianetti is charged with second-degree murder.

Moral of the story:  Separated or not, it’s never a good idea to mess around with someone elses wife.