Anne Marie Fahey was 28 years old in 1994 when she met a lawyer named Thomas Capano. Capano, who was a partner at Saul Ewing LLP at the time, had a wife, Kay Capano, and four daughters. However, his married life was complicated by his affair with Fahey; by 1995, Capano left his wife and went public with his new relationship.
Capano was 45 when he met the 28-year-old Fahey, and he had already become well-known in Delaware’s state government as the legal counsel to Governor Mike Castle. Capano’s ties to the government of Delaware were so deep, in fact, that he met Fahey when she was working as a secretary for Governor Tom Carper.
Their relationship, which had raised eyebrows in the prominent circles Capano moved in, took a dark turn in the summer of 1996. On June 27 of that year, Fahey was last seen alive while on a dinner date with Capano in Philadelphia.
Fahey’s disappearance was officially reported by her family on June 30, and a huge law enforcement search swiftly followed. Despite the lack of physical evidence, law enforcement swiftly centered the investigation around Capano, since he was the last person to see his girlfriend alive. Sixteen months after her disappearance, Capano was arrested.
Investigators never found a murder weapon nor a body. Prosecutors during the ensuing trial were also unable to ever establish a cohesive picture of what happened to Fahey. Capano, for his own part, alleged that he never hurt Fahey and that she was accidentally shot by another mistress, Debby MacIntyre. The defense held that MacIntyre caught Capano and Fahey in an intimate situation and produced a weapon in a rage, and in the ensuing fight, Fahey was fatally wounded.
The prosecution alleged that Capano used one of his brother’s boats to dump Fahey’s remains into the Atlantic Ocean. The jury in the case found Capano guilty of first-degree murder. The former lawyer was sentenced to death by lethal injection, but his sentence was later altered to be life in prison without the opportunity for parole.
Capano was found dead in his cell on September 19, 2011, and the prison’s medical examiner determined he’d passed away from a heart attack. With his death, the bizarre case of Anne Marie Fahey returned to headlines, with many outlets noting the unusual lack of physical evidence in the case in spite of the conviction.
While the exact details of Fahey’s final day remain a mystery, investigators have not questioned the allegations that Thomas Capano murdered her. Tragically, her family will never have complete closure in the case.