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July 13th, 2008 01:11 AM
HardhatHal Trial expected to expose marriage's sordid details


March 22, 2002

Sandy Cain

After meeting the man of her dreams on the Internet in the late 1990s, Sandy Cain abandoned her husband and a well-established life in New York for a new marriage in Las Vegas.

Authorities say that decision catapulted Cain, 47, into a world of sexual domination, tattoos, bankruptcy and, ultimately, murder.

These and other sordid details are expected to be heard in District Court next month, when Cain goes on trial on a murder charge in connection with the October slaying of her chat room-roaming lover, Frank Cain.

And, according to Thursday court proceedings in the case, Clark County prosecutors have a 911 audiotape of the slaying at the couple's apartment near Buffalo and Westcliff drives.

"I think she realized she had made the worst decision of her life," Clark County Chief Deputy District Attorney Frank Coumou said about a possible motive for the slaying.

But Sandy Cain's defense attorney, Jordan Savage, said Thursday that Frank Cain was shot in an act of self-defense.

"The evidence in the case will clearly show he threatened her on the day of the incident, and that he was reaching for a firearm," Savage said. "She was in fear for her life at the time she shot him."

On the 911 audiotape of the killing, Sandy Cain can be heard telling a Las Vegas police 911 dispatcher that she fears for her life.

"My husband's going to kill me!" Sandy Cain says on the audiotape as officers are dispatched to the scene. "He's threatening to shoot me!"

Sandy Cain then sets the phone down. An extended period of silence ensues, followed by four gunshots, moaning sounds from Frank Cain and expletives of shock from the dispatcher.

The phone is then hung up in the Cain home. The dispatcher then calls back and speaks with Sandy Cain, who says she believes her husband is dead.

According to authorities, the origins of the killing date back about three years to the couple's introduction in an Internet chat room. At the time, Sandy Cain had been married for some 21 years to a man in Flushing, N.Y., and she worked as a dental hygienist.

"I have spoken to someone who is in this chat room group, and they gave me indications she was looking for a reason to get out of her relationship in New York," Coumou said. "She found it in Frank Cain."

Coumou said at one point in Frank Cain's life, the slaying victim described his career choice as "an investor."

But according to Savage and court proceedings, Frank Cain was a lazy, domineering man willing to rack up thousands of dollars in debt on Sandy Cain's credit cards, spending that eventually forced them into bankruptcy.

"He didn't work," Savage said. "She gave all the money over to him."

Savage said Frank Cain had at least three ex-wives, and that his most recent ex-wife "painted the exact same picture" of him.

"She feels she was brainwashed, taken advantage of and that she was the one who worked to support the family," Savage said of Frank Cain's ex-wife.

Savage said Frank Cain, 47 when he was killed, was so domineering, he made Sandy Cain get two tattoos. One depicted a hand over a body to represent their subservient relationship and another was the term "KC killer," a reference to Frank Cain's grandiose stories of violence.

"He was a control freak," Savage said.

The defense attorney added that Sandy Cain was ripe for victimization at the hands of Frank Cain, whom he described as "an Internet predator."

"What happens is that the people that are victims of what I'll call Internet predators are people with a low level of self-esteem, who are lonely and looking for love," Savage said. "They'll jump into things without really knowing what happened, and Sandy never got to know Frank Cain."

At the crime scene, Frank Cain was found shot to death on a couch. Tucked underneath the cushions of the couch, authorities found two firearms.

Despite the intriguing details, Coumou said he has evidence that proves the killing was an old-fashioned case of murder motivated by vengeance.

Coumou told District Judge Joseph Bonaventure in court Thursday morning that after Sandy Cain voiced fears for her life, there is silence. If the killing was a case of self-defense, Coumou said there should have been arguing, yelling, or something on the tape to indicate a fight was in progress.

"It dispels the issue she was in fear for her life," Coumou said.
July 13th, 2008 01:13 AM
HardhatHal SLAYING SENTENCING: Woman gets at least 10 years

Sandy Cain says she shot Frank Cain after he threatened her with a gun


May 17, 2002

Sandy Cain

A woman who signed a contract agreeing to be her husband's "slave" was sentenced to at least 10 years in prison Thursday for fatally shooting the Las Vegas man last year.

"I was blinded by love," Sandy Cain told District Judge Joseph Bonaventure of one reason why she killed her husband, Frank Cain, in 2001.

Sandy Cain, 47, also told the judge that she believes she had every right to kill her husband because he was reaching for a gun when she shot him at their northwest Las Vegas apartment.

"I didn't want to die," Sandy Cain said. "I didn't want to get shot by my own husband, in my own apartment, without my pants on."

Bonaventure, speaking during Cain's sentencing hearing, told the defendant he sympathized with the fact that she had been married to a less-than-stellar husband. Frank Cain, according to both a prosecutor and a defense attorney, was a domineering and verbally abusive man who tried to control Sandy Cain's every move.

He ran her into bankruptcy, forced her into bondage and even made her enter into a "slave-master" contract.

"It was a very strange relationship with this slave master," Bonaventure said. "By being his slave, I'm sure you might have had to allow him to do unspeakable acts."

The judge also told Cain that she could have easily filed for divorce from Frank Cain instead of resorting to a gun to solve her problems.

"You've got to pay the price for that now," said the judge, who sentenced Cain to 10 to 25 years in prison for the crime.

The sentence culminates a bizarre criminal case that may end up being featured on the NBC television newsmagazine "Dateline."

According to Chief Deputy District Attorney Frank Coumou, Sandy Cain was previously a married homemaker in New York City when she met Frank Cain in an Internet chat room in the late 1990s. Coumou said Frank Cain persuaded Sandy Cain to abandon her former life and move to Las Vegas to marry him.

This would prove to be a disastrous decision, Coumou said.

Within months, Frank Cain proved to be a verbally abusive man who has spent a lifetime living off women's earnings. He essentially ruined Sandy Cain's life, forcing her into a world of bondage and tattoos.

He also ran up thousands of dollars in debt on her credit cards, according to both Coumou and Clark County Deputy Public Defender Jordan Savage.

In October, Frank Cain was found fatally shot, his corpse sitting on a couch in the couple's apartment near Buffalo and Westcliff drives. A police investigation revealed the slaying was recorded on a 911 police tape, and Frank Cain had defensive wounds to his hands.

On the 911 audiotape of the killing, Sandy Cain can be heard telling a Las Vegas police 911 dispatcher that she fears for her life.

"My husband's going to kill me!" Sandy Cain says. "He's threatening to shoot me!"

Sandy Cain then sets the phone down. An extended period of silence ensues, followed by four gunshots, moaning sounds from Frank Cain and expletives of shock from the dispatcher.

Savage said in court Thursday that Frank Cain was reaching for a gun at the time and that the killing was one of self-defense. He said Sandy Cain reached a plea agreement and entered what is known as an Alford plea to a charge of second-degree murder out of fear that she could be convicted of first-degree murder if her case went to trial.

Under the type of plea Sandy Cain entered, a defendant does not acknowledge criminal culpability but concedes prosecutors have enough evidence to prove their case.

"Ms. Cain has from the beginning accepted responsibility for being the shooter," Savage said. "She's the one who called 911."

Savage said a jury might have been sympathetic to Sandy Cain, but the risks were too high. If she had been convicted of first-degree murder with use of deadly weapon, she would have been guaranteed a sentence of at least 40 years in prison for a shooting Sandy Cain said was justified.

Coumou told Bonaventure that although Frank Cain had his faults, those faults didn't warrant his death. The prosecutor also questioned Sandy Cain's account of the shooting and said the woman has a history of trying to make others feel sorry for her.

"Poor Sandy Cain," Coumou said. " `I'm oppressed. I've had a terrible life.' Well, she dug her own hole. She meant to kill him."

Sandy Cain immediately disputed any contention that she portrays herself as sympathetic.

"I don't want anyone to feel sorry for me," she said. "I'm not presenting some Shakespearean tragedy. I'm not some pathetic figure."