SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The woman who married into a family of fugitives said, at the beginning, she had no idea the family was on the run from authorities in the United Kingdom.
"You feel so trapped. There's literally nowhere to go, nothing to do about it," Jessica King said in an interview on Wednesday.
A judge ruled in a federal court in Springfield on Wednesday that Edward "Fast Eddie" Maher will stay in jail in Greene County without bond for now. The international fugitive had been on the run for 19 years before a tip from King led FBI agents and Ozark police to Maher, who was living in a townhome in Ozark.
"I really honestly believed that I was going to die," said King.
King, 25, said she lives in fear. Her infmaous father-in-law is in jail. She said she is scared of Maher and Maher's son, her husband, who goes by the name Lee King.
Just two weeks into her marriage in the fall of 2011, King said her husband changed. After a night of drinking, King said her husband revealed the dark secret about his family. She said the story was so elaborate she did not believe it at first.
"Of course I just thought, 'You've got a big imagination, and you need to sleep this one off,'" she said.
King said her husband told her that his father was responsible for a bank heist in England in 1993 and had been on the run ever since. King later searched online and said she came face-to-face with the truth. King said she found pictures of "Fast Eddie" Maher online and went to police.
"The hatred and evilness in those eyes, I would recognize him anywhere," said King.
King met her would-be husband when the two worked as volunteers at the Ozark Fire Department. Later he became her boyfriend and convinced her to marry him. King said she never could have imagined he was carrying such a sinister secret.
"The fact that I have to hide and everything in my life has to come to a complete halt, because they aren't good people, doesn't feel fair," said King.
King is now three months pregnant with Maher's grandchild and said she now feels she has nowhere to turn.
Maher faces federal charges for possessing weapons as an illegal alien in the United States. He could face more charges in the U.K. Authorities believe he stole 1million pounds, the equivalent of $1.6 million, from a bank delivery van in England in 1993.
Jessica King is being represented by the Whiteaker & Wilson law firm in Springfield. King's attorney, Brandon Potter, said King could be eligible for more than $100,000 in reward money for helping authorities capture her father-in-law.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun