In a series of Facebook posts, he said he found texts, other messages and photos purportedly showing she had committed multiple thefts with other people.
He offered to share location data from her phone if victims of car thefts and burglaries shared the dates that they had been victimized. Then, the story took a darker turn.
He said he found that she had become close to a man, Bobby Phillips, just days before his Jan. 1 death.
Cooke purportedly had pictures of his will, which names her as beneficiary, and other legal documents. The internet took over from there, sensing the kind of story that fuels documentaries and podcasts.
The St. Louis medical examiner’s office on Friday told the Post-Dispatch that the death of Phillips, 61, is listed as accidental and was caused by hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, basically heart disease, exacerbated by methamphetamines.
Cooke, 35, did make arrangements to recover the body after the autopsy. The address where Phillips died also was the home address listed for Cooke on court documents for several minor criminal cases, mostly traffic violations. She has in the past used addresses in Kirkwood, Ferguson, New Haven and House Springs.
Cooke could not be reached for comment, as she is currently in the Macoupin County jail in Illinois, where she is facing traffic violations and a misdemeanor drug charge, online court records show. She also is facing a drug paraphernalia charge in Shrewsbury.
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