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Waller case to air today

Almost seven years after the murder of their mother, the late Jacque Waller’s 12 year-old triplets will be featured on an episode of “Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen,” set to air today.

The interview will be aired about two months after the triplets’ father, James “Clay” Waller, received a 35-year federal sentence for interstate domestic violence in addition to the 20-year sentence he received in state court after pleading guilty to the crime in 2013.

A stipulation of the plea agreement enforced in the federal sentencing was that Waller must forfeit any income gained by the publication or adaptation of a book manuscript authored by Waller and obtained by agents of the FBI called, “If You Take My Kids, I’ll Kill You!: The Public Confession of Missouri’s Most, Notorious Wife Killers.”

Waller and Jacque Waller were in the middle of a divorce when she disappeared the night of June 1, 2011, shortly after the two met with a divorce attorney.

At the time, she was planning to start a new life for herself and the couple’s triplets with a new boyfriend in Farmington.

As federal, state and local investigators worked on the case, Waller was first charged with threatening Jacque’s sister. A prosecutor said Waller had confessed to his father about the murder, but his father then died.

In April of 2012, Waller was charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence, even though his wife’s body had not been found.

Waller was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the murder of Jacque Waller after pleading guilty to second degree murder in state court in 2013.

As part of that agreement, Waller led police to the location of his late wife’s remains in Alexander County, in southern Illinois.

According to a release from Crime Watch Daily, Maddox Waller describes in the interview what it was like to make a victim impact statement as an eight year old. The statement includes the statement, “I wish you were never my dad … You big fat jerk … I never want to see you again in my entire life.”

“I thought I should use the message just so he knows like I don’t care for him anymore … he has ruined the bond between us and him and that he can never have that back,” Maddox explains. “He took our mom away and so I was trying to show him that you can’t undo that.”

The episode will air at 2 p.m. on Channel 2 (KTVI/KPLR) and again at 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Jacque Waller

Jacque Waller

Jacob Scott is a reporter with the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616 or at

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