Teresa Mayes now stands with her mother-in-law in a murder and abduction case in which her husband Adam Mayes was believed to have started, but it may have actually been the wicked stepmother that played the greater role in the unfolding drama.
And isn't that a common theme in cases involving children potentially conceived behind a wife's back?
Adam Mayes is dead allegedly at his own hand, confronted by law enforcement in Albany, Miss. late Thursday, where he was finally cornered with the two young girls he abducted from his home.
But the man who only recently made the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list might have been led down the path of crime by a wicked stepmother more than a desire to kill the possible mother of his children.
According to his mother-in-law (and she ought to know), it is his wife Teresa who was sick and tired of Mayes benevolence towards the two young children that may have finally precipitated the event that led to the children's mother's deathÂ—and that of their oldest sister, Adrienne, aged 14.
Boston.com reported that "She was tired of him doting on those two little girls that he claimed were his," Josie Tate, Mayes' mother-in-law said.
What a horrible way to get a problem out of one's life, to rant and rave until a husband feels he has no recourse but to remove the children's mother to appease his own wife.
Not only did Teresa Mayes allegedly provoke the actions of the many who would go on to take his own life after allegedly murdering two others, she would help him cover up the crime and bury the victims' bodies, allegedly, too.
Now that's cold-hearted for sure. And it is the reason she now faces two first-degree murder charges in addition to kidnapping charges as well.
Fortunately, this story didn't turn out like that of Josh Powell, where all the children's lives were taken in the showdown between the father and others. Both Bain girls are said to be OK, according to the Jackson, Miss. FBI SAC Daniel McMullen.
And that's one blessing out of such a terrible tragedy, at least. The children, Alexandria, 12, and Kyliyah, 8, have been taken to a hospital for observation, as it is known that dehydration and exhaustion were suffered by both due to the almost two-week ordeal.