Wife Reveals Intimate Affair
MAYVILLE – The wife of Anthony R. Taglianetti II revealed Thursday in Chautauqua County Court the narrative of her online affair with Keith Reed Jr., and the volatile behavior her husband displayed afterward.
“(My husband) is prone to kill,” Mary Taglianetti wrote in an email addressed to Reed, sent a day before the former Clymer Central School superintendent was murdered on Sept. 21, 2012.
The email was one of many discussed in the second-degree murder trial Thursday, as Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley and his prosecution team had Mary Taglianetti read aloud all her email correspondence – some of which was sexually explicit – with Reed.
“We talked on the phone, emailed and texted (each other),” said Mary Taglianetti, who indicated she had first met Reed on an online dating site in June 2010 after briefly separating from her husband two months earlier, and moving – along with her four kids – into her parents’ house in New York state.
She also indicated that she personally met Reed in August 2010 over a dinner date in Albany.
Despite reconciling with her husband in September 2010 and moving her kids back to the family home in Woodbridge, Va., Mary Taglianetti resumed her online relationship with Reed on Facebook in April 2012.
“(Our communication) was sexual,” Mary Taglianettii said. “(However, Reed did) encourage me on how to be a stronger person and stand up for myself.”
Mary Taglianetti recounted how her email account was “accidentally opened” on Aug. 6, 2012, allowing her husband to discover a sexually tinged email between her and Reed.
“(My husband) confronted me about Keith,” Mary Taglianetti said. “I told him I was sorry.”
In addition to making his wife reveal her account passwords and swap cellphones, Taglianetti wrote a threatening email to Reed, warning that he needs to stop contacting his wife and that is he is “(messing) with a former Marine.”
Mary Taglianetti continued correspondence with Reed on a newly created email account – superdiva1977 – and assured Reed that her husband’s reaction was expected.
“I’m not sorry about what happened,” Mary Taglianetti wrote to Reed on Aug. 8, 2012. “It was going to happen (sooner or later).”
This assurance notwithstanding, Taglianetti’s threats became increasingly more severe the following month, as he suspected his wife was continuing to correspond with Reed.
“I will take action,” Taglianetti wrote to Reed on Sept. 20, 2012. “I know where you are. I’m deadly serious. (This is) your last warning.”
Taglianetti complemented the warning by writing Reed’s Clymer address – which he found online – into the email to prove his seriousness.
Mary Taglianetti, fearing for Reed’s life, warned him to “call in sick and avoid some embarrassment.”
According to Mary Taglianetti, she begged for her husband to stay home, but instead he left Virginia at approximately 11 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, driving a gold Buick Sentry. He did not return home until 8 a.m. Saturday morning, claiming that Reed was out of town.
Mary Taglianettii also said her husband returned with a bruise on his head, which he claimed was from hitting his head on a friend’s porch light.
On Sept. 23, 2012, Taglianetti told his wife he needed to “get away,” leaving her some money. He briefly returned two days later to say he quit his job and that “life was going to be better.” He left and never returned home.
Mary Taglianetti did not find out about Reed’s death until Sept. 26, 2012, after she searched for him on Google. Describing herself as “panicky” at the realization, she contacted police and was shortly escorted to a hotel with her kids.
The prosecution will continue to question Mary Taglianetti in trial today.
Other witnesses questioned in trial Thursday were three Clymer Central School employees who said they saw Taglianetti enter the school the day of Reed’s murder.
“There was a man trying to get my attention (outside the entrance),” said Dianne Einink, a student services secretary at the school.
Einink said she opened the door for Taglianetti at approximately noon and escorted him to the main office because he inquired about becoming a substitute teacher.
“(Taglianetti) said he was looking for a substitute teacher application,” reiterated Teresa Lombardozzi, main office secretary. “He said he had two master’s degrees.”
Lombardozzi also said Taglianetti asked for Reed’s location, at which point she directed him to Carole Siverling, Reed’s personal secretary.
Siverling met with Taglianetti in the hallway outside her office. She again indicated that Taglianetti asked for Reed’s location.
“(Reed) was at a meeting,” Siverling said. “(Taglianetti) then asked some questions about the community and school.”
Taglianetti left the school shortly after meeting Siverling.
The prosecution showed the jury pieces of video footage from school surveillance cameras that captured Taglianetti entering and exiting the school as well as walking down a hallway.
Public Defender Nathaniel Barone cross examined Siverling, contending that Taglianetti could have entered Reed’s office – which was right next to Siverling’s and was unlocked – but chose not to do so.
Siverling also said Taglianetti was not angry, tired or sweating. She also did not see a gun in his possession.
Other witnesses were Joseph Gerace, Chautauqua County sheriff, and Christine Burdick, director of special education at Sherman Central School.
According to Gerace, Mary Taglianetti spoke with him for about an hour upon realizing Reed was dead. Gerace shortly ordered a BOLO report for Taglianetti.
Burdick said she dined with Reed and his daughter, Allison, the day prior to his murder at the Ellicottville Brewing Company in Fredonia. She claimed that her relationship with Reed was nonromantic and that their meeting was normal.
The trial is scheduled to continue today at 9:30 a.m.