Cryptic emails between Dennis Smith, married employee raise questions
Feb 23, 2013 (The Wisconsin State Journal - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The emails between former Department of Health Services employee Mary Spear and Dennis Smith, who resigned this week as secretary of the Department of Health Services, that have been made public are cryptic.
On August, 3, 2012, they exchanged a series of emails beginning just before 7 a.m. and ending around 9:30 p.m.
At 7:45 p.m., Spear sent an email to Smith, saying, "All is well here. You ok "
Smith's reply: "Yes. See that you had called. Sorry I missed you. Call if need to. Thanks. Dennis."
Spear responds at 9:37 p.m.: "All ok, if a bit difficult. Same situation as last week. Minimal damage. Should be clear by Tuesday, with luck. Will call, if questions or further difficulty..."
Spear sent Smith and another DHS employee an email saying, "Won't be in rest of week. Sandy, cancel appt. for week," about a week before her husband, Andrew Spear, allegedly tried to kill her.
According to a criminal complaint against Andrew Spear, that same day, beginning around 2:25 a.m., the Spears began arguing about "an email exchange between Mary and her friend, Dennis" referring to Smith.
During that argument, the criminal complaint says, Andrew Spear accused his wife of having an affair with Smith, which she denied. He also "printed out the email thread and taped it up in Mary Spear's walk-in closet. He told her she was not allowed to take down the printed email in the closet until he told her it was OK to do so."
The next day, Mary Spear sent an email to Smith with the subject line "Found my computer." The message states, "Will be back @ work Monday. All well. Mary E. Spear."
According to the criminal complaint, on Aug. 16, 2012, Andrew Spear called his wife to say he would be picking her up early at 4:20 p.m. from the DHS office with a "surprise." The complaint states that Andrew Spear then drove his wife to a rented storage locker on Madison's North Side where he allegedly forced her to remove her clothes and attempted to set her on fire.
That night, Smith sent Spear an email at 7:47 p.m. with the subject line, "If you have a minute" and the message said, "Thanks. Dennis." There was no response.
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