- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 7, 2001

BOSTON (AP) It's a case that has been ideal tabloid fodder: A mentally unstable dermatologist with a penchant for women's underwear reportedly guns down his wife in front of their young children. After the killing, photographs emerge of him in slinky dresses, fishnet stockings and makeup.
Dr. Richard Sharpe, 46, claims he was insane when he used a high-powered hunting rifle to kill his estranged wife, a plea a jury will consider during his first-degree murder trial that began Monday.
Photographs of Dr. Sharpe dressed in drag were widely publicized after his children sued him for $100 million over their mother's death. His eldest daughter, Shannon Sharpe, fought in court to keep him away from her younger siblings.
The two youngest children, a 4-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy, are in the custody of Shannon, 27, and other family members.
"They're doing as well as can be expected," said the children's attorney, David Cherney. "But it's not an easy situation for anyone."
In an affidavit intended to persuade a judge to block Dr. Sharpe from contacting his children, Shannon Sharpe claimed that her father was a habitual cross-dresser who took female hormones and stole underwear from his wife and daughter.
Before the July 14, 2000, shooting, Dr. Sharpe had been treated for depression, and was diagnosed with features of anxiety and schizoid or other personality disorders, according to court documents. Dr. Sharpe, who used to teach at Harvard University, and his wife were in the process of divorcing.
In 1991, he was involuntarily committed to a mental home after he stabbed his wife in the head with a fork after she asked for a divorce, records show. She was not seriously injured.


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