Ex-lover: Tom Bullied Me Another Capano Mistress Reveals Steamy Affair & Intimidation

Posted: January 21, 1999

WILMINGTON — As far back as 20 years ago, convicted murderer Thomas Capano was already honing the skills of intimidation and control that would later become his trademarks.

He evicted from her apartment a lover who spurned his advances and ran her out of town, the woman testified yesterday.

"He said Delaware was his state," Linda Marandola told the jury. "He said if he couldn't have me, he didn't want me in the state. I couldn't stay in Delaware and he told me I couldn't work in Delaware either."

And when she still wouldn't give in to his advances, Capano tried to get someone to run over her with a car.

Marandola testified yesterday during the first day of Capano's death-penalty hearing, adding another bizarre chapter to the already twisted case of lies, betrayal, murder and sex that has riveted this city.

Capano, 49, was convicted Sunday of first-degree murder for the shooting death of his ex-lover, Anne Marie Fahey, 30, Delaware Gov. Tom Carper's scheduling secretary.

Prosecutors contend Capano killed Fahey because she wanted to end their stormy, 2-year affair. During the trial, Capano accused his former mistress Deborah MacIntyre of firing the shot that killed Fahey on June 27, 1996. He said he dumped Fahey's body at sea and took the blame for her death to protect MacIntyre, his mistress of 17 years.

The jury must now decide if Capano will die by lethal injection or serve a life term behind bars.

In opening arguments yesterday, prosecutors told the jury that Fahey's death was not only intentional, but premeditated.

Defense lawyers pleaded for Capano's life, trying to show that despite his treachery and betrayal, he should not be executed. Attorney Eugene Maurer mentioned the defendant's four teen-age daughters, his elderly mother and his two brothers who testified against him during the trial. The brothers have indicated they will seek mercy for Capano during the hearing.

"If you don't think he's worth saving for himself, then he is worth saving for others," Maurer said.

Marandola, 44, said she met Capano in 1976 when she worked for a lawyer who was a friend of the defendant. She said she and Capano occasionally ate lunch together or talked on the phone.

But in 1977, they had sex after a party. After that, she said Capano called her constantly even though she told him she was engaged. They had sex again a year later after her bachelorette party.

At her wedding, which Capano attended with his then-wife Kay, "He told me he loved me and didn't want me to be married."

The phone calls continued, up to two or three times a day.

"He bugged me about leaving Lenny [her husband]," she said. "He said he'd divorce Kay."

She told the jury she and her husband lived in an apartment complex owned by Capano's family, which Capano helped her find. But during the summer of 1980, she said she finally told Capano she didn't want to see him anymore.

When she returned from a weekend trip, an eviction notice was waiting for her. She and her husband then moved to New Jersey. She said Capano sent her a letter to make sure she was moving and quitting her job.

Capano threatened to tell her husband about their sex romps.

She also began receiving strange calls from an older man, who threatened to tell her husband about the affair with Capano if she didn't pay the blackmailer money.

The man, Joseph Riley, was working with Capano to intimidate Marandola, court documents show.

In notes to federal prosecutors, Riley wrote that Capano asked him to have someone run over Marandola with a car, but the plan was never executed.

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