A Family in Turmoil

Cindy Venis, 42, and her husband Michael Venis had been discussing getting a divorce. (I have also seen the last name spelled as Venus, though I think Venis is correct).  And Thursday night they allegedly began arguing.

The couple had 3 adult children in the home, and two of them left. The remaining daughter says she stepped out the kitchen, heard a commotion and a gunshot.

She ran back to the kitchen and found her mother dead from a shotgun wound fired point blank. And her father was going out the door.

A short time later, Michael Venis was stopped by police. They say that Venis put a gun to his head, but a negotiator talked to him for about a half hour by phone and was able to convince him to surrender. Police believe they have recovered the weapon used in the murder. It was found in the car with Venis. 

Preliminary charges of murder have been filed against Michael Venis. Police say there was no previous record of domestic violence with the couple.

The family had already been in turmoil. Just three months ago Cindy Venis was pleading for her son-in-law James Froman to give himself up. He has been accused of the murder of a 19 year old woman. You can find a cached article on that crime here.




First the son-in-law is accused of murder. That is enough to throw a family into turmoil. Then talk of a divorce between the couple. Also an uneasy time for a family.

Then the daughter ( I have seen her described as both a teenager and an adult) is the one who finds her mother dead from a gunshot wound. She is left to make the call to police, to tell them what happened to her mother, and to try to tell police what happened. Knowing that as she does so, the police would be going after her father.

Any one of these events would be enough to cause the family pain. But coming all together like this, it has to be a horrible time for them.

The father and the son-in-law are in the same jail. Leaving the others to deal with this the best way they can.


  1. Heather O said,

    August 27, 2006 at 6:32 pm

    I am friends with a daughter of this family and I believe that you shouldn’t post their story on your site unless you have permission from the family. Regardless if you’re for or against their family, it’s rude and inconsiderate to be publicly displaying their family’s embarassment as they have had enough of it these past few weeks from the media. They’re already having a tough time dealing with the loss in their family, so be respectful and let them grieve in peace and not in publicity.

  2. Vidalia11 said,

    August 28, 2006 at 4:10 pm

    I am saddened for what you are going through. However this is public information. The general public is allowed to discuss it without the family’s permission.

  3. Heather O said,

    August 28, 2006 at 5:38 pm

    It’s the moral value of the point, not the legal value. I understand you’re in your legal limits, but if something embarassing to this extent ends up happening to your family, make sure to post it on this site and others so everyone in the world has access to whats going on in your personal life.

    Sadly, some people just lack common decency.

  4. Vidalia11 said,

    August 29, 2006 at 4:51 pm

    This is not my site. I just read it. The public has a right to know that transcends the embarrassment of people who enter the legal system. This site is not about shaming the people involved, it is to educate others who may be in similar situations. The entire world is not aware of this site. IMO very few people are paying much attention to this story, if that helps.

  5. Vidalia11 said,

    August 29, 2006 at 4:52 pm

    I meant very few people outside the local area.

  6. August 29, 2006 at 9:32 pm

    Vidalia11, thank you.
    Heather O, there is no attempt here to cause the family any embarrassment. And the family shouldn’t be embarrassed. They did not take the actions that caused the mother’s death. That was the action of another, but they are the ones who will suffer the most from what happened.
    Vidalia11 is right. There are many who come to this site on the keywords domestic violence. They are searching for something. Just maybe, if they see something that reminds them of their own situation, just maybe they will be persuaded to seek help for themselves and their children before it is too late.

  7. Heather O said,

    August 30, 2006 at 1:20 pm

    Ok, well as I state again, if something were to happen your family of this matter be sure to post it on here so everyone can see what your family is really like and people can “feel your pain”.

  8. Heather O said,

    August 30, 2006 at 7:38 pm

    no need to comment or anything, because i’m done arguing my point.

  9. August 30, 2006 at 8:12 pm

    Why would I comment? You have a right to your opinion. I have a right to mine. And since you came back in and commented again, I would say you aren’t ‘done arguing’ your point.

  10. amber said,

    September 15, 2006 at 6:34 am

    I think it is nice that you are taking up for your friend. I knew Cindy also. On the other hand I think that you have gone a little overboard. Arguing with strangers is not going to change what happend. I think it is a good idea for the story to get out. Maybe if more people read what has happend, it might save a life down the road. I think you would have to agree that that would be something Cindy would have wanted.

  11. venis girl said,

    October 5, 2006 at 1:25 pm

    I think everyone should stop talking about my family and that would be great. Thanks

  12. travis said,

    February 11, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    This article greatly helped me. Thank you

  13. tasha said,

    June 13, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I just want all of you to know that what goes on with my family is by far none of any of your business. Our family matters are only to the public because the news and nosey people who want to but in our business. If you are not a Venis then I suggest you leave it alone because it has nothing to do with you. Thanks. Tasha Venis

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