A Long Term Marriage

Jeanne Kane, 58, was a beautiful woman and a talented singer. She and her triplet sister’s formed a musical trio and are probably best known for their appearances on ‘The Tonight Show’ with Johnny Carson and ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’. But the musical career ended prematurely, and the sisters say they blame her husband John Galtieri for that.

Jeanne Kane and John Galtieri were married for 27 years. And what she chose to keep private, is documented in the 2000 divorce papers that Galtieri filed. Galtieri is the one who filed for the divorce and he made allegations that during the marriage he suffered

“extreme cruelty … on many occasions too numerous to mention.”

There were other less specific allegations. That Jeanne Kane spent extravagantly, withheld affection, caused him embarrassment, and many other complaints. And he accused her of trying to cheat him in the divorce.

But during the divorce hearings, Kane documented abuse she alleged occurred beginning early in the marriage even though those incidents were never reported to police.

Among other allegations she reported details of abuse including a beating after the burial of her father, berating her after she had her second child by C-Section (angry because of the scarring), cancelling a confirmation party for her daughter because she had been beaten badly enough that she had bruises that showed (because the dog knocked over his coffee), and beatings in front of her daughter. In 1999 Jeanne Kane required an operation and Kane alleged that he became outraged over the medical bills and kicked her.

The attorney for Jeanne Kane described the abuse as

“He consistently and constantly … beat and battered the defendant to the point where she believed the beatings were part of her marriage and part of her life.”

The judge determined that Jeanne Kane had been battered and suffered from “Battered Wife Syndrome” and ordered him to pay her alimony and substantial damages. The divorce was granted in 2003.

Galteri was a retired police officer, and had moved to Fla. where he was working as a private investigator. At some point Galtieri married again, his third wife- and in 2005 she filed then dropped beating charges against him.

It is alleged that Galtieri was enraged by the divorce ruling. Since the 2003 divorce, Galtieri filed a number of law suits over the divorce settlement. The most recent was filed on Tues. at the State Supreme Court. Galtieri’s current wife has said she talked to Galtieri by phone about 5 pm, but she declined to say where he was when she talked with him.

On Tuesday Mrs. Kane spent the day with her sisters, but left to pick up her 25 year old daughter. About 6 pm on Tuesday, Jeanne Kane was found in her car at a park and ride where she normally picked her daughter up. Police say a shot had been fired through the passenger window of the car and had struck Mrs. Kane.

Police began looking for Galtieri and found him in SC, reportedly on his way back to Fla. They have taken him in for questioning and no charges have been filed at this time. A search warrant was issued for the vehicle, but police say they did not find anything significant.

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Much of what Mrs. Kane had chosen to keep private was documented in her divorce papers, and that information is now being released since her death. Often abuse victims may choose to keep information private, for fear of embarrassment- yet they are the ones who should least be embarrassed. Yet part of the syndrome is that a victim will often feel or fear that it was their own shortcomings that caused the abuse. They may fear that other’s will not believe. They may even fear ridicule.

No one deserves or needs or causes abuse. If someone does not like their actions, they always have the right to leave if they are not satisified with the relationship. Just as Galtieri did at the end of the marriage.

One of the resources I think is most important on the domestic violence links on the left is The Battered Woman’s Bill of Rights. When living in an abusive relationship, sometimes victims forget they have rights also. And one of the ones that always stands out for me is that battered women have the right not to be perfect. I don’t know if Mrs. Kane was or was not ‘perfect’. She apparently shared a close relationship with her sisters and daughter and they are shattered at her loss.

Domestic violence is anti discriminatory. It happens irregardless of race, creed, religion, national origin, educational status, financial status, or physical appearance. It does not happen in most relationships, but it can happen in any relationship.

I would like to add that at this point no charges have been filed against Galtieri. Did he commit this murder? That is under investigation. But certainly there is information that during the marriage there was long term abuse. Did he finally become enraged at the court’s acknowlegement of the abuse and efforts to make him liable for it? Time and investigation will give more insight to that.

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A warrant has been taken out on John Galtieri for 2 nd degree murder. In court Galtieri announced his intention to fight extradition. Murder weapon has not been found.



John Galtieri has now been charged in his wife’s murder. Allegedly the evidence against him is video images of a vehicle similiar to the one he was driving being caught on video surrveilance tapes, also a call from his cell phone was logged near the scene of the crime. While the murder weapon has not been found, investigator’s did find ammunition in his vehicle.

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Family and friends share more about Jeanne Kane, her life and what she meant to them.

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At a court hearing on Monday John Galtieri did not contest the extradition and will now be sent to New York to face the charge of 2nd degree murder against him.




  1. alex moses said,

    February 6, 2007 at 3:28 pm


  2. February 26, 2007 at 10:43 pm

    Post updated, new info at the bottom.

  3. Dorothy Pfau said,

    March 2, 2007 at 9:49 pm

    This may have Saved Jeanne Kane’s Life:
    The following is a proposal to develop the Domestic Violence Deterrence Bracelet (D.D. Bracelet).
    The D.D. Bracelet is an electronic bracelet that the abuser will be required to wear ordered by the court contemporaneously with an Order of Protection restricting the abuser’s travel. The court has addressed the issue of limiting the defendant’s right to travel and determined that the “defendant’s right to travel cannot be used to interfere with the victim’s right to be free from invasive oppressive and harmful behavior” , therefore, the victim’s safety out weights the abusers right to travel. The abuser will be denied the right to travel within the “stay away area” as delineated by the Order of Protection.
    The bracelet will have an imbedded transmitter that will transmit a specific frequency signal that will trigger receivers installed in the victim’s home thereby sounding an alarm. Further informations and conditions are detailed in my paper. Kindly let me know if you will help me push for this badly needed protection for victims of domestic violence.

  4. March 2, 2007 at 11:39 pm

    Dorothy, I fully support it. It is already being used in some areas, but not all. Is this law proposed somewhere or are you trying to get it as a proposal? State or Federal? Give me a link to an article or website and I will see about posting it.

  5. Infamous El Guapo said,

    March 12, 2007 at 3:56 am

    The death penalty? In New York? You’re kidding, right?

    Let me check here. This is the same place that elected Bloomberg, Andrew Cuomo, Mario Cuomo…….and you think you are going to execute somebody?


    If you want an execution, hire the Mafia.

  6. L. said,

    October 7, 2007 at 10:54 pm

    I know what she went through! I suffer from such abuse myself and am trying to get out. I just need some help!

  7. October 8, 2007 at 2:16 am

    Lori, there is help available for you, but you do have to ask for it. The first step is the most important. The first thing I believe you should do would be to check in with a domestic violence agency. They can talk with you about the abuse you have had and how to leave as safe a way as possible. They can also help you complete a safety plan.
    Be sure to follow their advice as their goal is to help you leave safely. You can find your local domestic violence agency in your telephone book, in an online phone book or by calling your local sheriff or police and asking for the phone number. Good luck to you!

  8. D.P. said,

    October 8, 2007 at 4:25 am

    Lori, first and foremost, be safe. Do not use your full name, on this blog or anywhere you may mention your abuse and/or escape, because if your abuser is paranoid and checks your web history, he may become angry and violent. Leaving your abuser can be the most dangerous time. Please call your local DV agency, but do NOT leave them a call back number that your abuser would have access to. Also, if your abuser is the type who checks on all the calls made from the home, make the call from somewhere safe. The agency will help you come up with a plan for safety and freedom. Please be careful and I wish you well!

  9. October 8, 2007 at 5:47 am

    Good points D.P. I should have picked up on that. I fixed the name situation. Thank you for adding pointers, your help is always appreciated.

  10. D.P. said,

    October 8, 2007 at 6:03 am

    No problem, Sweet. I’m glad to provide any little thing I can do to help someone out. One thing that has always stuck with me over the years is that when dealing with some of these abusers, there is no such thing as being TOO careful.

  11. October 8, 2007 at 6:10 am

    Agreed. I never would have thought about not leaving a call back number.

  12. oooxooo said,

    July 16, 2008 at 1:15 am

    is there any evidence that he did it?

  13. Chris Jericho said,

    January 23, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    People, you all claim that this man commited this crime. Ever consider that SOMEONE ELSE did this? There are many things to consider, so ever hear of innocent until proven guilty?

  14. harold said,

    February 9, 2009 at 2:06 am

    let me say this.in the late 80’s my ex wife moved with her new boyfriend and she went to the courthouse and made a complaint that i had abused her and hit her on several occasions. that was a lie and when the ex parte order came ,guess where she was? yes you guessed it,she was in the bed of the very same man she had accused of assault three days earlier.i don’t believe that can justify that can you? the feminist would have taken her word without thinking.a lot of persons are destroyed without knowing the true nature of the person making the accusation.the courts will most often give judgements against men because they have beem beat into the mindset that women should be protected at all cost,even though women can also be abbusive of their husbands.if a man works all the time and makes good money and his wife never stops spending on foolish things then what do you think the man will do? he’ll be very angry,and thats the same with a good woman and a foolish man.let a person be stopped by a policeman whose having a bad day and you may go to prison for nothing but his stupidity,because he has been given too much descretion and power..the courts will almost allways be on his side even he my be absolutely wrong and you may be right.ive been there also.corruption is everywhere,and in the end the LORD will make the rightous decision.

  15. February 10, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Actually Harold, it is very common for a woman to be abused and to then return to the abuser sometimes even before the bruises have had a chance to heal. I am not saying this true in your case, but it is also not uncommon for a woman to leave an abusive relationship only to later find herself in another abusive relationship. Sometimes they don’t realize that the very qualities that draw them in are the same qualities that are common to men who abuse.

    And by the way, as to the femminist crack, thank you. I normally don’t think of myself as a feminist. And those who do claim feminists status usually disagree with me on certain points also.

  16. robertdu said,

    June 29, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    just stopping by to say hey 🙂

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