Deborah recalls the events that took place after she and Todd appeared on the show.
"Immediately following the show, my impression was that we were going to try and work things out. I don't know what happened. Everything just fell apart. He became verbally abusive. He becomes very aggressive, and he taunts, and he wants to start an argument. He was taking my phone that he had been using and putting it in my face saying, 'Well, why don't you call the police?' Then I just took it from him. I just wanted to be away from the situation," she remembers.
Deborah left the house, and when she returned, Todd asked her to give him back the cell phone, which she refused to do. "He got very angry, and he said, 'If you don't return the phone, I'll have a felony warrant out for your arrest. I'll call the police and have them come pick you up.' I thought, OK, whatever. He's just talking," she says. "But the door opens up, and four police officers come rushing through my house. They put me in handcuffs, very, very forceful. You're in denial, like, this is not really happening, but it is."
Deborah spent the night in jail. "They gave me an orange suit. They had shackles on my feet, and my hands were in handcuffs. I had chains around my waist, and it was absolutely the worst experience I've ever had to go through," she shares.
"The day of the court hearing, the thing that was disturbing to me was the fact that when Todd left the court room, he was whistling. I did believe that this was revenge, totally," she reveals.
[AD]In the studio, Dr. Phil says, "We got a copy of Deborah's arrest warrant, and it read the following: 'Defendant did cut victim on the arm with a knife, causing painful injury. Victim did require emergency medical treatment. The acts of the accused constitute criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.'" He asks Deborah if she pulled a knife on Todd.
"I absolutely did not," she replies.
"You did not cut his arm?" Dr. Phil asks.
"I did not cut his arm," she maintains. "I did not attempt to touch him. I did not, with my hand, or a knife, or a fork, or a spoon or anything else."
In a strange twist of events, Deborah received a text about her husband that said, "I am guessing you are his wife, but Todd died last night. This number was left via his note. He wants you to call his Uncle."
Dr. Phil asks Deborah, "You didn't want him to be dead, right?"
"No, I didn't want him to be," she says.
"You had to be very upset to learn of his death," Dr. Phil says.
"I was very upset. I was mortified," she replies.
Then Deborah received an e-mail, which included a picture of Todd before his alleged demise. Dr. Phil reads, "'I forgot to answer your question about how Todd died. He drowned. A crab pot knocked him overboard, and by the time he was brought back, he was gone. You have to know that at least 300 people a year die doing this.' It says, 'Look at the picture. Todd was the second guy from the left. We have cameras on ship. I can't talk with you anymore. I'm illegal from Ireland and need the work. I liked your husband. He made me laugh.'"
[AD]Two weeks later, Deborah received a voicemail message that said, "Hey, Deborah, it's Todd. Listen, I'm trying to catch up on everything. I have this idiot guy that apparently sent you guys messages that were not exactly correct. I'm not dead. Much to your disbelief. I'm incapacitated, but I'm not dead. I hope you're doing well. I don't know where you are. I don't have a clue what you're doing. Actually, I don't really care."
Deborah shares her thoughts. "It's a miracle that I just didn't have a total meltdown, or heart attack or something," she says. "I believe in my heart and my soul, and I still do to this day, that he crafted that entire scenario so that if this case ever went to court, he would not have to appear in court."