Colorado Mormon dentist James Craig is accused of murdering his wife by poisoning her protein shakes in a case that has shocked the United States.
Craig, 45, who was reportedly addicted to pornography since he was a teenager and is said to have engineered the murder so he could escape with his orthodontist lover, who was photographed for the first time this week.
Here WhatsNew2Day.com breaks down the key details of their relationship.
James Craig, 45, appeared in court today for the first time on charges of poisoning his wife to death.
How long was Craig married to his wife?
Craig and Angela were married for 22 years, getting married in 2001 when they were both in their 20s. They both came from Kansas but lived together in Aurora, Colorado.
It is not known how the couple met, but their social media pages paint the picture of a happy couple who frequently shared photos of them with their children.
In 2016, she praised her husband for helping with the housework.
A Facebook post reads: ‘How many times has Jim come home from work, looked at the house and looked at me with obvious confusion?
‘Look, I’ve been telling him all day how busy I am, but when he gets home, all he sees is me standing in the middle of a mess smiling and saying…
‘I finally managed to hang those paintings. To his credit, he totally understands and jumps right in to help at every turn. And that’s what makes it Smokin Hot!’
Meanwhile, Craig’s profile sees him refer to himself as “husband, father, dentist, theme park addict, opera lover, football fan, cook, fisherman, snowboarder.”
In a 2021 press release, he also described himself as “happily married” to Angela.
“They also enjoy visiting theme parks and often travel to Disney, Universal and Sea World,” the statement said.
Angela Craig, 43, has been married for more than 20 years. Her social media pages are full of photos of them smiling together.
The couple hailed from Kansas but lived together in their family home, pictured, in Aurora, Colorado.
How many children did they have together?
The couple shared six children between them. They have five girls, Nora Jane, Mira, Belle, Violet Jo, and Cleo, and an older boy named Toliver. They are between eight and 20 years old.
Several of the older children, including Toliver, were present during Craig’s hearing Thursday, sitting quietly in the courtroom.
On social media, Angela frequently shared posts from the whole family, documenting birthdays, lunches, spa days, and text messages she shared with her kids.
In a post celebrating Toliver’s birthday in 2017, he wrote: “I love this crazy life!”
The family also has a bird named Ember.
James and Angela Craig pose for a family photo with their six children, ages 8 to 20.
Did the couple ever break up?
Despite the image of a happy family shared on social media, the Craigs’ marriage was embroiled in problems, caused by their infidelity, apparent addiction to pornography and financial problems.
Angela’s sister said she thought about leaving him several times, but he always managed to talk her down. His sister told officers that he had had “multiple affairs” and that he had been addicted to pornography since he was a teenager.
A police report claims that she had discussed leaving him several times during their relationship.
He adds that she had complained that James had “torn down her dental office” and had even gambled over $2,000 during a trip to Las Vegas.
Court records show that his Summerbrook Dental practice filed for bankruptcy in 2021.
Craig is even said to have drugged Angela about five or six years ago, her sister is quoted as saying in the police report.
Angela repeatedly considered leaving her husband, but he would always talk back to her, according to reports.
A police report said the couple had “marital problems” as Craig would sometimes leave work during lunch because of their fights.
Separately, the report quoted a colleague as saying the couple were having “marital problems,” which meant he would leave work at lunchtime some days because of their bickering.
In December 2022, James reported that he wanted to divorce his wife. But he claims that she was depressed and suicidal.
He reports having to revive her on several occasions after a suicide attempt.
After informing him that he wanted a divorce by the end of 2022, his suicidal thoughts apparently worsened.
Who was Craig’s lover?
This week, WhatsNew2Day.com revealed the identity of Craig’s mistress, a 49-year-old Texan orthodontist named Karin Cain.
Cain is in the midst of a divorce from her husband Jason with whom she shares two children.
Yesterday she was photographed wearing a set of scrubs and sneakers while taking a lunch break at work.
Cain’s name was mentioned twice in court documents, though on other occasions it was redacted.
Craig’s mistress was discovered as 49-year-old Texan orthodontist Karin Cain. Images obtained exclusively by dailymail.com show her in a medical gown and a pair of slippers.
She wrote Craig an email on March 16, comforting him about Angela’s failing health.
‘Hello honey, I’m so sorry about what has happened this week in your world. I’m sorry I’m not a part of your world to be of any more help and instead I’m pushing you away,” she said.
“This is so hard,” he continued. “I want to be and do everything I can to support and encourage them and I don’t want to add to what has become an incredibly difficult time.
‘I can’t imagine what guiding your children through this is making you. I want to give you as much comfort as I can, but I don’t feel like it’s right for me to mingle with everyone who comes together to mourn Angela either, and I don’t want to meet your family as a friend and try to hide how I feel. for you.
I am praying for you and seeking God’s wisdom for this moment.’
She signed with the words ‘I love you’.
A search of Craig’s emails revealed that he had booked flights for Cain from Austin to Denver around the same time he allegedly spiked his wife’s pre-workout shakes with arsenic and potassium cyanide to poison her.