One of “San Diego’s best 50 mothers”, who lost out to her dream home, has been convicted of stalking the young family who outbid her.
Kathy Rowe, 53, looked at 100 homes before setting her heart on the Spanish-style house in San Diego’s Carmel Valley. When she lost the house to buyers, Jerry Rice and Janine Ruhter, for $779,000, she launched a campaign of abuse against the couple.
In 2006, Rowe was named as one of “San Diego’s best 50 mothers” for how she cared for her disabled daughter.
When the family moved in, Rowe used a fake name to re-list the house online and potential buyers would show up at the family’s doorstep.
Rowe also signed the family up for magazine subscriptions, sent them $1,200 worth of adult diapers and posted ads for fake parties at the family’s home.
Rice even found his wife’s picture online advertising for sex. The picture was posted under the heading, “Carmel Valley Freak Show. Come see me during the day while my husband is at work.” Rowe posed as Ms. Ruhter online and invited men to come and rape the woman. She told one man, “I like to be surprised and have a man just show up at the door and force his way in the door.”
Two men showed up to the house, and one was confronted by Rice.
Rowe was caught when the ads on sex websites were traced back to her computer. Her lawyer said her behavior was a result of sleep deprivation from caring for her daughter, and stress due to her husband being diagnosed with stage four cancer.
Rowe pleaded guilty to stalking and was sentenced last month to one year of home electronic surveillance and five years probation. The judge ordered Rowe to stay away from the couple for ten years.
Rowe told ABC’s 20/20 television program she was sorry. “I may be the least liked person in San Diego County.” Rowe said. “A horrible, evil person who wanted to harm this nice couple. I did not intend to harm them.”