A couple was living in New York who almost had the best love story just like other long-lasting couples all around the world – Bobby and Cheryl Love. What made the word “almost” appear in the previous sentence was caused by something that put a strain on their relationship. Everything about their marriage and their family was going so great until something from Bobby’s past, which he tried so hard to forget, was discovered by Cheryl.
Not Your Typical Morning
It was another normal day for the Love family – Cheryl woke up first and decided to start the day by cooking breakfast, the most important meal of the day. She stopped as she heard a knock coming from the door. She peeked through the window to see who was outside. What she saw was a police officer.
Not like other people who would usually feel nervous when cops suddenly appeared outside their house, Cheryl thought that their home was only mistaken for the crazy lady’s house. “Crazy Lady” is the name they used to call the neighbor living next to them. Ever since she began living in that place, the police had always visited her regularly. That was why Cheryl thought that the cops just made a mistake, but she was wrong.
She opened their front door and discovered that twelve uniformed police officers were waiting for her. That was the moment she began to feel some nervousness in her system. Little did Cheryl know that there was something about to happen that would change their lives forever.
Asking For His Name
Looking at the uniforms the police officers were wearing, Cheryl learned that they came from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They asked her for permission to go inside – Cheryl, who had no idea at all of what was happening, just said yes. The group of officers quickly went inside looking for the bedroom. Who they found was Bobby. One of them stepped up and asked for his name. The husband nervously answered, “Bobby Love”.
Looking at the uniforms the police officers were wearing, Cheryl found out that they were from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They asked her if they could go inside. Cheryl, who had no idea what was happening, simply said yes.
Asking For His Name
But the cops were not contented with his answer. They repeated the question and made it clear that what they were asking for was his real and original name. It took Bobby a few seconds before responding to the police’s question. Two names came out of his own mouth: “Walter Miller” and the story-telling begins…
Cheryl was shocked. She said, “They went straight back to the bedroom, and walked up to Bobby.” Then, she heard the officers ask her husband, “What’s your name?” to which he responded, “Bobby Love.”
Walter Miller was originally from North Carolina. He grew up during the 1960s and shared that his family used to live in a less fortunate life. A factor that made it really difficult for their parents to raise them was the fact that their family was really huge – two parents and eight children.
An 80’s Concert
Walter Miller’s secret started from the day when he went to Sam Cooke’s concert. He shared what he experienced at that concert. He said that the singer’s fans were really enjoying themselves, dancing to the music, to the point that their idol already had to call them out just to sit down. Walter was really enjoying it along with the other fans until something happened.
Walter said some swear words and accidentally said it out loud, but they were only meant as a joke. The security guards heard it clearly and they had him arrested. He was kicked out of the concert and directly went to the nearest police station. It was really not his lucky day.
Years Of Petty Crimes
The incident that happened at that concert was the very first time he got a record for doing something against the law. However, Walter still did several terrible things such as stealing purses, checks, and wallets from other people through different tactics. All of those small robberies already felt like a routine for him.
Trouble Was Calling
Walter and all the other fans loved it until something had happened. When the singer was stalling, Walter yelled some profanities towards the stage jokingly. However, it was obviously heard by the security guards. In fact, they had him arrested.
Juvenile Detention Center
Well, he had another very unfortunate day when he got caught sneaking into his school’s band room, stealing some valuables. That gesture of him sent him into a juvenile detention center. It was not like the lenient detention centers you see in the movies. Walter really faced some serious consequences.
His Life Quickly Changed
Walter did not like any experience that he had from the detention center. He suffered from everything – starting from the treatment up to the meals served in the place. Let us talk about the food first. Walter described the food as really bad. He also shared his experiences of being violently beaten up.
He committed crimes on a smaller scale quite frequently. It was the only way he could get his hands on some money fast. When he was breaking into the band room of his school, he decided to steal some valuables.
Calculating A Plan
Everything he was experiencing in the detention center really pushed him to plan an escape. What motivated him more was the sounds of the train outside the center he kept on hearing every night. That was how Walter started constructing a plan on how to get out of that place without being caught.
A Daring Escape
All he had to know was the location where the train was going. Other than that, he also had to wait for the perfect opportunity when to execute his escape from the juvenile detention center. Well, his plan was close to impossible because the center really established very strict security so no one could escape.
It was already his time to sleep, but Walter did not feel sleepy at all – he felt very alive. It seemed like Walter’s wishes of getting his freedom had been granted by Genie. The man securing the place left his station to check on something. It was the opportunity he had always been waiting for. He quickly grabbed his things and went out of the center.
Eventually, everything in that detention center that he experienced really pushed him to plan an escape. The thing that inspired him most to leave was the sound of the trains outside. He kept listening to them each night, wondering where they were headed to.
Making His Way To The Tracks
He only knew one place to go to – the train station. Even though he had no idea where the trains would bring him, the most important thing for him at that time was to get away from the juvenile detention center. He quickly ran into the train station as he was very wary of the surroundings to see if there was someone who caught him escaping. He made it and managed to ride on a train which was about to go to Washington D.C.
With all the trauma that he got from the juvenile detention center, Walter swore to live a new and better life, especially because he was very lucky to have an opportunity to fix himself again in Washington D.C. – he had a brother who lived there so he found a place where he could stay. He also started going to school again – high school. Well, I do not really know if going to that particular school was the best decision for him because it was the place where he met the people who led him to do terrible things again.
Spoken To Soon
Quickly, he ran ahead and dashed out of the exit doors. He said, “I ran out the back door — toward the sound of that whistle. And that was the first place I ever escaped from”. However, it was only just the beginning.
Much Worse Crimes
From the small theft he used to do before – stealing other people’s wallets, checks, purses, and other things, his new circle of friends led him in participating in bank robberies. At first, they managed to rob several banks and they did not get caught. The trick they used was going away from Washington D.C. and going immediately to North Carolina. He explained that they always went there after every robbery because the implementation of laws there was not strict.
He did not blame anyone, even his friends, as to why he went back in his old habit of doing terrible things and always getting in trouble. The only person he blamed was himself. He said that he did everything that he had done because he was enjoying every single part of it. He liked all the plans, the getaways, and the money.
Getting Caught Again
One day, they decided to rob a bank again. Unfortunately, they were outsmarted by its security. It turned out that the bank did not have a regular alarm; instead, it had the high-tech silent alarm which alarmed an employee who managed to immediately call 911. That was how their group got caught for the first time.
Back In Cuffs
He knew the feeling of being arrested and being kept in a place like a prison. That was why Walter tried his luck of escaping by running away from the bank as he saw all of his friends being locked up with handcuffs. Genie did not grant his wish this time, though – he got shot by a police officer who immediately put him in handcuffs, as well.
Sentenced For His Crimes
As they were accompanied by their lawyers, their group went on a few trials. The jury made a decision and declared all of them guilty. They were given the consequence of being imprisoned for a total of 25 to 30 years. It seemed like karma was a real thing because not only was he sentenced to jail, his mother also died at that time.
Even though his lawyer did everything he could do in order to get him out of jail or at least, lower the years he had been sentenced to, nothing happened and he still had to wait for 25 to 30 years before getting out of prison. Being the risk-taker he had always been, Walter planned an escape again. The first goal of the plan was for him to be transferred to a facility with minimum security so he could escape.
His Work Paid Off
For a few months, he was patient. He also avoided all the things that could lead him into doing anything foolish which may ruin his clean record in prison. Well, his hard work and discipline got himself transferred into a facility with a much lower level of security, unlike the prison he had previously been staying in.
His new friend group led him to be a part of bank robberies. From the small thefts he used to commit, he was now going for bigger prizes. At first, they were able to rob a few banks without getting caught.
Things Were Changing
As he arrived at the new facility he had been transferred to, he was in awe. He saw how the prisoners staying there got much more freedom compared to the ones staying in the prison where he came from. That time, he already had the ability to be visited by his relatives and friends. He also could choose what activity he would engage himself in – he chose to spend time in hosting a radio show available in the facility.
Everything Went Downhill
He hated to admit it, but he was really enjoying his stay in the facility that time – also, to think that he was able to try hosting a radio show which had always been one of his dreams. He almost was very close to dropping the escape he had already planned until he got accused of swearing at the captain guarding the cell he was staying in. It was all a mistake and his co-prisoner was really the one who cursed the captain.
Too Many Negative Reports
The captain felt so embarrassed about what happened. He was too angry to listen to Walter’s explanation that the accusation was wrong. Well, the harm was done. Usually, captains would not take swearing directed to them seriously and just ignore it, but Walter was really unfortunate because this particular captain was different. The captain had no mercy for him. He wrote and filed tons of negative reports about him. After a few weeks, all those reports got Walter sent back to the prison with maximum security.
An Eye On Him
Well, this time around, things didn’t end so well. Walter was shot by a police officer who immediately put him in handcuffs. Their party went through a few trials, as was the procedure. The jury ruled: they declared them all guilty.
A New Opportunity
As a punishment, he was also assigned to a task most of the prisoners hated – cleaning up trash scattered on the streets. Along with other prisoners, he had to suffer from all the more difficult tasks affiliated with cleaning the streets.
The Plotting Begins
He even said that rude people used to throw milkshakes and hamburgers at him and other prisoners who were also assigned to clean up the streets. Months already passed and he was still assigned to that task. He could not take it anymore. All the sufferings drove him to plan an escape from prison. It was a big escape plan and it was way more serious compared to his escape from the juvenile detention center.
His Big Escape Plan
He gathered all the information he already knew to construct a perfect strategy. For the past few months, he noticed that the day, when the laziest and most lenient guard was usually guiding them, happened every Tuesday. That information played a huge role in the plan – to execute the escape on a Tuesday. He just had to wait for the perfect opportunity.
Collecting The Necessary Information
For the record, they used to ride a bus to get to the place they were going to clean up. Another information that helped him construct his plan was his observation about the place where the bus would usually stop. It would be the place where he would carefully get off the bus and just run away.
At that point, his relatives and friends were allowed to visit him. He was also able to select what activity he wanted to engage in. He had chosen to spend time hosting his own radio show which was available at the facility.
Everything Was Set
The next Tuesday came and Walter had a great feeling about it even though he also felt nervous. He woke up early and prepared all of his stuff, especially his clothes. He was very glad to see that the one who was guiding them that day was the laziest guard and he was not strict at all. So, the first part of his plan was already checked – it seemed like his plan was going to work.
Wailing Of The Sirens
He made his way to the seats located at the back of the bus. Seating near the back door, which was also used as the bus’ exit during an emergency, was a part of his escape plan. The driver already stepped on the gas and drove to their destination. As soon as it made a quick stop, Walter was also quick in stepping out of the bus through the back door. He hid in a safe place to change his clothes, then immediately ran away.
It definitely did the damage. Captains normally wouldn’t take swearing aimed at them all that seriously, they would ignore it. However, Walter wasn’t all that lucky. This specific captain was very different. He had no sympathy for Walter.
The Death Of Walter Miller
He kept on running away from all the police officers who were chasing him for an hour and immediately slowed down when he stopped hearing the police cars’ sirens. When he realized that he already managed to escape from prison, he asked some people for money and he was lucky to gather an amount enough to give him a bus ride. Wary of his surroundings, he carefully went to the nearest bus station and rode on a bus traveling to New York City.
The Birth Of Bobby Love
The transformation of his name and identity happened inside that bus. A woman who sat next to him was a very friendly person who started a conversation with him by asking his name. With that, he realized that changing his name would be a very good decision. That was why he introduced himself as Bobby Love.
As he stepped out of the bus and found himself on the streets of New York City, he promised himself that he would start a new life again as Bobby Love. With all the money strangers gave him, Walter – I mean, Bobby – was able to book a hotel room to stay in for a few nights. He started living his new identity by applying for a birth certificate, driver’s license, and a social security number, which he all succeeded in getting because of his greatness with lies.
He had no job at that time and he was already running out of money, so he had to sleep on the streets for a while. He spent a few days looking for a job and he ended up working several jobs. His hard work earned him a cheap hotel room and enough money to buy food.
Bobby And Cheryl
He wanted to earn more, so he looked for an additional job. During the 1980s he was hired by the Baptist Medical Center to work in their cafeteria. It turned out that accepting that job was one of the greatest decisions he had ever made in his entire life because that was the place where he met the love of his life, Cheryl.
A Heart Of Gold
Bobby and Cheryl’s love story started when they went out on a date – hitting the cinema to watch Prince’s film Purple Rain and then going to a concert that featured Gladys Knight & the Pips. Bobby said that he fell so hard for Cheryl because she was everything he had been looking for – a completely opposite version of himself. Cheryl was a sweet, caring, and innocent woman. She was the girl of her dreams.
Building A Life Together
It seemed like everything in Bobby Love’s life was going great. He got happily married to Cheryl on March 30, 1985. After a few months, they made an announcement that they were pregnant with a baby girl whom they eventually named Jasmine. They also welcomed another baby girl into this world after a couple of years and named her Jessica. 11 years full of happiness was spent by the Love family after the second child’s birth. Little did they know that they were still about to be blessed with two angels – Cheryl gave birth to their twins, Justin and Jordan.
Devoted Family Man
Bobby lived a great life being an amazing father to her kids, a loving husband to his wife, a hard-working employee working two jobs, and an active member of the church. Despite all the difficulties he had experienced from balancing his jobs, other errands, and his family; he always made sure to put his family first in his priorities.
There was no time when Bobby stopped thinking about his secret of escaping from prison even if it was done already decades ago. He badly wanted to let his wife know everything that happened in his past, but he loved her so much to the point that he could not afford to lose her and ruin everything the family had built – those were the reasons why he did not have the confidence to talk with Cheryl about his dark secret.
It was not only Bobby who knew about his dark past. His family knew all the things he had done including the time when he changed his identity as Bobby Love and managed to keep all of his secrets just to themselves. They never lost connection. Once he learned that one of his siblings passed away, he immediately traveled back to North Carolina. He was very nervous that he would be caught there but his love for his family overshadowed his fear. Well, coming back to his hometown might be the thing that pushed authorities to chase him again. Maybe, a police officer saw him. Maybe, someone was aware that he would be coming back to town. We would never know.
His New Slate
Once the bus made a quick stop, Walter was quick in stepping out of the back door. He found a hiding spot to change his clothing and then sprinted away as fast as he could. Quickly, Walter stripped off his prison uniform before going deeper into the forest.
In an interview, Cheryl shared how she noticed weird things about her husband. She said that every time they would go out of the house, Bobby would feel very awkward and scared of all the people walking down the streets. He even felt very terrified when someone asked him for some directions. One of the strangest things she noticed about Bobby was the fact that he never liked to be a part of any picture – cameras had always scared him.
When he realized he was safe and that his plan succeeded, he asked some people for money. He was lucky enough to collect enough for a bus ride. Wary of the area he was in, he cautiously traveled to the nearest bus station and took a bus to New York City.
Praying To The Lord
Cheryl revealed that there were times when she almost gave up. Whenever they were quarreling, Bobby would just cut himself off in a very weird way. When things got bad, she said that she resorted to communicating with the Lord through praying as a coping mechanism.
Everything Came Crashing Down
She did not know what to feel – would she feel bad for his husband or hate him for not telling her? All that she knew was that her feelings were very hurt. Seeing her husband being arrested by the police officers sent by the Federal Bureau of Investigation crashed her into pieces.
Bobby and Cheryl’s love story started when they went out on a date to the cinema in order to watch Prince’s movie, Purple Rain. After that, they went to a Gladys Knight & the Pips concert. Bobby had said that he fell so hard for Cheryl since she was what he’d been waiting for: the opposite of himself. She was gentle, loving, and innocent. It looked like everything was going great in Bobby Love’s life. He and Cheryl got married in 1985. A few months later, they announced their pregnancy. Eventually, Cheryl gave birth to their firstborn daughter, Jasmine.
Several years later, they had another baby girl who they named Jessica. The Love family spent 11 joy-filled years after their second child was born. Little did they know that two angels were about to grace them. Cheryl then gave birth to their twins, Justin and Jordan. Bobby lived a good life.
Facing Grim Circumstances
Bobby Love was immediately imprisoned in Rikers Island, New York City’s main jail complex. There were still no final decisions regarding the consequences that he would face after escaping from prison. Staying in prison for the remaining 10 years left in his service before was the only thing Bobby surely knew he would be sentenced to. With the help of a lawyer, Cheryl thought of all the possible consequences her husband might face – all of them were serious.
For Better Or Worse
She even recalled the first time she saw her husband behind the bars, she said that he was not able to say a single word – all he did was cry in front of her. Cheryl admitted that there was a part of her that felt angry at her husband for not telling her anything about his history, but his love for him would always overshadow all of her hatred and fears. She decided to be with Bobby in this battle. She never left his side.
To Leave Or Not To Leave
In an interview, Cheryl spoke about how there were things about her husband she thought were odd. She said how Bobby was always nervous about talking to strangers on the street. Whenever someone would even ask him for directions, Bobby would get scared. One of the strangest things about Bobby was that he never liked being in photos. Cheryl said he seemed to be on edge overall.
Doing Everything She Could
Cheryl Love became a strong wife to her husband and a strong mother to her children as she thought of different plans on how to get Bobby out of prison or at least lessen the years he was sentenced to. She asked her children to write sincere letters regarding their father’s imprisonment. She also wrote a letter herself telling how good of a man Bobby had been ever since she met him. All of those letters were sent to the governor and President Obama. Weren’t those too much or were those just normal for a wife who would do anything for her family? What do you think?
Seeing her husband get arrested by the FBI was devastating for Cheryl. She said, “My world came crashing down,” she also admitted that her pain was more significant than her embarrassment. She felt like her entire marriage was a lie. Suddenly, she was filled with doubts about her relationship. She continued, “Bobby had deceived me for all those years. There was no truth in our house,” in another interview, Cheryl said she was “like I was in a movie — a Lifetime movie.”
Addressing The Parole Board
After a year of staying in New York City’s main jail complex, the parole board came into the conclusion of setting Bobby free. Maybe, all of the efforts of his wife and his clean record inside prison helped the parole board to make that decision. Whatever pushed them to release Bobby from prison, we would never know it. All they knew was that: during that day, a miracle happened in the Love family’s lives.
Better Than Ever
After hearing the full and real story of everything that he did in the past as Walter Miller, Cheryl still gave him a second chance and forgave him. They decided to keep on living as if nothing changed. After what happened, no one in the household looked at Bobby as if he became less of a person due to the revelation of his past. In fact, their bond as a family even became stronger because of everything that they had faced. Since then, every member of the Love family had moved on and lived a happy and peaceful life.
Cheryl didn’t intend to simply watch her husband’s life fade away in prison. She became stronger, both as a wife and as a mother. She was coming up with different plans for getting him out of jail or lessening the years he was sentenced. She wrote a long letter telling them just how good Bobby has been since she met him. She asked other people as well as their kids to write the same thing. All those letters were sent to the governor and even President Obama. Cheryl said, “I didn’t know a thing about Walter Miller, but I told them all about Bobby Love.” She said, “I didn’t know a thing about Walter Miller, but I told them all about Bobby Love.”
She had no doubts about the fact that her husband had changed. She saw he really has become a completely new person. After 12 months of staying in New York City’s main jail complex, the parole board came to the decision to let Bobby free. All his wife’s efforts along with his excellent record might have helped the parole board come to the decision.
It might be impossible, but all they knew that on that fateful day, a miracle happened in the Love family’s life. After finding out the full story of Walter Miller and his past, Cheryl still forgave him and gave him a second chance. They decided to go on with their life as usual. “The day he was set free, I sat him down and I asked ‘What is it? Are we the Loves? Or are we the Millers?” And he said: ”We Love. We Love.”
Stronger On The Other Side
In fact, the family actually grew stronger from all these events that happened. Since then, they’ve been living a peaceful and happy life. Now that Bobby’s secret was revealed, the couple felt like they were more connected than ever. Cheryl finally got the marriage she dreamed of.