Richard Sharpe became a Boston-area dermatologist, with a cosmetic dermatology business, and a chain of hair removal clinics, LaseHair. He also taught at Harvard Medical School.
A secretive cross-dresser, who had abused his wife for many years, he came out in 2000 after he murdered her after she had left him. He had been self-prescribing female hormones to himself. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
In 2007 he was acquitted of attempting to hire a professional killer to eliminate the prosecutor who had sent him to jail.
In January 2009 he managed to kill himself in his cell by hanging a sheet from the upper bunk.
*Not the soldier in the Bernard Cornwell novels and the subsequent Carlton Films television series, nor the rugby player, nor the 18th-century politician.
- “Attorney: Doctor accused of killing wife was cross-dresser, drug-abuser”. Portsmouth Herald. July 20, 2000. www.seacoastonline.com/2000news/7_20_sb1.htm.
- Denise Lavoie. “Cross-dressing doctor sentenced to life in prison for killing wife”. Portsmouth Herald. Nov 30, 2001. www.seacoastonline.com/2001news/11_30_sb1.htm.
- Sam Handlin. “Cross-dressing millionaire doctor on trial for wife's murder”. Court TV Nov 8, 2001. www.courttv.com/trials/sharpe/background.html.
- John Glatt. Twisted : The Secret Desires and Bizarre Double Life of Dr. Richard Sharpe. St. Martins Press. 2003.
- John R. Ellement & Andrew Ryan. “Sharpe acquitted in slaying plot: Murderer accused of targeting DA”. The Boston Globe. Aug 24, 2007. www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/08/24/sharpe_acquitted_in_slaying_plot.