On the Road Again and Again and Again (March 25, 2000)
After CBS "On the Road'' host, Charles Kuralt died at age 62 in 1997,
his widow, Suzanne "Petie'' Kuralt, got a few surprises.
funeral, she found out her husband—a beloved celebrity—had had a
two-decade affair with a woman named Patricia Shannon.
discovery was made when Shannon’s attorney, showed up at the
funeral with a letter to Shannon from Kuralt.
As if news of the affair weren’t enough, Mrs. Kuralt also learned
that her husband had given the “other woman”
thousands of dollars, a cabin in Montana, and a cottage in Ireland.
In addition, according to the letter, he apparently intended to leave
his mistress another 89 acres, valued at $600,000, adjacent to the
If this weren’t enough, Kuralt’s notarized will had
left the land to his previous wife and two daughters of that marriage.
Mrs. Kuralt died last year, thus, she missed what would have
been yet another kick in the stomach this week. In 1998, a district
judge ruled the property belonged to Kuralt's estate, but the
Montana Supreme Court overturned the ruling. Wednesday (March,
2000), the judge ruled that because Kuralt wrote a letter to Shannon
16 days before he died that said he wanted her to inherit the land,
his paramour should get it. It didn't matter that Kuralt's notarized
will said otherwise!