This has been big gossip in Sedalia since yesterday morning.
One of my enterprising readers pointed me to Page 22 of this document. And yes, they are married.
We also know that both Gutting and Cooper were/are Jewish.
All the gossip is pointing to the fact that they were/are both closeted gays and that they were involved with each other behind their wives’ backs. The tryst went bad, and the younger man stabbed the older man to death, and I have come to understand from multiple sources that gay men, when they get in that mood, will take their homicidal rage out on each other with knives way more often than guns.
With Cooper, I tend to think he tried to take his marriage to a woman seriously, and they did have a son, but he couldn’t keep his gay side repressed. OTOH, I think Gutting is just using this black woman as a beard; I get the feeling that there’s no there there in that marriage. I mean, look at her, that’s no Tyra Banks or Halle Berry.
If all that and my speculation is right, it makes me wonder why any of them ever bothered. Aren’t we all supposed to be more tolerant of LGBTQetc than we used to be? Is not the modern academic environment the flagship of that tolerance? Yet, even there, they feel the need to hide.