Jury Rejects Rich Dentist’s Tale of Woman’s Death

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The big game, multimillionaire dentist accused of murdering his wife over three decades to fill his pockets with insurance money was found guilty in Denver on Monday of murder and mail fraud.

The trial of Larry Rudolph, who had declared his innocence since his wife Bianca was shot in the chest by a shotgun in 2016, lasted three weeks. It contained testimonies from Bianca’s brothers, who claimed that Rudolph killed their sister in cold blood, as well as experts on blood spatter and Rudolph himself.

In the end, a jury ruled in favor of the brothers, who could not accept Rudolph’s claims about what happened early in the morning on October 11, 2016.

Rudolph said he and his wife were rushing off their last big game hunting trip in Zambia to head to Pittsburgh for a family wedding. But he claimed that as he was getting ready in the bathroom, he heard his wife say, “Come here and help me.” Moments later, he heard a gunshot and found Bianca on the floor in a pool of blood, he testified at his trial.

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Rudolph said it seemed to him that Bianca, whom he married in 1984 and shared two children, had accidentally fired a shotgun while she was packing it. Bullets penetrated the case and went into her chest, he said.

“I didn’t kill my wife. I couldn’t kill my wife. I wouldn’t kill my wife,” he declared in the stands.

In the immediate aftermath of the incident, Rudolph’s testimony was considered valid by Zambian government investigators and insurance investigators. Rudolph collected $4.8 million in life insurance payouts and appeared to have no home.

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But Bianca’s relatives were concerned about the way Rudolph was coping with his life after the loss of his wife. He didn’t spend his days mourning, her brothers said. Instead, he booked a trip to Las Vegas right after his wife’s funeral, and was constantly dating Lori Milliron, 64, who he dated even while Bianca was alive.

This concern, combined with experts claiming the rifle had a barrel too long for Bianca to disarm herself, prompted the FBI to open an investigation into the incident. Rudolph was charged with murder and mail fraud.

As the FBI investigation began, another important detail emerged. At a dinner party in Phoenix, a witness claimed to have heard Rudolph say, “I fucking killed my wife for you” to Milliron in an argument over money.

Rudolph attributed the quote to a misunderstanding in a crowded restaurant, insisting that he actually said, “The FBI thinks I killed my wife for you.”

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In his testimony, Rudolph described the ups and downs of his marriage, which he said was likely saved around 2000 when they agreed to have sex with other people.

Because of this arrangement, which he claimed the couple was “relatively happy,” Rudolph insisted that Bianca be aware of his relationship with Milliron. The trial revealed that Milliron received cash payments from Rudolph while Bianca was alive, and was given a credit card linked to his account after she died.

With Rudolph’s trial over, the fate of Milliron, accused of lying to a grand jury about her relationship with Rudolph, still hangs in the air. She is subsequently charged with obstruction of justice, perjury and complicity.