A dentist has been charged with killing his wife while they were on an African hunting safari and then allegedly saying she shot herself and claiming more than $4million in life insurance.
Dr Lawrence Rudolph, 67, allegedly fatally shot his wife Bianca while they were in Zambia in 2016, and was charged with foreign murder and wire fraud in Colorado.
Rudolph had seven life insurance policies against his wife that were modified just months before her death, and had been having an affair for years prior to that, according to a criminal complaint that was unsealed last week.
The payouts from the seven different insurance companies across states totaled $4.8million, according to the complaint obtained by the Daily Mail.
The couple apparently flew to Zambia in October 2016 so Bianca could hunt down a leopard. But early on October 11 of that year, scouts and gamekeepers heard a gunshot from her cabin. They arrived to find her with a gunshot wound to her chest on the ground.
Rudolph said he was in the restroom while she accidentally shot herself in the midst of packing for the hunting excursion.
Police in Zambia ruled Bianca’s death an accident and let her husband fly back to the US. Back in the states, Rudolph continued to see the woman he had been having an affair with, according to an FBI agent.
The FBI got on the case in 2016 after a friend of Bianca reported her death as suspicious.
The Rudolphs were not happy in their marriage but did not pursue a divorce, Bianca’s friend said. They had two children including a daughter who works at the dental firm that her father started.
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