Pennsylvania dentist, 67, is charged with murdering his wife on 2017 African hunting trip

A Pennsylvania dentist has been charged with murdering his wife throughout a 2016 African hunting safari as a part of an insurance coverage scam and to get out of his marriage to be with his long-term mistress. 

Dr. Lawrence Rudolph, 67, was charged in Colorado on costs of international homicide and wire fraud, for allegedly capturing lifeless his wife Bianca throughout a trip to Zambia. 

In the felony grievance filed in opposition to him that was unsealed final week, an FBI agent describes how he had been having an affair for years beforehand, and had seven life insurance coverage insurance policies in opposition to his wife which have been adjusted within the months earlier than her demise. 

The pair have been avid hunters and had flown to Zambia in October 2016 in order that Bianca may kill a leopard. At round 5am on October 11, gamekeepers and scouts heard a gunshot coming from their cabin. 

When they acquired there, they discovered Bianca mendacity on the bottom with a gunshot wound to the chest. 

Her husband claimed he was within the rest room on the time and that she had unintentionally shot with a Browning 12 gauge shot gun herself whereas packing up her gun for a day’s hunting. 

Dr. Lawrence Rudolph, 67, was charged in Colorado on costs of international homicide and wire fraud, for allegedly capturing lifeless his wife Bianca throughout a trip to Zambia. They are proven, throughout a 2011 hunting trip with a information. Bianca died in Africa in 2016

Zambian Police believed him, ruling the demise an accident and permitting him to journey again to America, the place the FBI agent says he rapidly resumed his relations with an unnamed ‘girlfriend’, who he’d been having an affair with for years. 

The FBI was notified of the case in 2016 after one among Bianca’s buddies known as them to say she was suspicious about Bianca’s demise. 

Bianca and Lawrence, or Larry, had been married since 1982 and whereas they loved hunting collectively, the pal mentioned he was vulnerable to affairs. 

They have been sad however wouldn’t break up, the pal mentioned, telling the agent: ‘Larry is by no means going to divorce her as a result of he doesn’t wish to lose his money, and he or she’s by no means going to divorce him due to her Catholicism.’ 

The couple had two youngsters collectively, together with a daughter who now works on the dental agency Larry based. 

According to the felony grievance, within the weeks after murdering his wife, the dentist claimed seven payouts from seven totally different insurance coverage corporations in a number of states. The complete payout was $4.8million. 

The day after his wife’s funeral, he is mentioned to have booked a aircraft ticket for his girlfriend to fly from Pittsburgh to Phoenix, however he then canceled the ticket and booked a unique flight for a unique lady, who he met up with in Las Vegas. 

He had gone to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico with the primary lady within the months earlier than his wife’s demise, in line with the FBI agent.

Lawrence is proven throughout one other hunting trip. He instructed recreation keepers in Africa that his wife unintentionally shot herself with a 12 gauge shotgun in 2016, and the Zambian police believed him

According to an FBI agent in a felony grievance, Bianca – a eager hunter – needed to kill a leopard on the Zambia trip. Her buddies instructed the FBI that Lawrence was all the time untrue however that she would not divorce him as a result of she was a strict Catholic 

In the year after her demise, Lawrence cashed out $4.8million in life insurance coverage payouts 

Lawrence is proven with the couple’s grownup daughter, Ana, who now works in his dental apply 

Lawrence claimed his wife shot herself with a 12 gauge Browning shotgun – which health workers say would have been unimaginable 

As a part of their five-year investigation, FBI brokers interviewed the wife of one of many hunting guides on the Zambia trip who mentioned Larry bribed officers to hurry cremating Bianca, though she was a religious Catholic. 

The wife additionally thought it was unusual, she mentioned, that he refused to answer calls from the pair’s youngsters. 

Three years after her demise, a former worker of the dental apply run by Larry instructed the FBI agent {that a} supervisor on the apply confided in them that she was his girlfriend of 15-20 years, and that she had given him an ultimatum to depart Bianca within the months earlier than her demise. 

As a part of its investigation, the FBI carried out a ‘attain take a look at’ to find out whether or not or not it will have been bodily attainable for Bianca to unintentionally shoot herself with the gun – a Browning Shotgun. 

They discovered it was unimaginable, as did a Colorado Medical Examiner who was proven pictures of Bianca’s physique. 

‘In my opinion, it will be bodily unimaginable to unintentionally fireplace this shotgun in its carrying case and produce the doorway defect famous on the physique of Ms. Rudolph. 

‘The tip of the carrying case was most probably not less than two ft from Ms. Randolph when the weapon was discharged regardless if it was on cylinder or full choke settings. 

‘Further, it will be extraordinarily tough, if not unimaginable, for Ms. Rudolph to achieve the set off of this weapon even when it was positioned within the case with the muzzle pressed in opposition to her chest,’ the medical expert dominated. 

Lawrence was arrested in Cabo San Lucas in December. 

He denies the allegations and claims it is a witch hunt by the FBI. He is presently being held in custody in Denver, Colorado.   

‘This is an outrageous prosecution in opposition to Dr. Larry Rudolph, a person who beloved his wife of 34 years and didn’t kill her,’ his counsel – David Oscar Markus, Margot Moss, and Lauren Doyle – instructed on Tuesday. 

‘Back in 2016, his wife had a horrible accident throughout a hunting trip in Zambia. The investigators on the scene concluded it was an accident. Several insurance coverage corporations additionally investigated and agreed. Now, greater than 5 years later, the federal government is looking for to fabricate a case in opposition to this well-respected and legislation abiding dentist. Dr. Rudolph appears ahead to his trial the place he’ll reveal his innocence.’

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