A TROPHY hunter reportedly told his mistress that he had killed his wife for her in a wild case that spanned several countries.
Lawrence Rudolph, a wealthy dentist, was on a trip to Zambia with his wife Bianca when he killed her in a remote cottage.
The story of the murder will be probed Friday at 9 p.m. EST on NBC’s Dateline.
Prosecutors alleged that Larry of Pennsylvania murdered Bianca because of an insurance payout, The US Sun reported.
Federal prosecutors said in a statement that Larry devised a “scheme to cheat and receive a total of $4,877,744.93.”
“He did this by showing that Bianca died as a result of being accidentally shot from a firearm, when in fact she was murdered,” prosecutors said.
According to prosecutors, Lori Milliron made false and misleading statements to a grand jury in the District of Colorado about cash payments from Lawrence Rudolph and the nature of her relationship with Rudolph.
Milliron said the reason for the payments was generosity on Larry’s behalf, but it really was because they were dating.
She said Larry told her he was “probably innocent; but actually, in the spring of 2020, Larry had told her that he killed his (expletive) wife for her,” the prosecutor said.
“She was once shot in the heart with a 12-gauge shotgun.”
A court hearing in Colorado – the state where the insurance payments were made – alleged that Larry had admitted his guilt to his girlfriend Milliron.
He is said to have told her at a steakhouse in Phoenix, Arizona, after finding out the FBI was investigating his wife’s death in 2020.
Assistant US Attorney Bishop Grewell pointed to Milliron and said, “He killed his wife for her.”
But Larry’s attorney, David Markus, argued that the witness overheard him incorrectly, and he had actually said, “You say I killed my bloody royal wife for you.”
He told the court the shooting took place as staff were going in and out of the cabin to serve the couple breakfast.
Markus told jurors workers found Larry in shock after the shooting and claimed his wife accidentally dropped the gun – which set it off.
After a two-day investigation in Zambia, authorities concluded it was an accident, as did insurance investigators, Markus said.
THE SUSPECT IS GROWING
Wild scout Spencer Kakoma arrived at the scene the night of the murder.
He said Larry told him Bianca died by suicide.
As mentioned, Larry later said that there was an accident while cleaning the gun.
Kakoma also said that Larry was fully clothed when he entered the booth, but Larry had reportedly told police he was wearing a towel when he called them.
AUTOPSY REVEALS SECRETS
Bianca’s body was taken to a funeral home in Zambia, where Larry “quickly” had his wife’s body cremated.
But a US embassy official with decades of gun experience had traveled to the home to view her remains.
Little did Larry know the former Marine was visiting Bianca to inspect and photograph her body.
A friend of the woman was also interested in the funeral, claiming it went against Bianca’s religious beliefs.
According to the friend, she believed that “the cremation was against Bianca’s will because Bianca was a strict Catholic,” according to an FBI criminal complaint.
Bianca’s boyfriend also repeated claims that Larry had an affair with his bureau chief, Milliron, saying he “had been verbally abused in the past and the two fought over money,” CBS News reported.
A LEGAL BATTLE
Larry’s legal team argued that Bianca’s will specifically stated that the woman wanted to be cremated.
The team also said they knew about the extramarital affair, but it wasn’t a motive for the murder.
“Larry will never divorce her because he doesn’t want to lose his money, and she will never divorce him because of her Catholicism,” Bianca’s friend said.
“She opened a Pandora’s box as to why Lawrence Rudolph wanted to kill his wife,” said former federal prosecutor Mary Fulginiti.
A month after returning from Zambia, the dentist aroused suspicions again when he began filing claims on Bianca’s millions of dollars in life insurance policies.
Larry was arrested in December 2021, five years after his wife’s tragic death.
He was convicted of one-count murder of a US citizen abroad and fraud.
The jury also found his office manager and lover Milliron guilty of aiding and abetting murder and perjury.
Larry’s attorneys released a statement after the sentencing saying, “Dr. Rudolph is innocent.
“The Zambian authorities who were there investigating said so. The insurance companies that paid the claim said so.
“Oddly enough, five years later, the FBI pressed charges with no real evidence — no eyewitnesses, no forensics, nothing — other than a few speculations thrown into an abyss of conjecture.”
Federal prosecutors said Larry would be sentenced on February 1 and Milliron on February 8.
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