Lawrence Rudolph, 67, allegedly killed his wife Bianca in Zambia in 2016 while the couple was on a hunting trip and then fraudulently demanded $ 4.8 million in life insurance, but denies charges against him.
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A dentist has been accused of killing his wife on an African hunt under a scheme to raise millions of dollars in life insurance money.
Lawrence Rudolph, 67, allegedly murdered his wife Bianca in Zambia in 2016 and then fraudulently demanded $ 4.8 million in life insurance benefits, but vehemently denies any wrongdoing.
Rudolph, who founded and operated Three Rivers Dental in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, allegedly rushed to cremate the devout Catholic Bianca in Africa in the days after her death.
According to investigators, Bianca was shot in the chest with a rifle on October 11, 2016 in the early hours.
Rudolph told hunters and scouts who rushed to the couple’s hut after hearing the shot, that he was in the bathroom at the time and that she accidentally shot herself while packing a rifle for a day hunt.
Both are said to be both game hunters and often traveled to Africa on excursions. During this trip, it was said that Bianca wanted to shoot a leopard.
At that time, the death was declared an accident and Rudolph was allowed to travel back to America. In the days that followed, the father of two demanded nearly $ 5 million in insurance from seven different companies.
The FBI began investigating the case after they were contacted by Bianca’s friend to express suspicion of her death.
Rudolph was believed to have had an affair during the couple’s long marriage, and it was claimed that on the day of Bianca’s funeral, he booked a plane ticket for his girlfriend for a flight from Pittsburgh to Phoenix.
As part of a five-year investigation, FBI agents interviewed a former employee of a dental practice run by Rudolph who claimed he had seen the former manager. The former employee said the alleged girl told her she had been in a relationship with Rudolph for 15-20 years.
Investigators said Rudolph lived with his girlfriend until January 2017.
The FBI also found that it would be physically impossible for Bianca to accidentally shoot herself with a gun, with investigators finding that Mom could not reach for the gun’s trigger.
This eventually led to Rudolph being accused of murder abroad and mail fraud.
In a statement given to Mail Online earlier this week, Rudolph described his wife’s death as a “terrible accident”.
“This is an outrageous prosecution of Dr. Larry Rudolph, a man who loved his wife for 34 years and did not kill her,” said attorney David Oscar Markus.
“As early as 2016, his wife suffered a serious accident while hunting in Zambia. Investigators at the scene determined it was an accident. Several insurance companies also investigated and agreed.
“Now, more than five years later, the government is trying to prepare a case against this esteemed, law-abiding dentist. Dr. Rudolph is looking forward to a trial where he will prove his innocence.”