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PA Dentist Convicted of Killing his Wife on African Safari for Insurance Payout

According to Colleen Slevin of NBC Philadelphia, wealthy Pittsburgh, PA dentist, Larry Rudolph, was sentenced in a Denver, CO federal court last month for mail fraud and the murder of his wife, Bianca Rudolph, at the end of an African safari in 2016.

Here are the details of the case according to Slevin:

  • “Prosecutors say Rudolph, who owned a Pittsburgh-area dental franchise, shot his wife of 34 years in the heart with a shotgun on her last morning in Zambia, and then put the gun in its soft case to make it look like she had accidentally shot herself while packing. The couple had been hunting game during their trip.”

  • “They also claim the setting, about 80 miles from the nearest police station, was the perfect place to try to get away with the crime, where he rushed to have his wife cremated and intimidated officials investigating her death.”

  • “They allege the goal was to live a lavish retirement with his longtime girlfriend, Lori Milliron, with the help of the insurance money. Milliron was sentenced to 17 years in prison in June after being convicted of being an accessory. She has filed an appeal.”

In addition to being convicted of murder, Rudolph was found guilty for mail fraud for cashing in approximately $5 million in insurance policies for his wife.

Rudolph has been sentenced to life in prison and over $15 million in penalties. However, he maintains his innocence, that his wife’s death was an accident, and plans to appeal.

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