I thought I would do a little series of posts about women who kill. The first woman I'm going to talk about is Margaret Rudin.
Ron Rudin disappeared on December 18th 1994, he was last known to be heading for his wife's antique shop. On January 15th 1995 his body was found burnt near an antique trunk. He had been shot in the head.
Margaret Rudin had been married four times before she married Ron. It was also Ron's fifth marriage. His third wife had killed herself, friends and family of his said he never really got over her death. Ron and Margaret had a rocky relationship, Margaret has claimed that Ron was unfaithful. There have been claims that she had at one point bugged his office to find out if he was having an affair.
When the police searched Ron's home they found blood splatter in the bedroom and also some furniture had been removed.
They learnt that Ron had reported a gun missing not long after he married Margaret, the same type of gun police believed was used to murder Ron. A while after the murder the gun was found in a lake.
Two years after the crime police were ready to arrest Margaret Rudin for the murder of her husband. However they found out she had gone on the run.
Margaret On The Run
Margaret was on the run for two and a half years. She was arrested after a tip from someone who had seen her case on America's Most Wanted.
Margaret Rudin went on trial in February 2001. The prosecution put forward a case that she had killed Ron to stop him divorcing her, which would mean losing money from him. The defence said that Ron was probably killed because of illegal things he was involved in.
Several witnesses that testified at her trial said Ron was concerned for his safety, even including in his will that if he died that his death should be fully investigated. Ron's attorney said Ron had told him that he was worried about being murdered for his money.
A witness also claimed that he himself had sold Margaret an antique trunk. He said he believed it was the same trunk found with Ron's burnt remains. The defence disputed this saying he had no proof of his claims.
Prosecuters also believed Margaret's behaviour after Ron's disappearance was suspect. Margaret's own sister testified that she seemed less concerned about Ron's disappearance and more worried about his finances.
Margaret Rudin was found guilty on May 2001 and in August of the same year she was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole after 20 years.
Margaret maintains her innocence to this day. She has had many appeals but she remains in prison.
I am quite undecided about this case,the main thing that bothers me is could she really have killed him, transported his body and burnt it by herself? She didnt appear to be a strong woman and she was an older lady, did she have an accomplice that was never brought forward as a suspect? I think either she had an accessory or she may well be innocent. She certainly didn't help her case by going on the run for all that time, although she says she was frightened for her own safety. Once again this makes sense if she was scared of her husbands killer/killers, she may well have ran from that situation not necessarily from police.
I really don't believe this is a case without any reasonable doubt of her guilt.
If you have any views on this case please let me know in comments
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