Lawrence Rudolph Wiki/Bio
In a conspiracy to collect millions of dollars in life insurance money, a Pennsylvania dentist and big-game hunter named Lawrence Rudolph are accused of killing his wife while on a hunting expedition in Zambia in 2016.
According to a federal criminal complaint acquired by CBS 2, big-game hunter Lawrence Rudolph allegedly shot and killed his wife Bianca Finizio Rudolph on a trip to Zambia in 2016, then claimed nearly $5 million in insurance benefits.
Lawrence Rudolph is 67 years old and his wife Bianca Finizio Rudolph was 34 years old.
Lawrence Rudolph Accused Of Killing His Wife Full Details
Officials said Rudolph, who created and runs Three Rivers Dental in Pittsburgh, raced to have his wife’s remains cremated in Africa just days after she died.
He’s now been charged with murder in a foreign country and mail fraud.
Federal investigators claim that Rudolph made life insurance claims through seven different life insurance companies for a $4.8 million payout for his wife’s death, which was ruled as accidental by Zambian law enforcement officials.
A local dentist has been charged with mail fraud, but investigators also claim Lawrence Rudolph killed wife while on an African safari to collect millions of dollars in life insurance money. https://t.co/sRUZTBA2pa
— Chris Hoffman (@NewsmanChris) January 12, 2022
Bianca was shot in the chest with a shotgun on Oct. 11, 2016, at 5:30 a.m. local time.
Rudolph told Zambian authorities that when he heard a gunshot, he was in the bathroom of their lodge and Bianca was in the bedroom area.
The dentist stated that when he emerged from the bathroom, he discovered his wife lying on the ground, bleeding profusely from her chest.
He told cops he thought the shotgun had been left loaded from a hunt the day before and had discharged as she tried to store it away.
A professional hunting guide was on the site. According to reports,“recalled seeing the shotgun and an expanded shotshell on the ground. “The shotgun was inside a partially zipped gun case.”
Rudolph and his wife, both very experienced big-game hunters, had traveled to Africa on numerous occasions for hunting trips.
On this particular excursion, Bianca’s purpose was to kill a leopard. She didn’t get her leopard, but she did kill “a number of other creatures.” Rudolph accompanied the group but did not participate in the hunt.