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PART 2: 1994 missing persons case turns into brutal murder

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PART 2: 1994 missing persons case turns into brutal murder

PART 2: 1994 missing persons case turns into brutal murder

Part 2 of a deep-dive investigation into Infamous killer Margaret Rudin, the Black Widow of Las Vegas.

Joe Bartels has the story.

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PART 2: 1994 missing persons case turns into brutal murder

IN -20- YEARS...A JURY...CONVICTED HER OF THE 19-94BURTAL MURDER....OF HER MILLIONAIRE HUSBAND...RON RUDIN..THE MYSTERIOUS CASE..CAPTURED THE ATTENTION OF THENATION..AND KEPT LAS VEGAS IN SUSPENSEFOR WHAT SEEMED LIKE ANETERNITY...13 INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER..JOEBARTELS CONTINUES OUR SERIES.." BLACK WIDOW: WEB OFDECEPTION."BUSINESSMAN RON RUDIN..SAW THE WRITING ON THEWALL.IN HIS TROUBLED MARRIAGE..TO MARGARET RUDIN...HIS FIFTH WIFE...WAS APPARENTLY PLANNING TO BEHIS FINALWIFE.SOT: JOHN REUTHER/RON'S FRIEND16:29:44 "FINALLY HE COME ANDSAID JOHN I GOT TO TELL YOUSOMETHING I SAID WHAT'S THAT?AND HE VERY RARELY WOULD SAYANYTHING ABOUT HIS PRIVATE LIFEHE SAYS THIS ONE'S GOT MEWORRIED." RON WAS RIGHT TO WORRY..HE CONFIDED IN HIS GOOD FRIENDJOHN REUTHER..HIS MARRIAGE SEEMED TO BEFALLING APART..FUELED BY JEALOUSLY..GREED..

AND AFFAIRS.MARGARET..

WHO HAD MARRIED..AND DIVORCED 4 PREVIOUS MEN..EACH ONE MORE WEALTHY THAN THELAST..SEEMED TO BE WORKING ON ASCHEME TO GET HIS VASTWEALTH..WHICH INCLUDED..REAL ESTATE WORTH MILLIONS..ESPECIALLY IN LEE CANYON..AND A MASSIVE GUN COLLECTION..WORTH UPWARDS OF 3 MILLIONDOLLARS.KIM SHERWOOD SCHOFIELD FORMERANCHOR NEWS 13 11:36:34 "ALL OFA SUDDEN HE TURNS UP MISSINGAND YOU JUST WONDER WHATHAPPENED?" RON RUDIN..SERVEDDURING VIET NAM...HE WAS REGIMENTED AND RELIABLEHE CHECKED INTO WORKCONSTANTLY.14:56:05 MICHAEL FLEEMAN/AUTHOR"RON RUDIN WAS A CREATURE OFHABIT.HE ALWAYS CAME TO WORK AT THESAME TIME, HE EVEN WORE THESAME STUFF EVERY DAY." ITWAS RARE..WHEN THERE WAS A MATTER HEDIDN'T HANDLE HIMSELF.BUT ON MONDAY..DECEMEBER 19, 1994..RON RUDIN FAILED TO SHOW UP..TO HIS REAL ESTATE OFFICE..ON CHARLESTON NEAR DECATUR..SOT: JOHN REUTHER/RON'S FRIEND16:34:18 "I CALLED UP IN THEMORNING HIS SECRETARY SAYS HEDIDN'T COME IN THIS MORNING.I SAID OH.I CALLED UP MY WIFE IN CHICAGOWERE THE FIRST TO GO TO THEPOLICE.SOT; 14:56:18 MICHAELFLEEMAN/AUTHOR "WHEN HE DIDN'TSHOW UP TO WORK THAT MORNING ATEXACTLY THE RIGHT TIME, HISCOWORKERS WERE TERRIFIED THEYKNEW SOMETHING HAD TO OFHAPPENED.MARGARET ON THE OTHER HANDDIDN'T SEEM VERY CONCERNED SHELITERALLY HAD TO BE PULLEDKICKING AND SCREAMING TO THEPOLICE DEPARTMENT TO FILE AMISSING PERSONS REPORT."MARGARET RUDIN...TOLD POLICE..RON WAS IN A MOOD..DRINKING..AND SHE LAST SAW HIM THE NIGHTBEFORE..DAYS TURNED INTO WEEKS..AND POLICE INVESTIGATED..BUT THERE WAS NO SIGN OF RON...PERSON, THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDERWHICH HE DISAPPEARS WE'RE JUSTTOO SUSPICIOUS." RETIRED LAS VEGAS POLICEHOMICIDE DETECTIVE PHIL RAMOS..SAYS..THE CRUCIAL BREAK IN SOLVINGRON RUDIN'S MYSTERIOUSDISAPPEARANCE..CAME WEEKS LATER...PURELY BYLUCK SOT: 10:08:52 PHILRAMOS/RETIRED LVMPD HOMICIDEDETECTIVE "IT WAS A GROUP OFNELLIS AIRMAN HAD GONE OUTFISHING IN THE MIDDLE OF THENIGHT THEY START MAKING THEIRWAY BACK OUT TO THE CAR AND AREUSING A FLASHLIGHT TO LIGHT UPRAMOS AND HIS PARTNER JIMMYVACARRO..ARE CALLED OUT TO NELSON'SLANDING.A REMOTE AREA..40 MILES FROM LAS VEGAS..NEAR LAKE MOJAVE.A BURNED OUT CHEST..FEET AWAY....A HUMAN SKULL..AND ANOTHER CLUE..A DISTINCT..IT WAS THE REMAINS OF RONRUDIN.SOT: 10:14:22 PHILRAMOS/DETECTIVE LVMPD "IT WASJUST SO BIZARRE, WE HAVE MADEHUNDREDS OF DEATH NOTIFICATIONSWITHOUT EXCEPTION EXCEPT FORMARGARET THERE'S ALWAYS SOMEKIND OF A REACTION AND SOMEKIND OF EMOTIONAL REACTION."MARGARET RUDIN'SDEMEANOR..PUZZLEDINVESTIGATORS..THE INVESTIGATION REVEALED..RON WAS SHOT..THREE TIMES IN THE BACK OF THEHEAD..HE WAS DECAPITATED...AND HIS REMAINS BURNED IN WHATTURNED OUT TO BE AN ANTIQUECHEST...AND RAMOS..PRESSED MARGARET FOR ANSWERS.PHIL RAMOS/DETECTIVE LVMPD10:15:46 "AND SHE STARTED TO,""WELL, IT WAS SO LONG AGO."IT WAS NOT LONG AGO, IT WAS AMONTH, AND THEN SHE STARTED TORUB HER I FIGURE THE KNUCKLE OFHER INDEX FINGER RUBBING IT ANDRUBBING IT AND I'M LOOKING ATHER AND I SAID ARE YOU OK ISTHERE ANYTHING WE CAN DO FORYOU?

AS I KNOW, NOW I'M JUST SOUPSET."BUT WITH NO REACTION."BUT THEN IT OCCURRED TO ME,SHE WAS RUBBING HER EYES SOHARD WITH HER FINGER SHE WASTRYING TO MAKE HERSELF CRYBECAUSE SHE HAD NOT SHARED ATEAR AT ALL." RAMOS AND HISPARTNER HAD A LOOK AROUND THEHUMBLE TWO BEDROOM HOME..BUT THE QUICK SEARCH TURNED UPNOTHING.

USEFUL..STILL THE INVESTIGATION..KEPT POINTING THEM INMARGARET'S DIRECTION.SOT:: 10:10:13 PHILRAMOS/DETECTIVE LVMPD "WHENEVERA SPOUSE IS MURDERED, THE FIRSTPERSON YOU LOOK AT IS THEIRHUSBAND AND WIFE, WHOEVER MIGHTBE THE PERSON CLOSEST TO THEVICTIM." THE NEXT BREAK CAME ONJANUARY 25..1995 WHEN A MYSTERIOUSPHONE CALL CAME TO RAMOS..ANDHIS PARTNER THEY LEARNEDMARGARET ALMOST IMMEDIATELY..BEGAN MAKING CHANGES..TO THE LAS VEGAS HOME SHESHARED WITH RON..SHE HIRED HANDYMAN AUGUSTINELOVATO....TO REMOVE CARPETING..AND A SOILED MATTRESS IN THEMASTER BEDROOM...LOVATO SAID THE SMELL..RANCID...AND HE NOTICED..WHAT LOOKED LIKE RED SPECS...OFBLOOD ON A GLAMOR SHOT OFMARGARET..THAT WAS HANGING OVER THE BED.HE ALSO OFFERED UP A SEALEDBOX..THAT MARGARET INSTRUCTED HIM TOMAIL TO HER MOTHER OUT OFSTATE...IT WASN'T A GUN..INSIDE..BUT IT HAD SOMETHING ELSE THATGAVE INVESTIGATORS YET ANOTHERCLUE..A PICTURE OF A MAN NAMED YEHUDASHARON...ON CAM: LAVATO'S TIP WASTHE LAST SET OF CLUES POLICENEEDED TO GET A SEARCHWARRANT..TO GET BACK INTO THE HOUSE OFRON AND MARGARET RUDIN..FOR AMORE THOROUGH LOOK AROUND..TOMORROW..THE POLICE INVESTIGATION..LEADS TO AN INDICTMENT..BUT MARGARET HAD NO INTENTIONOF STICKING AROUND FOR A TRIAL.JOE BARTELS 13 INVESTIGATES.WE HAVE A WEATHER ALERT..A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN




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