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Harold Henthorn

Summary: A Colorado man is convicted after losing two wives under unusual circumstances.

A man believed to have pushed his wife of 12 years off a cliff in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park was convicted by a federal jury on Monday. Harold Henthorn claimed his wife fell after taking a picture, and that he administered CPR until help arrived.


The jury took only 10 hours to find Henthorn guilty in the first-degree murder of Tori Henthorn. She was not a passionate hiker; those that knew her were suspicious that she would have taken such a serious hike into rugged territory. A long list of unusual and contradictory evidence supported the conviction.

Henthorn traveled to the area 75 miles north of Denver nine times before bringing his wife there. The prosecution claimed he was looking for the “perfect place to murder someone” with no chance of witnesses or of her surviving. Henthorn was in possession of a park map with an “X” marking the spot where she ultimately fell off the cliff.

While the coroner could not determine if she was pushed or fell, he could tell CPR was not performed on her, contradicting Henthorn’s story. Tori fell 130 feet into a rocky, remote area. Henthorn could have benefited from her $4.7 million life insurance policies had it been an accident. However, the mounting evidence, including the fact that Tori was unaware of any life insurance, made the decision fairly easy for the jury.

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Henthorn’s first wife died soon after their 12th wedding anniversary, also in an unusual way. Sandra Lynn Henthorn was crushed by a car when it fell off the jack while she was changing a flat tire. Henthorn was never charged in that case but it has been reopened now.

In 2011, Wife #2 (Tori) was injured when a 20-foot beam fell on her while they were working on their cabin in the mountains. The beam hit her in the head and fractured her vertebra. She was a successful ophthalmologist in Mississippi and earned money from her family’s booming oil business. She was under the impression that Henthorn was an entrepreneur that fund-raised for churches and nonprofits, but there is no evidence of him ever producing an income.

Henthorn will face a mandatory life term at his sentencing on December 8.

Source: Fox News




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