US Man charged for killing wife in Zambia

A US man who in 2016 fooled the Zambia Police Service by claiming that his wife had accidentally shot herself at their hunting camp in South Luangwa has been arrested by the FBI for murder.

In 2016, Dr Lawrence Rudolph and his wife Bianca visited Zambia on a hunting safari and set camp in the pristine South Luangwa so that his wife could fulfill her wish to kill a leopard.

However, on December 11 that same year, ZAWA officers heard a loud bang in the couples tent and when they rushed there, they found wife Bianca lying dead in a pool of blood.

At the police, Rudoph told cops that his wife accidentally shot herself as she was preparing the firearm for the day’s hunt.

With no expert ballistics experts, the Zambian cops swallowed Rudoph’s rabit-bites-a-lion story and thanked him for visiting the police station.

However, back home in the US, the FBI kept the pressure on the dentist after they learnt that before coming to Zambia, he had taken out five life insurance covers for his wife and he cashed big when she died with a whooping $4.6 million.

Investigations also revealed that the Dentist’s marriage was not all rosy and he had probably chosen Zambia as the murder scene to get rid of his wife as he had a new love in his life.

He currently sits in jail awaiting trial.



  1. Even morons are interlectuals in Africa.He kilked his beautiful wife by shooting but Zambia Police failed to detect it ?This is one of the many reasons why foreigners have no regard for laws when they come to Africa Either we as Africans are more of morons or incompetent or obsessed with love of money,hence prone to being corrupt.Change most desirable !!

  2. Zambia doesn’t lack ballistic experts. Police in Zambia made a judgement that the death was accidental because the couple looked loving. The police chose to believe the killer. Cases of miscarriage of justice occur in the USA as well.

  3. A thinking mind will ask the hard question. Why the difference in approach?

    Can such crimes be repeated by people who cash in on life insurance claims?

    Our police service definitely needs more training on how to look at some of these crimes. The word international collaboration needs to be embarrassed.

    Further, is it not odd that the case was reinvestigated and that the law enforcement agencies in USA we’re not satisfied with the findings of our police service.

    Remember from this end the case was closed. Very strange indeed. If this is not a signal that our side needs more training. Food for thought.

  4. Police in USA are aware of the frequency of murder in families that have taken life insurance. Police in Zambia were not aware of the life insurance the man had invested in in his country.


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