36: Kouri Richins Narcissism Drives Her Defense Off A Cliff
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5:54As the world grapples with stories of crime, deception, and manipulation, the case of Kouri Richins throws yet another wrench into the societal perception of justice. In a recent episode of the "Hidden Killers" podcast, host Tony Brueski and former FBI Special Agent Jennifer Coffindaffer delved into the intriguing situation involving Richins and her alleged attempts to manipulate witnesses from her prison cell. In a seemingly desperate plea, Richins penned a six-page letter to her mother, Lisa Darden, a letter Brueski described as both "disturbing" and "delusional." Through it, Richins sought her mother's assistance to communicate a potentially misleading narrative to her brother, Rodney. The letter was riddled with inappropriate and misplaced sentiments, such as gratuitous "LOLs," amidst such serious discussions. Discussing the peculiarities of the letter, Coffindaffer stated, "When you look at the letter, it was just not surprising to me. She's going to do everything in her power to try to explain or to try to get out of this." Coffindaffer highlights Richins' delusional belief in her ability to manipulate the situation in her favor, even as the judicial system closes in on her. The pattern is all too familiar, reminding the expert of the Murdoch case, where, as Coffindaffer noted, "you're just throwing mud up against the wall and thinking you can, you know, shine everyone." The audacity of Richins, and individuals like her, lies in the blatant attempts to manipulate even their closest family members. From Brueski's perspective, it seems that such individuals grow comfortable with their deceitful behaviors, especially when they've been successful in their manipulations for extended periods. These individuals often feel untouchable, not realizing the magnitude of their actions until it's too late. One of the pressing concerns in this scenario is how the letter was discovered. Richins was out of her cell for medical treatment when officials found the letter, revealing another controversial issue. She had been given the incorrect seizure medication on six separate occasions. While there are definite rules about inmates' privacy or the lack thereof, as Coffindaffer mentioned, "people incarcerated have absolutely no right to privacy," the negligence surrounding the medication is concerning. Coffindaffer emphasized the importance of proper medical care for inmates, noting the human right to appropriate health services. In her words, "no matter what there is a human component and she's innocent until proven guilty." Yet, she also pointed out that medical mistakes, like those regarding seizure medications, are not uncommon, even outside of prison. The discovery of the letter amid such circumstances paints a grim picture of the prison system's medical attention and potential neglect of inmates' health. The broader implications of such neglect are concerning, as Brueski mentioned an almost grave error where a cancer patient almost received incorrect treatment due to a name mix-up. In the complex web of criminal intent, manipulation, justice, and the health care system's potential shortcomings, one thing is clear: society needs a heightened sense of vigilance and accountability at every level. But as we ponder the motivations and actions of Kouri Richins, an even more profound question emerges: How many other inmates might be weaving such webs of manipulation behind bars, and what systems have possibly enabled them? Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
35: The Lies and The Lives Destroyed By Kouri Richins
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5:41In a recent episode of the podcast "Hidden Killers," Tony Brueski dives deep into the perplexing case of Kouri Richins with Bob Motta, a seasoned defense attorney and host of "Defense Diaries." The focus of their conversation orbits around an allegedly incriminating letter, the controversial death of Richins' husband, and the baffling moves Kouri has made since. "Kouri's brother standing up for his sister saying, I knew my sister. I knew Eric. She did not do this thing," Brueski began, laying the foundation for the family's staunch defense of Kouri. But with mounting evidence against her, including suspicious Google searches and seemingly inappropriate actions following her husband's death, Motta and Brueski critically analyzed how family members might reconcile these actions if Kouri is indeed innocent. The most contentious piece of evidence is the letter found in Kouri's possession, which the state alleges contained instructions for witness tampering. Motta elaborated on the state's theory, explaining that, "Essentially what the state is alleging is that she had handwritten these letters... and she would place the letter on the glass so that her mother could read it because everything's recorded." The letter's intent? To craft an alibi by suggesting her late husband had overdosed on fentanyl acquired from Mexican ranch workers. While Kouri has tried to deflect allegations of wrongdoing by suggesting the letter was part of a book manuscript, Motta remains skeptical. "The bottom line here is that you put the thing up against the window and you didn't speak whatever was on that letter when you easily could have just picked up the phone and spoken it," he remarked. This is not Kouri's only attempt to weave a more complex narrative around her actions. In light of the damaging evidence, she has tried to backtrack and spin her story, often against her lawyer's advice. Drawing a parallel with another infamous figure, Murdoch, Motta noted, "She just can't help herself. It's exactly like Murdoch." Despite being cautioned against it, both individuals seem compelled to share their side of the story, perhaps to their detriment. Delving deeper into Kouri's alleged misdeeds, Motta emphasized the gravity of the situation. "If the state's allegations are true, this woman poisoned her husband, killed him, and then wrote a book about grieving for children," he said, painting a dark portrait of a woman capable of extreme duplicity. What might await Kouri in court? Given her propensity to communicate, many, including Motta, believe that she will testify in her defense, much like Murdoch. "She's going to testify. You know, it's going to be, it'll be a good one," Motta speculated. The overarching sentiment of the podcast conversation was one of bewilderment at Kouri Richins' continuous and seemingly self-damaging actions. From questionable internet searches to curious behaviors after her husband's death, and most notably, the contested letter - her actions paint a picture that's difficult to reconcile with innocence. The episode closed with Motta's prediction about the impending trial: "That's going to be a good trial." Yet, the lingering questions remain: Can Kouri Richins genuinely convince a jury of her narrative, or has her web of stories become too entangled for even her to navigate? Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
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How Completely Clueless Is Kouri Richins Of Her Perceived Guilt?
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4:53How often does one's lies not only trap them but threaten to implicate their loved ones? This question is increasingly relevant in the perplexing case of Kouri Richins, the subject of an engaging conversation on the "Hidden Killers" podcast between Tony Brueski and attorney and former Federal prosecutor, Neama Rahmani. Kouri Richins, caught in a whirlwind of allegations and seemingly tangled in her web of lies, is scrutinized for her questionable decisions and the repercussions that may follow. "I would just tell her to just shut her mouth," Rahmani candidly stated, addressing the controversial letter that Richins penned from her jail cell. This letter, as she claims, is part of a novel she's writing. However, the narrative hints at possible witness tampering and directs her family on what to say and who to approach. "I was just shocked by the ignorance... Like her whole family, obviously her kids have not been dragged into this because of this book, but now you're writing a letter to your mom basically telling her to obstruct justice," Brueski remarked, echoing the sentiments of many. Rahmani, in turn, likened the situation to other cases where inmates often forget the prison rule: every piece of communication can be monitored. But how does this tangled web affect those inadvertently pulled into the case, such as Richins' mother and brother? Their potential testimonies, influenced by the controversial letter, might land them in legal hot waters. Rahmani elaborates, "They've already kind of been following it saying yeah, we believe that she's innocent... Can they go to the stand if this goes to trial? Especially if they're going to toe the line of her letter that in itself wouldn't that put them in some sort of legal jeopardy?" Indeed, Rahmani suggests that if this letter isn't suppressed, these family members might be courting disaster if they decide to testify. This brings up the broader point of the credibility of family testimonies. As Rahmani notes, "Jurors aren't stupid; they know that parents love their kids unconditionally." The inherent bias in a family member's testimony, especially one that mirrors a potentially incriminating letter, could weaken the defense's case. The crux of the Kouri Richins case, beyond the audacious lies and convoluted testimonies, is the tangible evidence that stacks against her. Rahmani refers to the damning "internet search history... the paper trail of her buying these drugs, taking money from the account, changing the life insurance." For the prosecution, he believes this should be a straightforward case, or as he put it, "a layup." In legal battles, truth and evidence are paramount. Yet, in the strange odyssey of Kouri Richins, one can't help but wonder: If lies can be so damaging, why do some continue to weave them even when the stakes are life-altering? To what extent will the ramifications of Kouri's decisions impact not just her fate, but that of her family? The courts will decide, but the story serves as a poignant reminder: When lies multiply, the truth becomes harder to discern, and justice becomes a more elusive goal. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
Is Kouri Richins Incapable Of Telling The Truth?
4:42When we hear of heinous crimes, they are often accompanied by a web of lies. But what happens when those lies are so brazen, they seem more like the fantasies of a novelist than the desperate attempts of a suspect trying to manipulate her way out? Recent discussions on the "Hidden Killers" podcast between Tony Brueski and psychotherapist and author Shavaun Scott tried to unpack just that. "Just the other week, we got a chance to read Kouri Richon's letter from the jail cell... She came back with the excuse of it is simply a part of a book," Tony began, setting the stage for a puzzling look into Kouri's psyche. The letter, potentially aimed at witness tampering, quickly changed its nature in Kouri's eyes to being part of a fictional narrative she was penning. However, Shavaun Scott didn't buy it. As she put it bluntly, "This is someone who seems to have a slight problem with lying... This was an incredibly stupid thing for her to do." The conversation navigated the blurry waters of Kouri's compulsion to lie. Is this a classic case of a compulsive liar, or something even more intricate? A deeper dive into Kouri's character presents us with a cocktail of narcissism and histrionics. "She really does. And this is the mark of somebody... she loves attention, you know? So the histrionic narcissistic personality stuff. It really seems pretty glaring with her," said Shavaun. These cluster B traits, as the psychotherapist described them, are usually associated with an over-inflated ego, a need for admiration, and a lack of empathy. But how did Kouri reach this point? Was she always this way, or did a series of enabling behaviors encourage her already present tendencies? Tony posed an interesting hypothesis, "Is it because for so long? Their B. S. Was just accepted and was just basically enabled over and over again?" Shavaun didn't skip a beat, confirming that this manipulative behavior "starts in childhood... This has been their style in life, and it works for them up to a certain point." Indeed, Kouri's descent into crime could very well be the consequence of years of unchecked behaviors. Her ability to fabricate a reality might have been tolerated, or even entertained, for so long that she genuinely believed her own tales. As Tony put it, "It seems that where there may have been a chance earlier on of her getting off on this, the quite often it is the motions after the fact, the decisions that are made after the fact of the crime end up implicating her and incriminating her far more than just the crime itself." The discussion provided a rare lens into the mind of an individual who, to the outside world, seems to be living in her own version of reality. The takeaway? The layers of lies, while they might initially serve to protect, often end up being a person's undoing. But here's a question that remains - If unchecked and enabled lies can lead to one's downfall, what responsibility does society bear in letting individuals like Kouri believe their own fabrications for so long? Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
34: Kouri Richins Caught Witness Tampering In Shocking Letter
8:40How does a children’s book author, grieving the loss of her husband, transition from penning tales of healing to allegedly masterminding witness tampering from her jail cell? This perplexing turn of events unfolded in the latest episode of "Hidden Killers," where Tony Brueski discusses the curious case of Kouri Richins with retired FBI Special Agent and Chief of the Counterintelligence Behavioral Analysis Program, Robin Dreeke. Kouri Richins, known to many as the widow who wrote a children's book about dealing with grief, is now under the spotlight for far more sinister reasons. "They finally arrested her because they realized... she poisoned him in the Moscow mule," Brueski comments. Adding to this shocking revelation, Richins is now suspected of attempting to tamper with witnesses, evidenced by a six-page letter she penned behind bars. The content of the letter, directed to her mother, Lisa Darden, is both incriminating and bewildering. Brueski describes it as containing directives like "do this, say this," imploring her mother to ask Richins’ brother, Rodney, to echo a narrative that prosecutors have labeled as fictitious. Brueski remarks with disbelief, “And by the way, walk the dog.” Dreeke couldn't help but point out Richins' apparent lack of foresight. “She writes a letter in jail, telling people not to use their cell phones and texting because they're being monitored. What do you think's happening to you?” This lack of understanding of the criminal justice system, combined with Richins' alleged murderous act, offers a chilling glimpse into a potentially dangerous mind. However, Dreeke remarks that while many individuals with psychopathic tendencies tend to be intelligent, Richins seems to lack that same cunning. "This is someone who just seems to be kind of evil, but not very bright." The manner in which this compromising letter came to light has raised additional concerns. Richins was taken for medical attention following a seizure, during which the letter was discovered in her cell. Disturbingly, this was the sixth time Richins had been administered the incorrect anti-seizure medication. Brueski lamented the apparent negligence, questioning how many might be suffering due to such oversights. "How many people are dying in jail or in prison because of this type of malpractice that's going on?" Such incidents draw attention to systemic issues plaguing the penal system. This grim backdrop underscores the challenges faced by Richins’ defense attorney. As Brueski highlighted, “Someone ahead of time... Being seen as tampering with witnesses. That's not going to bode very well in front of a jury.” Indeed, this apparent attempt at witness tampering could severely hamper any hope Richins had for a fair trial. However, beyond the individual case of Kouri Richins, the episode touches upon larger systemic issues. Failures within the prison system, particularly regarding inmate health, raise unsettling questions about leadership and accountability at various levels. Dreeke emphasizes the essential role of media in holding public servants accountable, "That's why shows like this exist... that's the obligation of news is to ask the tough questions and hold our public servants accountable." In a twist of bitter irony, Brueski and Dreeke conclude that despite her alleged crimes and the turmoil she's created, it remains crucial to ensure Richins receives proper medical care. She must remain alive to face the consequences of her actions and, as Dreeke puts it, to ensure that “due process can take place.” As this twisted tale continues to unfold, one is left with a haunting question: In a system riddled with challenges, who truly pays the price for the "Hidden Killers" that lurk within? Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
33: Kouri Richins Can't Stop Lying! Latest Lie: Jail Letter Is A Manuscript!
12:22The bizarre saga surrounding Utah mom and author, Kouri Richins, just took another dramatic turn. Richins, who gained infamy for writing a book about grief following the alleged murder of her husband, now insists a suspicious letter retrieved from her cell was, in fact, a snippet from a new work of fiction she's crafting. For context, Kouri Richins, after purportedly orchestrating the death of her husband Eric Richins, penned a heart-wrenching tale titled “Are You With Me?”. It's a book that chronicles grief, written only a year after she allegedly poisoned her spouse with a lethal Moscow mule infused with fentanyl. These actions were clouded by rumors of an extramarital affair and Eric's looming suspicions, having once shared with a close friend that Kouri might be attempting to poison him. The suspicion further intensified when, following Eric's untimely death, Kouri was set to close a whopping $2 million deal for a grand 22,000-square-foot home, a deal her husband had previously declined to fund. In a recent development, last week, authorities discovered a six-page handwritten letter, titled “Walk the Dog,” in Richins' cell. This document, directed to her mother, Lisa Darden, allegedly contained a 'playbook' on how to coach her brother into validating a false narrative about Eric Richins' drug acquisitions from Mexico prior to his fatal overdose. Prosecutors were quick to interpret this as a brazen attempt at witness tampering. However, in a twist that can only be described as audacious, Richins' defense, in freshly filed court documents, asserts this letter is merely a fragment of a fictional story Kouri is penning about her imaginary stint in a Mexican prison. According to the court filing obtained by Fox 13 Now, Richins clarified to her mother, “When I first got in here I was telling you how I was writing a book … those papers were not a letter to you guys, they were part of my freaking book … I was writing this fictional mystery book.” Attempting to further distinguish her "fictional" account from reality, Richins expounded upon her story, sharing how it involved a quest to Mexico in search of drugs and eventually led to her incarceration in a Mexican prison. This narrative, however far-fetched, is being presented as the explanation for the questionable letter. What amplifies the absurdity of these claims is the sheer audacity of Richins' recounting, even suggesting she'd asked her attorney, Skye Lazaro, to smuggle in teeth-whitening strips due to the excessive coffee consumption in her fictional Mexican jailhouse. Richins' attorney, Skye Lazaro, while defending her client, expressed their intention to further contest the State’s allegations and emphasized the impropriety of making the letter public. However, defense attorney Steve Burton, though not linked with the case, offered an analytical perspective to KUTV, stating, “In a case like this, you want to try to protect against convicting somebody before all the evidence is out.” Yet, he acknowledged the implausibility of Richins' narrative by noting the difficulty of explaining her sudden switch from truth to fiction. The intrigue doesn't end there. Richins recently underwent a seizure due to being administered the incorrect medication at the Summit County Jail, where she's currently incarcerated. This medical mishap subsequently led to the discovery of the controversial letter. Given the circumstances, Richins' defense has moved to accuse the state of breaching its gag order by releasing the letter, suggesting it might influence potential jurors. Amid these convoluted twists and turns, one thing remains clear: Kouri Richins, whether crafting tales of grief or elaborate fictional adventures in Mexican prisons, consistently finds herself enmeshed in stories of deception. The challenge for the courts and the public will be distinguishing the facts from the fiction in this puzzling narrative. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
32: Is It Impossible for Kouri Richins NOT To LIE?
6:54The case of Kouri Richins, which has taken multiple unexpected turns, leaves many scratching their heads. Recently discussed on the podcast "Hidden Killers," hosts Tony Brueski and clinical and forensic psychologist, Joni Johnston, delved deep into the baffling behaviors and decisions of Richins. As the narrative unfurls, one must ask: Is Kouri Richins living in a world of denial, or does she genuinely believe she's always the smartest person in the room? "The rollercoaster of Kouri Richins continues...It's a manuscript for a book now," exclaimed Brueski. Richins, who was previously scrutinized for penning a children's book on grief after allegedly murdering her husband, was found with a letter in her prison cell. This letter appeared to contain instructions for witness tampering. However, in a twist nobody saw coming, Richins claims the letter was an excerpt from a fictional book she's working on. The hosts struggled with the brazenness of Richins' actions. "What baffles me is the fact that she thought she could write this and... pass this off as a manuscript," Brueski expressed in disbelief. Johnston added, "It doesn't look good for her...I can see the jury thinking, well, isn't this somebody who would do the same thing outside of jail?" Both Brueski and Johnston grapple with the audacity of Richins' choices, questioning her mental state. "Is this just someone who just doesn't...make the greatest of decisions?" asked Brueski, highlighting the seemingly naive nature of Richins' actions. Johnston's perspective, given her background in forensic psychology, is particularly poignant: "There is almost this kind of... denial on the one hand that the situation she's really in and also just a real... overestimation of her own abilities." The hosts further ponder if Richins, emboldened by a lifetime of people buying into her narratives, finds it difficult to accept the reality that her current environment is not as malleable. "She's had an echo chamber around her... And now she's in a place where no one's going to take her seriously," mused Brueski. The consensus between the two? Richins doesn't necessarily believe her own stories but is certain she can persuade others to. As Johnston succinctly put it, "She's convinced herself that she can convince other people that what she says is true." In an era where true crime fascinates the masses, the case of Kouri Richins stands out not just for its intrigue but for the audacious claims and actions of the alleged perpetrator. Richins’ story, as dissected by Brueski and Johnston, presents a perplexing character study. Is she truly delusional, or does she believe she can outsmart everyone? With every twist and turn, the mystery deepens, leading us to wonder: In the face of mounting evidence and skepticism, will Kouri Richins finally confront the reality, or will she continue to weave a web of tales, confident in her ability to persuade? Only time will tell. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
Reading Of Kouri Richins' Alleged Witness Tampering Letter
16:34The unraveling tale of Kouri Richins, a Kamas mother of three accused of fatally poisoning her husband, Eric Richins, and subsequently writing a children's book about grieving, has taken another shocking turn. The Summit County Attorney's Office has recently filed a motion to prevent Richins from communicating with her immediate family, suggesting she's attempting to manipulate them into lying for her defense. On September 14, a search of Richins’ jail cell in the Summit County Jail, where she’s held without bail facing aggravated murder and drug charges, led to a startling discovery. Hidden inside a book, deputies found a six-page letter apparently written by Kouri to her mother, Lisa Darden. This letter's initial three pages contained directives for Lisa to relay to Ronney Darden, Kouri's brother. "Reword this however he needs to, to make the point," she emphatically wrote. "Just include it all." Within the contents of this letter, Kouri seemingly attempts to craft a narrative for her defense. She urges Ronney to inform her defense attorney, Skye Lazaro, of a supposed incident wherein Eric procured drugs, including fentanyl, from a ranch in Mexico. Further, she alleges Eric forced her to transport drugs during their travels, suggesting a plot to frame her if they were caught. Moreover, Kouri claims that Ronney possesses text messages from Eric that revolve around “getting high.” "Tell him I need him to do this," she implored her mother. "Bring me home and we will get those damn b- - - - - -." However, in a candid conversation with KPCW, Ronney stated he was unaware of the existence of the controversial letter. While admitting to knowing about Eric's marijuana habits, he firmly declared, “There's no reason to testify falsely—[Kouri] didn't do anything.” The intrigue doesn’t stop there. The letter unveils Kouri’s wish for her mother to disseminate pictures of Eric’s sister's daughters to various media entities. It appears that Kouri wanted to shift public sentiment, noting that she had friends scheduled to appear on Good Morning America. Coordinated by Lazaro, these friends were poised to discuss Eric’s alleged pill consumption and portray his sisters as envious adversaries. Kouri’s perspective? “This comes down to jealousy, money, and Eric’s partying that they don’t want to acknowledge and sadly an accidental overdose,” she alleged. As the motion reveals, another twist arose: prosecutors highlight an alleged video call between Kouri and Lisa on September 13. During the call, Kouri reportedly showed her mother another letter. The whereabouts of this letter remain unknown, with prosecutors speculating, “There is a strong inference that the September 13, 2023 letter was destroyed or flushed.” Lazaro’s response was swift. Accusing the prosecutors of violating a gag order, she vehemently objected to the public disclosure of the September 14 letter. To Lazaro, this move by the state felt akin to a direct leak to the media. She emphasized the envelope that contained the letter was marked "Skye Lazaro (Attorney privilege)", hinting at a potentially illicit search by the state. The defense claims that by unveiling the letter, the prosecutors aimed to sway public perception, further pointing out past instances where the state inadvertently shared Kouri’s sensitive information. The defense’s demands are clear: Enforce the gag order, potentially remove the letter from the docket, and hold the state in contempt of court. Additionally, concerns about Kouri’s health have emerged. On September 12, just days before the cell search, she was hospitalized. The reason remains undisclosed, but according to Ronney, a medication mix-up in the Summit County Jail led to her health scare. With the court recently issuing subpoenas for Kouri's medical records and the jail's surveillance footage, the next stages of this trial promise more revelations. Kouri Richins' next court appearance is slated for November 3, potentially setting the stage for a preliminary hearing. As this engrossing case continues, the stakes for all involved escalate. The quest for truth amidst a web of allegations, potential manipulations, and heartfelt emotions ensures that Summit County's trial remains under a relentless spotlight.. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Awaiting Admission: BTK’s Unconfessed Crimes, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com
Child Grief Author Accused Of Murdering Husband, Kouri Richins Will NOT Face Death
11:04In the tranquil suburbs near Park City, Utah, the intriguing story of Kouri Richins, a grief book author and mother of three, unfolds like a suspense thriller. Accused of orchestrating the tragic end of her millionaire husband, Eric Richins, Kouri’s tale is replete with deceit, betrayal, and heartbreak. “Careful consultation,” as the Summit County prosecutors emphasized, has led the victim’s close-knit family — his sisters and father — to a significant decision. If Kouri Richins is found guilty, she will not be sentenced to death. This judgment was documented at Utah's 3rd District Court and has been brought to public attention by media stalwarts like The New York Post. The accusations leveled against 33-year-old Kouri are grievous. In March 2022, it’s believed she concocted a sinister cocktail by mixing lethal amounts of fentanyl with vodka in a drink known as a Moscow Mule. This potent concoction allegedly caused the premature demise of 39-year-old Eric Richins, her husband, in their Utah home. What followed was astonishing. Mere months after this tragic incident, Kouri published a picture book on grief, aimed at aiding her young children in processing their father’s death. But Kouri’s legal troubles were only beginning. Arrested in May, she faced charges of first-degree aggravated murder, as well as multiple counts of possessing a controlled substance with sinister intent. The prosecutors have been clear on the nature of her charges. She will be tried for a noncapital first-degree felony. The married life of Kouri and Eric had commenced in June 2013. But, as detailed in a prenuptial agreement they signed, Eric ensured that his assets and debts acquired prior to their union would remain solely his, even in the event of a divorce. A significant point of contention was Eric's 50% ownership in C & E Stone Masonry LLC, which he declared would remain under his sole proprietorship regardless of any financial inputs from Kouri. Yet, complications arose after Eric's untimely death. He had reportedly transferred his business's ownership to the Eric Richins Living Trust. His business interest was eventually sold to his partner, Cody Wright, with the proceeds from this sale amounting to approximately $2 million. Asserting her rights, Kouri is now embroiled in a legal battle, challenging these decisions. She contends that the family home, which the couple purchased in 2012 for $400,000, was not part of the assets specified in the prenup. Kouri’s argument rests on her significant financial contributions: from the home's down payment and mortgage installments to funding amenities like a swimming pool and fencing. However, police documents present a harrowing twist. Prior to his death, Eric had allegedly expressed fears about his life being in danger due to his wife's actions. He’d taken steps, modifying his will and granting power of attorney to his sister. He even set up a trust, transferring assets, including the family home, without Kouri's approval. This isn’t where the plot thickens. Eric’s sister, Katie, claims that Kouri had misappropriated around $494,000 of Eric’s funds. Allegedly, a mere three years into their marriage, Kouri's financial woes led her to siphon money from Eric's accounts for her real estate enterprise. According to Katie, Eric discovered withdrawals of at least $100,000 and around $30,000 of credit card debt, all attributable to Kouri. To further complicate matters, Kouri is alleged to have secured a $250,000 loan by fraudulently using Eric’s Power of Attorney. Upon confronting her, Kouri reportedly confessed to these indiscretions and pledged to repay him. Shockingly, in January 2022, Kouri allegedly attempted to change the beneficiary of Eric's life insurance account to herself. This endeavor failed, but more allegations followed. Kouri purportedly misallocated funds meant for Eric’s personal and business tax obligations, with the misdirected amounts totaling to at least $214,370. Currently held without bail at Summit County Jail, Kouri awaits trial for her husband's alleged murder. The situation on the night of Eric’s death remains murky. Kouri claims she tried to resuscitate him after finding him unresponsive. Yet, medics at the scene doubted this, citing evidence of blood around Eric's mouth. Reports indicate that in the lead-up to his death, Kouri purchased fentanyl pills amounting to $1,800. Eric's post-mortem symptoms, including an allergic reaction, have raised questions, especially since no painkillers were found in their residence. Friends and family were also baffled, denying any knowledge of Eric's alleged addiction. The subsequent year witnessed Kouri embarking on lavish vacations with her children and authoring a book titled "Are You With Me?" to aid children in grappling with grief. During an interview, Kouri remarked about the void in available resources, stating, “I just wanted some story to read to my kids at night, and I couldn't find anything that suited them, so I was like ‘let's just write one.’” Yet, as Kouri portrays her late husband's passing as an unexpected shock, investigators, family members, and the public continue to piece together the intricate puzzle of Eric Richins' tragic demise. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? 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31: An Analysis of Kouri Richins’ Alleged Crime
6:34In a recent episode of the podcast "Hidden Killers," host Tony Brueski engages in a gripping discussion with licensed clinical and forensic psychologist Joni Johnston. The topic of focus is Kouri Richins, the alleged poisoner of her husband using fentanyl, obtained illegally from her housekeeper. Brueski dives straight in, highlighting the enormous volume of the lethal drug Richins allegedly procured. He questions the need for so much fentanyl, suggesting the high possibility of a premeditated crime. "You would certainly think so,” concurs Johnston, shedding light on allegations that previous attempts had been made on her husband's life. The conversation then pivots to the fascinating psychological intricacies of poisoners. Brueski wonders about potential signs of such dangerous intentions, especially when everything seems normal outwardly. Johnston’s expertise provides a surprising revelation. She mentions an article she penned a few years ago titled, The Psychological Profile of a Poisoner. According to her research, poisoners display unique traits compared to other murderers. "Poisoners tend to be pretty sneaky,” says Johnston. Unlike murderers who might use brute force, poisoners often appear loving and caring, masking their sinister plans. Johnston explains that such individuals avoid confrontation and secretly plot against their loved ones, with money frequently being the primary motive. Connecting this to Richins, Johnston observes that she aligns with many attributes of a typical poisoner, albeit seemingly more aggressive. But what differentiates a poisoner’s mindset from another murderer? Do they perceive their crime differently? Brueski ponders whether the act of poisoning, given its subtlety and indirect nature, is more justifiable in their minds than grabbing a gun or a knife. Johnston asserts that poisoners lean towards a more covert approach due to the "sneakiness" involved. Unlike murderers driven by rage and impulse, poisoners often exude a certain calmness. They meticulously plot and plan, operating under the radar. While others might believe they know what’s transpiring, in reality, the depth of the poisoner's deceit is profound. The chilling fact that lethal substances like fentanyl can be undetectable in drinks, such as a Moscow mule, underscores their methodical approach. Johnston points out the patterns often seen with poisoners, with financial gain being a strong motivator. This differs significantly from other types of murderers, where crimes are frequently committed in the heat of the moment, without premeditation. Poisoners tend to be more educated and strategic. "They're sneakier,” Johnston reiterates, emphasizing their proclivity to delay gratification. Brueski aptly sums up the discussion by noting the weapon's choice in a crime offers significant insight into its nature and the perpetrator. If the weapon matches the accused's personality, it can either solidify or refute their alleged involvement in the crime. With the Kouri Richins case as a backdrop, the duo paints a comprehensive picture of the mind of a poisoner, shedding light on one of the darkest corners of criminal psychology. Want to listen to ALL of our podcasts AD-FREE? Subscribe through APPLE PODCASTS, and try it for three days free: https://tinyurl.com/ycw626tj Follow Our Other Cases: https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com The latest on Catching the Long Island Serial Killer, Chad & Lori Daybell, The Murder of Ana Walshe, Alex Murdaugh, Bryan Kohberger, Lucy Letby, Kouri Richins, Justice for Harmony Montgomery, The Murder of Stephen Smith, The Murder of Madeline Kingsbury, and much more! Listen at https://www.truecrimetodaypod.com