Lady murders husband then writes a grief book for children
A Utah woman, Kouri Richins, has been charged with aggravated murder and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute in connection with the overdose death of her husband, Eric Richins. The shocking case, which unfolded in March of last year, recently took a new turn as investigators allege that Kouri administered a lethal dose of illicit fentanyl to her husband. The arrest and subsequent revelations have left the community stunned and raise questions about the circumstances surrounding Eric’s tragic passing.
The Mysterious Death
Last March, Kouri Richins discovered her husband’s lifeless body at the foot of their bed in their Kamas, Utah home. She reported that she found him cold to the touch after leaving him to sleep in the room while she slept with their son. At the time, she attributed his death to natural causes. However, an autopsy and toxicology report revealed that Eric Richins died from a fentanyl overdose, with a toxic level of the drug found in his system.
The Investigation Unfolds
As investigators delved deeper into Eric Richins’ death, they uncovered a series of suspicious events leading up to the tragedy. Court documents revealed that Kouri had allegedly purchased illicit fentanyl from an acquaintance known as C.L. in the months preceding her husband’s demise. The records also detailed claims made by Eric to a friend that he believed his wife was trying to poison him after he fell severely ill following a Valentine’s Day dinner they shared at home.
Communication and Drug Purchases
Investigators discovered incriminating communications between Kouri Richins and C.L., who had a history of drug-related offenses. According to court documents, Kouri had requested prescription pain pills and later asked for “fentanyl pills” from C.L. Allegedly, she purchased these pills from C.L. for $900 and received subsequent deliveries of fentanyl.
The Tragic Night
In the early hours of March 4, 2022, emergency responders arrived at the Richins’ home in response to a report of an unresponsive man. Despite their efforts, they were unable to revive Eric Richins. Kouri provided her version of events, stating that she had celebrated closing on a house for her business by bringing her husband a cocktail in bed. She claimed to have left him in the room and went to sleep with one of their sons due to the child experiencing a night terror. Upon returning to their bedroom around 3 a.m., she found Eric cold to the touch and called 911.
Arrest and Further Investigation
The investigation took a significant turn when evidence emerged suggesting Kouri Richins’ involvement in her husband’s death. Cell phone records indicated suspicious activity during the timeframe she claimed to have been away from her phone. Messages were sent and received and later deleted. Authorities obtained a search warrant and seized her phone and computers, which further supported their case against her.
From Grief to Arrest
Ironically, just a year after her husband’s death, Kouri Richins published a children’s book titled “Are You With Me?” that aimed to help children navigate grief after losing a loved one. She appeared on a local television show to discuss the book and its focus on connection, continuity, and care. Weeks later, she was arrested in connection with her husband’s overdose death.
The arrest of Kouri Richins in connection with her husband’s overdose death has left the community shocked and bewildered. As the legal proceedings continue, investigators will work to uncover the truth behind this tragic incident. The case serves as a reminder of the devastating impact of drug addiction and the potential consequences that arise from its misuse.