DUNDEE, Sick. (TOC) — Donnie Rudd has been referred to as “pure evil.” He actually obtained away with homicide for almost half a century.
He was lastly convicted and despatched to jail, however he died final week after serving simply 4 years.
Karen Mezera recurrently visits her sister’s graveside in Dundee. Noreen Kumeta has been gone for 49 years, killed in 1973 by her husband of lower than a month, Rudd, who collected on her life insurance coverage. Rudd obtained away with the crime for 45 years earlier than the legislation lastly caught as much as him, sending him to jail about 4 years in the past.
“He betrayed me,” Mezera mentioned. “I had nothing however sisterly love for him and he betrayed me.”
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Rudd was 31 when he killed his new 19-year-old spouse after which staged a automotive crash in Barrington Hills to cowl it up. He then collected on her life insurance coverage coverage. In 2018, he was convicted and sentenced to greater than 75 years in jail. However he served simply 4 years earlier than his loss of life final week on the precise date, 49 years after the homicide.
“There was no good in him,” mentioned Cindy Mulligan, Rudd’s stepdaughter. “Simply evil.”
Mulligan’s mom Dianne Marks was married to Rudd after Kumeta’s loss of life, however they at all times suspected he was evil. She and her sister wrote a e book about Rudd titled, “Dwelling with the Satan.”
By day he was an legal professional and president of the native college board, however authorities suspect he might need been accountable for a number of different unsolved murders. Police have investigated him for the loss of life of Loretta Tabak-Bodtke, a consumer of his who was killed in her Arlington Heights dwelling in 1991.
“I introduced proof that he killed his father,” former prosecutor Maria McCarthy mentioned.
McCarthy calls Rudd essentially the most harmful assassin she ran throughout in her 25-year profession.
“He was a real sociopath, a narcissist who views folks as objects for use for his personal profit,” McCarthy mentioned. “He was the kind who would kill me or his legal professional with no second thought.”
Rudd had Noreen Kumeta’s household fooled into believing her loss of life was an accident for many years till the Loretta Tabak Bodtke’s daughter prompted police to analyze Donnie Rudd. Kumeta’s household is grateful that Rudd lastly got here to justice.
“Now I can have peace,” Mezera mentioned. “Lastly it is over.”
McCarthy mentioned whereas it is extremely probably Rudd dedicated different murders, it isn’t probably he would have been charged with the crimes at this level. The division of corrections has not launched a reason behind loss of life.
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