Another Black Widow Exposed
Woman Arrested in Cold Case Has Other Dead Spouses
Investigators find woman arrested in husband's cold-case killing has 4 other dead spouses
By MITCH WEISS Associated Press Writer
ALBEMARLE, N.C. June 13, 2008 (AP) The Associated Press
In this photo provided by the Augusta, Ga., Police Dept. Betty Johnson Neumar is shown at her booking in Augusta, Ga., Tuesday, June 10, 2008. It took years, but authorities have charged the 76-year-old with hiring a hit man, and investigators think she may have also killed her four other husbands in four other states. (Augusta Police Dept./AP Photo)
For two decades, Al Gentry begged investigators to take another look at the mystery of who killed his brother, Harold, and left his gunshot-ridden body sprawled on the floor of the home he shared with his wife.
He visited the sheriff's office dozens of times and made just as many phone calls. And when authorities finally listened, they wound up arresting the person Gentry had always suspected: his brother's now 76-year-old former wife, who was charged last month with hiring a hit man to gun him down.
"This is something I've been waiting for for a long time," Gentry said.
But Gentry's persistence may have led investigators to a far more chilling discovery about Betty Neumar. After arresting her, authorities realized that five times since the 1950s, she was married, and each union ended with the death of her husband.
Authorities say they've notified law enforcement officials where Neumar is believed to have lived with the men. So far, no one has said whether the deaths are suspicious, but some officials are reopening the cold cases.
Al Gentry had been showing up for years at the sheriff's office and talking to anyone who would listen about the case. His brother's body, with several gunshot wounds, was found inside the couple's home on July 14, 1986.
Neumar, who was out of town the day her husband was killed, showed no emotion when she got back, Al Gentry said. When she pulled up to the one-story brick house in a quiet neighborhood that was surrounded by flashing lights and filled with police officers, he recalled, she blurted out that she had been in Augusta, Ga., the previous night — before he even said a word.
"If she had gotten out of that car with tears in her eyes and asked me why would anybody kill Harold, I would never have suspected her at all," he said. "That's where she slipped up."
Harold Gentry met Neumar — who was then Betty Sills — in Florida and they married on Jan. 19, 1968, in Charlton County, Ga., when he was 29 and she was 36. The couple moved to Norwood, about an hour east of Charlotte, in the late 1970s after he retired from the Army after 21 years of service
Mommy murder is the leading cause of death of boys, and wife murder is the leading cause of death of men under 60. Most wife murders are done with poison and never recorded by the official “investigators” who promise to “solve crime.” The chances of an investigation being done and the wife arrested are so small that it might as well be publicly declared “open season” on husband killing. It has been estimated that only 10% of murdered husbands are ever recorded as murder. Even when the husband's death is recorded as murder, the blue gun thug “investigators” work hard to avoid blaming the obviously guilty wife. A man who shoots himself 3 times in the back while sleeping is a “suicide.” A man who is assassinated in his driveway with a shotgun is “unknown.” Only when an old female has left a trail of dead husbands, and only when persistent relatives demand some official action, will any blue gun thug finally take notice. The excusing of female serial killers is so pervasive among the blue suit gangs that the FBI excludes females from being “serial killers” by definition.
How many men have you known who died of “natural causes” in their 30x, 40s or 50s? How many men have you known who died of an assassins bullets and nobody was ever blamed? How many men have you known who “ran off” and were never seen or heard from again? How many men have you known who were said to have died from “accidental” causes? Did someone paint a smiley face?
Isn't it time that ALL men who die of “natural causes” should be thoroughly tested for poisons before being cremated or buried? Isn't it time that we demand a full investigation whenever a man dies of obviously murderous circumstances?