Thomas Randolph has been called the “Black Widower.”
Four of Randolph’s six wives are dead.
In 2017, he was convicted of killing his sixth wife and his hitman but the conviction was overturned.
Randolph is standing trial again.
(NewsReady.com) – When a couple gets married, they make a pledge that they’ll be together until death does them part. Unfortunately, some spouses have been known to accelerate that death part. A man in South Carolina is accused of doing exactly that with his sixth wife. Prosecutors have also accused him of killing his hitman.
First Five Marriages
Thomas Randolph, 68, has been married many times. Six, to be exact. He was convicted of killing his last wife in 2017, but the conviction was later thrown out. His first marriage was to Kathryn Thomas in 1975. She was just 18 years old at the time, and he wasn’t much older at 20. She has called him manipulating and abusive. One time, she claims he threw oatmeal at the wall because she didn’t put sugar in it. The couple divorced in 1983.
On the day his divorce was finalized, he married Becky Gault in 1983. In 1986, she was found with a bullet in her head. Authorities ruled it a suicide, and Randolph received a $500,000 insurance payout. He was later charged with her murder after investigators found out that he hired a hitman, who was actually a cop, to kill her. He pleaded guilty to witness tampering but managed to get acquitted of murder.
Randolph married Gayna Allmon after meeting her through a newspaper ad. She claims she left him after he tried to kill her. He went on to marry Francis Randolph, who died in 2004. She was in the hospital recovering from heart surgery. Glen Morrison testified at the first trial that Randolph asked him to kill Allmon. Her daughter testified that Randolph wouldn’t let her see her mom, and he had her cremated within 24 hours.
Leona Stapleton was Randolph’s fifth wife. She allegedly died from cancer, but not much is known about her.
The Sixth Wife and Alleged Murder
In 2006, Randolph married Sharon Causse in Mexico while they were vacationing. She died in 2008. Randolph claimed someone broke into his home and murdered his wife. In turn, he told police that he shot the home invader and killed him.
Law enforcement began investigating and learned Randolph allegedly hired Michael Miller to kill his wife. In 2017, he was convicted of both murders. However, in 2020, the Nevada Supreme Court reversed his convictions and punishment after determining the jury shouldn’t have been told about his second wife’s death. The new trial is expected to last three weeks.
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