Kouri Richins Author Kills Husband Eric Richins

A Utah woman, Kouri Richins, has been charged with murdering her husband, Eric Richins, with a lethal dose of fentanyl slipped into a drink. Eric was the father of the couple’s three children, and Kouri had recently published a children’s book on losing a parent. According to investigators, Eric had five times the lethal dosage of fentanyl in his body when he died on March 4, 2022.

Court records indicate that Eric had told friends and family before his death that he believed his wife was trying to poison him. In February 2022, Eric became violently ill after having dinner with Kouri, breaking out in hives and having trouble breathing until he used his son’s EpiPen and took Benadryl. Kouri allegedly bought $900 worth of fentanyl pills before this dinner and would later buy $900 more in pills before Eric’s death.

The couple had argued over purchasing a $2m home that Kouri wanted to remodel but Eric thought was too expensive. In January 2022, Kouri unsuccessfully tried to change a life insurance policy that Eric had with his business partner. Kouri attempted to remove Wright from the policy and make herself the beneficiary, but Eric went on to remove Kouri from his will and replaced her with his sister, although he did not inform his wife that he was doing so.

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On March 5, 2023, almost exactly a year after Eric’s death, Kouri published a book titled Are You With Me?, which she promoted in an interview with a radio station. According to the book’s description, it is “written to create peace and comfort for children who have lost a loved one.” Kouri was arrested on May 9, 2023, and is charged with murder as well as possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute it. If convicted of murder, she could face life imprisonment or the death penalty.

Published by HOLR Magazine.