Harold Henthorn is charged with pushing his wife of 12 years off a cliff in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park and the circumstantial evidence in this case is just piling up. Investigators found a map with an “X” marking the exact spot where his wife would go over the edge of a cliff and Henthorn’s account of what happened that day keeps changing, according to MSN News on Nov. 21.
While this investigation was underway some clues in the death of Henthorn’s first wife have bubbled up and he is now being investigated in his first wife’s death, which was originally deemed an accident. His second wife, Toni Henthorn 50, was a financially well-off ophthalmologist who lived with her husband in the suburbs of Denver. There are three life insurance policies totaling 4.5 million on Toni in which Harold, 58, was the sole beneficiary.
The Huffington Post reports that Toni fell more than 140-feet down a rocky cliff in a remote area of the park, which was way off the trail that the couple had been hiking on that ill-fated day in 2012. Harold said his wife was taking a picture of one of the scenic views when all of the sudden she wasn’t there anymore.
He had told both her brothers that he had been looking at a text message he had gotten during the moment Toni fell. He told one brother the text had to do with his daughter’s soccer match and the other brother heard from Harold that he was looking for a text saying that his daughter made it to the babysitter’s house.
The conflicting details in this case keep growing and most are coming from Harold’s own mouth. Investigators said that the text message time stamp did not match with the timeline Harold gave them of his wife’s fatal fall.
Harold’s first wife died while she and Harold were working together on a car that was up on a jack. The car slipped off the jack killing his first wife. He was the only witness to both his wives’ deaths. He collected a $500,000 insurance policy after his first wife met her demise under that car.
Records also show that he is the sole beneficiary to a life insurance policy taken out on his former sister-in-law for $400,000. They have found phone records that show the woman and Harold called each other 130 times in 2012.
Toni’s family members believe he may have tried to kill her before, but she was hurt and not killed. Harold had called Toni out to the front of the log cabin that the two were working on together and when she came out the door a heavy 20-foot beam fell on her.
When she walked outside she bent over to look at something on the ground. She told her mother at the time that she would have been killed by this freak accident if she hadn’t bent over at the exact time the beam came down.
While Toni worked full-time Harold told people he worked as a fundraiser for various charities and non-profit agencies, but investigators could find no evidence of Harold having a job like this. It is unclear just what he did for a living.
The many discrepancies he has presented to investigators along with what Toni’s family and friends have said about the marriage, is not looking good for Harold. The family told police how he was controlling and even tried to control Toni’s contact with her nine-year-old daughter. He controlled Toni’s phone calls and a babysitter said that she often wondered if he was having an affair because he was “traveling so much for his work.”
There is something mysterious and dark about Harold’s account of his wife’s death and the incidents leading up to the death and after her fall have too many discrepancies. While Harold continues to deny using that “X” marked map on Sept. 29, 2012, the day his wife went over a cliff and denies having anything to do with her death, the evidence is piling up today.
At the funeral Harold appeared more upset after learning he was under investigation for his wife’s death than he was about her death. This is what family and friends observed and reported to police.