Utah: Mom who wrote grief book for sons ‘murdered husband for buying $2,000,000 mansion’ | US News

This photo provided by KPCW.org shows Kouri Richins on April 12, 2023 at the KPCW studio in Park City, Utah. Richins was arrested in Utah on Monday, May 8 and is charged in indictment documents with poisoning her husband with a fatal dose of fentanyl at their home in Kamas, a small mountain town near Park City. (KPCW.org via AP)

Kouri Richins, the mother accused of murdering her husband and then writing a children’s book to help her children grieve, feuded with him over the purchase of a massive mansion shortly before his death (Image: AP )

The children’s book author accused of her husband’s murder had a falling out with him over buying a $2 million home, according to investigators.

Kouri Richins, the 33-year-old Utah mother, is accused She murdered her husband with a lethal dose of fentanyl in 2022 and reportedly feuded with her husband over the purchase of a massive mansion.

Eric Richins, Kouri’s late husband, reportedly felt the $2 million asking price was too expensive for the family, which also included three young children.

“According to the family, Eric and his wife were arguing over the purchase of a nearly $2 million property that they wanted to ‘flip’,” according to a search warrant seen by local NPR station KPCW. “He was going to tell her he wasn’t going to sign the papers.”

The mother-of-three, who wrote a grief book to help her sons after her husband died at their home, is being charged in his death as prosecutors say he had five times the lethal dose of fentanyl in his body, Kouri Richin's book

Kouri Richins has written a children’s book to help her sons deal with grief after their father’s death (Image: Amazon)

According to the KPCW, Kouri Richins finalized the purchase agreement for the home on March 5 — the day after her husband was killed.

Two weeks after his death, Kouri relisted the massive Heber City, Utah mansion for $4.8 million.

The mansion’s listing is still online, but the home’s realtor said it had a buyer.

According to the listing, the extravagant home has a butler’s pantry, a swimming pool, a therapy pool, a gym, a golf simulator, a large indoor volleyball court, a climbing wall, two common rooms, two kitchens, and even a dedicated room for virtual reality experiences. ‘

APRIL 6, 2023 - Kouri Richins is an incredible mother who touched our hearts by sharing her personal story of loss. Her husband, to whom she was married for fourteen years, died unexpectedly just a year ago, leaving behind his wife and their three young sons. While learning to deal with grief in a new normal, Kouri and her sons began writing a children's book to help others deal with the loss of a loved one. She tells us she needed distraction and a way to channel and express family feelings. The beautiful book is based on Kouri's three C's.

Kouri Richins appears on a local morning show to promote her book (Image: ABC4)

Additional details included in the search warrants revealed that Richins may have attempted to poison her husband before his death in March 2022.

“During the investigation into the death, I was told by Eric’s family members that they suspect his wife was involved in his death,” a Summit County sheriff’s deputy said. “They told him that if anything happened to him, he warned them that it was her fault.”

According to Eric’s sister, he was “seriously ill” a few years earlier while on a family trip to Greece. He told his sister that he believed his wife was responsible for poisoning his drink on the trip.

In another incident on Valentine’s Day in 2022, Eric reportedly broke out in hives after eating just one bite of a sandwich his wife made for him. He survived after using his son’s EpiPen and taking Benadryl.

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