Adorable Old Couple Are Actually Both Murderers Who Killed Their Ex-Spouses

How long until this is made into an episode of Law and Order?

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Image: Gerald Uden
AP / Christian County Sheriff’s Office

Gerald Uden

Most couples have simple things in common like taking long walks, going to movies, and enjoying sunsets. But police say Gerald and Alice Uden had one extra thing in common: spousal homicide.

The Udens had been living in rural Missouri since the early 1980s, and neighbors said they were a friendly couple and lived a quiet life. “They’re the kind of neighbors you leaned over the fence and talked about your chickens with,” neighbor Allen Bishop told KSPR-TV. But it turns out they harbored a shocking secret: according to police, the couple killed their ex-spouses and had been hiding out in a remote location for years.

Now Gerald Uden, 71, and Alice Uden, 74, are in custody in Christian County, Mo., awaiting extradition to Wyoming to face several first degree murder charges. Alice Uden is accused of the 1974 killing of her then-husband Ronald Holtz, 25, whose remains were discovered recently in an abandoned mine in southeast Wyoming. After being brought in for questioning and revealing what she knew about the death, she was arrested.

Her husband, Gerald Uden, is accused in the 1980 killing of his wife Virginia, 32, and their two children Richard, 12, and Reagan, 10, the Associated Press reported. Authorities say Mr. Uden confessed that he shot and killed his wife and two sons with a .22 caliber rifle his wife had purchased for bird hunting and then concealed their bodies near Pavillion, Wyo., in Fremont County.

It is unclear exactly when and under what circumstances Gerald and Alice Uden met, or exactly when they were married. Court records don’t show a motive and officials are saying little about their investigation, according to the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. Ah, romance.

15 comments
Nithuun
Nithuun

Where's the wife? Why is the man's picture put up but not hers?

Prydonian
Prydonian

Okay, this is Time magazine, right?  Respected for decades?  Why are all the articles peppered with cool, Internet-hipster talk like, "Ah, romance," designed to make them seem funny and demonstrate the author's lack of emotional investment?  Did someone decide it was easier to just give up altogether and join the Tumblr crowd, or are they recruiting journalists out of the nation's college sophomores?

Heisencat
Heisencat

I wondered why the wedding registry just had knives on it.

AmandaDeal
AmandaDeal

This is sick, Did they meet before they killed their spouses? Are each other the reason they did? Wow..

AndrewRiegle
AndrewRiegle

apparently she's got a thing for younger guys

miriam.beza
miriam.beza

The two murderers who found companionship and peace once they had disposed of their respective troublesome spouses .Perhaps it was what they needed to settle down,and live happily forever after

mckenziehayes
mckenziehayes

That is my grandmother you are talking about so you need to watch your mouth

mckenziehayes
mckenziehayes

That is my grandmother you are talking about you need to watch your mouth Andrew riegle

AdamLee
AdamLee

@AndrewRiegle So does your mother. Say hi to her for me if you talk to her before Wednesday.

jonnadi
jonnadi

Not if you or your family was one of the murdered spouses.

MaseWehrle
MaseWehrle

@Hibernia86 That sounds like sarcasm on mirams part-note the "respective troublesome spouses" part