The Crime Scene
Ron Rudin, a sixty-four-year-old Las Vegas millionaire who had made his fortune in real estate, disappeared on December 18, 1994. Two days later, Margaret, his fifth wife, to whom he had been married seven years, reported his disappearance to the police. Several days following this, Ron's muddy 1993 Cadillac turned up parked behind the Crazy Horse Too topless club on Industrial Road in Las Vegas. The police found blood inside the vehicle, but no sign of Ron.
On January 21, 1995, several fishermen stumbled onto Ron's skull lying in a remote ravine near Nelson's Landing in the Lake Mead Recreational Area, southeast of Las Vegas. Police called to the scene discovered several items of Ron's jewelry next to his skull, while nearby in a firepit they found the charred remains of an old humpback trunk containing the rest of Ron's body. An autopsy showed that Ron had been shot four times in the head with a .22-caliber weapon.
Once Ron's disappearance became a murder, homicide detectives stepped in and took over the investigation.
The detectives discovered that for several years before his death, Ron had apparently been worrying that something violent might happen to him. In April 1991, he added the following amendment to his will: [I request that in the event my death is caused by violent means (for example, gunshot, knife or a violent automobile accident), extraordinary