LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Margaret Rudin, the convicted killer known in Las Vegas as the "Black Widow," spoke for the first time on national TV since her release from prison, and she maintains her innocence.
ABC dedicated two hours to a sit-down interview on 20/20, which featured numerous Las Vegans from Attorney Tom Pitaro, former prosecutor Gary Guymon, Ron Rudin's best friend John Reuther and others.
"I thought the same thing I thought last time, she should never have got out," said John Reuther, 89, about the interview.
13 Investigates spoke to several people immediately after the special and they say they did not believe Margaret Rudin's version of events that led up to her former husband's brutal killing in 1994.
“I believe, in my opinion, that she is up to something and she’s telling lies," said Patricia Reuther who also knew Margaret Rudin.
"Maybe she wants book money, movie money," speculated Reuther. "There’s a lot more to this."
13 Investigative covered Rudin's release extensively in 2019 in the days leading to her long-awaited release from prison.
“Margaret totally maintains her innocence, as she did at the time of the trial," said Greg Mullanax, Rudin's attorney.
"Remember after she was convicted of first-degree murder, the [district attorney's] office came to her and said we'll let you plea to second-degree murder and drop the weapons charge," said Mullanax, "and you’ll be out in six or seven years."
"At that time she refused to take that plea," he added.
Margaret Rudin now lives in Illinois with her daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.