Saturday, August 1, 2009

A Tragedy

I was watching a documentary crime story "48 hours" TV Show and was shocked that the case is about a Filipina suspected of killing her two American husbands. Please watch this show {HERE}.

She was Sonia Rios Risken, the so-called Lomita Black Widow in California. The first husband, Earl "Duke" Bourdeau was shot to death in the Philippines, Aug.18,1987. He was staying in Sonia's brother for a business trip when he was shot on the head while sleeping on the couch in the living room. Sonia refused to return the body to the family in the US. Her 5 family members was arrested but never convicted after the bond. It was never solve! But, for 21 years, with the help of CBS- "48 Hours", they managed to hire a Philippine CSI Expert Dr Rachel Fortun to identify the remain found in the grave.

It was really heartbreaking and I can't hold back my tears from seeing that Mr. Bourdeau's remain was put in a sack and inserted into the Sonia's relative grave. Not even a cheap wood casket. I was really sorry for him and his family in the US. Click {HERE} to read the news. In the report of that "48 Hours" TV Show, after 21 years, Mr. Bourdeau finally laid to rest in Davenport, Iowa. At least he was given the nice and proper burial he deserves.

Now, the second husband is the key to that accomplishment. Four years after Mr. Bourdeau died, she married to a US Marine Law "Larry" Riskin. He was also killed on April 18, 2006 on the way out of the hospital in the Philippines. His compassion to help brought the end of his life. He accompanied Sonia's relative to the hospital because of eye infection. When they were about to leave the hospital, 2 men in the motorcycle ambushed them and he was the only target. He was shot twice, once on the head.

They suspected Sonia Rios for that killing. His death was unsolved! His body was never returned to his family. Sonia cremated the body. But, at 60 years old, Sonia Rios was also shot to death in her home at Lomita. Her death was also unsolved. If you want to watch the show, clicked {HERE}.

It is just shocking to know when a Filipina was murdered by her husband. But, this case is different. She was the subject of her husbands death and with her death too, the case might be buried with them.

I just hope that the ashes of Mr. Larry Riskins will be returned to the family here in the US. I hope this cases will be solved. May they rest in peace.

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