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Six wives, four deaths, and one man in the middle of it all. That's the true story told in the three-part special "Dateline Presents: The Widower."
Thomas Randolph was married six times. Four of his wives died under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind significant life-insurance policies for which he was the beneficiary. Between Randolph’s many weddings and his spouses’ high mortality rate, the Nevada resident was accused of being a “Black Widower."
In 2017, Randolph was sentenced to death for allegedly killing his sixth wife, Sharon Causse, and a man named Michael Miller in 2008. Randolph claimed Miller had broken into their home and fatally shot Causse in the head, leading him to kill Miller in self-defense. The prosecution, however, argued that he had hired Miller to kill Causse and then shot him.
But three years after his sentencing, the Nevada Supreme Court overturned Randolph’s murder conviction.That dramatic reversal came down in December 2020, when officials decided after an appeal that evidence presented at Randolph’s trial concerning the death of one of his former wives tainted the jury’s objectivity, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. A new trial was ordered for Randolph.
"Dateline Presents: The Widower," which airs on Oxygen on Monday, Aug. 16, Tuesday, Aug. 17, and Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 8/7c, has been over 10 years in the making and covers each strange twist and turn the shocking case has taken.
“Dateline” supervising producer Dan Slepian’s coverage includes interviews with victims’ families, friends, lawyers on both sides of the case, and Randolph himself.
“He’s the most eccentric, calculating, disturbing, odd suspect I’ve ever encountered,” Slepian told the New York Post.
“He’s a perplexing, intriguing murder suspect,” Slepian added. “You can’t take your eyes off of him.”
Currently, Randolph is being held in High Desert State Prison awaiting his new trial. This summer he has participated remotely in pretrial hearings that have been seen on the Law & Crime Trial Network.
Randolph’s new trial is currently set to begin on May 9, 2022, the Clark County District Attorney’s Office, told Oxygen.com.
To learn more about the case, watch “Dateline Presents: The Widower” on Oxygen.
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