Randy Roth
Randy Roth
Randy Roth is a convicted murderer and thief from Washington. He was convicted of the 1991 murder of his fourth wife, Cynthia Baumgartner Roth. He was suspected but never tried for murdering his second wife, Janis Roth, in 1981. In both deaths he was the only witness, he claimed the activity that led to the death was the idea of his deceased wife, and the bodies were cremated as quickly as could be arranged.
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Poll: Politicians acting like children
CNN - over 3 years
Crossfire hosts talk with Brad Woodhouse and Andy Roth about rhetoric and leaders acting like spoiled children.
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No Rush in Hilo | TV Musical Chairs | Distinguished Alumni | Solar Shake-Up | Nobel Laureate Coming
Hawaii Reporter - almost 5 years
BY SAM SLOM - Lightnin' n' Thunder. Wow! How about our Hawaii weather the past few days. Have you ever heard so much LOUD thunder? Seen so many lightning strikes? Or seen hail in Hawaii Kai and Waimanalo? Could this be a sign that the Hawaii Majority Party has been screwing with Mother Nature and too many taxes and regulations? Let The Congressional Contest Begin. Republican Charles Djou is back early from his deployment in Afghanistan and ready to actively challenge Democrat Congresswoman Colleen Hanbusa for the 1st Congressional seat he briefly held in 2010. Should be a good race. Line Dancing. Waiting in line took on new meaning all last week to beat the federal REAL ID driver's license requirements. There were 2-3 hour waits at all DMV and satellite City Hall locations. Now you need your social security card, birth certificate, passport and Democrat Party card to get a license. Go Protesters Go! Last week's Kapolei and Honolulu panels on "Sustainable Growth: Challenges and So ...
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Today: Sustainable Growth Panel | Congrats Junior Achievement Awardees | Act of Valor- See it! | Mayoral Endorsements | Hawaii State Taxes Highest
Hawaii Reporter - almost 5 years
BY SEN. SAM SLOM - Leapin' Lizards. Happy Leap Year Day. Hope you make it profitable today and if it is your birthday, enjoy this special time. Today: Sustainable Growth: This afternoon, from 12:15 to 4 pm, there will be two panels on, "Sustainable Growth: Challenges and Solutions for the People of Hawaii." Sponsored by the American Dream Coalition and the SBH Educational Foundation, the program is free and open to the public at the Mission Memorial Auditorium on the Honolulu Hale grounds. Expert panelists will include: Panos Prevedouros; John Charles; Wendell Cox; Randy Roth; Adrian Moore; Peter Vincent and Randall O'Toole. Topics will include: Honolulu Rail; TODs; Urban Sprawl and Infrastructure Development. Recess Over. Tomorrow the State Legislature gets back to work after the annual mandatory five-day recess. Actually, there is plenty of work during the recess, just no House or Senate floor sessions. Committees still met and hearings were held. JA Awardees. The Senate will ...
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Vitex, LLC Announces Insight Forum Conference for Senior Bank Executives - Newswire Today (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
Randy Roth, president and CEO of Vitex, notes,“With the challenges community banks are having today, there is no playbook. We are offering a series of interactive discussions, to examine the emerging best practices we are seeing
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Cue Calendar - Peoria Journal Star
Google News - over 5 years
... 8 pm-12 am; Wednesdays - Sex and Candy, 8 pm-12 am; Thursdays - Colt 45 and Johnny Walker, 9 pm-1 am Meadows Avenue Tap, 2000 Meadows Ave., East Peoria: Sundays - open blues jam with the Governor and Randy Roth. Music 7-11 pm Nik's 4th Street Pub,
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Opponents fire another round against Honolulu's rail project - Pacific Business News (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Ben Cayetano, Walter Heen, Randy Roth and Cliff Slater, aka The Gang of Four, issued a press release Monday criticizing the government's response to the lawsuit they filed in May. The four are seeking a court order to stop the project because of
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Real Estate Transfers 9/11/11 - Knoxville News Sentinel
Google News - over 5 years
John Mulcahy to Randy Roth and Lisa Roth, in Mayfield addition, $56000. Stephen Whisner and Jennifer Whisner to David Tallent and Carolyn Tallent, in Colonial Village, $55000. Bank of New York to Jose Vargas, in Savannah Trace subdivision, $54989
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City and Federal transit officials respond to lawsuit aimed at stopping rail ... - KHON2
Google News - over 5 years
The plaintiffs include several groups and individuals including Former Governor Ben Cayetano, and UH Law School Professor Randy Roth. “Elevated heavy rail was Mufi Hannemann's top down slam it through idea. We think it was a really bad idea,” said Roth
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Prosecutor pursues murder charge against teen suspect - Columbus Local News (registration)
Google News - over 5 years
Murders in which the accused killer is so young are very uncommon, according to Randy Roth, a professor of history and sociology at Ohio State. "Statistically it's rare, but it's not at all unprecedented," he said. "It's happened in the 19th century
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TRANSACTIONS
NYTimes - over 11 years
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES -- Activated OF Larry Bigbie from the 15-day DL. Purchased the contract of RHP Chris Ray from Bowie of the EL. Agreed to terms with C Brandon Snyder. Optioned LHP John Parrish to Bowie and OF Ramon Nivar to Ottawa of the IL. Designated OF Napoleon Calzado for assignment. CHICAGO WHITE SOX --
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New Economy; The battle lines are drawn in the struggle for a uniform standard in software licensing for all 50 states.
NYTimes - over 14 years
A PROPOSED law intended to standardize software licensing from state to state has ignited a battle between its supporters -- most notably, the business software industry -- and the many forces who have joined to defeat it. Opposition has united a strange collection of bedfellows: librarians, information-technology managers and corporate chief
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NYTimes - almost 16 years
BASEBALL American League CLEVELAND INDIANS--Activated RHP Steve Woodard from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Buffalo of the International League. National League SAN DIEGO PADRES--Sent SS Chris Gomez outright to Portland of the PCL. Eastern League HARRISBURG SENATORS--Released P Scott Albin. Activated P Tommy Darrell from the disabled
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NYTimes - almost 17 years
BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES--Optioned RHP Al Reyes to Rochester of the International League. Recalled RHP Jason Johnson from Rochester. National League PITTSBURGH PIRATES--Sent LHP Chris Peters and RHP Marc Wilkins to Nashville of the PCL. Called up RHP Brad Clontz, RHP Mike Garcia and RHP Jose Parra from Nashville. Atlantic League
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Shift in Politics And Economics Seen for Hawaii
NYTimes - over 18 years
For the last seven years, Hawaii has felt the winds of economic change blowing only one way across the Pacific Ocean. While most of the country has prospered, enjoying job growth, state budget surpluses and contented citizenry -- all to the benefit of many political incumbents facing re-election this year -- Hawaii remains a stubborn exception.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Randy Roth
    THIRTIES
  • 1992
    Age 37
    He was also convicted of stealing in the form of defrauding insurers and the Social Security Administration and was sentenced to one year for theft and 50 years for first degree murder in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details At least two true crime books are based on Roth's crimes, A Rose for Her Grave by Ann Rule and Fatal Charm by Carlton Smith. Randy Roth was born the day after Christmas 1954, one of five children of Gordon and Lizabeth Roth. The family moved from North Dakota to Washington in the late 50s. Randy and his brother David, also a convicted murderer, later gave conflicting reports on the nature of their upbringing. David claimed their father was abusive and their mother supportive. Randy apparently bonded with his father more closely and remained in touch with him throughout his life while snubbing his mother, telling friends she was dead or mentally unstable.
  • 1991
    Age 36
    On July 23, 1991, just a few weeks short of their first wedding anniversary, the couple took Cynthia's two sons on a day trip to Lake Sammamish, the same lake where Ted Bundy had abducted two young women years earlier.
    More Details Hide Details As on the day of the Bundy abductions, it was a scorching hot summer day, with temperatures around the 90°F mark when the Roths arrived and the beach was crowded. Randy and Cynthia left the boys to play in the designated swimming area while they paddled their inflatable raft into deeper waters. Several hours later Randy Roth returned with an unresponsive Cynthia laying in the raft. She was treated at the scene, but all efforts were unsuccessful and after being taken to a hospital, was pronounced dead. Roth claimed that the wake from a speedboat had caused the raft to flip while Cynthia was swimming next to it and she had drowned as a result. Roth's apparent lack of emotion and contradicting versions of how events had unfolded immediately led investigators to consider him a suspect, but there was no solid evidence that she had been forcibly drowned. Once again Roth failed to inform family and friends of the death, but immediately went about trying to collect on a large life insurance policy, nearly $400,000, that he had taken out on his wife. Again he arranged for a cremation as soon as the body was released despite strong objections from Cynthia's parents. Almost three months after the drowning, Roth apparently believed he was once again not going to be charged, and was therefore quite surprised on October 8 when police detectives showed up at Bill Pierre Ford to arrest him on suspicion of murder and that they had obtained a search warrant, thereby allowing them unfettered access to his home.
    Randy Roth is a convicted murderer and thief from Washington. He was convicted of the 1991 murder of his fourth wife, Cynthia Baumgartner Roth.
    More Details Hide Details He was suspected but never tried for murdering his second wife, Janis Roth, in 1981. In both deaths he was the only witness, he claimed the activity that led to the death was the idea of his deceased wife, and the bodies were cremated as quickly as could be arranged.
  • 1990
    Age 35
    Roth remained single until 1990, when he met Cynthia Loucks Baumgartner at one of his son's Little League games. Born in 1957, she was the child of an older couple who had a teenage son and had been trying unsuccessfully for years to have another baby. Raised in a deeply religious family, she married Tom Baumgartner at the age of 21, and their sons Tyson and Rylie were born in 1979 and 1981.
    More Details Hide Details Tom worked hard as a parcel carrier for the USPS to provide for his family, but in 1985 he suddenly came down with Hodgkin's Disease and died at the age of 29. Cynthia was well-provided for with various survivors' benefits and the support of her family and close friend Lori Baker, and so she didn't need to work. Since she refused to marry a divorced man due to her religious beliefs, Randy Roth told her nothing about his marriages except that Janis Miranda had accidentally fallen to her death. That August, the two abruptly ran off to Las Vegas to get married, something that shocked Cynthia's family. Randy Roth quickly put up his house up for sale and purchased a big new home in Woodinville where he moved with his new enlarged family. Cynthia gradually became aware that Roth felt a need to control every aspect of her life, and did not want her doing anything on her own. Friends noticed her appearance and her housekeeping, which had always been beyond reproach in the past, were given less and less attention, and that Cynthia seemed to regret her marriage to Roth. Roth was also physically and mentally abusive to all three boys.
  • 1988
    Age 33
    Meanwhile, the Goodwins told investigators about Roth's having seduced their daughter and of a staged burglary he'd conducted on his own house in 1988 for insurance money, but had told nobody about this before because they were afraid of him.Roth had also carried on an affair with his son's babysitter for years, but her husband did nothing either for the same reason.
    More Details Hide Details Talks with Roth's co-workers from Bill Pierre Ford found that he'd been in the habit of telling them exceptionally cruel things about Cynthia and that he referred to their marriage as merely a "contract" he planned to do away with on their first anniversary. Investigators also revisited the death of Janis Roth ten years earlier and met with the detectives on that case, who had basically found themselves in the same situation. Roth's story had not quite made sense, he had not seemed like he was particularly upset that his wife was dead, but there was no direct evidence of foul play and the body had been speedily cremated. Given the apparent pattern and the volume of witnesses to other criminal behaviors they were able to convince a judge to issue warrants for the arrest of Roth and a search of his home in Woodinville. While conducting the search King County detectives uncovered numerous pieces of evidence of several crimes and other dishonest acts. There were large amounts of equipment and materials belonging to the automotive dealership where Roth was employed. He had a large collection of military uniforms, plaques, medals, magazines, and books about the Vietnam War, some of which had fresh receipts from stores where he'd purchased them. A wetsuit was found in a closet, an odd item for someone claiming to be a weak swimmer to possess. There were no firearms in the house, but Roth had a closet full of Japanese throwing stars, nunchucks, knives, and homemade weapons such as baseball bats with nails driven into them.
  • 1985
    Age 30
    In 1985, Roth married Donna Clift, another divorced mother of a small child. 21 years old, she had gotten pregnant in high school and married her daughter Brittany's father, but the marriage fell apart and she moved from her native Arizona to Washington.
    More Details Hide Details Randy quickly talked her into marrying him, but as usual didn't tell her his age or much about his life beyond various contradictory stories. He upset Donna by playing various mean-spirited jokes on her 3-year old daughter and becoming cold and aloof after the honeymoon. When Roth proposed adopting Brittany and becoming her legal guardian, Donna refused. While he wasn't home, she looked at some of his personal documents and tax returns in an effort to find out whatever secrets he was keeping from her. After only three months, their marriage ended when a family rafting trip on the Skykomish River ended in disaster. Randy went out with Donna along on an inflatable raft, which he attempted to steer through the rapids into sharp rocks. A terrified Donna immediately filed for divorce afterwards. Not long afterwards, he befriended Mary Jo Phillips, a divorced mother of three children. Roth became engaged to her, but abruptly broke it off when he found that she'd been treated for cancer once before and wasn't insurable.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1981
    Age 26
    On the day after Thanksgiving 1981, Randy Roth took Janis hiking at Beacon Rock, where she plummeted to her death.
    More Details Hide Details There were no witnesses to the fall besides Roth and the stories he told to others about the incident were contradictory. Police and rescue workers were unable to locate the body for several hours after the fall, and it was later determined that it would have been virtually impossible for her to have fallen from where Roth claimed the accident occurred. Although some suspicion was raised at the time that Roth had pushed his wife, there did not seem to be sufficient evidence to proceed with an arrest and trial. A police detective interviewed Roth in his home two months after Janis's death, but failed to obtain any meaningful information. Roth arranged the same day to have his wife cremated and filed a claim on her life insurance policy early the next morning, while failing to contact her friends and family and inform them of her death. He also planned to adopt her daughter Jalina, however Janis had already arranged that the girl was to be raised by her family in Texas should something happen to her.
    In early 1981, Randy Roth met Janis Miranda, also a divorced single parent, and they married that March.
    More Details Hide Details She had come from an impoverished upbringing in Texas, raised by a mother who labored to support her several children after their alcoholic father abandoned them. Marrying a serviceman, she gave birth to a daughter Jalina while stationed in Germany, but the marriage ended in divorce and Janis took her infant child to the West Coast seeking to begin a new life. Randy insisted on ample life insurance for his new wife as they were buying a house together and he told her he wanted to be able to pay the mortgage if the worst should come to pass. Janis had been extremely excited about her new husband, but after a few months, her friends started to notice that she was acting very strange and wary of everything.Shortly after the wedding, her Ford Pinto vanished and was later discovered in a field with its engine missing. She and Randy collected insurance money from the incident.
  • 1979
    Age 24
    The trial lasted from November 1979-March 1980 and proved to be a circus-like affair with Lizabeth Roth and her daughters repeatedly and loudly disrupting the proceedings.
    More Details Hide Details After Roth was sentenced to life in prison, his mother accused the justice system and the media of railroading her son, whom she maintained was completely innocent. The identity of the murder victim remains a mystery as Roth claimed to not know what her name was and no friends or relatives ever turned up. Lizabeth Roth would later claim that her husband had been a strict, abusive parent who discouraged his sons from displaying any emotion and if they'd grown up lacking in empathy for other people, it was not her fault. Friends of Randy Roth would also describe his extreme misogyny and dislike of women or anything feminine. Only women who were submissive and did not challenge him met his approval. According to former girlfriends, Randy had developed a reputation by high school of being a bully and a punk who enjoyed playing cruel pranks on others. He was dominating and controlling of his girlfriends, and his male friends were only those who toadied to him.
  • 1978
    Age 23
    She gave birth to a son Gregg in 1978.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly thereafter and without any explanation, he filed for divorce and obtained custody of Gregg. Donna Sanchez retained visitation rights and periodically came to visit her son and ex-husband over the years.
  • 1977
    Age 22
    In 1977, David Roth was charged with the murder of a hitchhiking girl he picked up.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1971
    Age 16
    The Roths were practicing Catholics, but they nonetheless divorced in 1971.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1954
    Born
    Born in 1954.
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