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She'll Serve Life for the Murder of Her Millionaire Husband

Aurea Vazquez Rijos was sentenced Friday
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2019 1:37 PM CDT
This Sept. 24, 2015 file photo shows Aurea Vazquez Rijos, who was accused more than a decade ago of the murder of her wealthy husband, Canadian Adam Anhang, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.   (Carlos Giusti/El Vocero via AP File)

(Newser) – Wedded bliss it was not. Adam Anhang, a 32-year-old Canadian millionaire, had moved to Puerto Rico in the early 2000s intending to try his hand at property development there. The Wharton School of Business grad, who had an estimated $24 million fortune thanks in part to an online gaming company, started dating Aurea Vazquez Rijos, a former Miss Puerto Rico Petite. The two married in early 2005; six months later, he wanted a divorce. On the evening of Sept. 22, 2005, Anhang was stabbed to death after having dinner with his wife in the Old San Juan district; Vazquez Rijos sustained only cuts and bruises. On Friday, the 38-year-old learned she will spend the rest of her life in prison for ordering his murder. The story:

  • The Washington Post reports that soon after the couple began dating, Vazquez Rijos told him she was pregnant and that her Catholic faith demanded they marry. They did, except there was no pregnancy, a friend of Anhang's recounted to Dateline in 2008. Anhang felt tricked and within months he wanted out. Twelve hours after he told her so he was dead, following dinner the two had together.
  • Jonathan Roman Rivera, a 22-year-old dishwasher, was arrested in what appeared to be a robbery gone wrong and handed a 105-year sentence. But Anhang's family was skeptical. The killer didn't rob Anhang of his money and no evidence tied Roman Rivera to the murder. But Vazquez Rijos, they thought, had a motive: She would have gotten no more than $360,000 under the couple's prenup; after Anhang's death, she sued his family for a $9 million slice of his estate, reports the AP.

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