Contact theSOPAbout theSOPSupport theSOPWritersEditorsManaging Editors
theSOP logo
Published:November 12th, 2014 14:14 EST
How Did Harold Henthorn Manage to Lure His Wife Toni On a Hiking Trip to Rocky Mountain National Park?

How Did Harold Henthorn Manage to Lure His Wife Toni On a Hiking Trip to Rocky Mountain National Park?

By John G. Kays

When surfing web news this morning, and after finally resigning myself to the political train wreck, otherwise known as the Midterm elections, I narrowed my search to crime stories, which is normally the beat I cover, although I do sometimes play musical chairs, as far as subjects I`m willing to take a gander at. Bingo! 

CNN had a great one; this one takes place in Denver, Colorado, giving you details about the recent arrest of Harold Henhorn, 58, who was taken in custody last Thursday, November 6th, accused (as he is) of deliberately pushing his wife (50-year-old Toni Henhorn, a successful Ophthalmologist), off a mountain cliff.

I repeat, `cuz it`s so hard to believe, but the authorities believe Harold shoved her off Deer Mountain (in Rocky Mountain National Park) on September 29, 2012, supposedly, when the married couple were off on a hiking trip! This is a very strange way of ridding yourself of your wife; this also might explain why I`ve parked my news van right here. Aint goin` nowhere for now! 

I had to take a look at some secondary sources, so as to catch up on the particulars of this Rocky Mountain High, murder case, which I just noticed, has turned into a double dose of homicide, since now the authorities are revisiting the peculiar death of Harold Henthorn`s first wife, Sandra Lynn, from 1995. It bends your mind, but Sandra Lynn`s accident  is even weirder than Toni`s! I`m beginning to call it Case of The Lost Lug-Nut , for lack of a better title! 

Before I veer off a steep precipice myself, I thought I`d let you know, if you`d care to examine these intriguing cases for yourself, I would recommend reading everything published by The Denver Chronicle, or even better, scrutinize what has been written by Brian Maass with CBS 4 in Denver. That is, it looks like Brian is more inside these not uncomplicated, multi-dimensional murder cases, than any other reporter. I just read Brian`s article about Harold`s arrest for stealing underwear from a J.C. Penny`s in 1994, so I think it`s safe to say, I speak with authority (even Toni`s family members were unaware of this odd black mark).

The slices of journalism, I`m aware of, are pointing to a total of 4.5 million dollars (as I understand, comprising 3 separate policies) worth of life insurance (on the wife Toni) as a logical motive for wanting to kill your wife. I haven`t yet had a chance to probe this further, nor was I aware a body could even obtain that much life insurance; yet I`m curious enough to give it a better shot. 

Was that also, 3 different insurance companies? If so, was one company aware that another one had already insured Toni? Furthermore, did Toni ever become concerned, or perhaps a bit suspicious of her husband, fathoming over-kill, as far as protecting herself goes! I can`t imagine this not ruffling her conjugal feathers a trifle, but, as I mentioned previously , I`ll need to get a little further underneath this life insurance angle, before I can make some sense of it. 

And man, I know we shouldn`t judge a book by its cover, but, oh boy!; the photos I`ve seen, so far, of Harold Henhorn are not so flattering, as far as what they might suggest about his character. He just oozes meanness, cruelty, and dishonesty, if Roman Physiognomy is employed! 

HAROLD LOOKS LIKE A KILLER, unless the press hasn`t got their paws on the right photos yet (politically correct)! The only home-run I`ve hit so far, *(I`ve only been on the case for 11 hours, so give me a break), is an observation that Harold made a grave mistake choosing RMNP to commit his heinous crime; this allows the FBI to investigate what happened, when Toni tumbles 50 feet to her death when, purportedly, taking an excursion snapshot *(see The High Window, by Raymond Chandler for extended illumination).