Heir To Billions Pleads Guilty To Keeping Dead Wife's Body At Home | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

NPR : News

Filed Under:

Heir To Billions Pleads Guilty To Keeping Dead Wife's Body At Home

In London today the Swedish heir to a fortune worth billions of dollars pleaded guilty to "preventing the lawful and decent burial of his wife" and the court heard that Eva Rausing's body may have been lying beneath "bin bags, clothing and bed linen" for as long as two months, the BBC reports.

It what sounds like an incredibly sad end to a story we've posted about previously, the court heard that Hans Kristian Rausing told police following his arrest on July 9 that "I do not have a very coherent recollection of the events leading up to and since Eva's death. Safe to assure you that I have never wished her or done her any harm. ... I tried to carry on as if her death had not happened and batted away any inquiries about her."

The couple had battled drug addictions. But Rausing told police he had not supplied her with drugs. The cause of her death has yet to be determined.

Hans Kristian Rausing, 49, is heir to a fortune built by his father thanks to the success of the family's Tetra Pak food packaging empire. Eva Rausing, 48, was an American and daughter of retired Pepsi executive Tom Kemeny.

Hans Kristian Rausing has not yet been sentenced. He is currently being treated at a private hospital and conditions of his bail require that he stay there and only leave if escorted by a hospital staff member, the BBC says.

Update at 9:35 a.m ET. 10-Month Sentence:

According to the BBC, Rausing has been "sentenced to 10 months custody supended for two years for preventing wife Eva's burial."

The Guardian adds that "in 2007 something happened in their lives which turned Hans Rausing into a total recluse. 'His only human contact was his wife,' " lawyer Alex Cameron.

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

Smithsonian In Talks Over London Outpost — Its First Overseas

If negotiations are successful, the Smithsonian would join other attractions at the site of London's Olympic Park.
NPR

Watch 'Bob's Burgers'? Now You Can Eat Them, Too

What happens when you try to make a burger out of a pun? One blog, two years, and dozens of recipes later, millions of fans can now cook up their very own Bob's burgers.
NPR

White House Won't Seek To End 529 College Tax Break

All 50 states and the District of Columbia sponsor 529 plans. Critics had called the proposal to limit them a tax hike on the middle class.
NPR

Yahoo Plans To Spin Off Remaining Stake In Alibaba

Yahoo has announced it will spin off its 15 percent stake in the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba. Shareholders had been waiting for that decision. The move needs regulatory approval.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.