CHEYENNE – Alice Uden, who was convicted in 2014 of killing her husband in the 1970s, died in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, on Wednesday of chronic health issues.
Uden was sentenced Aug. 25, 2014, for second-degree murder. For the past five years, she’d been incarcerated in a female medical unit at the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington. She was transferred to the Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff on Tuesday.
Uden, who was born March 8, 1939, murdered her husband, Ron Holtz, in late 1974 or early 1975 while he slept in the couple’s bed at their home in Cheyenne. However, his remains weren’t discovered until 2013, when they were found in a mine shaft on the Remount Ranch, which is located between Cheyenne and Laramie.
Uden’s defense in court in 2014 was that Holtz had been abusive, violent and unpredictable, and that he had threatened to kill her and their small child.
According to a 2014 Wyoming Tribune Eagle story, Uden said she wished she had never met Holtz, saying she had tried to find a way out of the relationship, but “nobody would help.”
“There hasn’t been a day I haven’t thought of it,” Uden said during her trial. “I prayed for his soul. Whatever the decision is today, I will be comfortable with it. I’ve put my life in God’s hands.”
Uden said that, in the years since Holtz’s murder, she has prayed God would grant her the time to raise their daughter before she “was caught and put in prison.”
“And He has allowed me to,” she concluded.
Uden married her fourth husband, Gerald Uden, in 1976. Gerald Uden was convicted of murdering his ex-wife and two adopted sons in 1980, but their remains have never been recovered. The couple left Wyoming not long after the deaths, taking up residence in Chadwick, Missouri, where they lived until their arrests for their respective murders in late 2013.
Gerald Uden is also being held at the same facility as his now-late wife. The couple wasn’t allowed to see each other or speak over the phone, but they wrote each other frequently.
Former Wyoming journalist Ron Franscell recently published a book about the Udens, “Alice and Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story.” While Gerald Uden talked with Franscell a number of times as the author was writing the book, Alice Uden refused to be interviewed. Franscell seemed to believe Alice Uden was the mastermind behind the murders Gerald Uden committed, but that could never be proven.
As per departmental policy, an autopsy has been ordered.