Brother of one of Black Widow's husbands speaks out

June 17, 2008; News 12 at 11

AUGUSTA, GA -- When Betty Neumar said "'Til death do us part," she meant murder. At least that's what Al Gentry, the brother of one of her many dead ex-husbands has been trying to tell police in North Carolina for more than two decades.

He believes his brother would still be alive today if the police "would have done their job back then."

Flash forward to 2008. Deputies are listening now. They arrested Neumar in Augusta, saying she hired someone to kill her husband and Gentry's brother in 1986.

That brought up something else investigators could not ignore. Betty was married five times. All five of her husbands are dead.

Gentry says police don't want him to say much else, pointing out "There's a lot more to this than anybody's let out, and I'm not at liberty to say any of it."

Some of it includes John Neumar, Betty's fifth husband in Augusta. He died supposedly of natural causes, but Neumar's son wonders why he learned of his dad's death in the paper.

John Neumar says, "that just makes my suspicions even stronger and makes me want them to dig deeper into why my father passed away."

Richmond County investigators searched the home, and are now even looking at Neumar's ashes to see if he was poisoned. Right now, they're not ruling anything out.

They're even looking into money as a possible motive. Investigators say Betty had at least two overseas bank accounts in her name. When she was arrested, she had a current passport and her vaccine records in her purse.

We also know she collected at least $20,000 in life insurance money after her husband's death in North Carolina. She also collected his military benefits after his death.

Still, she and Neumar filed for bankruptcy in 2000, wiping away more than $200,000 in debt on 43 credit cards.

It's a web of problems that investigators believe was enough for the black widow to strike, perhaps five times.

Right now, Betty is in North Carolina, awaiting trial. So far, she is only charged in the death of one man.

Investigators, however, worry it will be difficult to connect her to the deaths of her other husbands because so much time has passed. Some witnesses are dead, and some evidence is lost forever.

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