Neumar has died, family says

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Betty Neumar, a former Augusta resident questioned about four of her husbands' deaths and indicted in another, died Sunday night, according to a relative.

FILE - In this June 10, 2008 file photo provided by the Augusta, Ga., Police Department, Betty Neumar is shown at her booking in Augusta, Ga. Neumar's son-in-law Terry Sanders says Neumar, who left a trail of five dead husbands in five states over decades, has died after an illness, The Associated Press reports Monday, June 13, 2011. Sheriff Rick Burris says authorities are looking into her death. (AP Photo/Augusta Police Department, File)
FILE - In this June 10, 2008 file photo provided by the Augusta, Ga., Police Department, Betty Neumar is shown at her booking in Augusta, Ga. Neumar's son-in-law Terry Sanders says Neumar, who left a trail of five dead husbands in five states over decades, has died after an illness, The Associated Press reports Monday, June 13, 2011. Sheriff Rick Burris says authorities are looking into her death. (AP Photo/Augusta Police Department, File)


Neumar, 79, was arrested in 2008 at her Augusta home on Cambridge Court after a North Carolina grand jury returned an indictment charging her with solicitation of murder. The indictment said she needed cash and was trying to collect the $20,000 life insurance policy of her fourth husband, Harold Gentry.

Law enforcement officials from Florida, Ohio and Augusta reopened their cases into the deaths of her other husbands after realizing that she had married five times and that all of her spouses were dead. Her fifth husband died in Augusta, but investigators, after testing his ashes, ruled it wasn't a homicide.

Gentry's brother, Al Gentry, successfully pushed for the case to be reopened after a 25-year struggle.

"This has gone on for so long, it about drove me crazy," Gentry said Monday. "It's really been on my back the whole time."

Repeated delays in the case and Neumar's poor health combined to rob Gentry of his chance to see Neumar go to trial.

"I'm numb," said Gentry, one of eight siblings who grew up in rural North Carolina. "I wanted justice, and we're not going to get it."

Terry Sanders, Neumar's son-in-law, told The Associated Press that Neumar died in a hospital in Louisiana.

Stanly County, N.C., Sheriff Rick Burris said authorities were looking into her death.

Ginger Efrid, the assistant district attorney in Stanly County, said prosecutors in the Albemarle community east of Charlotte had been told Neumar died but were awaiting a death certificate from her attorney, Charles Parnell.

Messages left Monday for Parnell were not returned.

Sanders, who is married to Neumar's daughter, Peggy, and lives in Ocala, Fla., said he didn't know about funeral arrangements.

"I'm not sure where she's going to be buried. Peggy and (her sister) Kelli, are taking care of all that," he said.

Associated Press reports were used in this article.

Betty Neumar was arrested at her Augusta home in 2008.

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WoodyKaminer
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WoodyKaminer 06/13/11 - 02:55 pm
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Geez AC, couldnt you have

Geez AC, couldnt you have waited 1 more day for the confirmation. Yall are hurting for stories huh?

Sweet son
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Sweet son 06/13/11 - 04:02 pm
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If the story turns out to be

If the story turns out to be ture then untold amounts of taxpayer monies will be saved by not having to prosecute, jail and probly take care of a host of medical problems.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 06/13/11 - 04:20 pm
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MAY have died? Where is she -

MAY have died? Where is she - I thought she was in jail. This story is a never ending saga - - - -

EMS6465
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EMS6465 06/13/11 - 04:53 pm
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If she was out on bond why

If she was out on bond why was she in Lousianna I thought you could not leave the state when on bond awaiting trial? Something does not sound right here.!!!

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 06/13/11 - 06:48 pm
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I know she was old, but was

I know she was old, but was suspected of multiple killings, I don't understand why she could have been out of the state where she had the murder charge.

cagirl
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cagirl 06/14/11 - 08:10 am
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How do we REALLY know she is

How do we REALLY know she is dead? No one has seen a death certificate or body so far. With aliases, passports, and money in overseas banks, there is a good chance she just left the country. This is one slick female and don't be fooled because she is old. I agree she should never been allowed out of jail , let alone out of the state.

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stillamazed 06/14/11 - 08:38 am
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I agree cagirl. If she got

I agree cagirl. If she got away with 4 murders she was really slick. to bad those families will never get answers or closure now.

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sgmret 06/14/11 - 09:58 am
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When was she released from

When was she released from prison?

MsCille
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MsCille 06/14/11 - 11:51 am
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I pray for those families

I pray for those families that have suffered because of Neumar's selfishiness. However, this is a prime example of how greed has taken over so many people in our society today. From the political leaders, medical doctors, patrons in the community, family members and friends there is always someone seeking money in a wrongful fashion. Money is still the "root of all evil". God is giving us so many signs, he is not pleased with the way we have taken advantage of the promiseland he gave to us. God is not pleased with the way we live in the world today robbing, stealing and killing is all we hear, its a sad, sad thing.

WoodyKaminer
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WoodyKaminer 06/14/11 - 12:14 pm
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MsCille, You should learn the

MsCille,
You should learn the scripture before you actually try and quote it. The bible verse, 1 Timothy 6:10, reads:For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
You should understand that money is not bad, nor evil. It is only when people put their love of having it above their love for God that it becomes evil. God needs us to have money to reach the nations. We just need to have our priorities straight.
People misquote that scripture all the time, leaving out the most important word.

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Taylor B 06/14/11 - 01:04 pm
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If you think money is the

If you think money is the root of all evil, you are part of the problem.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 06/14/11 - 02:16 pm
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i'm fine! and those were

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i'm fine! and those were coinkerdinkers.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 06/14/11 - 02:19 pm
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but seriously, wasn't her

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but seriously, wasn't her family scared to take care of her or go near her? is her daughter the daughter of one of the dead hsubands? weird.

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rdgurley 06/14/11 - 05:05 pm
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Me and my Mother are saddened

Me and my Mother are saddened by the loss of our friend Betty Gentry, That's how we knew her, She was our neighbor on Lake Shore Dr. in Norwood, N.C. from 1978 till she moved to Ga. to after Harold died, We have always believed that Harold died because he was running with the wrong people. People only know what they hear. they were our neighbors and friends. Either would give you the shirt off their back any day.
Betty was convicted without being tried in court, everyone was ready to send her to prison and they never knew the truth. the real truth. There are people living that still know what really happened to Harold Gentry and one day those people will have to answer for their crimes.. one day we will all be held accountable for our past and with the one and only judge JESUS.

Our love,prayers and sympathy go out to Kellie & Peggy and their families as well as the rest of the family. We will always believe in Bea's innocence .....

May Betty Gentry now Rest in Peace!

The Gurley Family
Norwood NC

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cagirl 06/14/11 - 06:12 pm
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rdgurley - You knew a

rdgurley - You knew a completely different Betty Gentry than those of us here in S.C. and Ga. She could be charming when she wanted to but that soon ended and the other Bea took over. As soon as she married John Neumar she completely isolated him from his family and friends of over 30 years. He was not even allowed to speak to them on the phone. She also was involved in a scheme to make money and talked her family and friends out of thousands of dollars. They had already discovered several aliases and passports and identification. They had also discovered overseas bank accounts. As I stated earlier, I am not completely convinced she has died. There is a good possibility she is overseas.(Also with her money-making scheme she was telling everyone they needed to get passports as they would have to go abroad to claim their funds). Anyone that can get false passports, etc. would have no trouble getting a false death certificate. It just seems there is too much mystery surrounding her "death".

rdgurley
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rdgurley 06/15/11 - 01:12 am
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I am sorry you have bad

I am sorry you have bad memories of her, Like I said, she was never anything but nice to me and my family, she went out of her way on many occasions to help us and she never asked for anything in return, as far as Harold he was ok in the beginning when we first met him but he started drinking heavily and he was running with the wrong people and that may have led to what happened with him, we were there neighbors. but I still don't believe she had anything to do with his death...
You said John Neumar wasn't allowed to speak with his family, he had a choice if he had wanted to talk with them he could have. if he didn't want to be with Betty he could have left at anytime I would think... as far as her schemes and everything else I really don't know that I believe she would have been in on it. we still speak to her Daughter Kellie and she has never mentioned anything of it and I would think she would know if something was going on?? but people around here were quick to convict her and the newspapers ran with it, they call her the black widow and that all her husbands are dead and they are investigating.... well all I can say is "IF" she had anything to do with any of their deaths or the money scheme she will have to answer for it one day, We are all gonna be judged one day by the only one who should be judging The LORD JESUS CHRIST. But reguardless.... If she did or didn't when you ask GOD for forgiveness of your sins HE washes them away HE restores us... and no one has the right to question her walk with GOD...
I pray she finally finds peace from this cruel and unjustly world and that her family can get back to their normal lives now and the press leave them alone.
I wish you peace in all of this.

rdgurley
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rdgurley 06/15/11 - 10:40 am
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Oh and all the talk of her

Oh and all the talk of her having a bunch of alias's well when its your name how can it be an alias...

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