Harold Henthorn met his first wife, Lynn Rishell, in college in Virginia. She was known for her kind personality and worked as a social worker. Lynn and Harold were married for 12 years until tragedy struck.
According to Harold Henthorn, Lynn went underneath the car to retrieve a lug nut that she dropped. At the same time, he said he threw the flat tire into the trunk of the Jeep, causing the car to fall off the jack and crush Lynn. She later died in the hospital.
Five years after Lynn Henthorn's tragic death, Harold Henthorn found love again through a Christian dating site where he met his second wife, Toni Bertolet. A prominent ophthalmologist in Jackson, Mississippi, Toni's family the couple connected through their deep-rooted Christian faith.
Denver CBS affilate KCNC reported on the accident and later, investigative reporter Brian Maass received an anonymous email tip from a viewer who said Harold Henthorn's first wife, Lynn had died under unusual circumstances in an in May 1995.
After taking a closer look at reports on Lynn Henthorn's death, Douglas County Coroner Lora Thomas changed Lynn's manner of death from "accident" to "undetermined" in December, 2014. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office also reopened the case, but no criminal charges have been filed.
Harold Henthorn went on trial for Toni's murder in September 2015. A judge permitted the circumstances surrounding the death of his first wife, Lynn, to be included in the trial. Henthorn did not take the stand and his defense attorney called no witnesses.
Lynn and Toni Henthorn share many tragic connections, including their final resting spot. Harold Henthorn, who quickly had the bodies of both wives cremated, spread their ashes, 17 years apart, in the same spot.