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Timeline of triple murder case stretches nearly 40 years

Nov 4, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

1974 -- Gerald and Virginia Uden marry.

1975 -- Gerald Uden adopts Virginia's children Reagan, 10, and Richard, 11. Virginia files for divorce six weeks later.

Dec. 24, 1974, to Feb. 5, 1975 -- Alice Uden is alleged to have killed her ex-husband, Ronald Holtz, in Laramie County.

1976 -- Gerald and Alice Uden were married.

Sept. 12, 1980 -- Gerald Uden kills Virginia Uden and their sons Reagan and Richard. Gerald Uden tells Claire Martin, Virginia Uden's mother, the trio never showed up to meet him. Martin reports the three missing.

Over the next several weeks, Martin received a phone call from a woman in Illinois saying Virginia Uden and her sons were there. Martin also received an anonymous Mailgram saying her daughter was in New Jersey.

Late September, 1980 -- A rancher reports finding the station wagon Virginia Uden was driving the day she disappeared in Trout Creek Canyon in Dickinson Park. The Fremont County Sheriff's Office investigated and found the vehicle pushed into a ravine and stained with blood.

Early 1981 -- A psychic arrives to aid in the investigation but failed to lead law enforcement to any new evidence. Martin would later bring in several other clairvoyants who also were unable to help the investigation.

1989 -- A witness told police that in 1975 or 1976 Alice Uden said she shot her ex-husband with a .22-caliber rifle in the back of the head while he slept. Alice Uden said she wrapped Holtz in blankets and placed his body in a cardboard barrel, the witness said.

Nov. 1, 2007 -- The witness brought DCI special agent Tom Wachsmith to the mine shaft to which they believed Alice Uden referred. Wachsmith photographed the mine shaft.

May 19, 2008 -- A University of Wyoming Archeology professor and eight of his students started a two-week excavation of 40 square feet in an old hog pen at a rural property east of Pavillion that Gerald Uden once owned.

Aug. 27, 2013 -- Authorities performed an excavation of the mine shaft and found human remains. The body's DNA matched that of Holtz's family members, a small caliber gunshot to the back of the head was determined to be the cause of death, and a .22-caliber bullet was found in the skull.

Sept. 26, 2013 -- Authorities arrested Alice Uden in Chadwick, Mo., on one charge of first-degree murder.

Sept. 27, 2013 -- Authorities arrested Gerald Uden in Chadwick, Mo.

Oct. 5, 2013 -- Gerald Uden arrived at the Fremont County Detention Center.

Oct. 7, 2013 -- Gerald Uden officially hears charges against him at an initial appearance in Riverton Circuit Court.

Oct. 15, 2013 -- Gerald Uden waived his preliminary hearing and was bound over to District Court.

Oct. 23, 2013 Alice Uden arrived in Laramie County.

Oct. 24, 2013 Gerald Uden signed an agreement to plead guilty to all three counts in exchange for prosecutors not seeking the death penalty.

Alice Uden learned of charges against her at a preliminary hearing in Circuit Court in Laramie County.

Oct. 31, 2013 -- A judge bound over the charge against Alice Uden at preliminary hearing in Laramie County.

Nov. 1, 2013 -- Gerald Uden pleaded guilty to all three counts and is sentenced to life in prison.

RELATED STORIES

Nov. 3: Uden tells all

Oct. 31: Original Uden investigator recalls effort to prosecute triple murders

Oct. 16: Uden waives preliminary hearing; he'll be bound over for murder

Oct. 13: Past sheriff King spent years on Uden case

Oct. 10: Original Uden probe used psychics, past sheriff recalls

Oct. 8: Uden arrives in county; bond denied by judge

Oct. 6: With Uden case cracked, past sheriffs recall years of worry

Oct. 2: Suspects lived 'untouchable' in Missouri

Oct. 1: Uden case solved after 33 years; man arrested in Missouri

Opinion: Cold cases -- Three of them have 'warmed up' virtually at the same time

Letters: Break in the Uden case is 'nothing short of incredible'

Obituary: Claire 'Peg' C. Martin

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