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The Lady Killer

July 23, 1991 was a scorcher in Seattle, which meant folks accustomed to the on again, off again rain for 9 months out of the year flocked to the rivers, the sea or one of the many lakes the PNW has to offer.

On this day, Lake Sammamish was no exception. The lake was hopping, swamped with people relishing a summer day. One of the many beachgoers was a family man named Patrick, who had settled his young children for an early supper on the sandy beach of Idylwood Park.

Patrick was leaning back and enjoying the gorgeous water view, with Mt. Rainier in the distance. And, even though there was a lot of action on the lake from high powered boats to innertubes and kayaks, it was a gray raft that caught his attention and the lone man slowly, rowing toward shore.

What Patrick didn’t know was that this man wasn’t alone. His wife, Cynthia, was lying in the bottom of the raft near death.

And this wasn’t the first time a wife of Randall Roth would have an “accident.”

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