This photo provided by KPCW.org shows Kouri Richins at the KPCW studio in Park City, Utah, April 12, 2023. Richins was arrested on Monday, May 8, in Utah and is accused in charging documents of poisoning her husband with a lethal dose of fentanyl at their home in Kamas, a small mountain town near Park City. (AP)

US woman behind book on grief charged with her husband’s murder

This photo provided by KPCW.org shows Kouri Richins at the KPCW studio in Park City, Utah, April 12, 2023. Richins was arrested on Monday, May 8, in Utah and is accused in charging documents of poisoning her husband with a lethal dose of fentanyl at their home in Kamas, a small mountain town near Park City. (AP)

A US woman who wrote a book on dealing with grief after the death of her husband has been charged with his murder.

Kouri Richins penned “Are You With Me?” in the months after Eric Richins was found dead in their bedroom in Utah in March 2022.

Richins told police she had mixed her husband a drink and taken it to him in bed. When she came back later she found he was “cold to the touch,” Fox 13 reported Monday.

An autopsy revealed he had died from an overdose of fentanyl, with five times the lethal dosage in his body.

Investigators found Kouri Richins had asked an acquaintance to get her strong prescription pain medication, specifically “some of the Michael Jackson stuff.”

Richins received up to 30 fentanyl pills.

A few days later, Eric Richins “told a friend that he thought his wife was trying to poison him,” investigators’ documents said, according to Fox 13.

Kouri Richins obtained another batch of fentanyl shortly before her husband died.

Richins’ book, which was published almost exactly a year after her husband died, is described by its blurb as “heartwarming and reassuring.”

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