'Serial conman, wife murderer' to face indictment

November 25, 2012 19:03


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A web of lies, scams, and a fictional story about a Mossad hit overseas are at the center of a murder indictment police and prosecutors plan to present on Monday against Shimon Cooper, 51, who they say was a serial conman who seduced and married his former wife Gini Cooper, before murdering her in August 2009.

Police are also still probing if Cooper orchestrated the death of his first wife,Orit Coopershmid who also died in very similar circumstances in January 1994. He is also believed to have tried to kill his second wife using the same methods.

In late October police arrested Cooper on suspicion of orchestrating the murder of two of his ex-wives. An accomplice and alleged lover of Cooper's, anesthesiologist Dr. Mariah Zakotsky was also arrested, and is suspected of providing Cooper with tranquilizers which he used to kill his ex-wife.

On Sunday, the court lifted the gag order on the investigation, allowing the publication of details of a case that appears to more closely resemble a movie script than a murder indictment.

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