SUSPECT IN TWO MURDER CASES RELEASED
The ABC7 I-Team Investigation unit is reporting that murder suspect Donnie Rudd was released when a woman listed as “a friend of his” posted $400,000 last month to effect his release. After 9 months in custody, Rudd managed to come up with the bail money, but the required percentage of his $4 million bond was posted in September 2016. He’s been a free man after being released from Cook County Jail.
Donnie Rudd had been held for allegedly killing his teen bride in 1973 in Barrington Hills. A former Chicago attorney — suspected of life insurance fraud in the death of his young wife only 28 days after their wedding in 1973 — was arrested in Sugar Land, Texas Thursday by Arlington Heights, Illinois police and Sugar Land, Texas police.
Initially police thought his new bride, Noreen Kumeta Rudd, died from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle crash in Barrington Hills. Her body was exhumed two years ago, and the autopsy led police to believe Donnie Rudd killed his wife by beating her to death before the accident. Police suspect Donnie Rudd possibly committed the murder to collect on a $100,000 insurance policy.
Police report that Rudd is also a suspect in the 1991 murder of an Arlington Heights resident. Loretta “Terri” Tabak was found dead in her condominium townhouse on Belmont Avenue near Maude Avenue on April 4, 1991. The crime scene was located in a cul de sac of upscale condominium townhomes directly south of Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crasfts and Dick’s Sporting Goods in the Town & Country shopping center.
Tabak was shot multiple times in the face. She was killed in a short time period after she threatened to file a complaint about Rudd’s legal practices with the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. She had hired Rudd, then about age 49, to file a lawsuit in a dispute with her interior design business partner. There were no signs of forced entry in her townhouse.
Donnie Rudd (police photo).
As part of the initial murder investigation in 1991, police interviewed Rudd, and he admitted he was in the townhouse on the day that Tabak was killed. The Arlington Heights Police Department attempted to file charges against an unnamed suspect in the Tabak case, but the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office declined the charges because there was no murder weapon discovered and there were no witnesses to the murder that occurred in the dead end street just south of the large Town & Country Center shopping center.
A website, DonnieRudd.com, which is apparently a business website for the suspect, includes a biography stating that Donnie Rudd is a life long Texan. The website lists 40 inventions involving stem cell research and tissue regeneration, claiming to be attributed to Rudd.
“(Rudd) began his career as a Chemical Engineer and later entered the biological sciences. In 2002 he became Chief Scientist and VP of Intellectual Property for Regenetech, Inc. and for a brief period acted as its interim Chairman. In 2009, he formed WeHealAnimals, Inc. and its related companies We Heal Plus and We Help Plus. In 2013, Dr. Rudd sold these companies to Endonovo Therapeutics, Inc. and Dr. Rudd became Chief Scientist and Director of Intellectual Property for Endonovo Therapeutics, Inc. while still remaining the President of Endonovo’s wholly owned subsidiary We Heal Animals, Inc.”
The website was still functioning today, almost one year after his arrest in December 2015.
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