Larry Isenberg’s body was found by divers in the lake in March 2018, two weeks after he was reported missing. Lori Isenberg wrote in a letter to friends he was inspecting their boat motor when he fell into the water, a week after her 68-year-old husband went missing.
But when the medical examiner found a deadly amount of Benadryl in Larry Isenberg’s system, and no signs of stroke or drowning, Lori Isenberg’s story raised questions.
It’s been nearly four years since Larry Isenberg died on Lake Coeur d’Alene, and five months since his wife Lori was sentenced to 30 years behind bars for his murder.
NBC correspondent and host Keith Morrison said in an email to The Spokesman-Review, “What happened that early morning on the lake was certainly bizarre and terrible and the apparent immediate cause was like nothing I’d ever encountered. So we took a deeper look, with investigators, colleagues, and family members, in an effort to understand.”
Isenberg claimed that her husband’s death was an accident. She made this statement at her sentencing hearing in May that the morning her husband died, she had laced her own drink with the Benadryl with plans to die by suicide because she knew the fraud would be exposed. Larry Isenberg was never supposed to take the laced drink, she told the court.
Prosecutors – along with Larry Isenberg’s son and several of Isenberg’s children – publicly doubted Isenberg’s version of events. They quote, she does not want her husband to know of her fraud, of which she was convicted in 2019.
Dean Isenberg, Larry Isenberg’s son said at Isenberg’s sentencing, “When it was impossible to hide these actions any longer, she killed him. To know that my father and best friend are no longer alive because of other mistakes and lack of accountability has been a sickening black pit in my heart and soul for the last three years and four months. It is a pain that I likely will never heal from.”