What happened to Ben Renick?

SNAKE breeder, Ben Renick, was murdered in 2017 by what was believed to be the very animal he nurtured.

The snake behind his death, however, was actually much closer than anyone would have thought.

What happened to Ben Renick?

Ben Renick, 29, was a well-known Montgomery County snake breeder.

On June 8, 2017, he was shot several times in his New Florence, Missouri home.

At first, however, his cause of death was suspected to be from a snake.

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Ben's wife, Lynlee, had called the police in a frenzy claiming she had found him dead in a pool of blood at their home.

Ben's brother, Sam, instantly believed a snake to be the culprit.

After a closer look by investigators, it was clear that Ben had been shot and his death was ruled a homicide.

Three years later, Ben's wife and her now ex-boyfriend, Michael K. Humphrey, were both charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

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Who was Ben Renick?

Ben was extremely popular in the snake breeding community.

He owned a world-renowned snake breeding business, Renick Reptiles, which held over $1million worth of snakes.

Around the time of his death, Ben was in the process of selling his snakes, ball pythons, and anaconda to professional hockey goalie, Robin Lehner, in early 2017 for $1.2 million.

Ben and Lynlee had two children: Matthew Alyn and Emilia Marie.

Matthew, however, was not Ben’s biological child, but his wife's son from her previous relationship with Humphrey.

How to watch The Poisonous Wife?

Correspondent, Peter Van Sant, and 48 Hours take viewers inside the murder of Ben Renick.

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The Poisonous Wife airs Saturday, March 12 at 10/9c on CBS.

It can also be streamed on Paramount+.

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