An update on past news

Wednesday, November 10, 1999

‘Black Widow’ spinning
webs behind bars

Question: What ever happened to the woman known in the news media as the "Black Widow?"

Answer: Catherine Suh, known as the Black Widow, was arrested in Hawaii three years ago and is serving a life sentence at the Dwight Correctional Center in Illinois for plotting the 1993 murder of her fiance, Robert O'Dubaine.

Suh had persuaded her brother, Andrew, to shoot O'Dubaine so that she could collect his $250,000 life insurance policy.

Andrew Suh is serving a 100-year sentence.

Catherine Suh had fled Chicago in September 1995, two days before her murder trial was set to begin. She was tried in absentia and convicted.

Meantime, Suh was in Hawaii under the pseudonym Tiffani Escada, frequenting expensive boutiques and trendy nightclubs.

She supported herself with the remnants of an $800,000 inheritance she shared with her brother after their mother was fatally stabbed in 1987.

Suh was also a suspect in her mother's murder. O'Dubaine had provided her with an alibi.

Suh, who had been living with a boyfriend in One Waterfront Tower in January 1996, disappeared for six weeks after seeing herself on "America's Most Wanted."

In March of that year, she turned herself in to the FBI and was extradited to Illinois in May 1996 to serve her sentence.

In addition to her murder sentence, Suh also received a concurrent 30-year sentence for armed robbery. After four months in prison, Suh received an additional two years for aggravated battery after lashing out at a prison staff member.

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