Oli Herbert’s widow denies killing guitarist in new interview
The death of All That Remains guitarist Oli Herbert surprised many in 2018, and nearly four years later the case is still not closed. Shortly after the death, the toxicology report indicated that the musician had drowned, but the police considered the death “suspicious”. Now, in her first interview since Herbert’s death, the musician’s wife, Beth, has publicly stated, “‘I absolutely did not kill my husband.’
“Everyone tells me to shut up, but all I’ve done is let this stuff solidify as truth, and it doesn’t,” Beth said while speaking with The daily mail.
Herbert’s body was discovered on October 16 in a pond near where he lived with his wife. In the aftermath of the guitarist’s death, Beth found herself under suspicion both by the police and by those close to the musician. Herbert had notarized his will a week before at a car dealership that would leave everything to Beth, also stating that his sister Cynthia would receive nothing. Beth explained that the timing of the change of will was coincidental, noting that they recently had a friend who passed away and that led the musician to make the decision to prepare for the unexpected.
“We loved each other, we trusted each other and we were husband and wife, even though everyone was doing everything they could to keep us apart,” she said, adding, “We let each other everything, including by mutually benefiting each other’s life insurance policies.”
In the interview, the guitarist’s widow says she has been targeted since Oli’s death, with police trying to “shut up” her in a confession. She adds that her religious beliefs have even been used against her, saying, “The police department tried to get an arrest warrant based on witchcraft, saying I was casting black spells on her and slipping dope”.
As for the night Herbert died, Beth recalls the guitarist feeling ill that day. They had been standing together in the yard, and she said, “He was beside himself. I had to bring him home several times that night.” Beth says they went inside around 9 p.m., adding, “I asked him if he wanted to go to bed and he said, ‘No, I just want to sit here and listen to the wind blow at through the trees.’ The last thing he said before going to bed was, ‘Thank you, I love you.’
Later that night she was awakened by a shock that occurred downstairs, and when she got up the next morning he was not there. He was reported missing in the afternoon and later discovered in the water just below the house.
As part of the inquest into Herbert’s death, it was revealed that in July 2018 the musician filed a complaint that a woman in the area near the pond pushed him into the water .
Beth told the Daily Mail they had been involved in a strange account with a woman named Penelope who showed up one night when the couple were looking for one of their dogs near the pond. Although neither Beth nor Oli claimed to know her, they accepted her help in searching for the animals. But according to Beth, at one point Penelope pushed Oli into the water and then ran away. They reported the incident to the police, but the mystery woman was never seen again
“They (the police) thought she might have had something to do with her death, but they can’t find her,” says Beth, who later added, “The police charged me with being Penelope and pushing him. But I was like – how can I split in two?”
Beth also goes into detail about the relationship with an employee of the Hartford car dealership, Wendy Skrivner, who notarized the will Herbert had signed about a week before his death.
Becth claimed Wendy had slept with her husband, then got so upset when he broke up that she called to apologize to Beth and they started having a friendship. But as the police investigation into Herbert’s death continued, the two fell out. Wendy told the Daily Mail that she had never slept with Herbert and denied flirting with the musician as Beth suggested in her interview.
When the topic of Oli’s death came up, Beth said, “I absolutely did not kill my husband.”
She went on to explain the investigation saying, “The police, they were talking to all these people who had an ax to grind with me. People accuse me for various reasons, for revenge, for free publicity, to try to build a career.” She also called lead detective Michael Zeila, adding: “You could tell he was fan of the group. Here he is, this country cop, and he’s working on a rock star who died. I think he got starstruck and was on a power trip.
When asked if she had any theories about her husband’s death, Beth said she had no idea. She suggested Ambien as a possibility. She also reverted to Penelope as an option.
“It crossed my mind when the police found my husband’s body – that it was Penelope. Did Penelope come back? Did he fall down there on his own? We don’t know .All I know is I was in bed upstairs and when I came down in the morning he wasn’t in the house.”
Since Herbert’s death, All That Remains has been released Victim of the new disease, their last album with the musician which had been completed just before his death. Jason Richardson initially filled in to help tour the record, then eventually signed on permanently to handle lead guitar duties.
Now nearly four years after Herbert’s death, Beth has said she plans to move out of the house where her husband died. You can read more of the interview with the Daily mail at this location.
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