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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: To collect insurance money
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: December 23, 1988
Date of birth: February 28, 1960
Victim profile: Cynthia Monkman, 30 (his sister-in-law)
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife
Location: Pinal County, Arizona, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on January 8, 1991

Arizona Supreme Court

opinion CV-05-0397-SA

Date of Birth: February 28, 1960
Defendant: Caucasian
Victim: Caucasian

Rudi Apelt and his brother, Michael, came to Arizona from West Germany and began "courting" numerous women. Michael eventually met Cynthia Monkman and married her in October 1988.

One month later, Michael applied for $400,000 in life insurance on Cynthia. The policies became effective on December 22, 1988.

On the night of December 23, Michael and Rudi took Cynthia into the desert near Apache Junction and killed her by stabbing her numerous times in the chest and back and cutting her throat.

Michael and Rudi returned to Mesa and, in the early morning hours of December 24, Michael called the police and reported that Cynthia had disappeared. A citizen found the body in the desert later that day.

Michael Apelt was tried separately and was convicted of first degree murder, and sentenced to death.


    Presiding Judge: G. Thomas Meehan
    Prosecutors: Catherine Hughes (trial)
                        Joseph Maziarz (sentencing)
    Start of Trial: August 15, 1990
    Verdict: August 29, 1990
    Sentencing: January 8, 1991

Aggravating Circumstances

    Pecuniary gain
    Especially heinous/cruel/depraved

Mitigating Circumstances

    None sufficient to call for leniency


    State v. Apelt (Rudi), 176 Ariz. 369, 861 P.2d 654 (1993).






Rudi Apelt



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