A man who pleaded guilty to killing three people said from prison that his recently deceased wife committed the murders.

On Thursday, the woman’s daughter said Gerald Uden was taking advantage of his wife’s death to seek release from incarceration.

A jury convicted Alice Uden in 2014 of murdering her third husband in the ‘70s and throwing his body in an abandoned mine shaft. Her husband, Gerald, pleaded guilty the same year to three counts of second-degree murder in a separate case.

Each half of the couple was sentenced in separate proceedings to life imprisonment. On June 12, Alice Uden died in corrections department custody at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

On Tuesday, Ron Franscell, a true crime writer who earlier this year published a book centering on the couple, published online a transcription of a letter Gerald Uden wrote from Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington. In the transcript, Uden states that his wife’s death was like a weight off his shoulders and would leave him free to seek freedom.

“I am now free to seek total exoneration which I intend to do. And I don’t have to feel guilty about it,” Uden stated in the letter to Franscell. “I don’t know if the courts will hear my case since there was a plea agreement but if I don’t try I will end up dieing (sic) here.”

On the website, Franscell states that an earlier Gerald Uden letter — sent in May — states that in the 1970s Alice Uden killed her husband’s then-wife and two children. Gerald Uden pleaded guilty to the three murders in 2013 in a Fremont County Court and is serving three life sentences in the Torrington prison for his crimes.

“Do I believe him? No. Although anything is possible, this is conveniently timed,” Franscell wrote in a Tuesday email to the Star-Tribune. “Gerald now believes he was wrongfully convicted and this ‘dead wives tell no tales’ story suits his arguments.”

Although a corrections department spokesman last week declined to provide details about Uden’s cause of death or medical care, the true-crime writer said her health issues included diabetes and — at one point — a battle with breast cancer.

Her adult daughter, Erica Hayes, told the Star-Tribune last week that Uden has ongoing health issues and went into renal failure shortly before she was taken to Scottsbluff and died.

On Thursday, Hayes told the Star-Tribune in a prepared statement that her stepfather’s letter was an attempt to seek freedom in a “cowardly and despicable” manner. She said Gerald Uden could have told authorities about his allegations of Alice Uden’s responsibility for the murders anytime over the past six years. He made the statements to Franscell in an attempt to leverage Alice Uden’s death for release from prison, Hayes said.

“Let us not forget the victims that have been deeply affected by this,” Hayes said. “Gerald Uden is where he is supposed to be.”

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Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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