Does this one qualify to be here?

Does this one qualify to be here? I don’t know, let me tell you the story and you decide.

Sonia Rios and Earl Bourdeau, 63, met in the Philippines in the 1960’s. Bourdeau was a retired US Marine. They married and she came to the states where Bourdeau helped her to open a hair salon. Bourdeau owned a taxi service in the Philipine’s.

Bourdeau’s brother states that Bourdeau had called him one day and asked that he travel to the Philipine’s with him. Bordeau said that his wife was insisting that he go there about the business. He said that something wasn’t right. Bourdeau’s brother says that while on that trip, on Aug. 15, 1987 there was a home invasion in the middle of the night at one of Sonia’s relatives homes where Bourdeau was staying, and Bourdeau was shot in the face. No one else in the home was injured. Sonia had not accompanied him to the Philippines. The brother says that Bourdeau was intending to divorce his wife sometime after he returned to the states.

Reportedly Sonia did not attend the funeral. It was held in the Philippines and that is where Mr. Bourdeau was buried. His family tried to get him buried in the states, but the brother says that Sonia insisted that is where Mr. Bordeau wanted to be buried.

A “former friend” has allegedly said that Sonia became upset at some of the requirements she had to go through to collect on Mr. Bourdeau’s insurance. The former friend also said that he was not aware that Mr. Bourdeau had family, that his wife told friends he had no family and that is why he was buried in the Philippines.

Someone was arrested for the murder, but was released due to a lack of evidence.

Bourdeau’s brother stated that he has had his suspicions about the murder for years. He says that in 1989, he went to the FBI with his suspicions, but they didn’t investigate. He says that later, someone shot his dog, and he was later shot at and missed.

At some point Sonia Rios Bourdeau met and married Law ‘Larry’ Risken, 43. Risken was a retired US Navy commander, who was working as a special education teacher. Mr. Risken appears to have been popular with the kids he taught.

April 18, Risken took a spring trip to the Philippines to visit his wife’s relatives. Sonia did not accompany him there. While there, he had taken his wife’s granddaughter to the hospital for a check up. Outside the building, someone walked up to Risken and shot him twice. A bullet passed through him, and struck one of Sonia’s relatives. It has been reported that Risken intended to seek a divorce after he returned to the states.

Risken’s family also tried to get his remains returned to the US for burial. But Risken was also buried in the Phillipine’s. Risken’s sister has made a report to the FBI. Reportedly Risken had also planned to seek a divorce when he returned to the US.

Investigators in the Philippines as well as the FBI are looking into the circumstances of the deaths of both men. Sonia Rios Bordeau Risken has denied any involvement in their deaths, and has declined to talk with media.

Two husbands, both married to Sonia, both planning a divorce, both take a trip to her relatives, both end up being shot, both buried in the Philippines against the rest of the families wishes. I am not going to say that Rios is involved, but that is an awful lot of coincidence.


Sonia Risken was apparently killed in a mysterious slaying in California on Friday.

9 days previously she had been attacked by a mysterious gunman at the business she owned. Shots were fired at her, but they missed. Before he fled, the gunman apparently told her

“I’ll be back!”

When she was found in her home on Friday, she had apparently been dead for 12-24 hours. She had been shot in the head.

Coincidently the murder happened one year after the death of her second husband Law Risken. His family says they are frustrated that they did not get the opportunity to seek justice before she died.

Sonia Risken was not present at the time either of her husbands died. But both husbands were killed in the Phillipines while visiting her family.                   



  1. Magnolia said,

    April 26, 2006 at 10:15 pm

    Just shaking my head muttering WTF,WTF ????

  2. amy jackson said,

    May 17, 2006 at 8:19 am

    My Husband went to high school with Larry, and was a close friend. I only new him from a-far. But what I do know for sure is that he was the most funny,loveable, guy on the planet.. We just came from his funeral and so many people who probably havent seen Larry for years , showed up. And do you want to know why? Because he truley was a person that made a difference in peoples lifes. From the US Navy, to the kids who he taught, to the class of 1980, everyone loved him. It is so sad that someones greed for money can snuf out someones life, not just once, but appers to have happened twice. My applogies go out to Mr. Bourdeau’s family, I am sorry no one belived you then. Maybe our pain could have been avoided. Hopefully I won”t end end up dead “exucation style” like the formal husbands of sonja rios, for speaking my opinion-but if you have 1/2 A brain you can see the writings on the wall. We all know what she is and what she has achived in her life…MURDER For HIRE……….Twice

  3. Bill Hayer said,

    November 3, 2006 at 7:42 pm

    I saw law a day or two before he left, Saying “Bill me and my wife are going to be apart . I wont be in her life any more. But he did say that he is happy to see his kids.The one he loves the most in life, and as well the kids from lawndale high. I was one of them, I lost my father this year too in the Philippines in a motor cycle acident. I never got too see him before he past…… I was the main person to go to Lawndale high, too see Law after high school……..I wish the best to Law’s family….. thanks…………….

  4. Lois Payne said,

    November 26, 2006 at 12:12 am

    My son Randy was a former student of Mr Risken at Lawndale High. Mr Risken was a great teacher and will truly be missed. I just learned of Mr Riskens death today and i was very shock and deeply hurted. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the Risken family and I will pray that justice will be served. May god bless and be with your family always.

  5. April 28, 2007 at 7:19 pm

    Post updated.

  6. ABS-CBN said,

    April 29, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    “Woman Shot To Death In Her Lomita Home”….

  7. Dona said,

    April 29, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    Sonia Rios Risken, 60, was found shot to death in her Lomita home – not in the Philippines

  8. April 29, 2007 at 11:21 pm

    Thank you for the correction Dona, I have corrected the post.

  9. Law Risken Sr said,

    May 8, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    Please contact U S Embassy in Manila to facilate the return of Law Risken Jr ashes to his family in Washington State. They are being held for ransome in Cavite. e-mail
    Thank you


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