The Murder of Larry Isenberg Gets a Second Documentary Treatment Sunday on HLN’s “Sex & Murder”


The 2018 death of Larry Isenberg will be the subject of a documentary treatment on HLN’s “Sex & Murder” on Sunday at 7 p.m.

The episode, titled “Deadly Breakfast Date,” will revisit the events surrounding Isenberg’s death at the hands of his wife, Lori Isenberg, who is currently serving a 30-year sentence for second-degree homicide.

On the morning of February 13, 2018, Larry and Lori Isenberg went out for a cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Two hours later, Lori Isenberg called 911 to report that her husband had fallen off the boat and was missing.

She told authorities he had acted strangely that morning. And just before he fell over the side of the boat, she said, he appeared to have suffered a stroke while tending to a faulty engine.

Recovery teams spent a month trying to locate the body without success until one morning a local called to report a body washed up outside their house.

The autopsy revealed no signs of stroke or drowning. But a toxicology report would show lethal levels of Benadryl in Isenberg’s system.

The same morning Larry Isenberg disappeared, it was reported that Lori Isenberg had split from the North Idaho Housing Coalition and an audit of her activities was underway. Isenberg was soon charged with embezzling half a million dollars from the nonprofit organization.

As authorities continued to search for Larry Isenberg’s body, Lori Isenberg disappeared, missing court dates for the embezzlement case along the way.

Evidence would show that for weeks leading up to the day of her husband’s disappearance, Isenberg’s internet history included searches regarding drowning, water depth and boat rentals.

Originally charged with first-degree homicide, Isenberg later pleaded to the lesser charge of second-degree homicide with a plea from Alford. This allows an accused to plead guilty without specifically admitting guilt.

Prior to sentencing, Isenberg claimed that her husband’s death was an accident and that she instead intended to kill herself by drinking a Benadryl smoothie that day. But for several reasons detailed in the upcoming documentary, family members remain skeptical.

The story was previously documented on NBC’s “Dateline” in October 2021.


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