Robin Lee Row

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Robin Lee Row
Born (1957-09-12) 12 September 1957 (age 62)
ResidenceWomen's Correctional Facility, Pocatello, Idaho
OccupationYMCA employee
Criminal statusOn appeal
Spouse(s)Randy Row (deceased)
ChildrenJoshua, Tabitha, Keith, and Christina (all deceased)
MotiveFinancial gain
Conviction(s)Murder (3 counts)
Criminal penaltyDeath

Robin Lee Row (born September 12, 1957) is a death row inmate in Idaho, having been convicted of the murders of her husband and two children. The murders took place on February 10, 1992, when a fire broke out on the first floor of the apartment in which Row's husband, from whom she was separated, and her two children were living. When fire crews reached the scene of the burning structure, they found three bodies that were subsequently identified as her husband Randy and children Joshua, 10, and Tabitha, 8. All three had died due to carbon monoxide poisoning.[1][2]


Fire investigators concluded that a liquid accelerant was used to start the fire and upon further investigation that the smoke alarm had been turned off.[3] Row had been living with friends and investigators had placed her as the main suspect.[citation needed] Current Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney was the chief investigator on the case.[citation needed] As he delved into the case, he saw many red flags that indicated that Robin Row was the main suspect.[citation needed] Further investigation concluded that in 1980, she and her son were living in a cabin in California, and her son died in a fire that was caused by a portable heater that ignited his blankets.[4] The boy died and Row collected $28,000 from life insurance policy.[citation needed]

Arrest and conviction[edit]

As the investigation progressed, Row was embezzling money from the YMCA where she was working.[5] Detectives had found that Row had taken out life insurance policies on her husband and children that totaled over a quarter of a million dollars. She was then arrested and charged with three counts of first degree murder.[citation needed] Her trial began in 1993, and on December 16, she was found guilty on each count.[6]


In 2011, her appeal was dismissed by Judge B. Lynn Winmill.[7][8] She is the sole death row inmate in Pocatello Women's Correctional Center (PWCC) in Pocatello, Idaho.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "20 years since Robin Row killed her husband, 2 kids - KTVB.COM Boise". 23 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Federal judge rejects Robin Row's death row appeal - Local & Regional - Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell, Idaho News, Weather, Sports and Breaking News - KBOI 2". 2 November 2013.
  3. ^ Staff, KBOI News. "Idaho death row inmate Robin Row to have court-appointed mental health exam". KBOI. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  4. ^ "Only woman on Idaho death row appeals sentence".
  5. ^ "FindLaw's Supreme Court of Idaho case and opinions". Findlaw. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  6. ^ "Death row inmate lands in Ada County Jail".
  7. ^ "Only woman on Idaho death row appeals sentence". 2 April 2015.
  8. ^ "20 years since Robin Row killed her husband, 2 kids". 13 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Death Row | Idaho Department of Correction". Retrieved 2016-08-28.