Convicted Bayport Wife Killer Dies in Prison

Dr. Robert Reza who was convicted in 1992 of murdering his wife has died from natural causes.

A Bayport doctor convicted 10 years ago for killing his wife in 1990 died last week at an upstate prison facility where he was serving his 25 years to life sentence, according to a Newsday report.

Robert Reza, 68, was found guilty of shooting and strangling his 47-year-old wife on December 12, 1990 and reportedly was having an affair with a Sayville church organist at the time, Kathy Senese.

According to a People magazine article, dated June 17, 1991, Reza claimed to be attending a medical conference at the time of the murder and initial media reports stated it was a burglary that ended brutally.

The Rezas had been married over 20 years and were devout church members. He pleaded not guilty to the homicide count despite reportedly giving police a full confession to the murder.


Yvonne Kleine September 05, 2012 at 09:08 PM
This may sound harsh, but really, he deserved to die in prison. Marilyn Reza was a WONDERFUL and BEAUTIFUL woman who was horribly murdered in her own home by a man she was devoted to. Even more heinously, he murdered her with the very gun she had planned to give him for Christmas and brutally strangled her as well. A hateful, rage filled, terrible crime for whatever reason. My Dad was one of Dr. Reza's patients and Marilyn, an R.N., was always unfailingly kind and helpful to everyone. We still have many beautiful plants in our gardens that Marilyn, an avid gardener, generously gave us. Dr. Reza fooled many prominent members of the community, friends who flocked to his aid when he was accused and caused a great deal of hostility between friends who fell out over his lies. He had twenty years more of life, visits from his children and family. Marilyn did not.
Middle Road September 05, 2012 at 09:40 PM
That is an awful story. It seems to have involved many members of our community. I agree with your assessment. I am a strong believer that if you uneccessarliy take someone's life, yours should be taken as well.
john o September 06, 2012 at 12:33 PM
I have no idea what brought him to do this horrible act . He was my my mothers MD and treated her with compassion and kept her alive for four years. I was shocked when it came out that he admitted the killing of his wife.
Middle Road September 06, 2012 at 04:12 PM
What drove him? Its a mythical, all-conquering force. It makes men do crazy things. The same thing that has brought down marriages far & wide, CEO's of Fortune 500 Company's, and in some cases entire governements. Tragically, Marylin was caught up in its fury.
Yvonne Kleine September 06, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Middle Road you are 100% right, but divorce is the solution, not murder. Reza, in a bit of bizarre justification, claimed he murdered Marilyn because killing her was the only way he could end his own life. Balderdash. And how horrible to be the supposed "cause" of such an act. What a terrible burden to carry for the rest of your life, to know that someone was murdered because of an evil person's twisted "love" for you.
Middle Road September 07, 2012 at 02:25 AM
@ least her family knows the monster is gone.


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