When authorities questioned him several times he finally broke down and confessed to killing his wife.
Dorothea Sophia Suelzle was born 15 Jan 1883 and married Jacob her 2nd husband on 26 Jan 1902 in South Dakota She had 6 children with Jacob.
She died 12 Jan 1930
Jacob married Sophia Schmidt on 17 Apr 1930 she was a widow with 2 daughters who at the time were off at school.
I couldn't find out much information on Sophia, not even a photo or a grave.
I do have several newspaper articles but they won't load here. But you can see them at https://www.newspapers.com/
Jacob Bentz died in the State Penitentiary in 1944 in Bismarck, ND
Jacob did try collecting money from an insurance policy he had on Sophia He even called his agent that morning after the murder to upgrade it to $5,000.