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A northwestern Montana man shot and killed the host of the Sportsman Channel show “A Rifleman’s Journal” in an apparent jealous rage while the TV personality was visiting the shooter’s wife, police said Friday.

Wayne Bengston, 41, then beat his wife, took his 2-year-old son to a relative’s house and drove to his home about 25 miles away in West Glacier, where he killed himself, Whitefish Police Chief Bill Dial said.

“It’s pretty much an open-and-closed case. Homicide and suicide,” Dial said.

Police identified the shooting victim as Gregory G. Rodriguez, 43, of Sugar Land, Texas. Bengston’s wife told police that Rodriguez was in town on business and visiting her at her mother’s house in Whitefish when her husband showed up Thursday at about 10:30 p.m.

Rodriguez and the woman, who works for a firearms manufacturer in the Flathead Valley, met at a trade show and struck up a casual relationship that police do not believe was romantic, Dial said.



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  • jerome ennis

    R.I.P. my friend, you will be sorely missed.

  • marsuecom

    I believe, that when someone is that jealous, it in it’s own way is a sickness.

    • muypro

      Not enough info. The husband seemed to be living a very possessive lifestyle which can lead to psychosis in the first degree as we see here.As a youngster I was explained very intimately that no one has ownership papers on another human being and that if you and your spouse are truly in love ,respect for each other does not end with each other being out of sight from the other. I learned this from my grandmom and grandpa happily married to each other for 62 years. BTW, both had friends of both sexes BUT made it a point NOT to see them without the other being there, ever! Maybe its old fashion BUT it seemed to have worked well for my dads side of the familly as the ancestry started here in the 1500s with each generation having between 10-15 kids , my dad being the youngest of 13 in that generation. Believe me, you don`t keep marrying and having that many kids for that many generations without there being some kind of reward to go with it. Trust and respect are the catalyst for a long love affair in a good marriage! Poor kid……. just saying

      • Richard Krall

        “that if you and your spouse are truly in love ,respect for each other does not end with each other being out of sight from the other” That is correct but is a married woman going out of town to meet up with another man and taking that said man to her mother’s house while appearntly no one else was home and sitting down for a cozy glass of wine showing “love and respect” for her husband? The answer is no. Now I don’t condone the actions of her husband, you don’t kill the guy you simply divorce your wife and move on. I mean we have no idea if the other guy even knew she was married, he could have been actually completely innocent but then again, maybe not. And how do you know the husband lead a “possessive lifestyle”? He seemed to go on hunting expeditions all around the world, kind of hard to be a possessive and controling person if you’re going on hunting trips around the world. The most likely truth is that he was a trusting individual since he felt it was safe to take hunting trips like that and his wife used those trips as either an opportunety or more likely as an excuse to start up this relationship with the other man and who knows how many in the past. For someone who tries to make it seem like he knows alot about the mental states of others and what can lead to psychosis you might want to do a little research into the life patterns of people that actually are possessive and controling. Most individuals that are insecure in their relationships and truely live a “possessive and controling” lifestyle don’t generally take numerous trips around the world because those people feel deep down in their most basic inner being that they can’t let their spouse alone while at work and trust them no to be screwing around more or less travel to the other side of the globe.

        • wondersnevercease1

          well you doont have the story right. as the man that was killed by the jealous husband was the man that went on hunting trips all over the world. The outdoor sports guy that the jealous husband killed he was the one that went hunting all over the world not the husband. Incidentally both men were marrried this report states. the jealous husband and the sportsman hekilled they were both married.

        • muypro

          Common sense is my forte not Clinical Psy. Your feeling sounds possessive and controlling, sry I ain`t into that!

  • ginger

    Another nut case …and another opp ed for the left.

  • K9Guy51

    That’s why it is NEVER a good idea to go to someones house (especially inside) and visit a married, (or otherwise attached) man or woman without their spouse being there. It is a sign of respect to the spouse who is not there, and it prevents any “wrong” ideas from occurring if they arrive home while you are there.

    • Political WatchTower

      While in principle your advice would usually be sound, in this circumstance it doesn’t appear that it would have mattered at all. Mr Rodriguez was a guest in her mothers home and not her husbands. And we don’t have all of the facts in this case, like whether or not the couple were seperated or fighting. Not to mention when did anyone have to get permission to have a platonic friend? From what we do know it is clearly apparent that the now deceased husband had some serious anger and jealousy issues if he felt that it was justified to kill another man for talking to his wife and then to beat her for talking to someone else. That guy was sick. I have seen situations like this many times before and they always end badly.

      • edc

        A good reason to do as Eric said. Being respectful of the spouse and yourself will save, and may have saved, many lives.

        • Annymous Patriot

          You are an idiot. Blame the victim, brilliant. This isn’t the 1500s, or Iran. There are no rules that deal out death and punishment for people hanging out as friends. Heck, even if they were having extra-marital affairs, that is no justification or excuse for killing another person in cold blood. To suggest anything else is prove yourself a fool. Maybe we should all walk around with our eyes cast downward so as not to offend the random psycho on the street? Perhaps we should all wear gray so as not to inadvertently offend a gang member? Or maybe, just maybe we should all stop being so sensitive and offering up justifications for moronic and criminal actions.

          This man cold bloodedly murdered another human with no provocation or lawful cause. Nothing Mr. Rodriguez did reflects poorly on himself in any way. He was a victim and should be mourned, not lectured for breaking some archaic ‘rules’ from the middle ages about friendships between the sexes.

      • fliteking

        “That guy was sick. I have seen situations like this many times before and they always end badly.”

        Oddly, you are disagreeing while agreeing with Eric.

        Mr. Huffman speaks wise words.

      • metro143

        Yes, He may have been screwed up in the head. But as Eric said, It’s just good ole common sense to stay outside when she is a married woman

    • hagar2935

      I didn’t shoot either one when I caught them, but I promptly kicked her a## out into the street and divorced her.

    • kenneth russell

      But we don’t know, if Gregory Rodriguez, was at the mother’s house before, Wayne Bengston wife showed up! That really puts a whole different twist on things don’t you think?

    • Annymous Patriot

      That is retarded. Sounds like something we would hear in a Muslim country. It’s a sign of respect to not SHOOT someone in your house posing no direct threat. Talk about a “wrong” idea…….it’s somehow the victim’s fault for visiting a friend? The lunatic’s wife was allowed to meet with and spend time with whoever she wants, she doesn’t need her husband’s permission or to follow any rules about “unsupervised visits” or any other such nonsense. It doesn’t matter WHAT was going on if anything between these two people. There was no justification for shooting Mr. Rodriguez.

  • Huffer

    This is certainly a great loss of life. I feel bad for both families. There has always been people who have low self-esteem and no knowledge of God that will take drastic measures like this because they were raised improperly by their parents and their schools. Today it’s more the products of our public schools and our own government that makes life of humans seem so worthless. So many, today, think God does not exist so the consequences of evil deeds, like killing, is on the rise. We condone killing inconvenient babies, in the womb, so why not allow killing of others that seem inconvenient!
    Don’t pay much attention to this story when it gets twisted by our mainstream media to serve the purposes of the governments agenda. I’m certain it will be blamed on a gun! Wayne Bengston is the sole culprit here. Every time a murder happens, the reason is a deranged mind, not the vehicle or the weapon of choice…

  • RPW

    Prayers for GR, his wife and specially for her son.

  • afbratboomer

    I am so very sorry for both families. PLEASE protect this baby as long as possible. God Bless ALL.

  • Doc Fulton

    Eric: Great wisdom. As a Christian Pastor, Police Chaplain, to Clergy this is an absolute rule. Gregory made a terrible choice/mistake that all to often turns ugly/fatel.

  • aggreen

    ***I’d say the guy got what he deserved.

    • babygirl01

      so who died and gave YOU the shoes ??? YOU have absolutely NO RIGHT, not BUSINESS, no ANYTHING saying that he got what he deserved. Did you read the whole article ??? I didn’t think so. Read the very last part … then apologize to him and his family, and the family of the woman you judged !!!!!

    • notax1776

      Obviously you too knew the parties involved as Mr Wright did above. I am amazed how many people have commented on this as if they had a remote clue as to what actually happened. These kind of of comments are usually ones made by the left.

  • Robert Wright

    He should never been messing with another man’s wife plain and simple. Stuff like that could get you killed. I feel sorry for both families but he brought it on himself. But accordng to Democrats, Liberals and Obama it was the gun’s fault. It should have never loaded itself or fired.

    • notax1776

      So you knew everyone involved and had personal knowledge he was messing with the man’s wife. Then perhaps you should have warned everyone. Not a particularly good way to comment about liberals, obamawannabeking, and guns.

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    • $26222150

      He brought it on himself? I’m so sure he wanted to die. That’s like saying a woman in a short skirt is asking to be raped. You sound like a bleeding heart liberal. Let’s stop putting the blame on the victim, and place it squarely where it belongs – on the guy who pulled the trigger.


    Absolutely correct, you don’t mess with stuff like that. I don’t buy that it was so platonic, Rodriguez had to have more sense than to simply show up at their house without even asking her if she was married and would the husband be home. If it’s a so called “business” relationship, there’s no reason for a house call, more likely a booty call. That’s plain unprofessional. The husband was also a total loser, to act out such a tragic and final response to it all. All the more reason to suspect this woman was up to no good. She had to know her husband was a loose cannon, literally in this case.

    • USMC and America proud

      Again!! Didn’t READ the whole thing!! They may have been business partners, was at her MOTHERS house, and the husband went in, shot GR, and beat his wife!
      The fact that she and GR met at her mothers house, suggests that it was known to be platonic BY HER FAMILY!! The fact that her husband then took the kid to ANOTHER relatives house, suggest that they were having troubles that didn’t involve GR! PLUS the police affirms that the relationship was platonic!
      This looks like a strained relationship, that Gregory got unloaded on by the husband! Wrong place at wrong time! I would surmise that the husband showed up at the in-laws to kill his wife, got confronted by Gregory, killed him, turned on his wife as was intended, didn’t shoot her, probably because of his calming down somewhat, started to run with the kid, which was probably what he was coming there for! Brain kicked in and realized that it was over for him, took the kid to another relative for safety! Notice he then DROVE to HIS home, about 25 miles away! (Another indicator that he had drove to his in-laws quite some distance, and probably had no idea that Gary was even there)!
      The bottom line is that UNTIL we hear from the woman and her mother, we won’t know what really happened! But to say that Gregory ‘diserved what he got’, is a good indicator that there is trust issues in your life! If you’re married, I hope it’s to a good woman that knows how little you trust her with her friends!

  • ConservativeGrl

    It’s tragic and unfortunate, but I doubt he wasn’t romantically involved as married men with children don’t visit women in other states at 10:30 at night at their homes, alone. Just sayin….

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  • anthropos

    Proverbs 6:27 Can a man carry fire next to his chest
    and his clothes not be burned?
    28 Or can one walk on hot coals
    and his feet not be scorched?
    29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife;
    none who touches her will go unpunished.
    30 People do not despise a thief if he steals
    to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry,
    31 but if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold;
    he will give all the goods of his house.
    32 He who commits adultery lacks sense;
    he who does it destroys himself.
    33 Wounds and dishonor will he get,
    and his disgrace will not be wiped away.
    34 For jealousy makes a man furious,
    and he will not spare when he takes revenge.
    35 He will accept no compensation;
    he will refuse though you multiply gifts.

    The Bible Addresses the idea of messing around with another man’s wife. Kind of sounds like this situation doesn’t it?

    • USMC and America proud

      EXCEPT for the fact, that it took place at her mothers house! I would think that a guy who by all indicators, was happily married with kids, would not go to meet a lover AT HER MOTHERS! I doubt that they were doing anything other than ‘shop talk’! The mere fact that she was 25mi away from what the article termed ‘the husbands house’, shows that she probably was staying the night with her mother, and wasn’t planning on going to said husbands house, as she was having a glass of wine at 10:30pm!
      Unless the husband was following him, he would have not known that Gregory was even there, as from the article, Gregory was in town on business! I might be wrong, but it just doesn’t fit! There are, of course, ways that a jealous spouse could find out about a love affair, if they weren’t careful enough to keep contact hidden, but even then, “Hey! Let’s meet at my parents house and make out”? Sorry, seems a bit far fetched to me! Mom would have to be in on it, which means that she knew her daughter was having ‘domestic’ problems already! Which of course, Gregory may NOT have known! I still say we won’t know until the lady and her mother recover enough to spill the beans, but I’m betting that Gregory will have died protecting her! Stuff ledgends are made of! 😉

      • Richard Krall

        Except you forget that from how the article reads it seems that the two were alone at her mother’s house. Even though it doesn’t mention that fact specificly it does say that the two were at the table having a glass of wine, the husband shot and killed the man that was visiting his wife and then beat his wife. It doesn’t mention the mother trying to stop him, calling police or anything. I’d think if his mother-in-law was present, she would have tried to stop him from beating her own daughter and would have thus got beaten herself for getting in the way. Even though the police say they don’t think the relationship was romantic if you open up and look at the facts you’d have to agree that it did look very fishy and as a man you’d be highly upset yourself. Put yourself in his place, your wife goes out of town and winds up alone in her mothers house fairly late at night having a glass of wine with another man. Again, none of us have all the facts and Gregory might well not have known that she was married but she certainly did and that’s not showing respect for your husband or your relationship with him. Again, as the bible says, “flee from all appearance of evil” and again I don’t condone his murder, at the very most he should have shown him the error of his actions by giving him a good ass whooping and sending him on his way, but the actions that needed to be taken is having a very heated discussion with his wife and then deciding if a divorce is in order.

        • USMC and America proud

          Like I said, we can speculate adnausem, but there’s only one person who knows what went down! See I find it funny that Gregory knew to go to her mothers without conversation taking place. I believe the correct situation will show to be that they had been at either a gun show or some such meeting, she invited him over to her mothers where she was staying for a drink. Gregory probably never knew he was in danger.

  • fliteking

    There is never a “Right time” to be in “The wrong place”

    This ain’t about who was right or wrong, it’s about self preservation.

    Be the smarter one, stay out of these situations.

  • jimmy john

    Only one thing, where did he have his head???????????

  • DenverKitty

    Okay…a question. Does it seem odd that the “Sportsman’s Channel” was just bought out by a Conservative billionaire…and then such a coincidence as this? One too many coincidences spells planning.

  • nightlight

    Any homicide/suicide that looks like such a perfect example of “an open-and-closed case” is highly suspect – especially when the victim was smeone who obviously supported 2nd Amendment rights and the use of firearms by citizens (the host of the Sportsman Channel show “A Rifleman’s Journal”), and especially at a time when the government is doing everything it can do disarm Americans and to
    deprive them of their Constitutional rights.

  • Despicable REM1875 ✓certified

    A lot of trouble is started over an attempt to help someone of the oppisite sex.
    God bless, aid and comfort all involved.

  • Randy Phillips

    I have been on both sides of the fence in that situation. I have never drawn a gun, but had girlfriends that didn’t exactly tell me everything that was going on. One girlfriend had a boyfriend with a peace bond against him, yet had been going out with him from time to time. She hadn’t taken the time to inform me of the relationship. This guy used to shoot bats out of the air with a .22 for practice and was extremely jealous. I happened to visit this woman one night and he showed up. I didn’t know as to what was going on. To make a long story short, I had to be escorted to the interstate by a deputy friend to make sure that I wasn’t shot. This guy was given a talking to and never bothered me anymore, but I did carry after that, too.
    The other woman and I had dated for a few years, but I had some issues with her that bothered me. One day I was supposed to leave town to work with my brother. I was going to a dumpster to get rid of some trash, when I saw a pickup truck in her driveway. I had caught the woman with this man before and knew what was going on. I went by her house and tried to open the door, but it was locked. I got some of the things I had out in her garage and called her in the middle of her session. I told her that if I were a very jealous man, that her new boyfriend would never have gotten out of her bedroom with his pants on. I just told her that I was gone, congratulations in finding a new handyman, and don’t bother me anymore. No foul, no harm and I’m not in jail.


    Sounds like the problem was made and the results self inflicted… bad all around for all concerned.

  • Bradley Jones

    thats why one should carry a firearms at all times

  • Bradley Jones

    and he wasnt at her house the story says he was at her mothers house


    Was the husband Muslim ?. Sure sounds like it.

  • RageMaker321

    That’s crazy, and very sad

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