ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – This week we saw the chilling video of Janeene Jones -- aka the Black Widow -- trying to pay an assassin to kill her husband and another man. Now we are hearing from the family of Max Jones, Janeene's previous husband who died just a few years earlier.
They now feel she had something to do with his death.
Englewood resident Don Jones still carries in his wallet a photo of his late son Max. “My wife BJ said she liked his humor. He had the driest sense of humor."
He was shocked when the 51-year-old North Port man died suddenly in 2011. "Just heart failure."
That's what he says they were told by Max's wife of more than two decades, Janeene Jones -- the woman seen and heard saying "just snap his neck" on video as she tries to pay to have her next husband and another man killed.
Even before that video, the family has always been suspicious of the circumstances. “We were wondering why she didn't get him to the hospital," says Don Jones.
He was told Max laid sick in bed for days and was concerned with her lack of remorse.
Later they say they were told by one of the men Jones was trying to have killed that she admitted to taking part in Max’s death. "We think so. We can't prove it though. Nobody can. We think she helped him along."
By the way, they say Janeene Jones was the recipient of a $1 million life insurance policy.
They continue to hear the rumors. "That friend of hers where she inquired about medicines or drugs she could use to help kill her husband a few months ahead of when he died."
Then there are the postings on popular social media sites like the North Port Scoop on Facebook. "Jan was a family friend of ours, and about 5 yrs ago jan asked someone i knew if he could get some sort of medicine to kill her husband, and 2 other fiends had mentioned that jan also asked them the same thing, so there was more than 1 tip off........"
Jan, or Janeene Jones was sentenced last week to life in prison for trying to have the two men killed.
As far as the rumors about Max and what might or might not have happened, Assistant State Attorney Shanna Hourihan says technically it's still an open investigation. "We don't review cases until law enforcement has found that there is probable cause to support the crime. That is not something that has been brought to me."
Don says it would be hard to prove at this point. "She had him cremated so fast, we just could not prove anything."
He says what goes around comes around. Jeneene Jones was arrested on Max's birthday last year. And he says the sentencing of life for the crime caught on tape is enough for now. "It was justice for Max. She is the only one, and God is the only one who knows what happened. She won't tell."
A request to interview Jones from jail was denied.