Year after owner killed Cape Fear Serpentarium closes for good

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear Serpentarium in downtown Wilmington is permanently closed.

This comes a little more than a year after the owner of the serpentarium, Dean Ripa, was killed.

The serpentarium remained open and operated under an LLC.

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It closed back in March because of Ripa’s estate proceedings.

The business hoped to re-open in mid-April, but never did.

Ripa’s wife, Regina, is charged with first degree murder in his death.

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