Richard Bocklage - Missouri - 1980 Jun 24, 2013 15:28:03 GMT -5
Post by theczar on Jun 24, 2013 15:28:03 GMT -5
Fugitive Profile as of December 2nd, 2017: (Based on Unsolved Mysteries website profile)
Weight: 170 lbs.
Defining Characteristics: Vertical scars under each armpit
I decided to check up on cold cases that were aired on Unsolved Mysteries, and to see whether they were aired on AMW as well; Richard Bocklage being one of them. I'll be posting some more after this. Richard Bocklage is wanted for the murder of his girlfriend Tanya Kopric back in 1980.
Kopric had left Yugoslavia, came to the U.S. to study medicine, and was determined to make a successful career for herself. By the time she was 34, she was a doctor at a hospital in Kansas City and began dating Richard Bocklage, a pharmacy student at the University of Missouri. Bocklage moved into her apartment shortly after, and eventually proposed to her, which she accepted. But several of Kopric's colleagues and friends didn't like Bocklage, believing he was only using her financially.
Bocklage, described by a professor as an unmotivated student, was on the verge of failing due to him spending less time in class. Eventually, school officials notified him that he was expelled. He begged Kopric to use her connections to have him re-admitted, but after several months of erratic and violent behavior, Kopric ended their engagement and kicked him out.
Bocklage continued to attend class, as if nothing was wrong. He wrote to officials, begging them to reconsider his case and let him back in. They denied his appeal, and quickly left the school in order to avoid a confrontation. Shortly after he received the call denying his appeal, he was spotted driving to the dean's office. He roamed the hallways look for the dean of admissions, carrying a large manila folder, which some speculate carried a weapon. He left when he realized the dean wasn't in. Later that night, Tanya Kopric returned to her apartment, but was shot three times in the head while still in her car. Witnesses stated the shooter was Bocklage, and investigators found out he had purchased the murder weapon not long before.
A week later, Bocklage's car was found abandoned in Canada. A few months after the murder, Tanya Kopric's parents in Yugoslavia received a letter postmarked two days before the murder stating that Tanya had been executed by the government in Missouri, that she had caused much grief, anguish, and turmoil to several people, and that her death was inevitable. It was Richard Bocklage's handwriting.
Where do you guys think he is today? Obviously, the easy guess is that he's still in Canada. But there's always the possibility he came back to the U.S. I could see him living in the west, like Colorado, or even somewhere like Illinois.
UPDATE from site admin: As of July 26th, 2018, Bocklage is still mentioned on Unsolved Mysteries Wiki as "Results: Wanted": unsolvedmysteries.wikia.com/wiki/Richard_Bocklage
Admin Note #1: If you have any information on the whereabouts of Richard Bocklage, based on wanted location, our advice would be to submit a web tip to Kansas City Metro Crime Stoppers at the following link: www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=452&HR=http://www.tipsoft.com/index.aspx?p=webtips
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