William Stabler - California - 1981 Jul 26, 2013 16:18:57 GMT -5
Post by pakman on Jul 26, 2013 16:18:57 GMT -5
In 1981, career criminal William Wallace Stabler Jr. shot at two police officers in Corte Madera, Calif., who were investigating a domestic violence call. To make his escape, Stabler forced a man at gunpoint to drive out of San Francisco, then stole the man's car to make the rest of his getaway. In the 70s, Stabler committed several robberies as the "Halloween Mask Bandit," and was captured after leading police on a high-speed chase and shooting at them with a rifle through the back window.
For years after the chase, Stabler kept up a "pen pal" relationship with one of the police officers who was shot during the chase. The relationship lasted until Stabler was paroled.
The last photo taken of Stabler (not the one pictured) is from 1988 when he was arrested in New York under the alias "William Hudson." Stabler was last seen in 1991/1992 in New York, where he was shopping at a Banana Republic and had a Doberman named Daisy. No solid leads on Stabler have been reported in 21 years.
AMW first profiled Stabler in 1990, and was last profiled in April 2003. If he's still alive, he's 80 years old now. Stabler apparently was a heroin and meth addict, and was reportedly ill around the time of his last profile (if his amw.com archived page is to be believed).
Thoughts? I know we talk very often about how old-time fugitives are likely dead, but in this case it's very likely Stabler is no longer living. He apparently was still alive in the early 90s (he would have been 59 years old at the time of his last sighting) but as the years have gone by it's doubtful that he's still living.
On the other hand, if he is still alive, it sounds like he retired from the criminal life. His AMW profile said he no longer dressed like a cowboy and looked more "collegiate," so it sounds like he was trying to do a better job of blending in and not attracting attention to himself.
And for the record, yes, Czar's avatar did partially inspire me to post this
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