Discussion in 'Cold Cases' started by mothwings, Sep 3, 2018.
Hoping that this link is fine, otherwise it is difficult to find information for this case.
Very interesting that the ex bf was believed to be in Manitoba, Canada -wonder what drew him there and if one should keep eyes open for any uid persons that match his description? imo, speculation.
Richard Bocklage is wanted for the murder of Tanya Kopric
Missing Since: September 1980
Details: Richard Bocklage is a pharmacy student wanted for the murder of his ex-fiance, Dr. Tanya Kopric in Kansas City, Missouri, on September 18, 1980. Bocklage was ten years younger than Tanya and had grown up in St. Louis. He studied pharmacy at the University of Missouri. Tanya was from Yugoslavia and had immigrated to the United States in 1975. The two had started dating in March 1980; a few weeks later, he moved into her apartment. Six months later, they were engaged. However, her friends did not like him and felt that he was just using her for money.
Bocklage began spending more time with Tanya and less time in class. Midway through his sophomore year, he fell behind in his studies. At certain points, he became close to dropping out of school. On July 19, 1980, he was notified by administrators that he was academically ineligible. He demanded that Tanya use her connections in the admissions department to get himself re-enrolled. However, she refused to help him. Soon, he began to exhibit wild mood swings. Three weeks later, on September 2, she broke off the engagement and kicked him out.
" He roamed the hallways, searching for the dean of admissions. He carried a manila envelope; some believe that it contained a handgun. Three hours later, Tanya returned to her apartment. As she exited her car, Bocklage appeared and shot her three times in the head with a .45 automatic pistol. A witness identified him as the shooter. Investigators learned that he had purchased the weapon just weeks prior to the murder."
"Six days later, his car was found abandoned in Thompson, Manitoba, Canada six days after the murder - 900 miles away. He was seen by two local residents. However, investigators believe that he has since returned to the United States. Two months after the murder, Tanya's parents received a letter from Bocklage, postmarked two days before the murder. In the letter, he stated that Tanya had been executed and that her death was necessary and "inevitable". Bocklage has never been found. He is 6'0" tall and weighs 175 pounds. He has brown hair, brown eyes, and vertical scars under each armpit. Today, he would be fifty-nine-years-old."
Well, he was in pharmacy school, but maybe he went to seminary?
Rev. Richard F. Bocklage S.J.'s Obituary on St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The St. Louis tie is intriguing. Also, in literature many sinners head for religious orders.
No date of birth provided, maybe one of us can rule him out.
Rev Richard Ferdinand Bocklage, Jr (1922-2010) -...
Well, not this Richard Bocklage. The surname is not common -- off to look for Vincent's sons.
Speculation, imo. from what i gather, the suspect's middle name might be Gerard.
Richard Gerard Bocklage
DATE OF BIRTH: 7/12/1957
PLACE OF BIRTH: St. Louis, Missouri
WEIGHT: 190 pounds
SCARS AND MARKS: Long surgical scar running vertical under each armpit
He has family and friend ties to St. Louis and Minnesota. He is reportedly an avid outdoorsman who could survive in the wilderness for long periods of time. He may be working in medicine or the mining industry.
Here is the Unsolved Mysteries link to the case: Have You Seen Wanted Man Richard Bocklage? - Unsolved Mysteries
and also on this thread: Richard Bocklage - Missouri - 1980 | America's Most Wanted Fans (an unofficial fan page for John Walsh-hosted fugitive TV shows)