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William Theodore BOLIEK Jr.

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: "Getting rid of witnesses"
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: August 30, 1983
Date of arrest: September 6, 1983
Date of birth: April 15, 1956
Victim profile: Jody Harless (his girlfriend's sister)
Method of murder: Shooting (12 gauge shotgun)
Location: Camden County, Missouri, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on December 12, 1984
 
 
 
 
 

United States Court of Appeals
For the Eighth Circuit

 
opinion 96-1031
 
 
 
 
 
 

State of Missouri vs. William T. Boliek

706 S.W.2d 847 (Mo.banc 1986)

Case Facts: 

In August of 1983, Boliek was living in Linda Turnerís home. Aside from Turner, other residents of the home included Boliekís lover Jill Harless, Turnerís brother Don Anderson, and Vernon Wait.

The victim, Jody Harless, arrived to visit her sister Jill, and stayed at the Turner house. One Friday evening, Boliek, Wait, Anderson, and Jody Harless robbed the home of an acquaintance, Stan Gray, at gunpoint.

Afterward, fearing retaliation from Gray and his friends, Boliek acquired a 12 gauge shotgun, and Wait acquired a .410 sawed off shotgun. Boliek and Wait began to discuss the necessity of "getting rid of witnesses" to the robbery. Learning the police wanted to speak with Gray, Boliek, Wait and the Harless sisters left Kansas City on the following Monday.

Boliek convinced them to drive to Thayer, Missouri to hide out with Boliekís parents. They robbed a liquor store in Nevada on the way.

Later that night, they made a rest stop along Route M in Oregon County. After the car stopped, Jody Harless got out. As she was walking back to the car, Boliek took the 12 gauge shotgun from the car and shot her. She grabbed her stomach but continued to walk towards the car. She began to plead with Boliek. Wait grabbed Harless and forced her to the ground and Boliek shot her again.

Boliek told the victims sister that he had fired the second shot into the victimís mouth and neck so identification of the body would be impossible.

Boliek was arrested September 6, 1983, in Decatur, Illinois, for an armed robbery of a gas station committed earlier that day. When arrested, he had in his possession the shotgun and shotgun shells he had used to kill Jody Harless. Boliek managed to escape from custody but was recaptured.

A rancher riding his fence line discovered the body of Jody Harless on September 10, 1983, 28 feet from Highway M in Oregon County. Police investigators discovered two live .410 shotgun shells and two 12 gauge expended shells near the body.

The victims decomposed body was unidentifiable by viewing and had to be identified by dental records. She had been killed by a shotgun wound to the head.

At trial, Boliek claimed that when he fired the first shot he did not know the gun was loaded. The second shot, he said, was fired by Wait. The jury found Boliek guilty of capital murder and imposed the death sentence.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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