Eileen Adams, 14 old Ohio schoolgirl, was supposed to go to her sister’s west Toledo home after school on December 18 of 1967 – but she never got off the bus.
A month and a half later, two Michigan brothers found a rolled up rug tied up with a lamp cord in a field.
She had a three inch nail drilled in the back of her heard and cord wrapped around her neck.
An autopsy concluded Adams had been strangled.
Case went cold pretty soon and lingered in police files for decades.
Until 1981 when Robert Bowman’s ex wife went to police and said Bowman killed Adams and she was a witness:
She said she heard some noise in the basement, she opened a wooden door and was stunned to find a naked young girl tied-up and ‘hanging like Jesus’. Her arms were outstretched and she had tape covering her mouth.
Ms Bowman said she knew the girl was alive because: ‘I looked in her eyes.’
‘I was horrified, I was screaming, I was shaking,’ she added. ‘I didn’t know what to think.’.
Victim’s was found hogtied with telephone cables and with a nail driven in her head
(crime scene photo/Daily Mail)
Officers found Bowman in Florida living in a shell of a burned out building. Inside the burned out building, officers found Bowman had suspended a Spider man doll from the ceiling upside down with string binding the dolls ankles. The string was also wrapped around the doll’s neck and down its back.
There was also a Ken doll that had a nail in the back of his head. Bowman lived with roaches, rats, and snakes which he named and treated like pets.
However prosecutor said there was not enough evidence to charge him.
In 2006, police reopened the case again at the request of Adams’ parents. This time, detectives tested for DNA, also victim’s body was exhumed.
Robert Bowman was arrested and charged with murder. At the time he had been living under a tarp in the desert in California.
Bowman went on trial in August 2011. Experts testified during the trial about DNA found on the victim’s clothing. According to testimony, the random likelihood that the DNA would be found in the general population was 1 in 4.15 million. Bowman’s ex-wife was a prosecution key witness. She stated that she was afraid of Bowman who threatened to kill her and their newborn daughter if she told anyone.
After about 2 days of deliberations jury was unable to reach a verdict and mistrial was declared. Jurors voted 10-2 vote to convict, Toledoblade reported.
Robert Bowman, now 75 year old, in court. Wtol.com
A gag order has been issued in the case preventing attorneys from discussing the previous trial or any future plans. Judge Gene Zmuda set an Aug. 29 pretrial.
Bowman remains charged with murder in the first degree and was returned to the jail after the mistrial was declared. If convicted on the charge, he faces up to life in prison.
UPDATE Bowman was found guilty of murder in the first degree and was sentenced to life in prison Friday, October 28, 2011. Bowman said he intended to appeal the conviction.