Ronnie Gardner was born January 16th, 1961 in Salt Lake City, Utah.Gardner had 2 children a daughter born in 1977 and a son born in 1980.
Ronnie Gardner was sent to prison in 1980 for robbery but him and his cheesy porn stache said fuck this and escaped in 1981. When he got out he went and approached a man who was fucking his girlfriend. The man shot Ronnie and then Ronnie went back to prison. While in prison in 1984 he went escorted out of the prison to a doctors appointment. While out he overpowered the guard and then stole his gun and bailed. Three months after that Gardner entered a Salt Lake City bar and shot the bartender.
Gardner got caught for that and while being transported to prison for that tried to escape yet again this time killing another man and injuring another. Finally surrendering to police.
Gardner fasted for 36 hours up to his last meal where he stuffed his face with steak and lobster. He spent over a quarter century on death row then was executed by firing squad on June 18th, 2010.
A Utah firing squad shot to death a convicted killer early on Friday in the third U.S. execution by that means since 1976.
This is an older case (from 1980) and there is not alot about it on the internet. It has always interested me and I still hope they catch this guy one day. Richard Bocklage is wanted for the September 18th, 1980 murder of Tanya Kopric. Kopric was a 34 year old doctor at a hospital in Kansas City who immigrated from Yougoslavia. Bocklage was a pharmaceutical student at the University of Missouri.
The 2 dated for 6 months and were living together and then got engaged. But alot of their friends had their doubts. Alot of people thought that Bocklage was mooching off of Kopric and he was also failing his classes at University. Eventually Bocklage got expelled and started acting crazy. He begged Kopric to use her pull to get him back into class. He even went as far as showing up for classes pretending he never got expelled. This eventually led to Kopric breaking up with Bocklage and kicking him out of the apartment that they lived in.
Gender: MaleDOB: 7/12/57 Height: 6’0” Weight: 170 lbs.Eyes: BrownHair: BrownDefining Characteristics: Vertical scars under each armpit
Then on September 18th, 1980 Tanya Kopric was found in her car dead, shot 3 times with a .45 calibre semi automatic. Witnesses at the scene said they seen Bocklage walk up and shoot Kopric 3 times in the face. Also Bocklage had just recently purchased a .45 calibre pistol.
6 days later Bocklages vehicle was found 935 km north abandoned in Canada near Thompson, Manitoba. Bocklage is wanted for capital murder. If you know anything about Thompson it is literally in the middle of nowhere. If he wanted to hide or kill himself in the woods. He would never be found and or recognized. Even with warnings people in Thompson are too busy drinking or working. They would forget.
Another creepy note on this case is that the Kopric family received a letter in Bocklages hand wrighthing which was post marked 2 days before the murder that read “Dear Kopric family, Your daughter Tanya, Has been executed in Kansas City, Missouri, she has caused so much grief, anguish, and turmoil to so many Americans that this act was necessary. Her execution was inevitable.”
I wish there was more information on this case I know its like 35 years old and very unlikely to be solved.