Musings on Bob Evans

"Evans, meanwhile, is white with brown hair and blue eyes. He is between 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet 1 inch tall. At the time (1981), Evans weighed approximately 170 pounds."

A lot of pondering going on around the country about who 'Bob Evans' really was and where he came from.

"According to Authorities, Kimball was married to a woman known as Donna, who works in Orange County as a nurse and who may use the name Donna Walter, Harris said. Investigators also have received information that Lisa may have a 2- or 3-year old sister. Sheriff's investigators believe that both Jensen and Kimball are aliases. Lt. James Marlowe said Kimball called himself a "non-person" during his arrest in Cypress." (October 18, 1986 article)



Question about Felton CA: the authorities have this tiny town in Santa Cruz county on their map of confirmed locations of Evans (1985) with an "unknown alias." The town is not mentioned in their timeline handouts however.  What happened in Felton and how were they able to connect it to Evans?

QUESTION: The NH authorities said there is a gap of time (10 or 12 years?) where Evans whereabouts are unknown. CA authorities place him living in a store in CA at that time. Is the store information newly received since the press conference? And if so, what else was learned for new information along with that fact?

These are purely theories listed here. No one is imagining themselves a profiler or to have inside information. We are soon likely to learn who Evans was and more about his history and thus it is an unprecedented opportunity to posit some theories that can later be compared against facts. This process will allow us to assess the validity of our reasoning on various points and better inform our research going forward.   

Arrested twice in one year for theft of electricity. Could that be because he had bodies stored and he couldn't risk losing power to his freezer? Perhaps the dismemberment was necessary for the freezer and not so much for the barrels.

Could the unidentified dead woman found in Connecticut in 1975 wrapped in a tarp and bound with electrical cord be another victim of Evans? Or the female UID found in NYC in 1991 who was found bound with electrical cords? Or the female UID found in 1975 in CA wrapped in a brown blanket and tied with an electrical cord? Or the female UID found in 1996 in New Mexico wrapped in six plastic bags tied with electrical wire?

Evans wasn't originally from the west coast. Gruenheid (the CA detective who arrested him and who was herself from the east coast) commented on his accent and asked him if he were from the east coast, a question that caused him to lose his composure for a moment.

His family has already recognized him from the recent stories but are reluctant to come forward due to the inevitable notoriety.

Evans took a plea deal in CA against his attorney's advice to avoid a trial because his past would have been examined.

Evans has a history of arson, particularly in his youth. 

He had to have an unofficial wedding with Eunsoon as he was already married in the state of California with no divorce on record.

Evans was arrested for a brutal crime as a teenager but was committed to a state hospital and eventually released. A story along the lines of a Gerald Paul Troiano situation.

Most of his autobiographical information was false and designed to obscure his identity. But the Norwegian/Danish descriptor was true and included because he was proud of it.

Evans was an orphan with a deep-seated fear of abandonment. He didn't run away at 13, he was orphaned in some way. Describing himself to police as a "non-person" and detached from any one name, he killed women before they could leave him too. However, he spared Lisa's life because she, like him, was an orphan. His relatives have not come forward because they do not feel a blood connection to him.

His name is Jerry.

The two oldest Allenstown victims are sisters and the youngest victim is the child of the oldest. Evans met them at the campground in the state park.

 Evans was on the older end of the age estimates but the name he was known as in NH was close to his real name. He hadn't killed anyone yet but was avoiding some minor crimes or child support payments. This was the peak of his professional life and he hadn't slid into the disheveled drifter he would become.

During the decade or so he is unaccounted for, he was living under his real name.

Maybe he lived in a store in NH the way he lived in a store in CA.

Evans always wore a moustache and had a closed mouth smile as he was self-conscious about having an overbite (inherited by his daughter).

Maybe he was a New England boy, never served in the Navy but had a father who did and a mother or sister with  'Elizabeth' in her name. He faked his own death to shake off the life he no longer wanted to be connected to. Maybe a drowning death with no body found, one of the easier 'deaths' to stage. And no one files a missing persons report because everyone believes he is dead.

A "skilled electrician and mechanic" with odd interpersonal traits, folks have wondered if today he would have been diagnosed on the spectrum. Perhaps he gravitated toward children (in the beginning) because he tended to alienate adults and this eventually took him dark and terrible places. That the dismembering of his victims wasn't done for anything but practical disposal because that was what seemed logical in his cold and mathematical mind. The horror of his deeds compelled him to try to drink away the demons and he gave up Lisa because he knew that he would kill her if he didn't.

Maybe he had father issues, couldn't live up to the successes of a man who had a distinguished military career so padded his own story with grandiose claims. In one article, Eunsoon Jun's cousin is quoted as saying, "He said he owned lots of property, that he was a self-made millionaire, that he used to be a colonel in the Army and that he worked for the CIA and if he wanted to disappear, he could disappear just like that." Well, one part he didn't have to invent, he definitely was good at disappearing and if he told other people from his past that he was in the CIA, it helped to explain the secrecy surrounding him.

If news articles are correct and Eunsoon Jun (age 45) and Evans were experiencing conflict around having children, one wonders if he was opposed to adopting because he knew his aliases would unravel during the background check part of the process.

Wonder if the Norwegian psychic detective will weigh in again in light of the new information?

That little girl of his that wound up in a barrel in NH. What if he didn't leave her mother dead in his travels but abducted his daughter in a story like that of Melissa Suzanne HighsmithWe know he answered an ad for a handyman, perhaps he answered one for a babysitter? (And as he answered ads, did he also run ads for his handyman services?)

The Websleuths forum on Evans (some interesting ideas presented)

And does NAMUS have a page on Bob Evans in the unidentified section? (Someone searching for him from his past might recognize his pictures or aliases)

And what do you FBI criminal profilers have to say about Evans? You came to the party 35 years late but hey, you're here now and the taxpayers support your efforts. Four dead girls in barrels weren't that compelling but one creepy serial killer gets the big guns fired up. Could you weigh in on this publicly or do you just profile folks once you already know their histories? How about going out on a professional limb before any more elderly folks die not knowing what happened to their children or grandchildren? Your assessment could potentially ring a bell that brings in the tip that breaks the rest of this case (and God knows how many others) wide open.

Could Evans be connected to these cases? 

The death of Janet Gail Carter whose nude body was found inside garbage bags in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1973 and whose 3 year old daughter Christina Lynn Carter was never been found. Maybe Evans was camping in the park when he met them.

The unsolved murder of Kathleen O'Gorman

Always wondered about Robert Eugene Whitacre whose wife Carmel Sue was killed in NH and her body wasn't found for a decade or so. I'd like to see a picture of this guy even though he apparently died in 2003 in San Benito CA. A military guy, wouldn't take a lie detector test re. Carmel's disappearance and put their baby son up for adoption in CA against the wishes of the baby's maternal grandparents. Exceedingly cold man.

Thomas Camille Patterson. It would be good to know more about this guy and his father. Wonder what the research shows on the percentages of killers who dismember their victims also being child molesters? Is there a linkage in the pathology?


And whatever became of George B. Gilbert?


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