A Pennsylvania man has been arrested for his wife's murder, decades after she vanished.
William Walter Korzon, 76, was arrested Thursday in connection to the 1981 disappearance of his wife Gloria Korzon, the Bucks County District Attorney’s office said in a statement.
Gloria was declared legally dead in 1997 although her body was never found.
If the allegations are true, 1981 wasn’t the first time Korzonwas violent toward his wife
He was first arrested for threatening to kill Gloria in December 1967, the same year they wed. That led to him getting committed at the Northampton State Mental Hospital in Massachusetts, according to a criminal complaint. He even went under the knife in an attempt to curb his violent tendencies. The mental hospital transferred him to a veteran’s hospital in Connecticut where he "underwent a surgical procedure on his thyroid that was purportedly to reduce his aggressive tendencies."
That surgery didn’t appear to work.
By 1971, the couple had moved to Bucks County, but the violent incidents continued up until 1981 when Gloria vanished.
"During these incidents of domestic violence, Gloria suffered multiple injuries, including a broken arm, a broken collarbone, damage to her nasal bone and a black eye,” the complaint states.
Gloria apparently documented the abuse in a "series of letters she wrote to her attorney.".
She vanished on March 6, 1981. Within days, Korzon "began taking steps to maintain the impression his wife was alive and well," according to the district attorney's office. That included going to Gloria's place of work to tell "her manager to terminate her because of poor mental and physical health. He retrieved her belongings and requested that her final paycheck be sent to their home,” according to the complaint. He even allegedly sent a Mother’s Day card to Gloria’s mother, signing the card “Gloria S. Korzon." And despite later claims that she'd simply run off, he was found to be in possession of personal documents, such as her social security card and driver's license, according to authorities.
Korzon is also accused of soliciting the murder of a police officer, forging his wife’s signature on tax documents and lying under oath at court proceedings years after she vanished in order “to increase his share of his late wife’s estate,” according to the Bucks County Attorney’s office.
When recently questioned about his wife’s death, William asked investigators, “Did you find the body?” according to the criminal complaint.
Korzon has been booked on homicide, criminal solicitation to criminal homicide, forgery and perjury charges and booked without bail. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf at this time.
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