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Old 04-12-2018, 11:23 AM   #46
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That was me who raised the question of Bocklage getting across the border. I figure he could have made it up there before border authorities learned of his role in the killing.
As a student at the University of Toledo, I made several trips up to Windsor between 1997 and 2000. Getting into Canada always was a little tougher than coming back. They asked a few more questions and even searched the car on one occasion.
Coming back usually was: "Where are you going?" "Toledo." "See ya." I am sure the Ohio license plate had something to do with the ease of crossing back.
Funny, it was the opposite for us, most of the time. Typically getting back into the States was harder than getting into Canada. Not that it was "hard," but they always seemed to pay more attention coming back.
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The last time I was in Windsor, coincidentally on 9/11/11, it was easier getting into Canada than coming back into the U.S. That was the first time I'd been there since July 2001, not long after I'd graduated from college, and that experience mirrored those from my college days. Purely in terms of security, it's a different world now than 20 years ago.
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One other thing. Where were Richard Bocklage's parents or his family when he flunked out of school? UM made it seem like Richard had no family support other than Tanya Kopric until she could no longer deal with his violent mood swings. I think somebody mentioned Richard's family has supposedly not heard from him since he disappeared.
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Growing up outside of Detroit, the Ambassador Bridge to Ontario was always a 20 minute drive away. I remember going on field trips there, a trip to the Windsor Casino and drinking trips with friends because the legal drinking age was 19. It was NEVER an issue getting to Canada. They asked very few questions and checked our ID's about 5% of the time. So I'm sure it was probably the same or even easier to do this in 1980.

Bockledge would have had absolutely no problems getting in to the country.
The same when I went to Lake Superior State in Sault Ste Marie from 2004 - 08. Getting into Ontario is easy. Getting back into the States was the pain, even up in the Upper Peninsul of Michigan.
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Maybe he went overseas with his family sending him money.
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Maybe he went overseas with his family sending him money.
I could see this - getting out of the country would've been relatively easy back then. But I would think sending/wiring money would trip a flag or two?
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I could see this - getting out of the country would've been relatively easy back then. But I would think sending/wiring money would trip a flag or two?

yeah, but if the money was sent by a family friend or cousin, LE wouldn't have noted.

This monster took a time to comit this murder. Maybe he bought false papers some time before the murder. Then, he traveled to Canada and then overseas, a third world country. No one would have noticed who this guy was.

Family could have sent money easily to a third world country back in the 80s. Im not talking about some remote town in the Himalayas, but to a capital city in Latin America it was easy. Of course not his mother.... very obvious ....but a friend... police could not research all money transactions made by people related to him.

Also, this guy knew how to live in the wilderness, maybe he got a job in the forest/wood area. He didn't have to wait for momma's check to earn his money.
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yeah, but if the money was sent by a family friend or cousin, LE wouldn't have noted.

This monster took a time to comit this murder. Maybe he bought false papers some time before the murder. Then, he traveled to Canada and then overseas, a third world country. No one would have noticed who this guy was.

Family could have sent money easily to a third world country back in the 80s. Im not talking about some remote town in the Himalayas, but to a capital city in Latin America it was easy. Of course not his mother.... very obvious ....but a friend... police could not research all money transactions made by people related to him.

Also, this guy knew how to live in the wilderness, maybe he got a job in the forest/wood area. He didn't have to wait for momma's check to earn his money.
Indeed. The more I think about it, the more he reminds me of a guy from right here in my hometown who busted out of jail in '67 and headed down to SA (possibly Brazil), disappearing w/o a trace.

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It's possible his mindset changed or that he felt differently once he became engulfed in a completely different environment, away from the life he knew and the chaotic life on the run. However, I agree he is alive. Everything in this case points away from suicide.
I believe I saw a recent update on another case where someone had been found practically in a hut on a Pacific island. I picture him doing something like this.
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I can confirm that as of 2018, both witnesses to the murder are still alive.

Not sure how much better that makes everyone feel because this case's finality sucks and I guess that's why this case doesn't come up much.

From what I heard, FBI was hiding-out at his mom's funeral, hoping he might show.

The leads that Unsolved Mysteries and America's Most Wanted both brought in apparently never panned out, turning out to be unfounded most of the time.

Someone recently posted on his official UM page that the family says he died in 2005. In his mom's 2002 obituary, they refer to him as "the late Richard G. Bocklage" which could mean a number of things but they have contradicted themselves before.

Some speculate that he would just head out into the Canadian wilderness. At first I thought the idea of narcissist Richard climbing through mountains and caves and such—possibly maybe breaking his leg, succumbing to hyperthermia, attacked by scavengers—made sense but now I'm not so sure. I guess it's possible. There is actually not a lot of mountains in that area of Manitoba. However, he left right when winter really struck in Northern Manitoba in October 1980. There is also an airport in Thompson.

According to them, the last sign of him being alive is still as the show left it 1991—ditching his care, leaving the note.

Thompson, Manitoba—if you read up about it—is actually a pretty decent town for him to hide-out in. Read this from wikipedia: "Thompson's trade area is larger than New Mexico yet contains just over 50,000 residents, with many of the smaller communities accessible only by air or winter road."

And this: "In 2018, Thompson was #2 on the Crime Severity Index of Canada. Thompson topped the Violent Crime Severity Index and finished second in both the Overall Crime Severity Index column and Non-Violent Crime Severity Index column".

It's got a lot of violence, drug trafficking, domestic issues. I think it's very possible Richard became involved in Thompson's criminal underground. It's a pretty big area and more compelling is that there are two mines in the area. According to his family members, if he couldn't be a pharmacist, he was going to try gold-mining.

I can easily see him seducing and using another woman to aid his integration into Thompson (as he did with Dr. Kopric) and could easily be living in one of those "smaller communities accessible only by air or winter road" as Thompson so richly offers—with a new wife and kids. Remember Joe Shepherd.

I hope something resolves before his 40th year on the run. Both Jackson County and the FBI hold active warrants.
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I can confirm that as of 2018, both witnesses to the murder are still alive.

Not sure how much better that makes everyone feel because this case's finality sucks and I guess that's why this case doesn't come up much.

From what I heard, FBI was hiding-out at his mom's funeral, hoping he might show.

The leads that Unsolved Mysteries and America's Most Wanted both brought in apparently never panned out, turning out to be unfounded most of the time.

Someone recently posted on his official UM page that the family says he died in 2005. In his mom's 2002 obituary, they refer to him as "the late Richard G. Bocklage" which could mean a number of things but they have contradicted themselves before.

Some speculate that he would just head out into the Canadian wilderness. At first I thought the idea of narcissist Richard climbing through mountains and caves and such—possibly maybe breaking his leg, succumbing to hyperthermia, attacked by scavengers—made sense but now I'm not so sure. I guess it's possible. There is actually not a lot of mountains in that area of Manitoba. However, he left right when winter really struck in Northern Manitoba in October 1980. There is also an airport in Thompson.

According to them, the last sign of him being alive is still as the show left it 1991—ditching his care, leaving the note.

Thompson, Manitoba—if you read up about it—is actually a pretty decent town for him to hide-out in. Read this from wikipedia: "Thompson's trade area is larger than New Mexico yet contains just over 50,000 residents, with many of the smaller communities accessible only by air or winter road."

And this: "In 2018, Thompson was #2 on the Crime Severity Index of Canada. Thompson topped the Violent Crime Severity Index and finished second in both the Overall Crime Severity Index column and Non-Violent Crime Severity Index column".

It's got a lot of violence, drug trafficking, domestic issues. I think it's very possible Richard became involved in Thompson's criminal underground. It's a pretty big area and more compelling is that there are two mines in the area. According to his family members, if he couldn't be a pharmacist, he was going to try gold-mining.

I can easily see him seducing and using another woman to aid his integration into Thompson (as he did with Dr. Kopric) and could easily be living in one of those "smaller communities accessible only by air or winter road" as Thompson so richly offers—with a new wife and kids. Remember Joe Shepherd.

I hope something resolves before his 40th year on the run. Both Jackson County and the FBI hold active warrants.

Thanks for the update!!
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Damn, just watched this in Prime and was convinced there would be an update at the end. I am really shocked he was never caught.
It was striking watching how the board who refused his appeal for return to his course all left separately as soon as their meeting ended because they knew what his temper was like. That says a lot.

Sadly we will probably now never find out what happened to him.
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Damn, just watched this in Prime and was convinced there would be an update at the end. I am really shocked he was never caught.
It was striking watching how the board who refused his appeal for return to his course all left separately as soon as their meeting ended because they knew what his temper was like. That says a lot.

Sadly we will probably now never find out what happened to him.

Yes, this is an Unsolved Mysteries case that has a very low chance of being solved. Police have given up on this case despite it being airtight considering the witnesses. They don't even have Dr. Kopric on their cold case page. They used to. Nothing will happen if the police don't try. I wish even the Royal Canadian Mounted Police could do a search or hang age-progression photos up around Manitoba.

They came very close to never identifying or finding Richard's car. Luckily a RCMP officer found it instead of someone who wanted to make it their own or sell it (as the note said whoever found it could keep it) they may have never found out where his last known place was.

By the time it was identified as Bocklage's car, it had been 12 days since RCMP found it and it was likely sitting there longer. Helicopters were flown over the area but there was no foot search for him or his remains.

Some of Canada's unidentified bodies I've looked into on the web could possibly be him but without his DNA (or a family members) there is no way of knowing. I still think they search that area on foot.
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It was striking watching how the board who refused his appeal for return to his course all left separately as soon as their meeting ended because they knew what his temper was like. That says a lot.
And that two of them saw Richard pulling in the parking lot and immediately ran in the opposite direction.

I often wonder, if that package he was carrying was indeed a gun as everyone suspected, what he thought his end game would be if he shot the Dean dead in his office. I think he's probably captured right away if that happens. And Tatjana may be alive today as he didn't end up shooting her until several hours later.

Did he shoot Tatjana because he couldn't get access to the Dean? Or was he always planning to shoot both? I've always wondered.
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And that two of them saw Richard pulling in the parking lot and immediately ran in the opposite direction.

I often wonder, if that package he was carrying was indeed a gun as everyone suspected, what he thought his end game would be if he shot the Dean dead in his office. I think he's probably captured right away if that happens. And Tatjana may be alive today as he didn't end up shooting her until several hours later.

Did he shoot Tatjana because he couldn't get access to the Dean? Or was he always planning to shoot both? I've always wondered.

I've long-wondered that as well. That letter proclaiming her execution was sent to her family prior to his appeal being denied and followed by his pursuit of the Dean. Maybe he did plan on hightailing it over to Tanya's place after shooting the Dean. Who knows though—this was a very sick individual.
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