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Old 04-22-2014, 10:32 PM   #1
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Dead or alive? I have a hard time believing he is still alive after so many years on the run.
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I think he could be alive. He would only be in his late 50s and if he got sufficient help from family and friends, he could be living just about anywhere.
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I say he's alive. I think he's in Canada, where his vehicle was found.

I think I read somewhere that throughout the early '80s Missouri investigators had strong evidence to suggest his family was helping him hide out.
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It's a sickening feeling to know this guy was never caught. Especially since he not only killed Tanya but he sent a letter to her parents saying she deserved what she got. It was HER fault that he killed her. Scum. That shows absolutely no remorse on his part.

I think he is very much alive, probably living in Canada or somewhere in the U.S., far away from Missouri. He's been on the run since the year I was born. It's way past time he got caught and punished.
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I'm not convinced he is still on the run. He was an incompetent, lazy SOB who seemed to have a tough financial situation based on his apparent lack of employment combined with his disregard for his own education. He also seems like someone who sticks out pretty easily; based on his physical description. He doesn't seem like the kind of person who has the competence, skills, or resources to live a life as an outcast under the radar for this length of time.

I think he wandered off into the vast Canadian wilderness and took his own life. Authorities even said they found no trace of the .45 handgun he used, aside from his proof of purchase which was in his apartment; so it's fair to say he took the weapon with him when he fled. That tells me he was prepared to commit another dirty deed with it. But I don't think he would be incompetent enough to realize that the authorities would be on his tail especially after sending a flaunting letter to his victim's relatives.
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It's a sickening feeling to know this guy was never caught. Especially since he not only killed Tanya but he sent a letter to her parents saying she deserved what she got. It was HER fault that he killed her. Scum. That shows absolutely no remorse on his part.

I think he is very much alive, probably living in Canada or somewhere in the U.S., far away from Missouri. He's been on the run since the year I was born. It's way past time he got caught and punished.
I feel the same way. This case sickens me. He's been on the run for longer than he was a free man and I, too, believe that he's probably still alive. I think he's living under an assumed name and wouldn't be surprised at all if he got help. He could very easily have called family/friends from a payphone and asked for money to be wired to him or something.
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I believe alive as well. Other than UM, you never really hear of this case. It is not like his face is everywhere. He could easily live among others and no one would ever know who he is. Same goes for other cases.
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with his family helping him out, why would he commit suicide?

even if he commited suicide, most likely it wouldn't be in such a place where it is hard to find.

my money is on him making it out alive.
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Saw this one yesterday on Amazon Season 3, was hoping there would be an update that he was caught.

My vote is that he is alive and probably living a decent life unfortunately.
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I don't know on this one. Thompson, Manitoba is way out in the middle of nowhere. I doubt that he went there to start a new life. Maybe he did kill himself. I'd think he would have wanted to be in a larger city and unless someone drove a separate car with him, I can't see how he would have gotten away from the area.
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Thompson, Manitoba is way out in the middle of nowhere. I doubt that he went there to start a new life. Maybe he did kill himself.
That is the thing though, he maybe wanted somewhere like that so he could live "off the grid", although this is still a location of around 10,000 or more people.

The only issue would be that to get money, he still would have to try and hold down some kind of a job.
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For anyone who has not driven across "the prairies", let me tell you, you'd want to slash your wrists. You can go 100 miles without even so much as a tree to look at. Just flat land with nothing. I can remember being so excited to see a gas station! Anyway, my point is that it is very common for long haul truck drivers to pick up hitchhikers or offer rides to people they kind of know or met who want to go from point A to point B because it provides some company. I think it's quite possible he ditched the vehicle and then took a ride with some unsuspecting truck driver and landed in a major city where he could try to blend.
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I'm not sure if he's dead or alive. I do wonder how much effort is being put in to find him. In similar cases, I can usually find a "family still longs for justice after x years" type of article with an interview with some local law enforcement official, but I haven't been able to find one in this case.

Have the FBI looked at Bocklage's friends and family to find out if they may be aiding him? Have there been any sightings of him? There hasn't been any new information about this case that I can find. This case deserves more attention from law enforcement and media, it is one of the most senseless and brutal crimes I can think of.
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