A 76-year-old man who allegedly asked investigators earlier this year “Did you find the body?” was busted this week in the 1981 cold case slaying of his wife in Pennsylvania.
William Walter Korzon was taken into custody Thursday morning in connection to the slaying of his wife Gloria Korzon nearly 40 years ago, the Bucks District Attorney’s office said in a statement.
He was charged with criminal homicide, forgery and perjury, prosecutors said. He was also hit with an additional charge for criminal solicitation to criminal homicide — because he allegedly asked for help killing a Warrington Township detective investigating the case, according to the affidavit obtained by NBC Philadelphia.
William and Gloria married in January 1967 — and their relationship was marked by constant domestic abuse, police said. Gloria detailed abuse by her husband — that left often left her with black eyes and broken bones — in a series of letters to her attorney, the DA’s office said.
A criminal complaint filed Thursday in the case reveals that William Korzon’s own statements from earlier this year corroborate his slain wife’s accounts, prosecutors said.
When he was questioned about his wife’s death, he asked investigators, “Did you find the body?”, according to the complaint.
Gloria was 37 when she was last seen alive at work in March 1981, and she hadn’t been seen or heard from since that date, prosecutors said. Though her body hasn’t been recovered, she was declared dead in 1997.
However, her husband kept trying to keep up the appearance that she was alive and well — even directing her supervisor to terminate her employment since she was experiencing physical and mental health issues — and send her final paycheck to their home, prosecutors said.
Then, two months after her disappearance, William Korzon allegedly sent a Mother’s Day card to his wife’s mother, signing Gloria’s name, the DA’s office said.
He also often claimed that his wife had left the marriage.
In December 1967 — 11 months after the couple tied the knot, William Korzon was arrested in Springfield, Mass. for allegedly threatening to kill his wife, according to NBC Philadelphia. He was ordered to spend time in a mental institution.
The next year, they moved to Philadelphia, and then moved to Warrington, a suburb of the city, three years later, according to the report.
Korzon was denied bail in connection to the murder case and ordered held at the Bucks County Correctional Facility.