Bo tanner

Bo Tanner

Real Name: Eddie Riddlehoover
Aliases: Bo Tanner, James Michael Holloway
Wanted For: Arson and Bigamy
Missing Since: September 4, 1990


Details: After dating for six months, Bo and Debbie Tanner were married in the summer of 1986. They moved to a 500-acre ranch in Polebridge, Montana, that once belonged to her grandfather. The two planned on reviving the ranch and brought in a herd of cattle. Within a few months, they had also started a church. They held Sunday services in a makeshift tent, with Bo as the pastor.
On September 10, 1989, during the last full moon of the summer, someone slashed the tent with a knife and threw the hymnals and bibles all over the structure. Debbie was shocked by the vandalism and believed that someone in the community was out to get them. However, she did not want to give up on her dreams. She re-opened the church at a friend's nearby cabin.
On the night of July 19, 1990, during another full moon, the cabin was burned to the ground. Investigators determined that the fire had been deliberately set. Bo told Debbie that someone was after him. Then, on August 4, after another full moon, the Tanners came home to find their cabin ransacked. The assailant had left behind the message "Get Out" next to a picture of Bo.
Investigators came and searched for fingerprints. They also asked Bo to be fingerprinted for elimination purposes. He agreed to meet at the police station on September 4. However, he never showed up and vanished. He was last seen by Debbie when he dropped her off at work. At first, she believed that he had been killed by whoever was after him. However, three days later, she received a letter from him. He told her that he had to go back to his family.
Debbie tried to track her husband down. She went to Emory, Utah, where had previously lived. The townspeople recognized him as "Jim Holloway" who had been married to a woman in town named Lenora. The two women met and learned that Bo had abandoned them both after marrying them. Debbie later learned that Bo was married five times and never filed for divorce to each of his wives. Bo Tanner is now wanted for bigamy and is suspected of setting his church on fire.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the November 27, 1991 episode.
Results: Captured. Police determined that Bo's real name is Eddie Riddlehoover and that he had faked his death twice while being investigated by police in Texas and Washington. He was arrested in Wyoming as a result of the broadcast. However, he could not be charged with bigamy in Washington State, because the prosecutor refused to file the charge. He also could not be charged in the arson case because the statue of limitations had expired. On January 20, 1992, he and Debbie met face-to-face for the first time in almost two years. The two agreed to divorce, but Debbie was still happy to know that he was indeed alive and well.