Real Name: David Lee Kemp
Aliases: David Glover, Ian Melancon
Wanted For: Murder
Missing Since: June 1999
Details: David Lee Kemp of Lawton, Oklahoma had been married to twenty-five-year-old Christina "Tina" Cremer for five years. During their marriage, Kemp was allegedly physically and mentally abusive towards her. After they separated, he apparently began stalking her. Tina tried to move on and began dating twenty-six-year-old Robert Miller, whom she met at the hospital where the two worked. On August 5, 1998, Kemp received the final divorce papers from his wife; he vowed that no other man could have her.
On August 10, a few days after the divorce was finalized, the couple went to Robert's apartment. While Robert made dinner, Tina took a shower. Unbeknownst to them, someone was stalking them. This person shot and killed Robert at the front door, then went to the bathroom and killed Tina. Their bodies were discovered the next day. Robert's best friend, officer Troy Morris, arrived at the scene. After seeing his friend's body, he broke down. Authorities believed that Kemp was the killer. They learned that he had threatened to kill Tina and himself if they ever divorced. He also left notes on her car, saying "If I can't have you, no one can". Kemp disappeared before he could be questioned.
Authorities located a man who claimed to have sold Kemp a .44 caliber handgun. Luckily, the man had kept some shell casings that he had fired through the gun. Ballistics tests confirmed that the gun had been used to kill Robert and Tina. An arrest warrant for murder was issued. Two weeks after the murders, a California Highway Patrolman in Bishop, California, saw a man walking through town. The man said that he had ran out of gas and had abandoned his vehicle. However, when the patrolman ran the license plate, he discovered that it belonged to Kemp.
Authorities moved in and began a two hour standoff with him in a junkyard. He placed a gun to his head several times, threatening suicide. During this time, Kemp asked if he could talk to his mother, a detective in Louisiana. A cell phone was lowered behind a fence which allowed him to talk with his mother. While he was distracted and talking on the phone, he was taken down by non-lethal beanbag shots and arrested.
A .45 caliber pistol was found in his possessions. It was determined that the gun was, indeed, the murder weapon. Kemp was extradited to Lawton, Oklahoma, and placed in the Comache County Jail to await trial. Six months later, on March 11, 1999, prisoners took over the jail by holding a barbecue fork to one of the guards. Nine inmates, including Kemp, escaped. The other inmates were soon captured, but Kemp remained at large, reportedly heading to Texas. In June of 1999, Kemp, using an alias, was a tenant at a motel in Las Vegas. When his rent was late, the motel manager went to Kemp's room. He found him lying in a bathtub with a knife on his stomach and covered in blood; he had tried to commit suicide.
Kemp was taken to a psychiatric hospital and was treated. Doctors reported that the wounds were only superficial. He was checked into the hospital as a John Doe, and voluntarily left a few days later. Only later did they discover that he was a wanted fugitive. Kemp was last seen getting into a black Firebird at a gas station outside of Las Vegas in June of 1999.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the July 2, 2002 episode of Unsolved Mysteries. Kemp was also featured on America’s Most Wanted.
This case is not to be confused with the Missing Persons case of Donald Kemp in Montana.
Results: Captured. On April 26, 2013, David Kemp turned himself in to authorities in Oklahoma. He told police that he was tired of running and that it was affecting his health. In September of 2013, he pleaded guilty to the murders and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
- David Kemp on Unsolved Archive
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- FBI announces reward to catch Lawton fugitive
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- Murder Victim's Brother speaks on David Lee Kemp
- David Lee Kemp Sentenced
- David Kemp Inmate Profile
- Tina Cremer on Find a Grave