Real Name: James Donald King
Aliases: James Mince, David Michael Miller, Alfred King
Wanted For: Murder
Missing Since: September 1988
Details: James Donald King grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina, the oldest of twelve children. In high school, he was an honor student, in the top of his class. However, according to friends, he began hanging around with the wrong crowd. Twenty years later, he was a different person; he was an angry man in a failing marriage. He and his wife Shirley fought constantly. Eventually, they separated and Shirley moved in with her parents.
On April 8, 1967, King showed up at their house and demanded to speak with Shirley. After another argument, he pulled out a shotgun and killed Shirley in front of her mother. The next morning, he was found by the police, asleep in a car. He pleaded guilty to Shirley's murder and was sentenced to life in prison. For four years, he was a model prisoner. Then, in March of 1971, he escaped while working in the fields near the prison. He was captured nine years later in March of 1980 while working as a janitor in Boston.
Surprisingly, only a few years later, in 1983, he was put on parole because the parole board believed that he had lived a sufficient life while he was on the run. Greensboro police wrote to the parole board, objecting his release. Despite this, he was still released. Less than a year later, he married his second wife, Gloria Cornelius. She was a nursing home worker with three children from a previous marriage. However, within a few months, she walked out after he became physically abusive.
After she left, King threatened to kill her several times. Also, he told his new girlfriend that he planned to kill Gloria, but his girlfriend repeatedly talked him out of it. On September 11, 1988, Gloria was playing Bingo with friends in Greensboro when King arrived and asked to talk with her outside. Thirty minutes later, she was found dead in a schoolyard; she had been shot five times. King has been on the run ever since. He has been sighted several times in Florida, most recently in 1990, but has yet to be apprehended.
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the May 22, 1991 episode. King was also profiled on America’s Most Wanted.
Results: Captured. In 1997, King was arrested after an Unsolved Mysteries viewer recognized him in Dayton, Ohio. He soon fled as police tried to arrest him, but he was captured a few days later. At the time, he was working in a metal foundry and using the alias "Robert Robinson". In 1998, he was found guilty of Gloria's murder and sentenced to death. However, he died of natural causes in 2013 while awaiting execution.
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