Real Name: Katherine Ann Power
Aliases: Kathy Power
Wanted For: Murder and Robbery
Missing Since: September 23, 1970
Details: Kathy Power has been on the FBI's most wanted list for more than 18 years. She is wanted for the robbery of a Massachusetts bank and the murder of Police Officer Walter Schroeder. She had been born to a working family, ironically her father being a career banker. She attended Brandies University in Waltham, Massachusetts, where she became involved in left-wing politics. She also started a sexual relationship with Stanley Bond, a criminal who had been pulled from prison in order to be drafted by the Army, and eventually deployed to fight in the Vietnam War. After his military service was over, Bond returned to his criminal career, peppering his criminal activities with platitudes to make himself look like a leftist Robin Hood who "fought" for women and minorities. Bond had said in order for radical groups such as the Black Panthers and Students for a Democratic Society to flourish, they needed recognition and money. Also enchanted with Bond was Susan Saxe, Power's roommate. After the Kent State shootings in 1970, Bond decided the time for action was now, and began planning. Bond brought in two of his fellow career criminals, William Gilday and Robert Valeri, and began planning.
On September 20th, 1970, the five had torched a State Guard armory, stealing ammunition. Three days later, they robbed a bank in Brighton, Massachusetts. Bond served as ringleader, with Gilday and Saxe as gunmen. Valeri acted as getaway car driver, with Power being on lookout and driving an alternate getaway car. Walter Schroder, a patrolman, had been called to respond to the scene. When arriving at the bank, Gilday cowardly shot Schroeder in the back, killing him. The group managed to steal $26,000. Bond declared that the stolen money would be donated to socialist groups and left-wing causes, subtracting $2,500 from the loot to be divided among each robber as their "salary" for $500 in spending money.
Bond, Gilday, and Valeri were eventually captured, with Gilday and Valeri found guilty of the murder of Walter Schroder and of grand theft. Bond was to stand trial, but died in his cell while trying to forge an improvised explosive device to escape, which backfired and killed him. Saxe had been a fugitive until 1975, when she was captured and convicted of grand theft and murder. She had been paroled in 1983. Katherine Power, however, had never been found, eventually making the FBI's Ten Most Wanted.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the May 3, 1989 episode.
Results: Captured. On October 6, 1993, Power turned herself in, claiming a combination of crushing guilt and her exposure on Unsolved Mysteries would cause people to hunt her. She served six years in prison for armed robbery and manslaughter. She is currently out on probation.
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