This undated photo from the Bucks County, Pa., District Attorney’s Office shows William Korzon. Warrington, Pa. the police announced Thursday, April 18, 2019, that Korzon has been charged with murder, forgery and other counts in the death of his wife, Gloria Korzon that went missing almost 40 years ago. (Bucks County District Attorney’s Office via AP)
WARRINGTON, Pa. – A man was charged Thursday with killing his wife nearly 40 years ago and plotting to murder a suburb of Philadelphia police sergeant who investigated the case in the 1980s.
William W. Korzon, of East Prospect, Pennsylvania, was charged with criminal homicide in the death of Gloria Korzon, who has not been seen or heard since 1981.
William Korzon, 76, who was known as Bill, was jailed after being arraigned in the court in Jamison, and the court workers said that there was no lawyer appeared for him at the hearing. He was also charged with the request to the commission of criminal murder, forgery and perjury.
He denied the killing of Gloria Korzon after the arrest.
He was led from the courthouse Thursday, he told reporters “she went to Florida” and that he has no idea where her body is.
Gloria Korzon, who is 75 years old, was pronounced dead in 1997.
Gloria Korzon’s brother, Ralph Kidder, of Springfield, Massachusetts, said the arrest gave him hope.
“It’s been a long time waiting for justice,” Kidder said Thursday. “Until we figure out what happened and where she is, it’s still not going to let rest. This is a step in the right direction, but until we know for sure, it is still not over.”
A police statement said Korzon repeatedly abused his wife for many years. Kidder said the couple met while working at an electronics factory in Chicopee, Massachusetts.
About a year after their 1967 marriage in Massachusetts, he was committed to a psychiatric institution after an arrest on suspicion he threatened to kill her.
The abuse continued after the couple moved to Pennsylvania in 1968, police said in the statement. The couple had no children.
“During these incidents of domestic violence, Gloria suffered multiple injuries, including a broken arm, a broken clavicle, damage to her nasal bone and a black eye. Many of these injuries required hospitalization,” police said. Gloria Korzon documented the abuse in letters to her lawyer.
Gloria Korzon was last seen working at an electronics factory in a suburb of Philadelphia Horsham on March 6, 1981. A few days later, police said, Bill Korzon told her employer to terminate, because her mental and physical health problems, picked up her stuff and gave to her that her last paycheck be mailed to their home.
“In the months and years after the Gloria’s disappearance, Bill Korzon embroiled in a series of actions, to lie, to hide and to take advantage of it,” said the police.
He is allegedly forged her signature on two checks in 1981 and filed a joint tax return months after they disappeared, police said.
A tenant who lived in the Korzon at home in 1981, told the police five years later that Korzon had asked him to ambush and kill a Warrington Township Police sergeant who was investigating Gloria Korzon’s disappearance, charging documents claim.
The Bucks County Courier Times said police dug, the Korzon house yard in 1986, but found only the remains of a dog.
The police said that Korzon she told earlier this year he had abused his wife for years, including breaking her collarbone.
“Korzon further admitted that following the date on which the Gloria was the last alive, he faked Gloria’s last paycheck, credit union check and tax return, so that he could illegally access Gloria’s money,” the statement said. “He admitted to having perjured himself during a 1988 Be the Court that he initiated, to determine what percentage of the property that he was entitled to of Gloria’s estate.”
During the police interview this year, researchers say, Korzon the authorisation of the signing of a 1981 mother’s day card in the Gloria Korzon name and send it to her mother to let her think that her daughter was still alive.
He is also alleged to have asked the researchers of this year: “what do you think of the body?”