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TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - The ex-wife of murder suspect Robert Bowman testified during a pre-trial hearing Friday that she discovered a naked teenager, still alive, tied up in their basement in December of 1967.
The murder of Eileen Adams is the oldest unsolved murder case in Toledo. Adams was 14 when she went missing after school from Sylvania Township in 1967.
Margaret Bowman did not want to be recorded, but testified she heard a muffled sound from her cellar. Bowman said when she opened the door, she discovered the naked teenager with tape covering her mouth. She told prosecutors the girl was hanging by telephone wire, suspended like Jesus Christ on the cross.
Bowman testified she tried to free Eileen, but Robert came charging down the stairs. She testified her husband yelled he had to kill Adams now that she had found the girl.
Margaret testified she went upstairs and Robert strangled Adams and drilled a nail in the back of her head.
Margaret came forward in 1981. Toledo Police Detective Dan Brimmer, who is now retired, found Robert living in a burned-out restaurant in Florida. He describes a disturbing sight at the location. "Hanging in the doorway was this spider doll," said Brimmer. "It was upside down. The arms and legs were tied, and there was a nail in the head." The detective testified Bowman never confessed.
The defense wants to exclude the ex wife's testimony from trial. Prosecutors need to prove someone overheard the incriminating and crucial conversation so Margaret's testimony can be used.
Prosecutors say he raped the teenager, strangled her and dumped her body in Monroe County.
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