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Robert Cosgrove "Bobby" Greenlease, Jr
Birth: 1947
Death: Sep. 28, 1953

On September 28, 1953, 6 year old Bobby Greenlease Jr. was attending Notre Dame de Sion, a private elemetary school at 3823 Locust Avenue in Kansas City, MO. At approximately 11:00am, a woman named Bonnie Heady came to the school and told a nun there she was Bobby's aunt, and that Bobby's mother had suffered a heart attack while shopping on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City MO. The nun released Bobby to Bonnie Heady, and together they left the school in a Toedman Cab, and went to the Katz Drug store at 40th and Main in Kansas City MO, where they got into Bonnie's 1951 Plymouth station wagon, driven by her boyfriend Carl Hall. The three of them drove west into Kansas to a remote field, where Carl Hall attempted to strangle Bobby with a short piece of rope. The rope was too short in fact to accomplish this task. The boy was struggling, and Carl Hall struck him in the head/face area several times. Carl Hall then aimed his gun at Bobby's head and fired once, missing, and firing a second time. The second shot struck Bobby in the head, killing him. At approximately 11:30am, a nun from the Notre Dame de Sion school called the Greenlease house to enquire about Mrs. Virginia Greenlease, Bobby's mother. Mrs. Greenlease to say the least, was horrified!!! Carl Hall and Bonnie Heady drove to St Joseph MO to the house of Bonnie Heady at 1201 South 38th Street. There Bobby Greenlease was buried in the backyard, with a dozen Chrysanthemums planted on the grave to disguise it as a flower bed. Bonnie Heady and Carl Hall returned to Kansas City MO, staying at the El Rancho Motel on 40 Highway in Kansas City MO. while negotiating with the Greenlease family for a $600,000 ransom. Robert Greenlease Sr. was a multi-millionaire Cadillac dealer, whose worth was estimated at $24,000,000 at the time. Robert Greenlease Sr contacted Arthur B. Eisenhower, Executive Vice President of the Commerce Trust Company, one of Kansas City's largest banks to arrange for the ransom money. Dwight D. Eisenhower was president at the time, and was the brother of Arthur B. Eisenhower. The ransom money was paid, without knowing that Bobby Greenlease had already been killed. Hall and Heady collected the money on October 04, 1953, and fled to St. Louis MO. Hall was arrested on Tuesday October 06, 1953 in St. Louis, and ultimately gave police Bonnie's name and location, and she too was arrested. Police found the body of Bobby Greenlease on October 07, 1953, and it was taken to the Meierhoffer-Fleeman Funeral Home in St Joseph MO, where it was identified by the Greenlease family dentist, Dr. Hubert Eversull of Kansas City. Police recovered the two bullets fired by Carl Hall at Bobby Greenlease, in the 1951 Plymouth station wagon of Bonnie Heady. On October 30, 1953 Carl Hall and Bonnie Heady were indicted by the grand jury, and four days after their indictment, Hall and Heady entered guilty pleas before 80 yr old U.S. District Court Judge Albert L. Reeves. On November 16, 1953 they were tried and found guilty, receiving the death sentence. December 18, 1953, 81 days after the kidnapping/murder, Carl Austin Hall and Bonnie Emily Heady (maiden name Brown) were executed sitting side by side in the gas chamber of the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City Missouri. (bio by: Bill Walker) 

Cause of death: Murdered, gunshot to head
 
Burial:
Forest Hill Cemetery
Kansas City
Jackson County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Abbey Mausoleum, walk in the front door, straight to the very back room with the window, on the left
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: May 13, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 22136
Robert Cosgrove Bobby Greenlease, Jr
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Robert Cosgrove Bobby Greenlease, Jr
Added by: Bill Walker
 
Robert Cosgrove Bobby Greenlease, Jr
Added by: Bill Walker
 
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- Joyce
 Added: Apr. 3, 2014
I was 5 years old when this terrible thing happened, but I remember it so well. It was terribly sad, and everyone was so afraid for their own children....such a sweet little boy.
- Kathryn Toler
 Added: Mar. 30, 2014

- Geni Gitane
 Added: Mar. 27, 2014
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