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William Earl Vandiver
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Birth: Aug. 26, 1948
Clark County
Indiana, USA
Death: Oct. 16, 1985
Michigan City
La Porte County
Indiana, USA

William Vandiver was a Death Row Inmate at the Indiana State Penitentiary in Michigan City, Indiana. He was convicted of killing his father inlaw, Paul Komyatti Sr., age 62, on March 20th, 1983. Paul Komyatti was a chronic drinker, who would become loud and violent, when drinking to excess. He was disliked by most his family, including his own wife, Rosemary, and his daughter Mariann, who was married to William Vandiver. Paul had demanded that his daughter divorce William Vandiver, because of his criminal past. He threatened to inform the Police on him. Vandiver joined in on the family conspiracy to kill Paul. Several attempts to poisen him was unsuccessful. They all decided to inject air in his veins, after rendering him unconcious with ether. They changed their plans at the last moment, due to lack of ether. They made an attempt to smother him in his sleep, but Paul fought hard for his life, bungling the plan. Vandiver grabbed a fish knife and stabbed him 100 times, ending the man's resistance. He hit him over the head 5-6 times with a butt of a gun. Then his body was decapitatated, ending his shallow breathing. The other family members sectioned up the body, while making jokes. Vandiver got a loan from Paul Jr. for $5,000.00, and from his mother inlaw, Rosemary, he got $1,700.00 and her husband's truck. At trial, Vandiver tried to recant his confession, placing the soul blame on Paul Jr. for the murder and dissection. Regardless...he was sentenced to death, 2 1/2 years after the crime, he was electrocuted in the Electric Chair, at the age of 37. 
Indiana State Prison Cemetery
Michigan City
La Porte County
Indiana, USA
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Record added: Nov 13, 2007
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William Earl Vandiver
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William Earl Vandiver
Added by: Bonnie Fortney- Wichita, Kansas
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William "Zeke" grew up in the Bootheel of Missouri and was a true friend of mine. Early in his life he was shafted by the Court there, promised 3 to five years for a nothing crime and a sorry judge gave him 30 years. I knew Zeke has good as any person an...(Read more)
- JW
 Added: Sep. 6, 2015

 Added: Jun. 8, 2015
May you now be at peace.
- Teri S
 Added: Sep. 9, 2013
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