Robert Benjamin Sampson

Robert Benjamin Sampson

Muskogee, Muskogee County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 14 Mar 2013 (aged 54)
Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 179354637 · View Source
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Family members say the victim was the son of the late Will Sampson, a well-known Oklahoma actor.
Robert Sampson, 54, was found dead inside his west Tulsa home Thursday. He had been missing for two weeks.
Robert did construction and remodeling work and was a veteran of the United States military.
Up date: Two people were charged with first-degree murder Friday in connection with the slaying of a Tulsa man nearly a year ago.
Update: TULSA, Oklahoma - A Green Country man is heading to prison for life after the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals upheld his murder conviction.
Edward Vanwoudenberg, 61, of Glenpool, was convicted in the March 2013 murder of Robert Sampson.
He received a life without parole sentence for the crime.

2/13/2014 Related Story: Two Suspects In Custody For 2013 Tulsa Murder Of Man Found Decomposed

Sampson's decomposed body was found dead in his west Tulsa home nearly a week after he was reported missing.
Police said there were signs of a struggle at his home.
3/20/2013 Related Story: Missing Vehicle Of Homicide Victim Recovered By Tulsa Police
DNA evidence linked him and another suspect to the murder scene.
A famous late actor's son died in a Tulsa murder.
Family and police tell FOX23 News Robert Sampson, son of the late Will Sampson was murdered in west Tulsa. Will Sampson is best known for appearing in a number of movies, including "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "The Outlaw Josey Wales" and "Poltergeist II."
Police were called to Robert Sampson's home after his landlord found blood in the home in West Tulsa on Thursday.
This week, his sister, Lisa Bowie, says she began to worry when Sampson wouldn’t answer his phone or hadn't stopped by his sister’s house.
“He would always check on me, always made sure I was alright,” said Lisa Bowie.
When Sampson’s landlord checked on him for his rent on Thursday, he found blood and called police.
“It was pooled up and someone tried to clean it and they didn’t do a real good job of that,” said TPD Homicide Sergeant Dave Walker.
Sampson’s blue 1998 Ford Explorer is missing.
“There is a great piece of evidence out there waiting for us to find it,” said Walker.
On Thursday, when police arrived at Bowie’s door she knew it wasn’t good news.
“I knew something was wrong then,” said Bowie.
She learned her brother was killed and left dead in his home. Police believe the last time someone saw him was on March 8th.
Bowie called her brother Bennie. When she went to check on his dog, his car wasn’t there and she grew suspicious but thought he might be
with friends.
Records show Sampson has a criminal history with drugs and alcohol. His sister says her brother abused alcohol but was a good man.
“He did, he did always kept to himself,” said Bowie.
Police say evidence leaves signs of a possible robbery.
“It’s a small crime scene, it’s a bloody crime scene, it’s a disorganized,” said Walker. “Where is his car?”
Investigators say there are no recent records of the Explorer in any law enforcement information systems.
“There is a great piece of evidence out there waiting for us to find it,” said Walker.
Sergeant Walker says the blood found in the home didn’t look like an accident.
“It was pooled up and someone tried to clean it and they didn’t do a real good job of that,” said Walker.
Detectives also say the crime scene shows one person couldn’t have committed this murder.
“This was obviously not perpetrated by one person,” said Walker.
“This is not going to be a clean investigation. We are going to have to get down there and do some stomping around to solve it,” said Walker. “In my heart of hearts I think this is solvable.”
A case Sampson’s sister hopes won’t turn cold.
“I want them caught,” said Bowie.
Police believe another reason for the drug and robbery motives could be connected to the first of the month.
Sergeant Walker says that is a time when victims have more money on them.
Detectives are looking for a midnight blue 1998 Ford Explorer with Oklahoma tag #972 DYN.
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Edward John Vanwoudenberg, 57, of Glenpool and Teena Marie Crawford, 51, of Sapulpa were charged in Tulsa County District Court in the slaying of Robert Sampson, 54, who was found dead last March.

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