Robert Merlin Spangler


Robert Merlin Spangler

Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA
Death 5 Aug 2001 (aged 68)
Springfield, Greene County, Missouri, USA
Burial Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown
Memorial ID 77699744 View Source

Son of Merlin Grant Spangler and Ione Marie Amsberry Spangler.

Lived to age 68 years..

Rumored to be adopted?
I found Robert's birth certificate, and don't believe he was adopted. Perhaps that was rumored because of his outcome. Contributed by Jean Wilson #48841367

Known as the Black Widower. Serial Killer.
Staged murders to look like suicide and accidents.
Convicted 23 years after killing first wife and children - serving life sentence. He only served 10 months.
Cause of death - Brain and Lung Cancer.
No longer here!

Married 4 times

First wife of 23 years - Nancy Jane Stahlman Spangler (two children named David and Susan). All murdered.

Second wife of 9 years - Susan Arst Cooper (Divorced). Murdered.

Third wife of 2 years - Donna Rae Marsh Sundling Spangler. Murdered.

Fourth wife of less than a year - Judy Hilty

Victims - Nancy Jane Stahlman Spangler, David A. Spangler, Susan E. Spangler, Donna Rae Marsh Sundling Spangler, Sharon Arst Cooper Spangler, and possibly others in his early years.

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