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Morley Vernon King


Morley Vernon King

FBI Most Wanted #2

Identification Order 2167

On 10 Most Wanted List: 03-15-1950 to 10-31-1951

Due to the FBI investigation, King was apprehended in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania restaurant.

Morley Vernon King was one of the original 10 on the FBI’s most wanted list.  He was the second person added, on March 15, 1950.  King was wanted in connection with the murder of his wife Helen.  A newspaper account at the time he was placed on the Most Wanted List states:

“An exotic International romance that ended in grisly murder is recounted by the FBI in the grim story of Morley Vernon King, sought as a fugitive since July 9, 1947.  A trunk containing the body of a woman was found on that date under the back porch of a San. Luis Obispo, Cal. hotel. The woman had been strangled by a man's scarf knotted around her neck.  The victim was identified as Mrs. Helen King whose husband had been operating the hotel dining room for several months.  King left San Luis Obispo on July 8, about 3am.  Investigation developed that he killed his wife July 1, hid her body in a closet in his room for six days and finally stuffed it in a trunk and placed it under the hotel’s back porch.

The FBI has not been able to determine the motive for the hideous crime, but has established these facts:  King, a native of West Virginia, ran away from home at the age of 15. He traveled extensively in Europe and for a number of years lived at fabled Casablanca, Morocco where he met and married his wife.  The King’s returned to the United States in 1934 and lived for a time in New Orleans where they operated a restaurant.  King left California in a four-door Buick sedan, which was recovered approximately a year later in Montana.  When he left San Luis Obispo, he was carrying a .32 caliber steel automatic. Though King has been a fugitive for nearly four years, the FBI is confident he will be caught, for there is one physical characteristic he cannot hide.  His right leg is shorter than his left, and he walks with a slight limp.

Since he is an accomplished chef and speaks Spanish, French and Italian fluently, the G-men have reason to believe that he may be working in a foreign-type restaurant. Here are other aids to identification of the wife slayer:  Aliases—Stanislaus E. Ludwig, Alfred Edwin Morgan, Nathaniel Goldman. Habits—Enjoys cooking, likes to fish, is known to lead a. quiet life. His fondness for good food resulted in what the FBI calls "a very prominent stomach." Description—Age 49; height, six feet, one inch; weight, -210 pounds; build, medium; hair, brown; eyes', brown, sometimes wears hornrimmed glasses; complexion, light; scars, one-inch scar at corner of right eyebrow. Warning: He is believed armed and considered extremely dangerous.” (Source INS press release, June 20, 1951).

King was captured by FBI agents on October 31, 1951 in a Philadelphia restaurant where he was employed as a chef. King, who was placidly shucking oysters when agents surrounded him, gave up without a struggle. He was quoted as saying: "I wondered when the FBI would get me”.

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