Kathleen Lipscomb Discovered Dead on Side of Texas Highway; Air Force MSgt William Lipscomb Pleaded Guilty to Rape & Murder at Court Martial, Sentenced to Life in Prison (June 9, 1986)

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Kathleen Lipscomb, wife of MSgt William ‘Bill’ Lipscomb, US Air Force

    • Kathleen Lipscomb, 30, Nurse, 2 children
    • Location: San Antonio, Texas
    • Married to MSgt William ‘Bill’ Lipscomb, 33, Lackland AFB, US Air Force
    • Kathleen’s dead body was discovered on June 9, 1986 on the side of a highway; She was nude and her body was dumped at this location
    • Both the local police and Office of Special Investigations (OSI) investigated
    • MSgt Bill Lipscomb was charged with her murder in July 1989
    • Motive: Divorce; Kathleen was dating someone else; Kathleen wanted custody of the children; life insurance; & Kathleen threatened to expose that Bill cheated on the Weighted Airman Promotion System (WAPS) testing
    • Bill Lipscomb pleaded guilty to raping & strangling his estranged wife
    • In 1990, a Langley AFB military judge sentenced Bill Lipscomb to life in prison (although under terms of plea agreement he will spend no more than 60 years at the Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas); reduction in rank; dishonorable discharge

“Although his wife was not killed on government property or in Virginia, the Air Force tried Lipscomb here under a law that gives the military authority to handle any criminal transgressions by an active-duty serviceman.” –Daily Press

Forensic Files:

Full episode: Kathleen Lipscomb’s body was found on a deserted street outside of San Antonio. Months passed, then years, and the crime went cold. Then Kathleen’s family hired a private investigator who discovered a diary among her personal effects. Two of the diary entries helped police to piece together what had happened to Kathleen Lipscomb, and why. -True Lies, Forensic Files (S8,E27)

Investigation Discovery:

ID Go: While Kathy Lipscomb spends late nights at the hospital with the handsome Dr. Pearle, her husband’s career in the Air Force is taking off, but so is his relationship with a hot young officer. When the affairs are exposed the consequences are fatal. -Sex, Secrets & Sergeants, Scorned: Love Kills (S5,E5)

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