Teddy Ellis is wanted for the murder of Dale Spurgin back in 1982.
Ellis was a 17 year-old high school dropout who was driving around with two other guys when they spotted Spurgin hitchhiking. They picked him up and continued driving around. At one point, they stopped so Spurgin could buy them some beer. Ellis noticed his wad of cash, and the fact that Spurgin carried a black-powdered .38, excited Ellis.
While driving, Ellis asked Spurgin to let him try out his gun; Spurgin agreed. Instead of shooting over a bridge they had reached, Ellis shot Spurgin twice in the head and back, killing him. If I recall correctly from the reenactment, Spurgin only had about $20 on him.
Ellis was arrested and sentenced to life in prison. In 1986, Ellis and four other inmates crawled through a storm drain and cut through a fence, escaping the prison.
I use to live in Oklahoma; given how barren and dead some places are, I can see Ellis still staying in Oklahoma, or maybe some neighboring state. My guess is that he's probably working as a laborer.
Last Edit: Mar 29, 2013 13:07:56 GMT -5 by theczar
Post by Scumhunter on Mar 23, 2013 12:52:38 GMT -5
I remember Ellis was on a segment AMW experimented with called "Cold Case" with still wanted fugitives and their late 80's/early 90's AMW re-enactments aired in full (anyone remember the others besides Ellis?). It was unsuccessful in leading to any captures and discontinued.
As for Ellis, I mean it really is a crap shoot trying to figure out where he may be. I take it if alive he's still living in the sticks somewhere, whether it be Oklahoma or a neighboring midwestern state
One thing though is that they absolutely need a new age-progression photo of him. The one they have now is horrible
His photo made it look like he turned into a zombie. It's amazing that after the success with John List in 1989, I can't think of one example of an age-enhanced photo or bust besides him getting someone caught since.
Post by HeadMarshal on Mar 24, 2013 11:37:02 GMT -5
I found this 2011 article on cold case Oklahoma escapees which mentions Ellis. Apparently, Ellis was involved with a motorcycle gang and authorities have received unconfirmed information that he may be dead. If that's true, then Ellis's character probably got someone pissed off at him and was killed as a result.
A couple of years ago, I had this dream and during one part if it, I was on the AMW achieves site. Apparently, in my dream the site could go back to like the early 90s. Anyway I was looking up old capture reports and one stated that Ellis' skeletal remains were found in some woods in Nebraska in 1996. I've always wondered if that may have been the case, but I never really took it seriously. How weird it would be though, if it was true?