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Tim Boczkowki murdered two wives and tried to blame deaths on accidental drowning: My Murder Story investigates

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Tim Boczkowski was found guilty of murdering his two wives Elaine and Maryann. Pic credit: North Carolina Dept. of Public Safety

My Murder Story examines the chilling case of Tim Boczkowski, who murdered two of his wives to collect insurance money.

In November 1990, police in North Carolina found Mary Elaine Boczkowski dead in a bathtub in her home. When paramedics arrived, they found Boczkowski attempting CPR on his wife. He claimed she had drowned accidentally after consuming too much alcohol at a church party.

An autopsy recorded Elaine’s death as inconclusive. The couple had three children together.

Tim Boczkowski murders his second wife

Fast forward to four years later and Boczkowski is now living in Pennsylvania and is married to Maryann Fullerton-Boczkowski, she too is found dead, this time in a hot tub. Again Boczkowski claims his wife has drowned accidentally. And for a second time, he lays the blame on an alcohol problem.

The police examined the 50 plus bruises on Maryann’s neck and chest, and they decided he was lying. He was subsequently arrested for murder.

When the similarities were noted between Maryann and Elaine’s death, the police in North Carolina began to look more closely at Boczkowski’s first wife’s death. The children gave evidence against their father, one child who was only 5-years-old at the time of his mother’s death said he saw Boczkowski holding down Elaine in the bathtub.

Boczkowski was given a life sentence for murdering Elaine but was granted parole in 2018. However, he then began serving another life sentence in Pennslyvania for murdering Maryann.

He was sentenced to death in the Pennslyvania case. Still, the State’s Supreme Court overturned the ruling because prosecutors had violated a judge order in allowing him to be extradited to North Carolina.

More from My Murder Story

Follow the links to read about more shocking murders on My Murder Story.

In one particularly disturbing case of My Murder Story, Pastor Kevin Pushia of Baltimore, Maryland, orchestrated the murder of a blind and developmentally disabled man, Lemuel Wallace. His motive was greed; he had hoped to claim money from a life insurance payout.

Paul Steven Mack murdered Karen Winslett in California and is suspected of killing Annette Huddle in Ohio; however, he escaped justice and fled to Utah, where he married Margie Danielson. Margie soon began to grow fearful for her own life and went to the police.

My Murder Story airs April 2, at 10/9c on Investigation Discovery.

Jerry was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, but is now based in the UK. He specializes in true crime and entertainment news stories. When... read more
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