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Missing and Presumed Dead: Wilfred Fred King III



I want to thank Meaghan of the Charley Project for blogging herself about this case earlier last month. She got me interested in this case. I tried reaching out to family members for this entry. I was unsuccessful. I would just like to point out that there are those of us in this field who actually WANT to help. Many of us like myself want nothing in return. You can ask any of the family members of people I have written about on this very blog. And they will tell you I ask for nothing. If they elaborate on an aspect of a case that they do not wish to be made public. I will not share that. There are many times I have reached out to family members who do not wish to discuss the case with me and I respect that. Many times I tend to blog about older cases because with the length of time that has gone by. Family members and people involved are more likely to share details they have not before. If their ordeal been going on for 20+ years. And the family has not received justice. I like shedding light on the case and analyzing the information myself. And if I'm sure there is a person or persons involved. I will go after them. If its been going on this long. And Law Enforcement hasn't done a damn thing by now. The odds are they won't. They'll never say that. But its the truth. I can understand a family's cautious nature regarding wanting to disclose info to me. Like I said. If they do not wish to share info. I respect that. Also, I have several outlets for my information regarding cases. Some of it may not be correct. If it isn't. By all means. Let me know. But I can only go with what I am given or have read. Again, I want to stress. Many of us in this field only want to help. That is all. Also, I listen to music as I blog to help me focus and establish a rhythm. So I usually associate a song with a case I am blogging about. Butch's song is Sounds of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel. 



Shurlock


Sounds Of Silence: Simon and Garfunkel





WILFRED FRED KING III "BUTCH"

Essex Police Dept
145 Maple Street
Essex Jct., VT 05452
Phone - (802) 878-8331
Fax - (802) 878-1340

Agency Case Number: 80-3337

Chief Rick Garey
Essex Police Department
E-Mail: rgarey@dps.state.vt.us


Det. Sgt. James Whitcomb
Detective Unit
Vermont State Police Williston
City/State: Williston, Vermont 05495
E-Mail: jwhitcom@dps.state.vt.us


MISSING: 10/24/1980 (LEGALLY DECLARED DEAD IN 1994)
MISSING FROM: ESSEX, VERMONT
RESIDENCE: 114 JERICHO RD. ESSEX, VERMONT (HOUSE WAS BUILT ON LAND GIVEN TO HIM BY HIS PARENTS.)
DATE OF BIRTH: 4/22/1943
HAIR AND EYES: BOTH BROWN
WEARING: SILVER DOLLAR BELT BUCKLE WITH 1776-1976 ON IT. CHEAP WRIST WATCH.
METHOD OF TRANSPORTATION: 1979 BLUE & WHITE CHEVY BLAZER
PARENTS: WILFRED KING JR. & LILLIAN KING (PARENTS LIVED NEXT DOOR)
SPOUSE: EX WIFE- DIANE MARY IRISH-KING (MARRIED IN 1966)
CHILDREN: JOEY FRED KING, ANGELA MARIE KING-HOWARD, AND MICHAEL ALLEN KING
OCCUPATION: OWNER OF KING'S PAVING
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: DIMPLES ON BOTH CHEEKS
MEDICAL CONDITIONS: WAS HIT BY A CAR IN FRONT OF HIS HOME ON APRIL 18TH OF 1978. WAS IN A COMA FOR WEEKS AND NEARLY DIED AS A RESULT. WASN'T EXPECTED TO SURVIVE. NEEDED CRUTCHES TO WALK. 

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VERMONT STATE POLICE
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The Accident: Burlington Free Press April 19th, 1978


Thank You Card to the Hospital and Staff after his accident.
REWARD in Newspaper
BIRTH CERTIFICATE 




DEATH CERTIFICATION


"The police say its premeditated."
Wilfred King Jr
Nov. 16th, 1981

DETAILS OF DISAPPEARANCE


On Friday October 24th, 1980 Wilfred Fred King III who went by "Butch" left his home at 114 Jericho Rd in Essex, Vermont at around 7 pm. Butch was partially handicapped from an accident that occurred 2 years prior. He was struck while walking outside near his home in Essex by a car. The injuries he suffered from were near fatal and he was in a coma for several weeks. He wasn't expected to survive. To everyone's surprise he did survive the accident. He learned how to walk again with the use of crutches. According to his wife Diane King, The accident was very hard on their marriage. According to her his entire demeanor changed and 2 months prior to his disappearance Butch filed for divorce. Diane moved out taking the younger two children with her. (Angela and Michael) Joey remained at his dad's side. During the time of the breakup and up until his disappearance the separation was getting ugly. According to Butch's parents they feared for his safety. And they insisted he always go out with someone. Usually his eldest son Joey. The day he disappeared (according to reports) he was expecting an important phone call. So important he wanted to stay home until he received it. He apparently received it a few hours before he left the house. According to newspaper accounts he went hunting out behind his house and came in and got cleaned up. Butch left his home at 114 Jericho Rd in his 1979 Blue and White Chevy Blazer at around 7 pm. According to his parents they urged him to take Joey with him but he refused. Who called and what was discussed is still a mystery to this day. There was a Final Divorce Hearing scheduled for December of 1980 of which he didn't attend because on the 24th of October in 1980 he was never seen or heard from again. One of the news articles state he left to visit one of three friends. And none of them reported seeing him that night. On Saturday the 25th a blood stained pair of metal crutches that are thought to be Butch's were found off Middle Rd in Colchester Vermont. An article of clothing was also found thought to be Butch's as well. They were found in a wooded area by hunters. At the time they were sent to the State Crime Lab. On the 26th a women who lived in the area of Williston reported she saw Butch's vehicle in the area with a man driving it. That is all that has been released in regards to that detail. On November 14th Butch's Blazer was found abandoned near a gravel pit off West Oak Hill Rd in Williston also by a hunter. Some reports state it was IN a gravel pit. Others state it was NEAR a gravel pit. According to the Vermont State Police website report it was burned out. After the disappearance it didn't take long for Diane to move back into the house on Jericho Rd. (Joey opted to move next door with his grandparents) Since the divorce wasn't finalized she was still legally Butch's wife. She also brought along a few "friends". An Arnold Parent and a John Lockwood moved in with her as well. She immediately started selling paving equipment that belonged to Butch. She received $11,000 of which was claimed she turned over to her attorney. (Later on after the court battle concluded. Diane ended up admitting that none of the $11,000 she received from selling Butch's paving equipment was spend on any of their 3 children.) Apparently she let one of her "friends" borrow Butch's Snowmobile and his Snowmobile Outfit. Joey concerned with her apparently selling things that belonged to his dad ended up taking some things next door to his grandparents house for safe keeping. This ended up becoming a legal ordeal which was tied up for a few years in the courts. Basically Diane wanted to own the property and the contents of the house on Jericho Rd. And Joey along with his grandparents felt Diane was responsible for Butch's disappearance and death and fought against it. Essex PD is on record stating that Diane King was uncooperative with the investigation. She stated she didn't know what happened to her husband. And refused to take a polygraph test even though she informed the media she would. She also wouldn't let law enforcement talk to Angela and Micheal. Wilfred King Jr. Butch's father ended up being awarded the house and Butch's possessions. Eventually Parent and Lockwood's welcome wore out and they left the property. Diane moved her then future husband in. A Calvin "Mickey" Clark. The legal battle ended up going in Butch's parents favor. You can read all about the legal battle in the articles below. Joey and his grandparents ended up winning the court battle and Diane was forced to move from the residence. Joey ended up moving in and raising his family in the home. The family of Butch believe they know who was involved but there was never adequate proof for law enforcement to make any arrests. Butch's body has never been found.




Burlington Free Press 10/29/1980





114 Jericho Rd. Essex, Vermont (Present Day): This house was built by Calvin F. King III on land given to him by his parents. (Yes, He built the frikkin house) This house was also involved in a legal dispute after King's disappearance involving King's Parents along with his son Joey on one end. And his wife Diane King on the other. Calvin F. King III's parents lived next door.



DIANE IRISH-KING/ DIANE IRISH-CLARK








Williston did you say?.....


Colchester did you say?.....


Diane owned a Dance School in Essex







ARNOLD ARTHUR PARENT

Parent was one of the "Roommates" that Diane let move into the house at 114 Jericho Rd. after Butch disappeared. Apparently he and a John Lockwood (Who also moved in with Arnold and Diane) were responsible (According to Diane) of damaging items belonging to Butch while they stayed. According to newspaper accounts at one point he went to Diane's place of employment and smashed in her car windows. He was jailed 7 months as a result. She stated he slept with a gun under his pillow and that she was afraid of him. It should be noted that Arnold and John Lockwood are related by marriage to each other. Arnold Parent has a substantial record in a wide range of offenses. All of which is listed below. His past record indicates him to be a violent individual. Arnold parent also once lived at 95 Jericho Rd. Diane claimed to be afraid of him and Lockwood. 











Burlington Free Press 4/24/81


Burlington Free Press 3/25/82


Burlington Free Press 4/14/83


Burlington Free Press 9/26/84

Burlington Free Press 8/24/92

Burlington Free Press 1/30/97

Burlington Free Press 5/15/2001





Lockwood was an associate and a relative of Parent. According to Diane both Parent and Lockwood were responsible for theft and vandalism of items at the home of her ex husband during the time they stayed. Diane claimed she was afraid of both men, And that Lockwood always had a gun in his shoulder holster. Both Parent and Lockwood eventually left the residence.


Burlington Free Press 1-30-1969


Burlington Free Press 9-29-1971

CALVIN "MICKEY" CLARK











More on Clark at the bottom of  the entry

NEWSPAPERS: In Chronological Order

Burlington Free Press April 17th, 1968 (Apparently he had bad luck with automobiles)

The Burlington Free Press 10/30/1980



BURLINGTON FREE PRESS NOVEMBER 16TH, 1980



Burlington Free Press November 16th, 1981


Burlington Free Press November 16th, 1981




Burlington Free Press December 22nd, 1981

Burlington Free Press February 2nd, 1982

Burlington Free Press March 23rd, 1982





Burlington Free Press August 4th, 1982

Burlington Free Press August 4th, 1982


Burlington Free Press November 23rd, 1982

Burlington Free Press January 23rd, 1983


BURLINGTON FREE PRESS FEBRUARY 23RD, 1988





Burlington Free Press March 8th, 1988

Burlington Free Press- March 25th, 1988



Burlington Free Press- May 11th, 1988


Burlington Free Press October 25th, 2000

Burlington Free Press October 25th, 2000



Burlington Free Press October 30th, 2005






OTHER CLIPPINGS


Burlington Free Press 6-29-1966


Butch's Dad's Obit

Butch's Sister- Burlington Free Press 7-23-1945


CALVIN M. CLARK



Burlington Free Press 1/12/1965

Burlington Free Press March 24th 1966
Burlington Free Press 2-10-1965

Burlington Free Press 3-29-1986

Diane and Calvin's Marriage Certificate




Lillian King and the rest of Butch's family still do not know what happened to him....



MY THOUGHTS


Everything points to Diane. She refused to cooperate with the investigation. She refused to let the other two kids be questioned. I doubt the other 2 kids knew anything. But the fact she wouldn't allow it is interesting. She moved right back into the house after her husband disappeared. And apparently moved on pretty quickly. She had a few male friends which in some articles they are referred to as boyfriends. She had a total of 3 males living with her in the 3 months. She ended up marrying one. Which leads me to believe that it wasn't JUST the accident that led to the divorce. If the accident had anything to do with it at all. Butch was the one that filed for the divorce. Not Diane. And why would she? Seemed that she had plenty at home. They seemed to be pretty well off. Odds are she knew Parent, Lockwood, and Clark prior to Butch filing for divorce. There are some questions I wish I had the answer to. I'm pretty sure Law Enforcement know who called Butch the day he went missing. They said he went to visit one of 3 friends. And none of them would admit to seeing him that day. I wish I had the names of those friends. I think Butch knew there might be trouble. Which is why he didn't take Joey. And he was probably armed. But it obviously did him no good. I wish I knew if the piece of clothing was ever confirmed to be his. I wish I knew if any of Diane's boyfriends were ever questioned. Butch seemed like a man's mans. Built his Own House. Avid Hunter. Owned his Family Business. Survived a horrible car accident. And he was obviously a Very Brave Man. The bloody crutches being found leads me to speculate he was beaten with them at some point. It's a sickening thought. But Ill tell you it prob still took more than one to take down Butch. Even if he needed crutches to walk. Even without the crutches one piece of shit low life would get his ass kicked. They probably had to surprise him. I'm not sure that I'd say that Parent, Lockwood, or Calvin Clark had something to do with it right off the bat. Parent certainly has the background that fits that type of crime. The other two might have similar things in their past that fit as well. I didn't have the resources for this entry to do a background check on them. Diane had a retail theft charge and a few DUIs. But nothing like what she was more than likely involved in with her ex husband. I do believe Diane to be involved. The reason Calvin Clark's history is split between the entry is that I didn't know that he and Diane married until I was looking into this case and already writing the entry. Which surprised me because nowhere in the newspapers is it reported. Whats left of Butch is probably in a wooded area. And the police may have searched that area before and missed him. It's certainly not unheard of. Something making it even harder is that Vermont is a heavily, heavily forested state. 78% of Vermont is forested. Essex County is 94% forested.


















































Comments

  1. I agree. What kind of person would just start selling off a person's belongings so quickly after disappearing?

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