ID BOISE JOHN DOE: MM, 35-45, found suicide in church in Boise, ID - 4 Dec 1982 - Cyanide suicide

Unidentified Person / NamUs #
Male, Multiple


Date Body Found: December 4, 1982
Location Found: Boise, Idaho
Estimated Age: Adult - Pre 50; 35-45
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 175 lbs
Hair Color: Sandy
Head Hair Description: Wavy blond-graying hair, may be sun bleached
Eye Color: Gray with a hint of brown

Circumstances of Recovery: Died at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Boise, Idaho. Toxicology tests found cyanide in the man’s blood. The body was located with a suicide note and instructions to be cremated, signed in the name of “Wm. L. Toomey” but no other identification was located. All leads to connect the name to the deceased turned up negative.

Clothing: Blue jeans and a green long sleeved shirt
Footwear: Cowboy boots
Accessories: Western string tie, nickel silver with turquoise stone in center; Artist stamp on back "P. White", unique belt
Jewelry: Seiko wristwatch

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Author: Alexandra Duggan (Idaho Press)
Published: 11:48 AM MST December 22, 2021
Updated: 11:48 AM MST December 22, 2021

BOISE, Idaho — This article originally appeared in the Idaho Press.

A man died of cyanide poisoning in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Boise in 1982, where he left a note with his name signed on it. Only, Boise Police confirmed it wasn’t his real name — and the man is still unidentified to this day.

A national cyanide controversy from 1982, a priest murder, a cryptic note and a false identity are all part of the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death.


Much more at link ~Summer

CRIME | APRIL 4, 2018 5:00 AM

The man came in from the rain. He was heavyset, tan. He was dressed in western style, with a bolo tie and a distinctive belt buckle. December 4, 1982 was a wet, chilly day in Boise, Idaho. Inside Boise’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the man in the bolo tie would have seen a modern sanctuary, airy and open, long wooden pews and wooden beams arching overhead. Perhaps it was warm, a relief from the damp outside.

Another fairly lengthy article. ~Summer

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