Ken McElroy Grave Site in Saint Joseph Memorial Park – I Love St. Joseph Mo and Life in the Midwest
McElroy had terrorized the small town of Skidmore Missouri for years and was considered the tyrant of the town. He was charged with more than 20 crimes, robbery, rape, burning, shooting. He intimidated people by driving by at night and firing a shotgun, putting a rattlesnake in their mailbox, etc. July 10, 1981, his horror trains were over. While parking in front of the D&G Tavern on Main Street, Ken McElroy was shot in the head with a high-powered rifle in broad daylight with an estimated 45 crowd around his pickup truck while his wife was sitting in the seat next to him. Three grand jury investigations and one FBI investigation resulted in no charges and no trial. The citizens of Skidmore Missouri appear to be protecting the person or persons who fired the shots. The incident received worldwide press coverage, was the subject of a television film and a book. (Bio of: Bill Walker)
Ken Rex McElroy (June 1, 1934 – July 10, 1981) was a resident of Skidmore, Nodaway County, Missouri. Known as “the city bull” his unsolved killing moved into the focus of international attention. Throughout his life, McElroy has been charged with dozens of crimes, including assault, child abuse, legal rape, arson, pig and cattle theft, and burglary.
He was charged 21 times in total, but escaped conviction each time, with the exception of the last one. In 1981, McElroy was found guilty of shooting and seriously injuring the city’s 70-year-old grocer, Ernest “Bo” Bowenkamp, the previous year. McElroy successfully appealed the conviction and was released on bail, after which he launched an ongoing campaign of harassment against Bowenkamp, the pastor of the town’s Church of Christ, and others sympathetic to Bowenkamp. He appeared at a local bar, the D&G Tavern, armed with an M1 Garand rifle and bayonet, and later threatened to kill Bowenkamp. The next day, McElroy was shot dead in broad daylight while he was sitting in his pickup truck on the main street of Skidmore with his wife Trena. He was hit by bullets from at least two different firearms in front of a crowd estimated at 30 to 46 people. To date, no one has been charged in connection with McElroy’s death.