|October 31, 1958, Daily Camera, Slayer Once Abducted Boulder Mother; Also Suspected of Killing Mystery Girl Whose Body Was Found
The confessed strangler of three models in California abducted a Boulder woman at gunpoint in 1945. He also was known as the "phantom terrorist" in Denver about the same time.
Now the prisoner, 30-year-old Harvey M. Glatman, is suspected of murdering an unidentified girl whose nude body was found in Boulder Canon in 1954.
Boulder County Sheriff Arthur T. Everson said today he will either go to Santa Ana, Calif., or ask authorities there to question Glatman about the 1954 slaying. The battered body of the blonde girl, about 19 years old, was never identified.
Young Woman Kidnapped
Everson recalled Glatman's arrest in July 1945 for kidnaping a young Boulder mother of two children. Glatman, then 17, and a Denver resident, flourished a revolver and accosted the woman near 13th and Arapahoe as she was walking home from a movie.
The youth bound and gagged the woman and forced her to walk with him to a point in Sunshine Canon west of Boulder. They returned to town the next morning. The girl said the youth did not attempt to harm her.
Glatman was arrested in Denver. A charge of armed robbery was filed in Boulder district court because the youth stole the young mother's purse containing $2. Apparently, the district attorney's office at the time felt the evidence was stronger for an armed robbery charge than for one of kidnaping or assault.
Never Tried Here
Glatman never came to trial here. He already was under bond in Denver for a series of offenses while the Boulder County charge of armed robbery was still pending. Therefore, the charge in district court was dismissed on Nov. 27, 1950.
Sheriff Everson said he believes Glatman was living in Denver in 1954. The sheriff has asked Denver police to check that point.
Everson outlined why he considers Glatman a "good suspect" in the mystery slaying of 1954:
1. He was familiar with Boulder as a result of the previous episode.
2. He had taken the young mother to the mountains west of Boulder in 1945.
3. He had been terrorizing women in Denver.
4. The girl whose body was found in Boulder Canon had been disrobed, as were the three girls Glatman admitted killing in California.
5. Everson has always felt the girl was slain somewhere else, with her body then taken by car to Boulder Canon and dumped over an embankment just below Boulder Falls. It is unlikely she lived in Boulder County because someone almost certainly would have identified her. It is more likely that she was picked up in Denver but had not lived there long.
Glatman's mother, Mrs. A.H. Glatman, 69, still lives in Denver. Informed of her son's arrest and confession in California, she exclaimed: "Oh, my God in Heaven. Not my boy? Not my boy! He was always so good. He never hurt anybody. He was always good and always dependable. There must be some mistake."
Glatman's father signed a $2,000 bond for his son's release on the Boulder County armed robbery charge in 1945.