Robert Wadman

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Early life

San Diego police officer

Federal drug enforcement

Orem UT police chief

Utah Department of Public Safety

Omaha NE police chief

Aurora IL police chief

Wilmington NC police chief

Justice Department consulting

University professor


Law enforcement



John Singer murder

Franklin scandal

Main article: Franklin child sex ring

Criminal protection

Political connections


External links

Gary Gilmore case

  • From p.??? of The Franklin Scandal by Nick Bryant: "As Orem’s police chief, Wadman received national press because his department played an instrumental role in apprehending killer Gary Gilmore—Wadman even made it into Norman Mailer’s bestselling book, The Executioner’s Song, about the Gilmore murder spree."
  • Suspicious aspects of the Gilmore case
    • From p.193 of Programmed to Kill by Dave McGowan: "Also in October, Utah’s notorious Gary Gilmore, immortalized in a disinformational Norman Mailer book and a made-for-TV movie, was convicted and sentenced to death. Gilmore immediately and improbably began campaigning to become the first man executed in the United States since 1962. He succeeded, earning himself an appearance before a Utah firing squad on January 19, 1977, and opening the doors to the resumption of state executions.27 Just over a week later, Bundy was taken to Aspen to stand before Judge George Lohr and answer to the charges filed against him in the Campbell case. It would not be the last time that a high-profile execution immediately preceded an important court appearance by Ted Bundy."
    • From p.198 of Programmed to Kill by Dave McGowan: "To insure that Bundy stuck to the script and entered the guilty pleas, the state of Florida executed John Spenkelink just six days before Ted’s scheduled court appearance. The message sent to Bundy could not have been any clearer: take the deal or you too will have an appointment with Florida’s “Old Sparky.” To further drive that point home, Ted was brought to appear in the very same courtroom where Spenkelink had been condemned to die, with many of the same actors in attendance. For a time, Bundy was even represented by Spenkelink’s attorney, Brian Hayes. Spenkelink was, curiously enough, only the second man executed in this country since 1962, the first being, of course, the aforementioned Gary Gilmore. Before his electrocution, Spenkelink was asked if he had any final statement, to which he replied: “I can’t talk. The [chin] strap is too tight.” That was the only statement he was allowed to make."
    • Gilmore's brother was Mikal Gilmore, a Rolling Stone contributing editor (Rolling Stone, "Exclusive: Bob Dylan on His Mystical Rebirth", 2012/09/18)
    • UPI, "Promoter Lawrence Shiller testified today an uncle of Gary...", 1983/09/28
    • New York Times, "The Birth of ‘Just Do It’ and Other Magic Words", 2009/08/19: "TO the list of great copy writers in advertising, add an unlikely name: Gary Gilmore. Mr. Gilmore, the notorious spree-killer, uttered the words “Let’s do it” just before a firing squad executed him in Utah in 1977. Years later, the phrase became the inspiration for Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign."

John Singer murder

Omaha career

Wilmington career

2008 libel lawsuits

Post-law enforcement