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Wednesday, June 26 2019 @ 09:53 PM UTC

Rumor (Denied): Has William David Holbert "Wild Bill" Committed Suicide? (No, He's Fine)

Expat Tales Update: Yesterday afternoon a reader sent me an email regarding the rumor that William David Holbert had supposedly committed suicide. I put a note on Twitter, asking my Panamanian journalist colleagues for help in either confirming or denying the rumor. They contacted Holbert's lawyer, who made a statement to the press;

  • Claudia Alvarado de Sotto, the attorney for William Dathan Holbert, better known as "Wild Bill", denied that her client had committed suicide, as was rumored yesterday afternoon through social networks.

  • She said "Wild Bill" has not performed any action which would infringe on his personal integrity, and he remains quiet in holding cell 1 of the public jail of David.

  • "William is quiet, and he has not shown any type of behavior that would lead him to make that decision. I see him frequently on lawyer visits offered by the criminal justice system. Apparently, it was a bad release, he's fine," said the lawyer.

Editor's Comment: Holbert continues to await decisions from the Supreme Court on motions put forward by his lawyer. Once those are resolved, a trial date will be established for the several murder cases he's facing. He's already confessed to having murdered six people, so the only real issue in the trial will be how the Panamanians handle Holbert's accomplice, Laura Michelle Reese. Both of them will probably spend the rest of their lives in prison. And once Panama is done with them, they still have to face the Costa Rican justice system for the murder of Jeff Kline. And if they ever get done with that, there are still cases pending against them in the United States. So yeah, they will never see the light of day again.

(Original article, published as a rumor. Has since been proven wrong)

By Don Winner for - Someone just gave me a heads-up (thanks) saying there's a strong rumor going around in David and Changuinola that the confessed serial killer William David Holbert - a.k.a. "Wild Bill" - has committed suicide in the public prison in David.

Right now, it's nothing more than a rumor. I'm working to either confirm or deny these reports right now. I'll let you know when I learn more, either way.

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