TPD Homicide: West Tulsa murder "solvable"

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Updated: 3/18/2013 1:37 pm Published: 3/15/2013 5:42 pm

A famous late actor's son died in a Tulsa murder.

Family and police tell FOX23 News Robert Sampson, son of the late Will Sampson was murdered in west Tulsa.  Will Sampson is best known for appearing in a number of movies, including "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "The Outlaw Josey Wales" and "Poltergeist II."  

Police were called to Robert Sampson's home after his landlord found blood in the home in West Tulsa on Thursday.

This week, his sister, Lisa Bowie, says she began to worry when Sampson wouldn’t answer his phone or hadn't stopped by his sister’s house.

“He would always check on me, always made sure I was alright,” said Lisa Bowie.

When Sampson’s landlord checked on him for his rent on Thursday, he found blood and called police.

“It was pooled up and someone tried to clean it and they didn’t do a real good job of that,” said TPD Homicide Sergeant Dave Walker.

Sampson’s blue 1998 Ford Explorer is missing.

“There is a great piece of evidence out there waiting for us to find it,” said Walker.

On Thursday, when police arrived at Bowie’s door she knew it wasn’t good news.

“I knew something was wrong then,” said Bowie.

She learned her brother was killed and left dead in his home. Police believe the last time someone saw him was on March 8th.

Bowie called her brother Bennie. When she went to check on his dog, his car wasn’t there and she grew suspicious but thought he might be
with friends.

Records show Sampson has a criminal history with drugs and alcohol. His sister says her brother abused alcohol but was a good man.

“He did, he did always kept to himself,” said Bowie.

Police say evidence leaves signs of a possible robbery.  

“It’s a small crime scene, it’s a bloody crime scene, it’s a disorganized,” said Walker. “Where is his car?”

Investigators say there are no recent records of the Explorer in any law enforcement information systems.

“There is a great piece of evidence out there waiting for us to find it,” said Walker.

Sergeant Walker says the blood found in the home didn’t look like an accident.

“It was pooled up and someone tried to clean it and they didn’t do a real good job of that,” said Walker.

Detectives also say the crime scene shows one person couldn’t have committed this murder.

“This was obviously not perpetrated by one person,” said Walker.

“This is not going to be a clean investigation.  We are going to have to get down there and do some stomping around to solve it,” said Walker. “In my heart of hearts I think this is solvable.”

A case Sampson’s sister hopes won’t turn cold.

“I want them caught,” said Bowie.

Police believe another reason for the drug and robbery motives could be connected to the first of the month.

Sergeant Walker says that is a time when victims have more money on them.

Detectives are looking for a midnight blue 1998 Ford Explorer with Oklahoma tag #972 DYN.

If you have any information  call Crime Stoppers at (918) 596-COPS (2677) or text a tip to “CRIMES” (274637) and begin your message with “TIP918” or you can submit a tip online at

Remember you never have to give your name and your tip could lead to a cash reward.

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BrideyMurphy - 3/18/2013 10:48 PM
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Hope they find the killers soon.

Mayor Maynot - 3/15/2013 11:10 PM
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Condolences to friends and family ... Here's hoping for a timely solution to this puzzle #8^]]
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