For the last 3 months, a guy who used to be my friend has been sitting in jail. Or whatever people in jail do—maybe a lot of pacing. He his name is Bill Ulmer, and he was the boyfriend of my friend Barbara Struncova, who disappeared in Costa Rica at the end of 2010. I don’t know what happened to her, but I do believe that Bill does and I do not believe that she is alive. Bill is not facing any charges related to Barbara, although her name was mentioned in court at the time of his arraignment. The charges he faces are:
(1) Misuse of passport
(2) Possession of identification document with intent to defraud
(3) Possession of a stolen identification document
(4) Possession and use of means of identification
(5) Aggravated identity theft.
All of these charges stem from the fact that he left Costa Rica on or around Dec 23, 2010 (18 days after Barbara was last seen) using his brother Wayne Ulmer’s passport. We could discuss how Bill came to be in Costa Rica with a passport that didn’t belong to him, but that’s another story.
Since Bill has been back in the USA, he has told anyone who will listen that Barbara had a raging drug addiction and that she was trafficking drugs to Europe. I find these claims so ridiculous on so many levels that until now, I have refused to even address them. But as Barbara’s 36th birthday approaches, and as CrimeWatchDaily prepares to air their investigations into this case, later in the month, I am feeling bold. And honestly? Really pissed.
So let’s go there.
Drugs? Are you kidding me? Before we delve into all the reasons why that is ludicrous, let’s examine why it is inappropriate.
It is inappropriate because engaging in illegal/immoral behavior is NOT a justification for a disappearance. Even if Barbara was a drug addict (like he says) and even if Barbara was a drug trafficker (like he says), she still vanished from the face of the earth one night and THAT IS STILL NOT OKAY.
Can I get an amen?
Who the hell cares what her imperfections were? Medical/personal/moral issues are ENTIRELY BESIDE THE POINT.
Even if she was a criminal (which she wasn’t), something terrible still happened to her, and Bill’s stories still don’t add up. And he seems to come up with a new one every few years.
I’m sorry, people-who-love-Bill-so-much-that-you-are-still-trying-to-believe-him. I am truly sorry. I pray for you. It must be a nightmare to have someone you love in the position he is in. But use your brain, for the love of God. If Bill isn’t lying, then everyone else in the world is. And if you think by “everyone else in the world” I am referring to myself and my imaginary friends, wait until you see what CrimeWatchDaily has put together.
I’m just saying. Prepare yourself.
In my next post, I will briefly (because it doesn’t take long!) examine why it is ludicrous to believe that Barbara was a drug addict. Next, I will (again, briefly) examine why it is ludicrous to believe that she was trafficking drugs across the Atlantic–especially using the method Bill named. Then we will move on to the question of how likely/unlikely it is that she was murdered (Oh! So I guess she didn’t run off with Martin after all, or go to Czech for rehab? Oops!) by a Costa Rican drug cartel.