According to court documents, Keown told a close friend after his wife's funeral, "I am going to take Julie's insurance money, buy a BMW Z4 convertible, go back to Kansas City and build a house. With what money is left over, I am going to start a foundation in Julie's name and run it for a few years.''
Julie Keown died Sept. 8, 2004, after complaining for months about dizziness, nausea and other symptoms. An autopsy found she'd been poisoned with ethylene glycol, a chemical found in antifreeze.
About a month after the death, James Keown did move back to Missouri, where he had grown up, and got a job as a reporter and talk show host at radio station KLIK-AM. But he never collected the insurance money because her death came under investigation.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
RADIO HOST: I'M BUYING A BMW
James Keown, the Jefferson City radio talker charged with murdering his wife, allegedly told a friend that he wanted to buy a BMW convertible with his dead wife's insurance money. Insurance Journal reports:
Sounds callous. Still doesn't make him a killer.