Police interview with suspected serial killer Bob Evans released

  • Bob Evans 1985 booking photo in California

  • New Hampshire Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin points to the slide with the Bob Evans who was guilty of killing his wife Eunsoon Jun and the connecting points to other unsolved cases, including Denis Beaudin.

Monitor staff
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A national child advocacy group has released video clips of a police interview with the man suspected of killing five people in two New Hampshire cold cases.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children compiled the 4-minute, 20-second video, which shows a man, known locally as Robert “Bob” Evans, being interviewed by California police. Authorities suspect Evans had other victims between New Hampshire and California, where he was eventually convicted of murder.

The video shows an older man – he’s balding and his eyeglasses sit propped on top of his head – in a small interrogation room. Authorities interviewed Evans in 2002 as part of their investigation into the murder of his wife, Eunsoon Jun.

Evans was later convicted of killing Jun, who was found dismembered in the couple’s basement. Records show he died from natural causes in December 2010 in a California prison, where he was serving 15 years to life for the crime.

The release of the California interview comes six months after New Hampshire State Police’s Cold Case Unit linked Evans to the murders of four people found in barrels in Allenstown, and the killing of a Manchester mother decades ago. The investigation into those cases is ongoing, as police try to paint a picture of a killer’s mysterious past.

The short video is broken up into several clips, chosen to highlight Evans’s deep voice, unique mannerisms and selective word choices. Evans, wearing gray pants and a T-shirt, drinks from a bottle of Mello Yello soda as he answers a California investigator’s questions about Jun’s whereabouts.

When an officer questions Evans about whether Jun may have harmed herself, Evans replies that she was not suicidal, “but she’s not as aggressive as she used to be.” Evans then adds, “Now, what else can I say? I don’t chase younger women; it’s just something that happens. What can I say?”

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin said in a news conference in January that Evans was someone who targeted females and children. Strelzin went on to say that Evans “certainly fits the profile of a serial killer.”

In a statement Tuesday, Strelzin said he is hopeful the release of the video clips of Evans may jog someone’s memory and help lead investigators to the man’s true identity.

Authorities say the convicted killer had multiple aliases, including Larry Vanner, the name used in the video’s title. During one clip, police confront Evans about his aliases after his fingerprints return his identity history. However, he denies using any other name.

Years before Jun’s murder in California, police believe Evans killed a woman and three children, then stuffed them into steel drums left on the outskirts of Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown. A DNA test confirmed this past October that Evans fathered one of his four victims, a child found in 2000. She was discovered with a 1- to 3-year-old child.

Fifteen years earlier, hunters had stumbled upon naked, partially dismembered bodies in a steel drum on the same property owned by Evans’s former work supervisor. Inside were the remains of a woman and a 5- to 11-year-old girl.

For decades, the identities of the Allenstown victims were unknown. No one came forward and reported them missing, no witnesses were found, and little evidence existed besides the bodies themselves. Even now, Evans’s daughter has no name, and the lives of the woman and the two girls remain a mystery.

Evans worked at the Waumbec Mills in Manchester as an electrician around 1977. His former apartment at 925 Hayward St. was his only established residence, and it’s the place he shared for some time with his then-girlfriend, Denise Beaudin, previously of Goffstown.

The couple and Beaudin’s 6-month-old daughter left Manchester in late 1981. Beaudin has never been found. Her daughter became known to New Hampshire authorities last year when she tracked her family lineage to the state, and, more specifically, to her first cousin and grandfather.

Anyone with information about the man known as Evans is asked to contact the state’s Cold Case Unit at 223-3856 or at coldcaseunit@dos.nh.gov. Reports can also be made to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

(Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 369-3319, adandrea@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @_ADandrea.)