Robert Dee Royer
October 15, 1927
May 30, 1973
1944-45 Bowling Green High School - Indiana (High School)
1945-46 Indiana State University (College)
1946-47 Indiana State University (College)
1947-48 Indiana State University (College)
1948-49 Indiana State University (College)
1949-50 Denver Nuggets (NBA)
A basketball player at Bowling Green HS and Indiana State, Royer played for the Denver Nuggets in 1949-50. He later was a real estate salesman and an investment counselor, working out of Lafayette and Chicago.
On May 29, 1973, Royer walked the office of Cosden Oil in Calumet City, Illinois, and shot a 32-year old receptionist, Elizabeth Conde Darling, twice, killing her. He fled the scene, and police began an intensive manhunt for him. He drove home to Lafayette, Indiana, and the next day, fired a shotgun into his abdomen, killing himself instantly. There was a note found on him that read, "To whom it may concern. Someone will understand." Royer and Darling had been having an affair prior to the murder, and when Royer said he was going to leave his wife and wanted to marry Elizabeth, she declined, after which Royer threatened her.
Gary was married to Gloria and they had three sons and a daughter.
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN), May 31, 1973
The Times (Munster, IN), May 31, 1973
Star Press (Muncie, IN), June 1, 1973
Terre Haute Tribune, June 1, 1973
The Times (Munster, IN), June 1, 1973