Money came to Harvey Stephen Morrow like flies to you-know-what. In the 1980s, he ran a boiler room operation in Florida that brought charges to company officers other than Morrow, who had disappeared. After the statute of limitations expired, Morrow re-surfaced in Colorado, where he married a lawyer and had children, a huge house, matching Mercedes Benzes, nine motorcycles, and great clothes. He told people he was an investment banker, but he was really a human resources officer. When his wife filed for divorce, Morrow set fire to one of her dresses and was later convicted of misdemeanor arson.
His worst crime, yet to come, would have an Orange County tie.
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But the radio man's friends began to wonder about this Morrow character. Williams told friends he would confront Morrow about the state of the estate. One day in May of 2006, Williams left a marina. Morrow told the curious that Williams had moved to Hawaii. Williams' body was found floating off Santa Catalina Island two weeks later. By then, Morrow was the one missing.
He wound up in Great Falls, Montana, working at a car dealership. He told a co-worker his wife had died in a tragic boating accident, prompting him to move as far away from the sea as he could get. But that co-worker, Joe Parsetich, was an ex-cop. He did some snooping on the Internet and found a Denver television news report naming Morrow as a person of interest in Williams' death.
Five years after Williams was found floating, 60-year-old Morrow has been convicted of murdering Williams for financial gain, the Los Angeles Times reports today. Morrow is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 16. He faces the possibility of life in prison without the possibility of parole. His future cell mate better hide his matchsticks.