AS IT TURNS out, the crux of their case against Walter Ducharme came largely from the information that they’d received from ex-wife number 2, Kimberly. Sometimes it can be a prosecutor’s dream to have a witness give testimony, especially when that witness is close to a suspect…And there’s NO person closer than a significant other. Yeah, NOT in this case! As it turns out, the former Mrs. Ducharme ended up being about as helpful as using a pair of chopsticks to bail water out of a rapidly sinking rowboat. In 1996, Kimberly would speak with authorities & give the first of several stories. Between that initial interview & her grand jury testimony in Summer of 1998, Kimberly would give at least 3 versions of her story. The puzzling thing to investigators was NOT the story itself BUT how it continued to grow & change over the 2 year period.
AT ONE POINT Kimberly even copped to the murder herself but quickly changed her story, implicating Walter. However sketchy she seemed, Detectives did take notice that she had at least one detail that had NOT been released to the public. That’s probably the ONLY thing kept
them hanging on for 5…Long…Years. Everyone had to be completely exhausted having dealt with this nutcase for so long & they were probably ALL shaking their heads in disgust. I have to wonder if this is the point where everyone knew that there would be NO indictment for Walter Ducharme.
A POSSIBLE WITNESS?
CAROLYN KOSKOSKI IS a long time resident & small business owner in St.Joseph. In the days leading up to Jenny’s abduction, Carolyn vividly recalls seeing an old blue truck parked near an orange grove. According to her, the man inside of the truck just sat there staring at a group of kids that were playing nearby. 2 years later she would see a photo on the news & instantly recognize the man as the driver of that blue truck. She’s believes that the man she saw IS Walter Ducharme.
IF I HAD to take a guess, I’d say that Carolyn Koskoski didn’t report the sighting of the truck in 1996. I also couldn’t find anything that reported that she contacted anyone 2 years later, after seeing Walter on the news. If she had, wouldn’t she had been called to testify at Walter’s grand jury trial? She’d have made a far more credible witness than Kimberly Ducharme. If she had testified, would it have changed the outcome? AND if Walter Ducharme had been indicted, would the State of Florida have put the wrong man on trial for the murder of a 12-year-old girl?
THE 3RD POINT OF A TRIANGLE
WALTER DUCHARME WASN’T the only one that Kimberly pointed the finger at. She also implicated Earl Bonee, a man whom shed had a child with prior to marrying Ducharme. Bonee has been a long time resident of Pasco County, where he worked in lawn care. In 1997, again upon speaking with Kimberly, Detectives went to Bonee’s home & NOT only questioned him at length BUT performed a polygraph examination in which they included specific questions including “Have You Ever Heard Of Jennifer Odom?” & “Did You Kill Jennifer Odom?”
A YEAR LATER, just days after Ducharme was extradited, Detectives re-interviewed Bonee. This time they showed him a series of 6 mugshots, one of them being his own from a prior arrest. Bonee later spoke to a reporter & was quoted as saying “I knew it was Kimberly that pointed the finger at me.” It’s one thing to point the finger at an Ex BUT another to come with the receipts to back it up. In spite of Kimberly appearing to lack those receipts, Detectives continued to do their due diligence. They followed EVERY lead & like Walter Ducharme, it wouldn’t have been too far of a stretch to view Bonee as a possible suspect & question him at length. After all, he was NO stranger to breaking the law. His record goes back to around 1986 & includes the following:
• AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (Multiple Counts)
• DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (Multiple Incidents w/ Multiple Partners)
• LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT w/ PROPERTY DAMAGE
• DWLSR (Multiple Counts)
• AGGRAVATED CHILD ABUSE (we’ll get back to this one!)
ADDITIONALLY, BONEE HAS been in & out of Civil Court over the years. Those cases include:
• SEVERAL CHILD SUPPORT VIOLATIONS
• MULTIPLE DV INJUNCTIONS AGAINST HIM
• SEVERAL CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT HEARINGS
• FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGS INITIATED
• LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST HIM (By Mortgage Company) FORCIBLY EVICTING HIM FROM RESIDENCE
• LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST HIM/LAWN BUSINESS FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT
• LAWSUIT FILED BY VICTIM’S INSURANCE COMPANY (For Hit & Run Accident)
• WHITE MALE
• EARLY 30’s (at the time of the murder)
• DARK BROWN HAIR (at times longer in the back)
SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW
WHILE BOTH BONEE & Ducharme appear guilty as Hell, it still doesn’t explain why a woman, from their pasts, would go to such lengths to implicate one OR both of them in a murder. More odd still was how eager Kimberly Ducharme was to “help” detectives, especially given the amount of time she, herself, had spent on the wrong side of the law. Here’s the thing about Kimberly; That Aggravated Child Abuse charge that Earl Bonee has on his record from 1993, Kimberly Ducharme has a matching one. AND she WAS convicted…Earl was NOT.
THE TIMELINE OF events looks something like this:
• JUNE OF 1993: KIMBERLY IS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED CHILD ABUSE (Pasco County)
• JUNE OF 1995: A 2ND AGGRAVATED CHILD ABUSE CHARGE IS ADDED (Pasco County)
• APRIL OF 1996: KIMBERLY IS SENTENCED TO 2 YEARS IN PRISON (Count 1) & 7 YEARS IN PRISON (Count 2) TO BE SERVED CONCURRENTLY
• MAY OF 1996: KIMBERLY IS HELD IN THE PINELLAS COUNTY JAIL UNTIL 05/16/96. SHE IS THEN TRANSFERRED TO BROWARD COUNTY TO SERVE HER SENTENCE
• JUNE/JULY 1996: KIMBERLY CONTACTS AUTHORITIES REGARDING WALTER DUCHARME’S POSSIBLE INVOLVEMENT IN THE ODOM CASE
• 1996-1998: SHE CONTINUES TO WORK WITH AUTHORITIES TO BUILD A CASE AGAINST WALTER & ALSO POINTS A FINGER AT EARL BONEE. SHE CONTINUALLY CHANGES/ADDS TO HER STORY & AT ONE POINT EVEN CLAIMS TO HAVE COMMITTED THE MURDER HERSELF
• JULY OF 1998: KIMBERLY TESTIFIES AT THE GRAND JURY TRIAL OF WALTER DUCHARME. THE GRAND JURY VOTES TO NOT INDICT
• 1998 TO PRESENT: AUTHORITIES ARE NO LONGER LOOKING AT WALTER DUCHARME OR EARL BONEE AS POSSIBLE SUSPECTS IN THE ODOM CASE & BELIEVE THAT KIMBERLY DUCHARME IS NOT CREDIBLE
IT APPEARS AS though Kimberly’s 1st story claiming that her ex-husband, Walter, killed Jennifer Odom emerged right around the time that she was about a month into serving a 7 year prison sentence. Who knows what really transpired between Kimberly Ducharme & the HCSO. Is it really that far-fetched to think that an inmate serving a lengthy sentence, would concoct a story to feed to police? The short answer is “NO.” We see it ALL of the time. Inmates often turn out to be non-credible witnesses.
IT IS MY belief that Kimberly didn’t just wake up one day & realize that she had a lead in a high profile murder case. She didn’t want to “help” get justice for Jennifer Odom. She definitely didn’t do it out of the goodness of her heart. If ANY of those things were true, she would NOT have waited 3 years before finally going to police. Kimberly was ONLY looking out for Kimberly.
BEFORE THE CONCLUSION of this shit show, I want to give a few final details about Kimberly Ducharme…OR maybe I should say that I want everyone to know just what kind of trash we’re dealing with here. I previously mentioned that Kimberly’s insistence on helping police in the Jennifer Odom case was probably motivated by the fact that she was serving 7 year sentence for aggravated child abuse. Having a background in social work, that sentence isn’t typical in a child abuse case (At least in Florida) unless it’s a situation where the abuse was extreme (causing great bodily harm OR death), Occurred over an extended period of time OR if the parent(s) are repeat offenders. If it’s one of the first 2, it’s likely that the story would be picked up by local media outlets. Trying to find out more, I started digging & there it was…
AS I BELIEVE these incidents are totally relevant to this story, I wanted to include them. Let me paint a picture…
IN 1993 KIMBERLY was arrested for repeatedly burning her 17-month old son with cigarettes. She initially denied doing it, blaming her estranged husband (Earl Bonee), however, she eventually admitted that she was lying & was sentenced to 6 months in jail. In spite of committing such a horrific act, Kimberly could have avoided serving ANY jail time by opting to ente r a treatment program. She declined.
AS IT TURNS out, she was around 6 months pregnant with her 2nd child when she began serving that time. Because of that, she ONLY served 3 months before being released early to give birth. She & the baby girl would live in a hathaway house in Pinellas County, Florida in order for them to be supervised.
EVIDENTLY THE WORD “Supervised” means different things to different people as while Kimberly was under “supervision”, she was able to jam a Q-Tip into one of the infant’s ears with such force that she ruptured the 7-month-old’s ear drum. She was convicted of a 2nd Aggravated Child Abuse & given 7 years in prison.
THAT WOULD NOT be the last we’d hear from Kimberly Ducharme. In a ridiculous attempt to get her conviction overturned, she contacted a male inmate & asked him to write to the court posing as Ex number 2 (Walter Ducharme…Also father of her baby girl.) & “confess” to the abuse. She gave the inmate specific details, even going as far as to ask him to copy & send back a letter that takes credit for the crime & promises to “Return to the area in order to exonerate” Kimberly. She promised to pay him off in sexual favors. I have to wonder if the thought of that had this guy throwing up in his mouth a little bit?
EVIDENTLY THIS DUMBASS failed to consider that when you’re in prison, they screen EVERYTHING!!! Not only did she get busted BUT she was slapped with a “Manufacturing Evidence” charge. We ALL know that this did NOT deter her as her “Plan B” has already been laid out above.
IN MY OPINION Kimberly Ducharme is about as close to a real life monster as they come. She preyed on her own children & when she got caught, she used the murder of a 12-year-old girl as leverage. The amount of time & resources that were wasted chasing down a false lead IS criminal & This Bitch should have been given a life sentence for her lies. BUT where the system’s hands may have been tied, the hands of Karma were NOT. Kimberly Ann Ducharme died in 2016…Both of the babies that she abused were raised by her mother.
AS OF TODAY, the only remnants of the Kimberly Ducharme saga sits in one of the many case files that make up the Jennifer Odom investigation. Walter Ducharme appears to be still living in Maine. Earl Bonee still resides in Pasco County, Florida & continues to have regular run-ins with the law. With nothing really linking ANY of them to Jennifer’s murder, this chapter, at least, can be closed.
**ANYONE WITH ANY INFO ON THE ABDUCTION & MURDER OF JENNIFER ODOM SHOULD CONTACT DETECTIVE GEORGE LOYDGREN WITH THE HERNANDO SHERIFF’S OFFICE AT:
PHONE: (352) 754-6830
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