Alice McGowan was the first wife of serial killer Phillip Jablonski. The two met in high school and were married in 1968 after returning from an overseas military mission.
Jablonski, who died while on execution in 2019, was found guilty of first degree murder in the state of California following the deaths of Carol Spadoni and Eva Petersen in 1991. Jablonski was sentenced to death and automatically filed an appeal in the details of the case. testimony of his ex-wife McGowan. You can read the entire appeal here. It was linked to the murders of five women. Read more about Spadoni here. Jablonski’s story is told during Investigation Discovery’s Serial Killer Week. It airs on Thursday, September 3 at 21:00. EST.
Alice McGowan & Phillip Jablonski
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Alice McGowan and Phillip Jablonski were high school sweethearts, but their relationship soon turned into a nightmare for McGowan. She testified about her ex-husband’s volatile relationships and abuse in the murder case, and this was detailed in an automated appeal filed in his case.
McGowan stated that they met Jablonski in high school. Jablonski joined the army and was sent overseas. They got married after his return in 1968. McGowan lived with Jablonski’s family in California for two months and then joined him at Fort Bliss in Texas, where he was assigned.
According to his testimony in Texas, he would soon inflict violence on him.
“Alice McGowan was the defendant’s first wife; they had met in high school.” After high school, the defendant joined the army and was sent overseas. ”
McGowan Testified Jablonski Abused
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Jablonski testified that he was severely abused with McGowan early in their marriage. While on duty at Fort Bliss in Texas, she resorted to violence during sex. According to the automatic appeal to his case, he put a pillow on his face and said he was trying to strangle him.
Another time, he grabbed him by the throat and strangled him until he lost consciousness. Another time he was taking a bath and went to the bathroom and tried to drown him. She once said that when she was pregnant, she strangled her until her mother persuaded her to stop.
“He once put a pillow on his face during sexual intercourse and tried to strangle him,” he said. In other cases, he grabbed his throat and strangled him until he passed out. Once, while the woman was taking a bath, she came into the bathroom and tried to drown her. In another case, while she was pregnant, she started strangling her until her mother persuaded her to stop. ”
McGowan Told Authorities Jablonski Was a Changed Man After His Military Deployment
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McGowan told officials that the man he had a crush on was replaced in 1968 after he returned from military service overseas. He said he was a quiet man, but was violent and abusive at Fort Bliss in Texas. She strangled her many times, including when she was pregnant, she testified at trial. “He tried to drown him once in a bathtub,” he said.
According to the appeal in his case, when he was sent abroad it was unclear exactly where he served. He said he served in Vietnam and his military records showed he was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal.
McGowan and Jablonski had been married for less than a year. She met another woman in November 1968 and on their first date she stated that she raped her. He was taking medication through the Veterans Affairs Department, but continued to exhibit strange behaviors such as forgetting his kids on a shopping trip.
“According to his first wife, Alice McGowan, when the accused returned from overseas to Fort Bliss, Texas, he was a changed man. He was a quiet person before, but now he was “really rude” to McGowan and “wasn’t sure if he was always really with him”.
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McGowan and Jablonski broke up in the first year of their marriage. He met another woman in November 1968. According to an automatic appeal filed in her case, she raped her on their first date.
Because he was ashamed and embarrassed, he did not report the rape, but testified. She became pregnant and in July 1969 Jablonski left the army and returned to California with the woman. He was violent and abusive and allegedly threatened him with a gun when he asked him to stop during sex.
Psychopedia: Left Jablonski in 1972, according to The Wikipedia Serial Killer Files.
He expressed fear that if Jablonski killed him, his children would be left alone with him. On the day he left, he tried to hit him with an oil-filled pan. He missed and hit him with the frying pan, then ran away with his children.
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McGowan lived with his family for a short time in California before Jablonski moved to Texas, where he was stationed. The trial testimony showed that Jablonski suffered both physical and sexual abuse as a child.
The appeal said, “The statements made by the defendant’s sister showed that the defendant’s father used violence against both the mother and the defendant and that the defendant was sexually abused as a child.”
She said that her sister Jablonski once attacked her and was afraid she would rape her. He told his family what happened and said that their father beat Jablonski. He was 14 years old at that time and he was 16 years old. He witnessed him put a rope around his neck and said, “I’ll get some of this from you.”