Lesser Known, but Intriguing Historic Criminals

Willie Roger Holder and Marie Kerkow. Oregon Live

39. The Bonnie of the Air Meets Her Clyde

Willie Roger Holder served with distinction in Vietnam as a member of the 68th Assault Helicopter Company. Despite his decorations, however, he was court-martialed, demoted, and imprisoned, for smoking a joint while off duty in Saigon. Between that and PTSD, he grew embittered and resentful.

Back in the US, Willie met Catherine Marie Kerkow in San Diego when he knocked on her door looking for her roommate, and Cathy opened the door, barely wrapped in a bathrobe and with soap in her eyes. He liked what he saw, she returned the soldier’s suggestive smile, and a romance was born then and there.