Eugene Palmer (criminal)

Eugene K. Palmer (born April 4, 1939) is an American fugitive wanted for allegedly killing his daughter-in-law, Tammy Palmer, in Stony Point, New York, on September 24, 2012.[1] On May 29, 2019, he was named by the FBI as the 523rd fugitive to be placed on its Ten Most Wanted list.[2][3] On July 20, 2022, Palmer was removed from the FBI's Most Wanted Fugitives List.[4] Despite his removal from the Top Ten List, Palmer remains a highly wanted fugitive,[5] and has an International Interpol warrant issued against him.[6]

Eugene Palmer
Photograph taken in 2012
Photograph taken in 2012
FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive
  • Eugene K. Palmer
  • Eugene Kenneth Palmer
  • Eugene Kevin Palmer
Born (1939-04-04) April 4, 1939 (age 85)
New York, United States
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight220 lb (100 kg)
ChildrenJohn Palmer, Clarence Palmer, James Palmer
AddedMay 29, 2019
RemovedJuly 20, 2022
Removed from Top Ten Fugitive List



Eugene Palmer's son, John Palmer, was married to Tammy Palmer, and the couple lived together with their two children at a property owned by Eugene in Stony Point, New York. Eugene lived next door to the couple. The relationship between John and Tammy began to deteriorate, and they eventually started seeing other people. Tammy filed for a restraining order against John, and this enraged Eugene. Tammy also threatened to file for divorce and sue for the land belonging to Eugene. Authorities say this started a feud between Eugene and Tammy that would culminate in a heated confrontation several days before the murder of Tammy.[7]



On the morning of Monday, September 24, 2012, Tammy walked her two children to the school bus. It is believed that Eugene Palmer hid in the woods, lying in wait to ambush her on her return home. When Tammy walked back toward her home, Palmer allegedly began firing his shotgun at her from a distance. The first shot struck her in the arm, the second missed; but the third shot, delivered at close range, hit her in the chest and proved fatal. After the shooting, Palmer fled the scene in a green Dodge Ram pickup; the truck would later be found abandoned outside Harriman State Park in Rockland County. Apparently Palmer ditched the truck and fled into the park on foot. When police called in search dogs, they followed Palmer's scent to a campground in the woods. Despite multiple searches, no further trace of Palmer has been found since.[8]

In September 2014, a New York Supreme Court judge awarded Tammy's children $2.15 million (equivalent to $2.77 million in 2023) — the estimated value of Palmer's entire estate — after determining by a preponderance of the evidence that Palmer killed their mother.[9]



A federal arrest warrant was issued for Eugene Palmer on June 10, 2013.[10] Family members of his have expressed their belief that he died in the park; however, according to Haverstraw police, no body was ever discovered after multiple searches of the area. Palmer depends on medications for a heart condition and diabetes. Eugene Palmer is an outdoorsman—an experienced hunter, angler, and hiker—and is also described as a car enthusiast. He has a deformed left thumb. Authorities believe he may be hiding in Florida or Upstate New York, where he has relatives.[11]

On May 29, 2019, Palmer was added to the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.[2]

On August 17, 2021, acting on a tip, the FBI searched the home of one of Palmer's granddaughters in Warwick, New York but ultimately found nothing.[12]

On July 20, 2022, Palmer was removed from the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list after it was determined that he no longer fit the list criteria.[2][4] He was replaced by Omar Alexander Cardenas.[13] Despite his removal, he remains a wanted fugitive.[5]


On March 25, 2020, Palmer was the focus of an episode of In Pursuit with John Walsh.[14] On March 15, 2021, he was featured on the first episode of the revival of America's Most Wanted.[15] On August 25, 2021, Palmer was the subject of an episode of the Unsolved Mysteries podcast.[16]

See also



  1. ^ "Eugene Palmer". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Archived from the original on July 19, 2022. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives 501 +". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  3. ^ "Eugene Palmer Added to Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List". FBI. May 29, 2019. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives FAQ". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  5. ^ a b "Eugene Palmer". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  6. ^ "Interpol's most wanted Americans". cbsnews. February 22, 2022. Retrieved October 5, 2023.
  7. ^ Romine, Taylor; Patterson, Thom (May 29, 2019). "FBI adds Eugene Palmer to Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list". CNN.
  8. ^ Spillane, Matt (May 30, 2019). "Haverstraw killing: Eugene Palmer added to FBI's Most Wanted List". The Journal News.
  9. ^ Lieberman, Steve (September 22, 2014). "Accused killer's grandkids get $2 million of his assets". USA Today. Retrieved August 25, 2021.
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  11. ^ Waitt, Tammy (June 1, 2019). "NY Suspect of Murdering Son's Wife Added to FBI's Ten Most Wanted". American Security Today.
  12. ^ Keane, Isabel (August 19, 2021). "FBI raids Warwick home looking for Eugene Palmer, one of most wanted U.S. murder suspects". Times Herald-Record. Retrieved August 25, 2021.
  13. ^ "Omar Alexander Cardenas". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved August 10, 2022.
  14. ^ Croke, Karen (March 24, 2020). "Where is Eugene Palmer? Rockland fugitive subject of 'In Pursuit With John Walsh'". The Journal News. Retrieved August 25, 2021.
  15. ^ "America's Most Wanted | Premieres March 15 at 9/8c on FOX". Fox Broadcasting Company. Archived from the original on March 18, 2021. Retrieved March 23, 2021.
  16. ^ "Point Blank Range". Unsolved Mysteries. August 25, 2021. Retrieved August 25, 2021.