More details are emerging in the story of Michael George, who along with wife Renee, has been running the Pittsburgh Comicon for many years. As reported yesterday, George was arrested on Monday for the 17-year-old slaying of his first wife Barbara in 1990. Barbara George was found slain execution-style in the Michigan comics shop George then owned. Comics were stolen from the store and it was believed to be a robbery. However, police now believe George staged the robbery:
Killing his wife execution-style in his Clinton Township store in a staged robbery was likely a philandering husband’s scheme to collect life insurance and start anew with another woman, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors and the victims family has kept the case alive for all this time, according to this much longer and more detailed story in the Johnstown Tribune Democrat.
Following the murder, George relocated to Pennsylvania and remarried, opening a chain of comics shops and co-running the Pittsburgh show with current wife Renee. We have never attended the Pittsburgh show ourselves, but Michael and Renee George were always kindly spoken of in the industry, known for raising thousands of dollars for charity, and the shocked reactions to the arrest can be read in this Newsarama thread.