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August 6, 2007

Pittsburgh Comicon Organizer Michael George Arrested For 1990 Wife Murder

The Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown, Pennsylvania reports that Michael Ralph George, owner of the shop Comics World in Windber, Pennsylvania, has been charged by Michigan authorities for the killing of his then-wife in 1990.

Barbara Marie George was found in the back of Comics World in Clinton Township, Michigan, in July 1990, dead of a single gunshot to the head from a .38. Approximately $30,000 of comics were taken at that time as well, and initial inquiries pursued the robbery aspect of the crime. A mother of two, George had been killed after closing the shop to plan a birthday party for her husband. Authorities in Michigan indicated that she may have died while kneeling.

As several people have pointed out more familiar with the show and the retail scene in Pennsylvania, this is apparently the same Michael George that organizes the Pittsburgh Comicon. That show, one of the larger regional conventions, is set to celebrate its 15th year in 2008.

George was picked up in a retail establishment near his store on Saturday. He has since remarried. Next up for the accused is an extradition hearing.

A report from the local Michigan paper can be found here.
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