Roosevelt Bernard Gipson: New Name Bernard Gipson ’48 Hours’ Episode ‘To Catch A Killer’


Roosevelt Bernard Gipson, an ex-Marine who is a paranoid schizophrenic, was the man responsible for the abduction and murder of Marilyn Yvette Allen, in California, in 1992. The Gipson case is the featured crime story on CBS 48 Hours tonight under the episode title “To Catch A Killer.” CBS 48 Hours is running a six-part series, exposing the cases that have inspired the NCIS series.


Teaser: 48 Hours–Episode “To Catch A Killer”

When an off-duty Marine goes on a fishing trip and finds the body of a woman floating in a lake in Camp Pendleton on September 20, 1992, NCIS investigators scurry to find out the woman’s identity. The case goes cold for many years, until a lead from another state leads detectives straight to the killer.


Roosevelt Bernard Gipson Case File

Roosevelt Bernard Gipson told a girlfriend, Seanice Etienne, that he had murdered a woman years earlier when he was in the military. Etienne feared for her life and believed that reporting what Gipson told her was the only way to get him out of her life for good. According to Seanice Etienne, Roosevelt Gipson had mistreated her and frightened her on more than one occasion.


From there, Louisiana police contacted California NCIS authorities with the news. Roosevelt Gipson denied any involvement in the death of Marilyn Allen. However, the case was solved after undercover investigator Jeff Winn gained Gipson’s confidence and captured his voice on tape boasting about the murder that day.


After he was found guilty and sentenced to just a few short years in prison, Roosevelt Gipson left prison for good. Today, he goes by the name Bernard Gipson. Even more eerie, it doesn’t appear that anyone on his Facebook page knows about his past. He is seen in pictures posing with family members and often posts encouraging Facebook quotes about changing one’s past for the better. The ex-Marine was 28-years old at the time of the murder. Now, he is a man in his late 40s or early 50s.


Marilyn Allen was someone’s loved one and D’Wayne Swear was going to get justice for her death. #48NCIS tomorrow, 10/9c

Posted by 48 Hours on Thursday, May 11, 2017


His case makes many wonder what is behind the smile of so many Facebook posters who seem normal but have deadly pasts.


The case inspired an episode of Cold Case Files: “Operation Jambalaya,” The Investigators: “Uniform Justice,” and The Real NCIS: “Allen A Killer Speaks.”


CBS 48 Hours: “To Catch A Killer” airs tonight at 10 p.m., Broadway World reports.



[Main Image via Police File Photo]

Traciy Curry-Reyes

Traciy Curry-Reyes is the founder and editor-in-chief of TV Crime Sky. She began her career as a true crime & entertainment freelance writer in the 1990's for her website, The Movies Based on True Stories Database/Archives. She has contributed content to other websites, such as and Traciy also appears as a true-crime expert and commentator on TV One's Fatal Attraction, For My Man, and Justice by Any Means; Investigation Discovery's Murder Calls and Scorned; Oxygen's Snapped; FOX's Crime Watch Daily; and Lifetime Television's Killer Kids.