Deborah Glinton: Roscoe Glinton Probably Murdered Missing Newburgh Wife


Deborah Glinton (Deborah Thomas Glinton) vanished from her Newburgh, New York home in 1998, nearly two weeks after Roscoe Glinton, her husband, said “Oops,” before he tossed a hairdryer in her bathtub. It was a close call for Deborah, who was quick enough to get out of the tub. But police say now that they know Roscoe Glinton murdered his pregnant lover, Lisa Eatmon, he most likely killed Deborah Glinton, too. Hunters found Deborah’s remains years later. Roscoe is in prison. But for Lisa Eatmon’s death, not Deborah’s.


Deborah Glinton, Roscoe Glinton: Newburg Murder Timeline–Missing Wife

1998—June 10: Deborah Glinton writes a frightening entry in her journal, detailing how Roscoe romanced her and lured her into a candlelit bath before tossing a hairdryer in the tub to kill her.

  • June 20: Ten days later, Deborah Glinton fails to show up to her job at the dentist office, where she works as an assistant. Since she is always on time. and her home phone is out of order, Deborah’s boss contacts police to report her missing.
  • Police arrive at Deborah Glinton’s home on Saratoga Drive and find only the children. The missing woman’s two sons–ages 10 and 11, and her daughter, age five, say their parents were at work. They also tell police their father, Roscoe Glinton, had argued with their mother the night before.
  • Concerned for Deborah Glinton’s welfare, police check the garage, where they find her car still parked, and her purse is inside.





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  • During an interview with Roscoe Glinton, he admits the couple had an argument, which ended with him taking a spot on the couch to sleep for the night. He last saw his wife as he headed to work around 4:30 a.m.
  • The sanitation worker gives police two different stories regarding the route he took to work. In the first version, he says he traveled on the New York State Thruway. In the second version of the story, he indicates he took the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge through Westchester County.
  • The woman’s husband, Roscoe Glinton, is a suspect. New York detectives want Roscoe to take a lie detector test. He refuses. A lack of evidence against him means detectives can’t make an arrest. They watch and follow him over the next several months.
  • Roscoe becomes angry and agrees to an interview with the local news. Tearfully, he says the police department is harassing him, and that he had nothing to do with Deborah Glinton’s disappearance or murder. He also says he is praying for her return.
  • Roscoe Glinton’s girlfriend is a former police officer.
  • Deb’s family says she was not happy with her husband, a womanizer who cheated repeatedly over the years. He also abused her.
  • Her family finds a secret journal Deb kept, in which she detailed years of unhappiness and domestic violence. On one occasion, he put a gun to her head as she talked with her sister on the phone. Another time, he dragged her out of the house naked because she arrived home later after a day out with her mother and aunt.
  • She also kept a log of her suspicions that Roscoe had another woman. She is correct. He is dating four to five women on the side. One of them is dating a woman named Deborah Hailstalk, a former New York city cop who later claims she didn’t know her boyfriend was married.
  • Without physical evidence and witnesses to tie Roscoe Glinton to Deborah Glinton’s murder, the case goes cold.
  • Deborah Glinton’s mother takes in her daughter’s children.


  • Roscoe fights for custody of his children. They finally move back in with him.
  • Roscoe Glinton marries another woman. Her name is Darlene. The couple has a daughter together.


2001: The body of Deborah Glinton is found by hunters under some leaves in the woods over 90 feet from Interstate 87—twelve miles south of Newburgh. This is the same area that Roscoe named in version two of his statements to police about the route he took the morning his wife disappeared. Dental records confirmed her identity.


  • The skeletal remains are in poor condition, and animals have disturbed the area. An autopsy report can make no cause of death determination, and it is not ruled a homicide.
  • Over the years, Roscoe’s son, Donovan, confronts his father about his mother, often asking him what he did to her. Each time, Roscoe reassures him that he had nothing to do with his mother’s death.



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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.