Part of a police officer’s ethical oath he has to take before fully becoming an officer of the law reads, ‘I will preserve the dignity and will respect the rights of all individuals’ and ‘I will act at all times to the best of my ability and knowledge in a manner benefiting a police officer.’ For a small percentage of police officers in Maryland that oath goes out the window and they believe that because they carry a badge and a gun that they’re above the law. The rules don’t apply to them because ‘I’m a cop and I can do what I want, when I want and I can get away with it, too.’
Let’s examine the cases of Sergeant James Allen Kulbicki and Michael Edward Thompson. Both of these officers totally disregarded that oath and decided to take the law into their own hands.
JAMES ALLEN KULBICKI
On January 9 1993 36 year old James Allen Kulbicki, a nine year veteran of the northwestern district shot and killed 22 year old Gina Marie Nueslein, of the 3300 block of Ramona Avenue in northeast Baltimore. The next day, a park ranger found her partially clad body near a garbage can in Gunpowder Falls State Park with a bullet in her head. The married sergeant had started an affair with the woman that began when she was a 16 year old waitress and Gina ended up pregnant with the cop’s son. When she petitioned the courts and sought child support from him, he shot her point blank once in the head. On October 21 1993 it took a jury less than five hours to find him guilty of her murder. James, now 55 and an inmate at the Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland , has always insisted he was innocent of her murder but he is serving a sentence of life without parole in the case. A made for TV movie entitled “Double Jeopardy” was aired in 1996 outlining the case.
MICHAEL EDWARD THOMPSON
On April 13 1998 26 year old Michael Edward Thompson, a four year veteran of the eastern district from Parkville , snapped and blasted his way through his mistress’s bathroom with a 12 gauge shotgun and an AR 15 semi automatic rifle, killing 32 year old Vicky Lee Austin of Bel Air and her daughter, 5 year old Jessica Elaine Morgan. Eight months pregnant with the married cop’s child, Vicky was shot more than twenty times because she insisted he pay child support. Jessica, a kindergartner at Hickory Elementary School , had at one point called her murderer “Uncle Mike” but she was shot several times including right between the eyes. To avoid the death penalty, Michael admitted he acted out of extreme anger and rage and pleaded guilty to the grisly murders.
“Nothing I can say or do can change what happened. I made a big mistake acting out of extreme anger and rage. No one knows the psychology, the head games, the torture I went through. All she had to do was stop the threats, the harassment, the calling my wife at all hours, the extortion for her to remain quiet.” he said before being sentenced to two consecutive life sentences without the possibility for parole.
Now 40, he’s also an inmate at the Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland Maryland .