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Greenskeeping Fugitive

Mastering the art of the frown

Columbia, MO—Carl Spackler, former greenskeeper at Bushwood Country Club is wanted in Boone County on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. He was applying for a job at Old Hawthorne when he failed a urine drug test. He also has a misdemeanor warrant.

Spackler, 44, is white, 6-foot-4, and 220 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Spackler may have short-cut hair, rather than the style shown in this photo. Head groundskeeper Sandy McFiddish speculates that years of abusing Spackler verbally contributed to his trip down a dark path. “Last thing I said to him was ‘Carl. Damn your eyes. I told you, today is the day we change the holes. Now, do it, and no more slacking off’” he said.

Bushwood’s co-founder, Judge Smails said, “Drugs at Bushwood? I’ve sentenced boys younger than him to the gas chamber. Didn’t want to do it. I felt I owed it to them.” If Smails could reach Spackler he ask him if he stands for “goodness”, or – for “badness”?

Spackler’s facebook status on Thursday said “Man, free to kill gophers at will.” His friends say he’s been under a lot of pressure since economic strains have reduced the number of members at Bushwood, jeopardizing his job and his living space/shack.

“Last time I heard from him he was probably high, and talking crazy things…”, said Ty Webb. “In fact, he left a wall post for me that read: ‘Do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga… gunga, gunga-lagunga. And how on his deathbed, he was to receive total consciousness. So he’s got that going for him, which is nice.”

Officers think Spackler is hiding in the Columbia area with the assistance of friends.

If you know the whereabouts of Spackler, you can call Crime Stoppers at (417) 869-TIPS (8477) or submit information securely online at You do not have to give your name and no attempt is made to find out who you are.

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