Walter Scott (singer)

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Walter Scott
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Background information
Birth name Walter Notheis Jr.
Born (1943-02-07)February 7, 1943
St. Louis, Missouri
Died December 27, 1983(1983-12-27) (aged 40)
St. Peters, Missouri
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1966–1983
Associated acts Bob Kuban and The In-Men

Walter Scott (February 7, 1943 – December 27, 1983[1]) was an American singer who fronted Bob Kuban and The In-Men, a St. Louis, Missouri-based rock 'n' roll band that enjoyed brief national popularity during the 1960s.


Born Walter Notheis Jr. in St. Louis, Missouri, Scott found fame with Bob Kuban and The In-Men in 1966 with the song "(Look Out For) The Cheater". "The Cheater" spent eleven weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #12 in March of that year.[2] Scott left the group soon after to attempt a solo career. When this failed, Scott began touring with a cover band during the 1970s.[3] In early 1983, Scott and Kuban performed together for a television appearance and planned to reunite the band for their twentieth anniversary in June 1983.[4]


Scott disappeared on December 27, 1983. In April 1987, his body was found floating face-down in a cistern. He had been hog-tied and shot in the back. Scott's second wife, JoAnn (née Calcaterra), pleaded guilty to hindering the prosecution of his murder, and received a five-year sentence. Her lover, James H. Williams Sr., whom she married in 1986, was found guilty of two counts of capital murder involving the deaths of his previous wife, Sharon Williams (who died from what was originally thought to be an auto accident in 1983), and of Walter Scott.[5][6]

The case was shown on Court TV's Forensic Files,[7] HBO's Autopsy 3: Voices From the Grave,[8] and as part of The New Detectives: Case Studies in Forensic Science (episode: Grave Discoveries).

On September 13, 2011, James Williams, then aged 72, died in prison from a heart condition while serving his life sentence.[1]

Further reading[edit]

  • Priesmeyer, Scottie, The Cheaters: The Walter Scott Murder, Tula Publishing, 1997
  • Spiller, Harry. Murder in the Heartland: 20 Case Files. Turner Publishing Company, 2003.
  • Spiller, Harry. Sheriff: A Memoir of a Lawman from Bloody Williamson County, Illinois Turner, 1999.


  1. ^ a b Man who murdered St. Louis singer dies in prison, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Sept. 13, 2011)
  2. ^ "Bob Kuban Chart History". Retrieved 2012-07-20. 
  3. ^ Krajicek, David J. (2007-08-19). "Look Out For Cheaters". Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  4. ^ Simmonds, Jeremy (2008). The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars: Heroin, Handguns, and Ham Sandwiches. Chicago Review Press. pp. 181, 182. ISBN 1-55652-754-3. 
  5. ^ Dillon, Dan (2005). So, Where'd You Go to High School? Vol. 2: The Baby Boomer Years: 1950s-1960s. Virginia Publishing. p. 121. ISBN 1-891442-33-3. 
  6. ^ Spiller, Harry (2003). Murder in the Heartland: 20 Case Files. Turner Publishing Company. pp. 165, 166. ISBN 1-56311-912-9. 
  7. ^ ""Forensic Files" The Cheater (2003)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-03-03. 
  8. ^ "Autopsy 3: Voices From the Grave". Retrieved 2009-03-03. 

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