Steve Boggs was an internationally acclaimed researcher in dielectrics and electrical insulation. His groundbreaking studies focused on both experimental and theoretical methodologies; his 1982 IEEE Transactions on Electrical Insulation paper became highly cited.
At the voluntariness hearing, detectives Heivilin and Price testified that Boggs did not raise a Miranda objection or voluntariness objection upon his arrest, nor during June 5 or 6 interrogations sessions. They also provided details regarding these interrogations sessions.
Early Life and Education
Boggs was raised above her father’s restaurant and experienced various forms of discrimination due to her race and gender. These experiences highlighted the necessity of social change.
She graduated from both Barnard and Bryn Mawr Colleges. For years she read and studied the works of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Karl Polanyi and Marx; later becoming part of C. L. R James and Raya Dunayevskaya’s Johnson-Forest Tenancy organization.
Her father encouraged her to study music, and she became a well-recognized classical pianist. Following the death of her son, she moved to Detroit and dedicated herself to civic reforms; through writings and activities she promoted civil rights, economic justice, peace, as well as advocating for African Americans and Asian Americans.
After receiving his postdoctoral fellowship at the National Research Council of Ottawa, Boggs took up employment at Ontario Hydro – then Canada’s largest electric power utility – where she served until 1987. It was an exciting period in power sector research as the US-based Electric Power Research Institute and Canadian Electrical Association had recently begun funding major investigations of various utility issues.
He collaborated with industrial partners on several projects such as high field injection, guarded needle electrode and insulation degradation studies. He published several acclaimed experimental and theoretical papers related to dielectric phenomena and insulation systems.
Over his long tenure, he mentored over 20 PhD students – half female. An early advocate of gender equality in STEM, he was well known for his dedication to student training and mentoring – winning his department’s teaching excellence award twice.
Achievement and Honors
Boggs was an unwavering supporter of children with craniofacial anomalies and served at the UF Craniofacial Clinic and weekend Cranio Camps. Additionally, he authored peer-reviewed journal articles and scholarly chapters focusing on Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: an intensive live-coached parent training model which significantly reduces child behavior issues while strengthening parent-child bonds.
At Ontario Hydro, Boggs adopted a more theoretical approach to electrical insulation research. He developed and applied computer programs for transient nonlinear finite element analysis as well as contributing to our understanding of high-field phenomena found in solid dielectrics, SF6-insulated systems, outdoor insulation and PD measurement.
He was an enthusiastic supporter of the Ethylene-Propylene-Rubber Cable Technology Consortium and actively participated in industry collaborative projects focusing on nonlinear materials for surge arresters, stress grading cable joints and rotating machine endwindings for Toshiba, TMEIC, Kerite and Okonite machines. Additionally he served on IEEE International Committee on Electrical Insulation as a member.
Boggs was an ardent family man who enjoyed camping and taking his children on nature hikes. Additionally, he was an avid classical music collector with over 1,000 multi-channel and super-audio CDs in his collection. Additionally, he often protested bureaucracy – several journal editors received letters or emails from him criticizing how they edited his papers.
At his June 6 interview, Boggs offered several explanations regarding the deaths at Mesa Jack In The Box and frequently requested to leave the room – even discussing suicide at one point.
His death was a great loss to both the community and UF’s clinical psychology program, so donations in his memory may be made to either Craniofacial Clinic or Weekend Cranio Camp.
Boggs has amassed an estimated net worth between $1 and $8 Million from his primary career as a Politician, as well as from YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram earnings.
At Boggs’ June 6 interrogation, Detective Vogel did not threaten or offer promises of leniency; thus the court determined his statements were voluntary. Vogel read him his Miranda rights before questioning him for 90 minutes.
At the time of their murders, Boggs and Hargrave were both members of a militia called Imperial Royal Guard. Dr. Lanyon testified that Boggs was suffering from delusions due to bipolar disorder but could not determine if he was manic or dissociative at the time of the killings.