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Slain Woman's Husband Hired Strippers, Escort Service Says

Posted May 9, 2007

— New information could call into question the character of a prominent Rocky Mount funeral home owner accused of plotting with his girlfriend to kill his wife.

Jackie Graves, the owner of Diamond Escorts in Rocky Mount, told WRAL Wednesday that Mark Bowling hired five strippers to perform at a friend's bachelor party at an apartment above Bowling's Funeral Home six to eight months before his wife's death.

Investigators would not comment about how that might affect the case, which has captured the attention of the Rocky Mount community. Bowling and his wife, Julie, were well-known for having built a successful chain of mortuaries, and their faces were featured on billboards advertising the businesses.

Julie Bowling was found dead inside the couple's garage in December after she failed to show up to work at Nash General Hospital, where she worked as an oncology therapist.

Authorities later arrested Mark Bowling and Rose Vincent, who police said drove to the Bowlings' home and shot Julie Bowling multiple times. Mark Bowling was out of town at the time.

Authorities have not offered any motive for why Julie Bowling might have been killed when she was, but search warrants revealed that Mark Bowling and Vincent had been involved in a romantic relationship for about a year and had planned the crime.

People who know Bowling were shocked and said the allegations are completely out of character for him.


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  • St Ives May 10, 2007

    Hmmm if he had hired Miss Crystal Magnum that would be news.

  • FonziBeWithYou May 10, 2007

    Yeah Spazman, enlighten us.

  • latanya512 May 10, 2007

    If he is guilty, so be it but what does hiring strippers for a bachelor party have to do with his wife's death. That has me confused. Mr. Spazman what do you mean? I am not from RM but you do have me intriqued with your comment.

  • ncbookseller May 10, 2007

    I don't know who you mean spazman.

  • spazman May 10, 2007

    MY...How quiet it got LOL

  • spazman May 10, 2007

    FACT..MARK was odd and liked what every man likes,Me to,But the fact that he showed off(w/his bucks)Didnt mean he wasnt good at what he was paid to do(he buried my DAD)THEY BETTER START LOOKING AT THE FAMILY AROUND MARK ,BEFORE GETTING DOWN ON HIM...AND you know who i mean

  • gjp032 May 10, 2007

    Strippers at a bachelor party? This is news? Why?

  • AngelEyes May 10, 2007

    Shine; People are trying to paint Mark as an upstanding, moral family man. This revelation is just ONE MORE thing that dispels his "pillar of the community" facade. He's so crass, he's made passes at women paying respects to his funeral home clients. * FACT*

  • Lightfoot May 10, 2007

    ...and a man who would NOT hire strippers for a party is a bum! :)

  • refiman May 10, 2007

    if everyone that hired a stripper is susected of murder, I guess everyone is suspicious of nurder then. Anybody that thinks less of him for this is 1) jeolous because they don't have the body to be a stripper. 2)a hypocrit 3) a prude