As his prior identity, Margaret, Bodfish ran a pool maintenance and plumbing business, The Blue Lagoon. Later he worked as an investment advisor. He owned a simple home in the affluent Orinda area outside San Francisco. He also owned a town-house in Marin County. In the late nineties he was apparently isolated and depressed, and occasionally reverted to being a woman.
In June 1999 Emmon was found bludgeoned to death. The next day his son Max Wills was found, an apparent suicide in a Santa Monica hotel room. Max was known to have suffered from long term depression but was reluctant to kill himself while his mother was alive.
Later the police discovered a floor safe containing $60,000 in gold and coins. A drill had been found at the same spot but there was no sign that it was used to pry out the safe. In addition a police investigator apparently contracted Q fever in the Bodfish home.
- Samhain 1986. "Samhain: The Other World". Reposted at: www.opednews.com/articles/Samhain-The-Other-World-by-Emmon-Bodfish-081029-130.html.
- Isaac Bonewits & Michael Scharding (eds).A Reformed Druid Anthology, 2nd Edition, Volume 3: The Magazine Volume. Online at: http://orgs.carleton.edu/druids/arda.
- Ed Walsh. " Bodfish likely struggled with killer, report says". Bay Area Reporter, 28/08/99. Online at: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/alt.true-crime/_QyBWhoc5SE.
- Ed Walsh. "Reclusive Bodfish had stash of herbal remedies, vitamins: Report says liver was normal". Bay Area Reporter, 10/29/99. Online at: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/alt.true-crime/OpbPg1-y3ds.
- Ed Walsh. "Bodfish investigator may have gotten rare disease from Orinda home". Bay Area Reporter, 2/4/00. Online at: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/alt.true-crime/E9-N8dH6ixw.
- Charlie Goodyear. "Diary Prompts Theories in Orinda Slaying / Police suspect mother-son death pact". SFGate, March 31, 2000. www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Diary-Prompts-Theories-in-Orinda-Slaying-Police-2766298.php.
The murder remains unsolved. Different possibilities have been suggested including transphobia, family involvement, a fustrated robbery and even, based on an entry in his diary, that Emmon contracted his own death.
The Druid sites do not mention the murder.