Courtside Bar & Grill Death
Marion Harris Sr.
On Oct. 9, 2011, someone shot Marion Harris Sr., 32, as he sat on the outside patio at the Courtside Bar & Grill on E. 14th St. in Des Moines. His photo appeared in The Washington Post after friend Calvetta Williams went to the state capitol steps to speak about area unsolved murders.More
Partnering in Crime
The Iowa Newspaper Association and Iowa Cold Cases have partnered up in a new weekly project -- a statewide series titled "Gone Cold: Exploring Iowa's Unsolved Murders," in hopes of generating new leads for hundreds of unsolved homicides.More
Wrong Place, Wrong Time
Brandy Ratliff Jr.
Brandy Ratliff Jr., 31, was killed in a drive-by shooting Oct. 19, 2008 while sitting on a sofa inside his cousin’s home at 1608 E. Capitol Ave. in Des Moines. The bullet came through a window covered with plastic after being blown out by a shotgun blast nine days earlier.More
Barely a Teen
One month after Kenny Joe Johnson, 14, transferred to Dubuque's Hillcrest Family Services, he disappeared. An elderly fisherman found the boy's body Oct. 10, 1987 -- wrapped in an old carpet and dumped in Maus Park. Kenny had been sexually assaulted and strangled.More
Explore this interactive map of Iowa's unsolved murders, dating back to 1847, and read profiles on some of these murder victims. Map compiled by Des Moines Register as part of 'Gone Cold' series partnership.More
Forgave His Killers
Throughout the Great Depression, Joseph Payne of Chariton used any extra money to help others. When local boys beat him into a coma and ransacked his home in search of cash, the 75-year-old awoke in the hospital Oct. 18, 1945, just long enough to say "Please don't be too hard on the boys."More