Scott County in Iowa
Davenport in Scott County
Massie Brown Pittman
Mrs. Massie Pittman
621 N. Harrison St.
February 17, 1969
Massie Pittman, a Davenport, Iowa tavern owner, was found slain in her Davenport, Iowa, home at 621 N. Harrison on Monday, February 17, 1969.
Pittman was found in her bed with puncture wounds to her face, stomach and neck.
Courtesy Des Moines Register
In a strange twist of fate, Pittman’s husband also had been murdered several years earlier.
On Tuesday, November 4, 1969, prior to being sentenced to life in prison for another crime, 25-year-old Edward Lee Williams made a statement to the Scott County District Court saying one of the witnesses at his trial could provide information about a number of crimes in Iowa, including Massie Pittman’s murder.
The witness, Williams said, could give information on at least three murders, the robbery of a Danville, Iowa bank, a $16,000 holdup of a chemical company, and the theft of M-16 rifles from the Rock Island Arsenal.
The Des Moines Register reported on Nov. 5, 1969, that County Attorney Edward Wehr said he would ask for transcripts of Williams’ statements and also ask Williams for a private interview.
Williams had been convicted the preceding May in the slaying of 47-year-old Virgil Slater of Moline, Illinois.
If you have any information about the slaying of Mrs. Pittman, please contact the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-7979.
- “Davenport’s unsolved homicides,” The Quad-City Times, June 25, 2011
- “Cold case murders 1935-2009,” Quad-Cities Online, March 27, 2010
- “Links Witness to Crime Data,” Des Moines Register, November 5, 1969
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