Clifford Lewis

On February 23, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Scott County in Iowa

Davenport in Scott County

Clifford Lewis

Homicide

Clifford Lewis
600 block of North Brady Street
Davenport, IA
Scott County
December 2, 1982

Clifford Lewis was found dead in the 600 block of North Brady Street in Davenport, Iowa, on Thursday, December 2, 1982.

Information Needed

If you have any information about this unsolved crime please contact the Davenport Police Department at (563) 326-7979.

Sources:

Alfred Allen

On February 10, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing
Scott County in Iowa
Scott County in Iowa
Davenport Iowa
Davenport in Scott County

Alfred W. Allen

Homicide

Alfred W. Allen
73 YOA
200 block of Warren
Davenport, IA
Scott County
February 8, 1988

Alfred Allen, 73, who hadn’t been seen for several days, was found slain in his apartment near downtown Davenport on February 8, 1988.

Alfred Allen was born September 24, 1914.

Information Needed

If you have any information about this case, please contact the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-7979.

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Sources:
  • Cold case murders 1935-2009,” Quad-Cities Online, March 27, 2010
  • “Iowa Briefs,” The Telegraph-Herald, Feb. 15, 1988
  • Familysearch.org

Massie Pittman

On February 9, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing
Scott County in Iowa
Scott County in Iowa
Davenport Iowa
Davenport in Scott County

Massie Brown Pittman

Homicide

Mrs. Massie Pittman
36 YOA
621 N. Harrison St.
Davenport, IA
Scott County
February 17, 1969

Case summary by Jody Ewing

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

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.

Information Needed

If you have any information about the slaying of Mrs. Pittman, please contact the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-7979.

Sources:
  • “Davenport’s unsolved homicides,” The Quad-City Times, June 25, 2011
  • Cold case murders 1935-2009,” by Bill Mayeroff, Quad-Cities Online, March 27, 2010
  • “Links Witness to Crime Data,” Des Moines Register, November 5, 1969

 

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John Rude

On February 2, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing
Scott County in Iowa
Scott County in Iowa
Davenport Iowa
Davenport in Scott County

John Gail Rude

Homicide

John Gail Rude
51 YOA
2500 block of Madison
Davenport, IA

Scott County
December 11, 1974

John Gail Rude, 51, was shot and killed in his Davenport, Iowa home on Wednesday, December 11, 1974.

Rude’s wife, Dorothy, told police she discovered her husband’s body the morning of December 14 after returning home from a trip out of town.

Scott County Medical Examiner Dr. Roland Perkins reported that Rude died from a gunshot fired from a .22 or .25 caliber weapon.

About John Rude

John Gail Rude was born in Clear Creek, Jasper County, Iowa on October 16, 1923, to John Rude and Flossie Irene Neal.

Information Needed

If you have any information about John Rude’s unsolved homicide, please contact the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-7979.

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Clarence Case

On February 1, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Clarence Case

Homicide

Clarence Case death certificate
Clarence Raymond “Ray” Case
62 YOA
1646 W. Locust Ave.
Davenport, IA

Scott County
Case Number: 1961-00273
February 16, 1961

Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing

Clarence “Ray” Raymond Case, 62, was found bludgeoned to death inside Ray and Edith’s Travel Inn at 1646 W. Locust Avenue in Davenport, Iowa on Thursday, February 16, 1961.

Case — a World War I veteran — owned and operated the local tavern with his 56-year-old wife, Edith.

Scott County in Iowa
Scott County in Iowa
Davenport Iowa
Davenport in Scott County

When the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation launched their Cold Case Unit in late 2009, Clarence Case’s homicide was one of approximately 150 the Cold Case Unit listed on their website as those they hoped to solve using the latest advancements in DNA technology. After iowacoldcases.org listed Case’s unsolved murder on this website, Case’s daughter Betty Case Gibbs contacted us and provided further information along with photos and her father’s certificate of death.

The Iowa DCI’s Cold Case Unit shut down in December 2011 due to lack of funding, though the DCI continues to investigate those cases where progress was already being made. Betty Case Gibbs remains hopeful her father’s case will be one of them.

About the Murder

Customer William Claussen discovered Case’s body at 10:30 a.m. after stopping by the bar to visit with Case. He told police he found the back door unlocked, and that when he entered the tavern he found Case sprawled on the floor in a pool of blood.

Case’s skull was fractured in three different places. It appeared he had been struck from behind while sitting at a table near the bar’s rear entrance.

Davenport Police Lt. Gil Koos padlocks the Travel Inn’s back door.

The cash register, which had not been closed out from the previous night, displayed a 10-cent sale on the tape. Case normally deposited the day’s sales into the business’s safe, with $50 set aside to use for the next day’s opening. Davenport Police found the safe unlocked and containing only loose change.

Davenport Police Captain Elmer Peterson assigned detectives John Ackerman, Elmer Clauusen and Forrest Ashcraft to work around the clock in search of evidence and reports of unusual activity. They discovered blood in a phone booth and latent fingerprints, as well as a toilet seat ripped away from the bowl. The seat had broken into a U-shape and appeared to match the blows to Case’s head.

During a neighborhood canvass, officials found a blood-stained pop bottle a few blocks away near a school, and a waitress from a doughnut store told investigators that at approximately 5:45 a.m. she’d heard banging noises coming from the tavern.

A vehicle with big fins was reportedly seen the previous evening in the bar’s back parking lot.

A blood-stained piece of clothing found at the scene was sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for analysis.

View of the crime scene from the rear of the bar.

According to a Muscatine Journal article dated Tuesday, March 28, 1961, Case had a Muscatine woman as an acquaintance, but Davenport police said there was no connection between the woman and two telephone calls received by Case shortly before his death.

The article said investigators had checked into the minutest details in search of clues to Case’s murderer and also checked out all known persons connected with the victim, but that officials were still looking for the last customer known to have been in the tavern about 12:30 a.m. on Feb. 16.

All individuals who’d been in the bar that night were photographed and fingerprinted, including family members and janitor Norman Paulsen. Ten people also took lie detector tests administered by University of Iowa criminology professor Richard Holcomb, but all were cleared.

An artist’s depiction of the crime scene

The day prior to the murder, Case had taken his daughter, Betty Case Gibbs (who provided information to Iowa Cold Cases) and Betty’s two-year-old son, Donny, with him to visit his brother Frank in Point Byron, Ill., while Edith Gibbs remained in Davenport to work at the bar. Case, his daughter and grandson returned to Davenport in late afternoon, and at approximately 9:15 p.m. Betty drove her mother home. The Cases resided at 2615 Arlington Avenue, about 10 minutes away from the Travel Inn.

Betty stated that when she returned her father’s vehicle to the parking lot behind the inn, she entered the business through the back door to return the keys to a hook and saw about five customers still inside. At 9:45 p.m. she left the tavern and walked the three blocks to her Davie street home. 

When Edith awoke early the next morning and discovered her husband had not come home the night before, she telephoned the bar repeatedly but got no answer. Edith did not drive, and phoned Betty to voice her concerns.

Clarence Case (photo courtesy Betty Case Gibbs)

Edith told her daughter she had a quick errand to run and would then take the bus to the tavern. Betty began making calls to the bar, and learned of her father’s death after a police officer who answered the phone told her “Your father is dead” after she’d asked to speak to him.

Betty and her family moved to Arizona that same year, but would later return to their Davie street Davenport home.

Many months passed before Edith returned to work at the tavern. She passed away in 1987.

About Clarence Case

Clarence Raymond Case was born September 19, 1898 in Port Byron, Illinois, to Emma Williams and Ambrose Case.

He married Edith Heston in 1929 and the couple had two daughters, Edna Case Lowry Williams and Betty Ann Case Gibbs.

Prior to opening the bar with Edith, Case had spent 27 years working as a welder for Zimmerman Steel Company in Bettendorf and also worked at the French and Hecht Company in Davenport. His part-time job tending bar at Don’s Tavern in Davenport fueled his interest in opening “Ray and Edith’s Travel Inn.”

Clarence Case was survived by brothers Frank and Clyde Case and several grandchildren. Preceding him in death was four brothers — Harry, Albert, Leroy, and William.

Courtesy photo Steve & Debbie, findagrave.com
Clarence Case was buried at Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery in Scott County.

Memorial services were held at the McGinnis Chapel in Bettendorf, with burial at Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery.

Information Needed

If you have any information about Clarence Case’s unsolved murder please contact the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation at (515) 725-6010, e-mail dciinfo@dps.state.ia.us, or contact the Davenport Police Department at (563) 326-7979.

Sources:
  • Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation
  • Betty A. Case Gibbs, daughter of Clarence Case, correspondence to Iowa Cold Cases, March 26, 2010 – present
  • Certificate of Death for Clarence Raymond Case, sent to Jody Ewing at Iowa Cold Cases by Betty A. Case Gibbs
  • United States Social Security Death Index
  • Clarence R. Case, United States Census, 1940,” FamilySearch.org, Ward 1, Bettendorf, Bettendorf Township, Scott, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 82-4, sheet 4B, family 96, NARA digital publication T627, roll 1202
  • Clarence R. Case, United States Census, 1930,” FamilySearch.org, Davenport, Scott, Iowa; citing enumeration district (ED) 0042, sheet 5A, family 128, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 682
  • Nancy (Case) Wolff, personal correspondence to Iowa Cold Cases, December 8, 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial
  • Murders unsolved but not forgotten,” by Bill Mayeroff, qconline.com, The Dispatch-Argus, Saturday, March 27, 2010
  • “Slain Tavern Owner Knew Local Woman,” The Muscatine Journal, March 28, 1961
  • “3-Man Squad Will Work on Slaying,” The Daily Times, February 20, 1961
  • “To question several in Iowan’s death,” The Mason City Gazette, February 17, 1961

Betty A. Case Gibbs also submitted the following unattributed newspaper clippings to be used for her father’s case summary page on the Iowa Cold Cases website:

  • “Case Death Probers Conduct Lie Tests”
  • “Case Funeral To Be Held On Saturday”
  • “Continue Probe of Slaying Of Davenport Tavern Man”
  • “Davenporter Slain; Search for Motive”
  • “FBI Crime Lab Checks Article In Case Murder” (March 17, 1961)
  • “Officials Check Phone Call in Case Slaying”
  • “Pierce: Privacy rights are a factor in police-records case”
  • “Police Check Similarity In Two Davenport Slayings”
  • “Police Find New Items In Murder” (February 24, 1961)
  • “Police Plan Case Murder Lie Tests” (July 17, 1961)
  • “Police Set Additional Lie Tests in Slaying”
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Mark and John Green, Jr.

On January 30, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing
Scott County in Iowa
Scott County in Iowa
Davenport Iowa
Davenport in Scott County

Double Homicide

Mark E. Green, 18 months old
John R. Green Jr., 3 years old

1512 Belle Avenue
Davenport, Iowa
Scott County
Case Number: 1984-10311
November 24, 1984

John R. Green Jr., 3, and his 18-month-old brother, Mark R. Green, died after two explosions in their Davenport, Iowa, home on Saturday, November 24, 1984.

The boys were in an upstairs bedroom at 1512 Belle Avenue — their mother and aunt in a downstairs bedroom — when two explosions suddenly occurred about 12:30 p.m. near the home’s front door.

The 1512 Belle Avenue home where Mark and John Green were killed. (Courtesy Scott County Assessor's Office)

The 1512 Belle Avenue home where Mark and John Green were killed. (Courtesy Scott County Assessor’s Office)

The boys’ mother and aunt screamed for the children to get out of the house, and although a 6-year-old daughter in the home’s kitchen safely exited through the back door, the boys’ mother was unable to get upstairs to rescue her two sons.

A police officer attempted to rescue the boys but was overcome by heat and smoke. Firefighters pulled the heroic officer — who survived — from the burning home.

John Green Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene, and his little brother Mark passed away the following day.

Information Needed

Anyone with information about this unsolved double murder is asked to contact the Davenport Police Department at (563) 326-7979.

Sources:
  • Davenport Police Department
  • Cold case murders 1935-2009,” by Bill Mayeroff, The Dispatch/Argus Leader, March 27, 2010
  • “Mark and John Green, Jr., Obituary,” The Quad-City Times, November 28, 1984
  • “Boy joins brother as casualty of fire,” by Diana Penner, The Quad-City Times, November 26, 1984
  • “Rescue try fails; fire kills boy,” by Lucy Moll, The Quad-City Times, November 25, 1984
  • Unsolvedmurdersqcarea.org

 

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