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Cold case anniversaries are always tough. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the anniversary of a loved one’s unsolved homicide, a birthday he or she would have celebrated, or even the date the body may have been found. The most important lesson I’ve learned in my years writing about cold cases is that it doesn’t matter […]
We all love celebrating birthdays, especially (these days) on Facebook. We send all sorts of good wishes, emojis of birthday cakes and big “Happy Birthday!” images, and tell our friends and loved ones we wish them another great or exciting or successful next year. When I last updated the ICC homepage, I couldn’t help but […]
Labor Day weekend. Every year. It’s when I close myself off … don’t read emails … don’t pick up my cell phone … don’t check iPhone or Facebook text messages … don’t want to do much of anything except sit staring at a blank screen until sleep once again turns me over to some kind of […]
Ron Novak’s unsolved 1983 murder was one of more than 50 cases featured by the Iowa Newspaper Association and participating newspapers across the state. The past, present, and future are inexorably linked, and nowhere has that been more clear than in the last year during our partnership with the Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) and its […]
Today, Erin Kay Pospisil of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, would have celebrated her 30th birthday. She has now missed 15 Christmases and 15 birthdays and has been gone for as many years as she was here. This year, instead of a balloon release to celebrate her birthday, her family will mark her absence by helping local students […]
Ottumwa Police Sergeant Mark Milligan shares an open letter to the public on Facebook about his missing brother, Harry Milligan, 21, who went missing from Albia in Monroe County, Iowa, on July 1, 1984. Harry’s disappearance is classified as “Involuntary” and foul play is suspected. By Mark Milligan PLEASE SHARE ….I Think with the New Year […]
When Charles Dickens wrote A Tale of Two Cities, published in 1859, he wasn’t thinking about the days leading up to Christmas, the short time between Christmas and New Year’s Day, or the beginning of yet another year without long awaited answers. Yet in the first few words of this remarkable novel, he seems to capture […]
Today’s guest blog post is written by Cindy Kraft-Chevalier, the niece of Council Bluffs Police Officer John L. Stephens. Stephens, 32, and Paul J. Rayer, 51, were shot and killed on Tuesday, December 5, 1967, during a robbery of “Club 64,” an upscale steakhouse about a half-mile east of Council Bluffs’ city limits where Stephens moonlighted […]
I’ve got to hand it to BlueHost.com for batting a thousand when it comes to tech support. Several years ago I’d switched from a previous website hosting service to BlueHost, and over the years, as iowacoldcases.org traffic increased, they always steered me in the right direction as to what plan best suited our size and […]
Today’s guest blog post is written by Julie Loose, sister of Iowa cold case victim Kim Loose, with additional comments from some of Kim’s other siblings. Kim, one of 10 siblings with nine still living at home in Blue Grass, Iowa, was just 16 when she died Sept. 26, 1986 from multiple injuries after leaving a friend’s […]