Jessica Altman Remembers Her Mother

On January 24, 2014, in Anniversaries, Guest Blogs, The Families, by Jody Ewing

Today’s guest blog post comes from Jessica Altman, the daughter of Iowa Cold Case victim Angela Altman. Angela was found dead on the kitchen floor of her Fort Dodge home by her sister on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 24, 1981. Many thanks to Jessica for sharing her thoughts with us and our readers. 33 Years By […]

Defrosting Cold Cases Nominated for ABA Journal Top Blawg

On December 11, 2013, in Miscellany, News, by Jody Ewing

For the past six years, the American Bar Association (ABA) has allowed the general public to vote on the year’s best-of-the-best blogs, zeroing in on a blogger’s dedication, creativity and engagement with readers. Now in its seventh year, the “blog-ranking rodeo” has polls open through the close of business on Dec. 20. Here’s where you […]

Which first? The good news or bad news?

On September 29, 2013, in Letters, Miscellany, by Jody Ewing

Okay, I’ll make it easy. The bad news comes first, because I believe bad news should always be followed by something good. The bad news: On my home desktop computer (a Mac Mini), I’ve lost all emails dated between early evening Sept. 12 thru Sept. 26. Yup. Two weeks’ worth. I “had” received and even […]

Julie Brianne Roach-Lindeman

On August 12, 2013, in Missing Persons, Young Women, by Kerry Connolly

FOUND MISSING PERSON – UPDATE Julie Brianne Roach-Lindeman   Julie Brianne Roach-Lindeman 17 YOA Grimes, IA Polk County August 2, 2013   Julie Brianne Roach-Lindeman had been missing since August 2, 2013. She was found early this morning, August 13, 2013. Her mother, Denise Roach, contacted Iowa Cold Cases at 5am to let us know […]

Linked by Lost Lives: Eugene Martin, Dennis Clougherty and Helen Morrow

On August 12, 2013, in Anniversaries, Missing Persons, The Families, by Jody Ewing

Dennis Clougherty. Helen Morrow. Eugene Martin. Three victims, three lives gone, and one shared date families can’t forget: August 12. Twenty-three-year-old Dennis Clougherty was a Vietnam vet preparing to start graduate school at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Helen Morrow, 55, surely never imagined her fate when offering employment to a hired hand. And Eugene Martin, only […]

Janet, Little Raymond, and Rev. Morse

On June 20, 2013, in Anniversaries, by Jody Ewing

The youngest was just 23 years old — the oldest, 44. The three deaths spanned nearly three decades, but all had one thing in common; the victims lost their lives on this same June day. Janet LaFratte, 35, was reported missing to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, June 20, 1973. Janet’s husband, Frank […]

Ax Man Documentary to Premiere Monday

On June 7, 2013, in Anniversaries, News, by Jody Ewing

On Monday, June 10, Rockford, Ill. filmmaker Stuart Wahlin will premiere a new documentary about Iowa’s most notorious unsolved slayings — the Villisca Ax murders — to coincide with case’s 101st anniversary. The Ax Man Enigma: The real-life inspiration behind “Slay Utterly” will make its debut on Facebook. “Villisca is the most well-known in this […]

Remembering Valentine’s Day Victims

On February 14, 2013, in Anniversaries, Missing Persons, by Jody Ewing

Valentine’s Day for most people is a time to celebrate romance, exchange heart-shaped cards and enjoy gifts of decadent chocolate or long-stemmed roses. For four Iowa families, however, it’s a painful reminder of a loved one’s murder or unsolved disappearance, and it hasn’t gotten any easier as the years have passed. Today we pay tribute […]

Man Sends Message to Missing Brother

On December 17, 2012, in Guest Blogs, Letters, Missing Persons, The Families, by Jody Ewing

In today’s guest blog, we include here a letter written by one man in search of his missing brother. The writer, Mark Rolfe, acknowledges that his brother, Lee Allan Rolfe, does have a record, but Mark Rolfe’s health is failing and he is sincere in wanting to locate his brother or find out what happened […]

A Family Responds to Arrest in Mary Jayne Jones Cold Case

On November 30, 2012, in Guest Blogs, The Families, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

Courtesy photo Des Moines Register Mary Jayne Jones Late last week, I received an e-mail from Judith Cabanillas — one of two sisters of Iowa Cold Case victim Mary Jayne Jones. Judith wrote to thank us for including her sister on our site, and said she and her family “were in shock” when they learned […]