Marion County

Marion County in Iowa

Cold Cases in Marion County, Iowa


William Hamilton’s gravestone

Dr. William Orson Hamilton
33 YOA
Liberty Township
Marysville, Iowa
Marion County
November 26, 1900

Dr. William O. Hamilton was shot to death in Marysville, Iowa, on November 26, 1900. Domestic trouble was said to have been brewing for some time in the Fred Ahn family and rumor had it that Dr. Hamilton was involved.


Donald Murphy

Donald Murphy

Donald John Murphy
39 YOA
Knoxville, Iowa
Marion County
July 20, 1984

On Friday, July 20, 1984, Donald Murphy was reported missing from a Knoxville hospital. In November hunters found his skeletal remains in northern Polk County just a few days prior to what would have been Murphy’s 40th birthday.


Shirley Carter

Shirley Dene Carter
68 YOA
132 Perry St.
Lacona, IA
Marion County
June 19, 2015

Shirley Carter, a 68-year-old grandmother, suffered two gunshot wounds to her back on Friday, June 19, 2015, inside her rural Lacona home in Marion County. Her husband, Bill Carter, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the couple’s youngest son, Jason Carter.

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