Weekend Anniversaries: Greg, Terri, “Kip,” Lyman, and George

On September 29, 2014, in Anniversaries, by Jody Ewing

This weekend came to a close, as have many years past, with five Iowa families wondering what happened to loved ones. In cases that spanned more than five decades, family members still ask when answers will come and justice will be served for a Sioux City teen, a man who fought in World War II […]

From the Mighty Mo to the Mississippi: Aug. 3-7 Marks 12 Unsolved Cases

On August 8, 2014, in Anniversaries, Missing Persons, Murder Trials, by Jody Ewing

The years spanned more than a century — from 1886 to 2013 — but five days this month marked a dozen departures from many loved one’s lives. On August 3, 1886, prohibitionist preacher George C. Haddock was shot dead in Sioux City, Iowa, after leaving his buggy at a local stable. Just four years earlier, Iowa voters had […]

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 […]

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 […]

Black Friday for Families of Cold Case Victims

On November 23, 2012, in Anniversaries, The Families, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

To most people, Thanksgiving — as well as the big Black Friday shopping day that follows — is simply a welcome holiday and an opportunity to get great savings on big-ticket items or Christmas gifts. Offspring living in distant states or countries will often travel thousands of miles to celebrate the weekend-long occasion with parents […]

Missing Dad Earl: Five Years Gone

On August 28, 2012, in Anniversaries, The Families, by Jody Ewing

Five years ago today, my family received news no family ever expects to hear. We were fortunate, however, in that we received a gift few families get to experience when crime comes knocking on one’s door; we each got the opportunity to see and speak to our loved one — and him to us — […]

A Day for Death

On April 26, 2012, in Anniversaries, by Jody Ewing

Four Iowans lost their lives at the hands of others on this day in history. Methods of murder were particularly gruesome: an axe to the head while sleeping, a stab wound to the chest, a sledgehammer to the head, and even what appeared at first to be a simple case of falling down a staircase, […]