Lisa McCuddin: A Week Full of Memories

On October 2, 2010, in Anniversaries, The Families, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

There’s no doubt this has got to be a very tough week for the McCuddin family. Six years ago today, 23-year-old Lisa Ann McCuddin — a young mother of two small children — was shot and killed while riding as a passenger in a vehicle on its way to a Fort Dodge, Iowa, motel. Add […]

Maureen Farley: Did her killer have a conscience?

On September 21, 2010, in Anniversaries, Rewards, The Families, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

As the eldest of seven siblings, Maureen Brubaker would babysit for her six younger siblings whenever their parents, David and Mary Ann Brubaker of Sioux City, Iowa, decided to go out. David and Mary Ann knew what a challenge that job could be, but always told the children they’d make it worth their while if […]

A ‘Thank You’ from Eugene Martin’s cousin

On July 30, 2010, in Letters, Missing Persons, The Families, by Jody Ewing

With permission, I am posting here a recent e-mail received from Eugene Martin’s cousin, Vickie Martin. I am the cousin of Eugene Martin. His father Don is the younger brother of my father, David. I just wanted to say thank you for keeping this case in the eye of the public. I know that there […]

Cold Case Thursdays on WHO-TV Channel 13

On July 23, 2010, in Media, News, The Families, by Jody Ewing

All this month, WHO-TV Channel 13 in Des Moines has been profiling Iowa Cold Cases during July sweeps. The NBC affiliate’s Aaron Brilbeck crossed the state to interview victims’ family members as well as law enforcement officials who have dedicated countless hours in search of justice for victims and families alike. For those who may […]

Judith Weeks: Loved, Missed, and Remembered

On July 19, 2010, in The Families, by Jody Ewing

Today’s blog is written by a person who knew and loved Judith Weeks and who hopes that someone will come forward with information to solve her tragic murder. If you have any details about this unsolved homicide, please contact the Cedar Rapids Police at 319-286-5375. My name is Buffy Gustafson and I am the girlfriend […]

Iowa’s Murdered Children, No Voice, No Choice

On June 9, 2010, in Anniversaries, The Families, by Jody Ewing

Today marks 22 years since 7-1/2-month-old Amber Marie Hayes of Muscatine, Iowa, was decapitated, dismembered, and her remains strewn in a remote area near Lake Odessa. Two boys riding all-terrain vehicles discovered the infant’s body, her pink diaper bag and blanket four days later. The lake area, just south of Muscatine, is located about one-half […]

Breaking Through Walls of Silence and Shame

On May 6, 2010, in Anniversaries, The Families, by Eileen Meier

My only sister, Valerie Peterson, was killed 39 years ago today on a Thursday afternoon.  She was just 8 years old. We had been late that morning — in a rush out of the car for school with no foreshadowing of the terrible events that would happen that afternoon. No goodbyes or looks backward. The […]

A Mother Remembers her Daughter

On April 5, 2010, in Anniversaries, Double Homicides, Letters, The Families, by Jody Ewing

I asked Shannon Salmons — the mother of 6-year-old murder victim Jaymie Grahlman — if she’d like to write a guest blog on the anniversary of the fire that claimed her only daughter’s life. The following is Shannon’s post. ——————– Remembering My Daughter, Jaymie Grahlman by Shannon Salmons Jaymie was the sweetest little girl that […]

Looking for Rainbows: A Guest Blog Remembering Jaymie Grahlman

On April 1, 2010, in Anniversaries, Double Homicides, Letters, The Families, by Jody Ewing

As the 7-year anniversary approaches for the tragic April 5 fire and unsolved death of Jay Grahlman, 38, and his 6-year-old daughter, Jaymie, I asked Jaymie’s family members if they’d like to contribute a guest blog in Jaymie’s remembrance. The following was submitted by Jaymie’s aunt and uncle, Steve and Lori Salmons. —————————— “Uncle Steve […]

Three True Things: The Traits that Define Cold Case Families

On September 12, 2009, in Letters, The Families, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

A day seldom goes by that I don’t receive e-mail asking about an Iowa cold case, but occasionally one arrives that — before I’ve even clicked to open and read it — makes my heart skip a beat or two. They are the ones where I recognize the sender’s last name because it matches a […]